September 4th, 2010

100 DOLLARS OF BOOZE

Viability of hotwiring a 50s era car

For background - my character is a demon (and a thief) who's around two hundred years old, and he's spent most of that living around people. He's from a roughly present-day world, but through various circumstances he's been transported to 1950s America.

Now, he's lived through the fifties before, given his age, and if hotwiring cars were possible during that time, he'd probably have learned how his first time around, because he's been a thief for a long time...but he'd also be quite rusty, as cars have advanced considerably since then and he's been using a much more modern skill set up until recently. The thing is, I have no idea if it's possible at all - I know next to nothing about cars - and my question is vague enough to make searching for it in Google difficult. (Combinations of 'fifties', 'car', and 'hotwire/hotwiring' got me nothing that even looked related to my question.) The make of the car doesn't matter, as I'm not being that specific, though the car in question would be either a cheap or middle-class car; nothing expensive. Mostly, I need to know:

A) If it would be possible for him to hotwire the car under normal circumstances, and

B) If it is possible, how would hotwiring a fifties-era car compare to hotwiring a much more recent model? I'm wondering how much more or less of a challenge it would be for him, specifically.

Under the circumstances, he may not be able to hotwire it regardless of whether it's possible, but if he'd know it's a possibility, he'd at least make the effort to try.
DW - Doc 11

'Talking therapy' pre-Freud

Search terms: talking therapy/pyschocoanalysis/pyschocotherapy pre-Freud, history of pyschocoanalysis/pyschocotherapy, talking about problems cure history, historical treatment of depression etc

What I'm looking for: Evidence of the suggestion that talking about ones problems, especially with someone nbot involved, in history. I'd like evidence from doctors and/or clergy, but also from home medical books, in magazines, literature for mothers, anything you've got.

I want to find out about whether people though talking was helpful and how it was expressed.

Thanks :)


NB: I am aware of the criticisms of Freud, and agree with many of them, but I think he is a good dividing line.


Edit:Yeah, I spelt the search terms correctly when I searched them. *is thick*
sipping, drinking

Small Town in Southern Florida?

 Hi! I'm currently hunting for a good hometown for two characters. I need it to be
1) in Southern Florida, the further down the better
2) medium-to-small in size-- the kind of town where driving is not a necessity and if you go to the grocery store you are likely to see people you know
3) not too tourist-y, a place where families would want to settle down and have kids
4) to have been like this at least 30 years ago

and I would prefer for it to be
4) fairly liberal historically (30 years or so back), or at least not too conservative

Any help would be great. Thanks!

Personal Stories About Life In The Netherlands

I’m about to embark on roleplaying a young man from the Netherlands, and in anticipation I’ve done lots of research into the country and its culture. As part of that, I’m hoping to get some person stories from people who’ve lived there/are natives/have experience with the Dutch to flesh out what I've got so far. I’m looking for bits of everything, from the little to the big.

Some Specifics:
What kind of snacks/books/t.v. shows/special events might he remember from his childhood? What kinds of games might he have played with his friends?

Random slang words. For example Americans call it Diet Coke and some places in Europe call it Coke lite. Things like that.

What are some foods/media/activities he might not be able to get/do in America that he might miss because they were abundant at home? (like Stroopwaffles)

What are some activities that a 21 year old male would do with his friends in Amsterdam? Where might they go, how late might they stay out, ect. My character comes from a well-to-do family, if that changed things.

He plays amateur football (goalie). Would he have played for a school league, a community league, or something else entirely?

As an extension of that, I’m also looking for impressions/experiences of people from the Netherlands who have come to live/attend school in America, as my character is coming over to study criminal law after having lived his whole life in Amsterdam. Like, what were the most glaring differences between the two countries?