October 14th, 2009

Cas: Epic

Things Needed to Get onto a Naval Base

Hey, quick question! What material would one need to show when entering a Naval base in the modern day? Just an ID, or do they need car stickers, too?

The story I'm working on has three guys sneaking onto a Naval Base using fake ID's. (It's the Winchester brothers (plus Castiel), so they've got the whole fake-badge thing down pretty good. Plus, their father was a Marine, so...) I'm just wondering if they'd need something else on top of them in order to get onto a base. Thanks ahead of time.

Search Terms: Any combination of 'marine' and 'navy' with 'ID's' and getting on a base or through the gate.
25 May

Recovery from Hamstringing

Setting: A fictional New England city (somewhat analogous to Boston) in the late 1990s.  Some sci-fi elements, but none of them tied to medicine.
Searched: "hamstringing," "hamstringing humans," "hamstringing recover," et cetera.  Found a lot of metaphors about declawing cats, and a few death metal bands. 

Scenario: A seventeen-year-old Scottish woman, not very athletic but in good health, is attacked on the street.  The first thing her attacker does is hamstring her with a very sharp knife.  This is the only injury she receives to her legs.  After about ten minutes of receiving numerous slashes to the face and arms, resulting in serious blood loss but not unconsciousness, she kills her attacker and drags herself a short distance before collapsing.  She is found a few minutes later by a doctor who has extensive experience in treating all manner of severe and bizarre injuries.  She receives whatever treatment would be expected for such injuries.

What will be the extent of her mobility?  I know hamstringing leaves serious damage, but will she be able to move her legs at all?  Could she get around on crutches or would she need a wheelchair?  Is there any chance of her being able to walk a few steps? 
  • natane

Wages/under the table job

What's a realistic wage for someone doing waitressing/dishwashing under the table, in the USA at a small, privately owned restaurant? Not a classy place, just a breakfast-and-sandwich sort of cafe.

When I was a waitress I got $2.16 (federal minimum) or something like that plus tips. But I don't think the cafe I'm making up would get a lot of tips...
I don't know what dishwashers made since I've never done it.
She'd be waitressing/dishwashing on alternate days, so I guess her wages would change from day to day.

Yeah. Hope that made sense. Thanks!
Figure It Out

France, clothing model, 1980's

I'm looking for information in regards to the lifestyle of a single French clothing model, who would be... twenty two? in the early 1980s. Let's say she was quite popular and made a good deal of money. I've found a bit of information on Wikipedia about what movies were out and whatnot, but I need more specific information.

What would she be pulling in annually? Would she be paid annually?
What were particularly popular clothing lines? Who would she be working for?
What stores would she shop in to decorate her apartment? Would she live in an apartment?

Thank you in advance for any information you can pass along!
  • jtph_jo

Title/address for childless widow of a peer?

Bolded the answers that seem to be correct, but I welcome any dissenting voices or other input! :)

Hi! First post, thank you in advance for your help/ patience!

I'm writing a fantasy novel for my creative writing thesis, set in a world which is physically reminiscent of parts of Australia/ South Pacific/ South East Asia, but culturally and politically more akin to 18th century Europe.

Being fantasy, I suppose it's not as essential that I get the titles exactly right, but it's still bugging me trying to work it out.

Basically, what I want to know is: if a peer dies without issue, and the new heir does have a wife who would take over the female title, does the widow still keep her title? If not, what would she be referred to? I'm guessing perhaps by her husband's courtesy title?

So for example, the guy in question is a Marquess. He takes a very young wife, but he dies two years later and they have no children. His younger brother inherits the Marquessate, and his wife therefore becomes Marchioness. The young widow can't be 'dowager' Marchioness because she is clearly not the new Marquess' mother, which from what I've read she would have to be to get that title. So what is she? Would she be Lady Husband'sFirstname Surname? Or maybe 'Firstname, Marchioness of Blahblah' to distinguish her from the actual Marchioness?
This seems to be the right one! But she could technically use a Dowager title, it depends on the custom.

Also, the children of the new Marquess (who was previously just Lord Firstname Surname as a courtesy title, with his kids being plain Miss/Mr), I'm presuming now get the Lord/Lady Firstname Surname style because of their father's new peerage? Even though they were born well before he acceded? Yes they do.

Searched things like "peer widow childless", "peer widow style", "dowager", etc etc, as well as read through so much stuff about the peerage generally I'm going crosseyed :x I may well have just missed it, so I'm sorry in advance if it's simple info to find! D:
music, serious face

Baba-Nyonya houses, southern Chinese houses

I've been trying to find floor plans of historical Baba-Nyonya houses. I've found a lot of photos of exteriors, and a few of the interiors, but nothing that gives me a good idea of the layout. Can anyone point me to a good resource?

Already tried: all sorts of combinations of "baba-nyonya" "peranakan" "straits chinese" "house" "terrace house" "floor plans" "architecture" and various place names. And a trip to my university's library.

I'm also curious about the layouts of historical houses found in southern China. There's a lot about courtyard houses and tulou houses out there, but not much about other styles. If you know of good resources for those, then that would be appreciated, too.
Departed Soul

How long do graves stay open?

I know typically the casket is lowered into the grave at the end of the burial service, but when do they fill it in? If someone were to linger at the cemetery after the service, would they be likely to see the grave filled an hour later? Two? Or would it happen that night or the next day?

Bonus: If they were to witness the filling in of the grave, what does the process look like/how is it done?

Tried googling "how long to graves stay open" etc. but couldn't seem to hit the right phrase.