April 26th, 2011

Crippling bullet-caused leg injury

 Hi all.

I'm currently writing a story (contemporary setting) where the main character suffers of a five-year-old bullet injury. The idea is that the injury causes him to walk with a limp that varies from quite noticeable to almost crippling. The injury was caused by an assault weapon and was badly treated at first, leaving him with the occasional chronic pain despite finally being able to seek proper treatment and physical therapy after two years. By the time the story begins, he's mainly walking with a crutch, but occasionally walks on his own when his leg doesn't feel too bad.

So my question is a simple technical one: which part of the leg would be "best" suited for that kind of injury? It needs to be severe enough to cause all the problems listed above, but not severe enough to deprive him of that leg's usage. Also, how long on average would physical therapy last after such an injury?

How much would a humanoid robot weigh?

Hello! I have a question about robots. About how many pounds do you think a Servo from the Sims 2 would weigh? This is what he looks like. I have some learning disabilities when it comes to math and numbers, so it's hard for me to estimate. I haven't been able to find much information on this because a robot like this would not be very feasible in real life. This is not a realistic story, by the way, but I still think he would still be heavier than a normal human even if he was made of some fictional type of metal.

Laws in California Surrounding Trust and Inheritance

What would be the term for a house and/or inheritance that has yet to be acquired by the benefactor?

Specifically, if a man's parents were to hold his inherited house and estate under lock and key until he were engaged to be married, what would the legality of that be?

If it is relevant, the man and his parents are in Washington, the property and estate are in California.

EDIT: Yes, it is trust I am looking for, thank you very much. :) Are there any condition under which marriage could accelerate receiving a trust? For example, receiving his trust at 35, or in certain exceptions?

Addressing a Spanish nun

I need to know how a nun would be addressed in Spanish. The time is the late 1500s/early 1600s. I've googled 'spanish nun' and got freila, and checked Google Translate, and while sister = hermosa, it doesn't tell me if that refers to a member of a religious order.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Missing out on a long period of classes in US high school

Setting: Large city, New York, USA in 2005/2006.

Google terms searched: "going back to high school", "dropping out of high school", and different variations thereof. Unfortunately, the only info I found on going back to high school applied to people over 21. Also looked up a whole bunch of specific schools in the area to check their admission policies but I just ended up getting really lost. I'm from the Netherlands - my knowledge of the American educational system is slim to none.

I've been googling for days but I can't find the exact sort of thing I need - if an under-age student misses out on a long period of time in high school in the USA, particularly in the state of New York, what is usually the procedure for going back to school? In a story I'm working on the main character has to go underground to make sure he's not, you know, spectacularly assassinated. Because of this he can't attend school between September and March and misses most of his junior year. He is 16 when he leaves, 17 when he comes back. He was enrolled in a fairly large public high school.

I found a lot of information on dropping out, but this character doesn't as much drop out as miss classes due to circumstances. Would he be able to go back to school? Would his old school take him back or would he have to go somewhere else to get a high school diploma? I'm also wondering if there is any kind of test he would have to take before being allowed back, and/or if there are any sort of documents etc the school would ask him and his parents for. Does he have to go through admissions all over again? Is this even legal? He never quite officially drops out, the way I have it written now his parents spin a tale about a death in the family before falling completely off-radar, but I am not sure how realistic that would be. I realize this might very well vary from school to school, but it would be a major help if I could find out how at least one school handles this so I have a real-life basis!
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