October 24th, 2009

Spanish holiday location

I'm trying to pick a place for my characters to go on holiday.

1) I want the country (at least where they land) to be Spanish-speaking

2) After a day in town, I want them to take off through the forest/jungle (or by boat) to spend the time camping/fishing somewhere completely private (they are used to roughing it -snort, to put it mildly-, so safety and ability to hike is no issue) but no further than a day from civilization (I want them to spend most of the time in one place, not 'en route')

3) I'm picturing their camp area being by water (preferably ocean.. but.. actually.. that's not *that* locked in stone) where they could swim and spend lots of time just laying on the sand relaxing, but utterly isolated/private enough to walk about in the buff when it gets really hot, but with the edge of a forest/jungle behind them to have some a) real privacy b) shade

I had originally liked Los roques, except that all the islands look like they are utterly bare of trees...

Looking at the sat map, noticed the Orinoco has deep greenery going down to the ocean... anyone know of any ocean-access, swimable, area that isn't overrun with tourist? lol, *or* locals.

Any help/ideas appreciated, thanks!

Bullets & magnets

This may be the oddest question I've ever asked.
I've been trying and trying to work on a plot point for a while, then had a dream last night that maybe solved it... assuming the idea makes sense.

Let's say someone gets shot in soft tissue - the thigh in this case. The bullet goes most of the way through and is then lodged close to under the skin on the opposite side of the leg it went through.

First, would you be able to see a bruise/marking on the side of the leg that had not been punctured? I would assume after a few minutes, yes, considering the trauma to blood vessels etc. in the area.

Second, could you use a really freaking strong magnet to pull the bullet closer to the surface of the leg, and then remove it? (And we're going to assume that it's some sort of bullet with steel in the composition, so please no "Lead isn't magnetic" answers)

I'm assuming the chances of the bullet lodging in such a manner are pretty high in the first place, but this would be a perfect situation for my character to get injured.

Inter-state transfer of custody to non-relative after death of mother

Scene: Modern day, Los Angeles, California (residence of the would-be parents) and Wichita, Kansas (residence of child in question- but this can change if need be)

Situation: I've got a story where a character dies off-screen, leaving custody of her ten-year-old son to his godfather. Godfather has not been in the child's life in five years and only comes to know of the mother's death through CPS / a lawyer. The father is dead and there are no other blood relatives.

So, my questions: First, who would do the actual contacting, assuming that the mother leaves my character the child in her will? CPS, or her lawyer?

Second, what would be the procedure for transfer of custody? My character and his husband are already licenced to provide foster care, would there be any additional requirements?

Third, how long would the whole thing take? The adoptive parents are planning to stay in Wichita, KS, for a couple of weeks to take care of things like disposal of the mother's things and school stuff, but what would be the earliest they could take him home to LA?

Research done: Googling the archives here, as well as several variations of 'kansas adoption law interstate.' Unfotunately, all the information seems to geared toward people looking to adopt, which is not what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance!