May 7th, 2009


San Diego Neighborhoods to Order?

Setting: San Diego, 2004.
Searched: Real-estate websites for the area, real-estate listings (keywords including: "luxury house/home san diego", "real estate san diego" + "sale"); extensive abuse of Google Earth and Street View function.

Question: I'm trying to site two properties, for sake of determining travel distances. Caper plot, the things you make me do.

Property one needs to be in a wealthy, private neighborhood. Money is not an object, but privacy is important. The owner is a local banking magnate, and the house and neighborhood may be historical, or not.

Property two was built in the twenties, and was built deliberately at the edges of the town as they existed at that time. The owner preferred to build into a hill or ridge, and the property should be inland, not along the ocean. Larger grounds are still preferred, and an access a highway or other more direct way of getting into the city quickly.

My sense from research is that these sorts of properties don't exist centrally within the city, and that La Jolla would be a good choice for property one. Property two-- I'm at a loss.

me with gloves

Three days in a sealed coffin - logistics

Character needs to make an escape that involves being sealed into a coffin for two or three days on a train transporting bodies. Time period is WWII, Germany - the bodies are of soldiers being sent home for burial if it matters.

I need to know what sort air supply would get him through that time period - a hole drilled into the coffin would need to be how big in order to supply adequate air for his survival? Or would the lid being sealed improperly do it?

Would he need to have a source of water with him like a canteen?

Bodily functions I assume would just have to happen as they will - I don't think there can be provisions for those?

Google fu has failed me hard on this, probably because it's just a really weird thing to need to know. Thanks for any insight!

discipline of a teenage girl in georgian england

Setting: England circa 1800

Search terms: "history of child abuse", "history of discipline", "Regency child/children", "Regency adolescence", "Georgian child/children", "Georgian adolescence", "discipline of children in history"

The set up: A girl of 14 or 15 is sent to live with her cousin. In a fit of anger, she hits her cousin's wife. Her cousin then grabs her, bodily drags her to her room (her fighting him the whole way, so he's not exactly gentle with her), locks her in, and instructs the servants to not let her out until the morning and not to bring her any supper.

The question: Given the mores of the time, would anyone be at all likely to question the cousin's behavior or suggest he was too strict with her? He has the girl's father's permission to act as a guardian and she was sent to live with him because she's considered out of control and her father was tired of dealing with her. From what I know of the time, I can't conceive of anyone so much as raising an eyebrow, but I wanted to double check.

The other question: If he were to actually hit her--not beat her, just backhand her hard enough to make her stumble but not fall--would that cross a line? At what age was a child too old to get hit? Would it be different depending on whether the child was a boy or a girl?
Sherlock is tired of your bullshit

Distinguishing Features in a UK Telephone Number

Tried looking this up on Wikipedia, but it reads like it was written for someone that actually lives in the UK (which I do not), and I only got confused.

This is directly related to my last question here. The comments I received from that post were perfect, and I ultimately decided that the inspector is going to still have a London number, for reasons of not wanting to confuse his poor mum and the rest of his family by changing to a Gloucestershire number. But I can't just throw that in at the end when blood and emotions are running freely. So, what's happening, is he needs to get in contact with the two detectives, who refuse to do anything he says, and this includes carrying a radio.

They've just finished questioning someone at his home, regarding his wife disappearing, and are on their way to the pub, when the inspector calls them on one of their mobiles, asking where they are and why haven't they reported back.

How would the one detective ask of the other where the number is from? In the states, for example, if you're in Portland, and you get a call from Las Vegas, you'd say, "Where is 702?" US numbers = Area Code - Exchange - Station Code (oh, the joys of working tech support for a phone company), so it would look 702-290-0854 or something, where all numbers originating* in Las Vegas begin with 702, and 290 is distinguishing of a mobile number with the carrier AT&T**. I know it's weird to be giving heaps of information when you're asking a question, but I wasn't really sure how else TO ask it.

This is such a small little colloquialism that I'm really not sure where else to look. It's a terribly small throw-away line, but it needs to be right because the ending hangs on the inspector's number still being from London. Also, he's on Vodafone, so would that make any difference?

*This is, of course, assuming that the person with the phone is not like the inspector, here, and actually got their number in Las Vegas, rather than bringing it in from elsewhere.
**This is also under a lot of assumption, since you can bring your number in from other carriers, or even other exchanges, so your home phone with Embarq could, in theory, start with 290.

ETA: Seems between Wiki and answers from my previous question, I was seriously confused and had a lot of misinformation, so now I'm REALLY glad I asked. Thanks!

There's no landline in the equation. It's all mobile-to-mobile. So now, the real question goes back to the original, in that how would having a mobile phone registered in London affect, if at all, a 999 call when he's in Gloucestershire?

I'll shoot you with one hand missing and my thumb blown off!

Setting: Nowish, but no access to advanced surgery etc for these people.

I did try searching "Amputee marksmanship" but I really don't think this is Googleable.

Suppose you are missing the thumb of your left hand, and  your right hand in its entirety (some kind of crude prosthesis such as a hook on the right hand is possible, but nothing more sophisticated),  is it at all possible to hold and fire a gun? Would it be easier with any particular kind of gun?

Character is about 20, would be learning to shoot post-injury,  is not expecting to perform feats of marksmanship, but would just like to be one of several scary armed people. I haven't decided about handedness yet.

Edit: Any kind of gun will do, rifles are of interest as well as handguns.