I'm only going to put down my unique qualities, as we've already had plenty of pianists and photographers on the list:
*homeschooling (semi-pro) *natural childbirth (pro) *black and white photography, including early methods (advanced amateur-ish--own a BFA in photog.) *stay-at-home mom (pro) *drove tourist carriages for a couple of years
Zoo Keeper: Colchester Zoo, UK. 77-81 Lion Country Safari, Irvine CA. 81-84 Journeyman Plumber: Orange County, CA. 84-86 Construction Management: Project Superintendent, CA. 84-91 Irrigation systems specialist: Self-employed, CA. 91-present
Audio-file equipment/listening (bankrupting hobby) Computers Bibles. Translations vs. Versions, etc Sci-Fi, reading, writing. Wife husbandry. Parenting. Impossible to predict dynamics of “Survivor”
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Internationlly collected, multiple award-winning Sculptor (in plastilene [oil based clay]) producing bronze, resins and papercastings, as well as jewelry. One of my bronzes is a world-championship trophy as well as being in a coffee table book.
Trade show vendor (for my art and books)
Lecturer on sculpting and equine photography
Writer (non-fiction how-to book on sculpting just sold out its first edition; novel is on Amazon)
Owner of a small business (Whimsy Hill Studio LLC) for over 10 years.
Singer (many years in the past - 7 years operatic training, but again, many years in the past)
Mother of a multiple-mentally-handicapped child (ADHD, PDD, OCD, ODD, etc., Tourettes, Bi-polar, you name it)
Horse show mother to a now-adult rider who's working her way up to the Pan Am Games and Olympics (eventually) in dressage - but she started out in 4-H, then Pony Club, so we've seen the whole spectrum.
Former riding instructor (forward seat, then hunt seat and western). Still ride, English and western on a Quarter Horse. Used to ride hunter/jumpers in my youth. Know a bit about driving horses too. Also bred horses for a while.
Award-winning photographer (film camera - digitals came in when I got bifocals, so I'm not as good as I once was - and I never developed my own film)
Numerous crafts, including stained glass, macrame, counted cross stitch, needlepoint - all long in my past, but I sold a lot of them when I was doing them.
Professional All topics related to miniature wargaming, many of them adaptable to movie SFX, including miniature painting, miniature terrain construction. Treatment of adolescent sex offenders. Addiction treatment. Writer of MH/MR training materials. Published writer of Role Playing game materials. Published award winning poet.
trivling through space is easy. getting to your destantion is the hard part. once you get there getting permission to land is even harder. if permission is denied, nuke the planet from ordet. key points to my empires space fleet.
Hmmm I wouldnt go so far as to call myself an expert in anything, but there are some things I know a good deal about, through various means.
The "Homeschooling/Unschooling" movement: I was "homeschooled" my entire life, and my family was very active in various homeschooling groups in South Florida when I was younger.
Homebirth/Midwifery: My brother and I were both born at home, and my mother was for some time considering becoming a midwife's assistant.
I have the personal experience of growing up/living gay in America, including growing up gay in a predominantly Christian household.
I have family members with severe OCD, and have lived with a person diagnosed/in treatment for social anxiety disorder and previously depression.
My father is a musician, and I have considerable knowledge of the music and artists of the 60s and 70s.
Considerable knowledge/trivia as far as movies and television in the fantasy/horror/sci fi genres. Also know a lot about Anime, and a good bit of Japanese culture/religion/mythology/non anime cinema.
In particular I'm extensively familiar with the works/fictional worlds/lives of various writers and shows/series/movies: Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Ursula LeGuin, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel Comics, etc.
Some Kabbalah, occultism in general.
Bit of religion and philosophy, and of course mythology/legends/folklore/fairy tales from all over the world, especially European.
History (seriously, I think everyone on here does history, at least a bit) German Language Judaism and Jewish studies, Kabbalah Cooking, food, nutrition (Professional) Latin Roman culture Mythology, particularly Greco-Roman and Norse Filmmaking/Production New Jersey Music (60s-90s), rock and garage, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, New Wave Ceramics (semi-pro) Metalworking Art/art materials/art history Dadaism Siege warfare Poetry (semi-pro) Quebecois, which isn't "real" French Russia and Russian History, Russian Language Hockey Hebrew Cold Weather/Winter Survival
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Who here knows how and or why when I downloaded Quick Time Player it was all in French? And how do I complain to Apple Computer about this? I got so frustrated about this I uninstalled it and downloaded it again and yet again it was in French when the sight was in English?
If my recent foray into downloading a bunch of stuff to update my iTunes and reset my iPod is any guide...and if I recall right...at some point, you actually have to select which country you're in and which language you want. And if you wander onto the wrong website / wrong page, you might wind up with something else even if it's a language you can read. Make sure it's something on the order of "United States" and "English"
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If you were caving and an unexpected severe storm hit what would that be like? I understand threats of flooding would be a concern. But how deep would you know that something was going on outside? Assuming hurricane type conditions outside, what would probably happen inside? And how would experienced cavers react?
Things I know lots about: the English/British monarchy the Hundred Years War archaeology of buildings (maybe not lots, but I think I'm pretty good at dating buildings) Discworld novels being a secretary being a Third Culture Kid (and travelling) the city of York
Things I think I know lots about but probably don't: castles & their architecture medieval costume (made/designed a few things) medieval art and stained glass horse riding (did for 8 years, sadly don't any more) pets, especially cats and fish
Hobbies and interests (other than writing): singing (classical, folk songs, all sorts) cooking, especially baking greeting card-making pencil drawing & Photoshop classical guitar history of medicine archery cartography
Languages: English French (fluent - so if you need any help, Rommel...) Spanish (un poco) Medieval Latin (patchy) Scottish Gaelic (just started teaching myself) I'm also very interested in etymology and conlanging. If anyone else builds languages I'd be happy to chat about it, just drop me an email.
I took 2 years of French and the only thing I remember is how to say “What would you do for a Klondike Bar.” Saying not spelling. I had gotten so frustrated by quick time player that I removed it from my computer. I don’t like not being able to read what it is trying to tell me.
<<If you were caving and an unexpected severe storm hit what would that be like? I understand threats of flooding would be a concern. But how deep would you know that something was going on outside? Assuming hurricane type conditions outside, what would probably happen inside? And how would experienced cavers react?>> (Jeanne T)
That would depend entirely on the cave system. If it was a dry system (ie no running water), the storm would make no difference whatsoever, and the cave would be a safe refuge if you needed one.
Caves are formed by running water, though, and many of them do have streamways within them. These are often liable to flash floods. If you've got half the sense you were born with, you don't go near a system like that in bad weather! People do, though. Sometimes they get cut off for a couple of days before the water goes down and people can get to them. Other times they aren't so lucky.
The last time I went caving with the university Caving Club there were some guys trying to show off what hard cavers they were. They'd been at it for some time, and everyone was sick of them and their silly clique. They were in a stream passage when three feet of water suddenly came down, and were lucky to get out. I had a quick look on Amazon, and there are loads of caving books there; a bit of reading would soon show you what I'm getting at.
quote:If you've got half the sense you were born with, you don't go near a system like that in bad weather! People do, though.
That's the point though, Robert. This bad weather was totally unexpected. That IS what I said. I mean do you usually expect the end of the world?
These are mature, responsible cavers who expected good weather. Something cateclysmic happens while they're down there.
And unless I have to I frankly don't want to have to read half a dozen books on the subject looking for the right information for something that only involves the first chapter. Of course, there are books on Amazon. But wasn't that the point of this expert thread? But thanks anyway.
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You don't need to read half a dozen books; what you could do is look around, find a similar case somewhere, and base your story on that. That way it would come over as a lot more real.
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Rather than a hurricane, why not an earthquake? Totally unexpected, and can easily open up one cavern (wet cave) to another (dry cave), resulting in a flood.
I suspect that the cavers' response would be based upon how much room they had to maneuver. Some caves I have been in leave absolutely no room for maneuver or the unexpected. In that case you cannot do anything about it. On the other hand, some rooms are large enough to let you scramble about.
quote:That's the point though, Robert. This bad weather was totally unexpected. That IS what I said. I mean do you usually expect the end of the world?
However, you did not place the 'unexpected weather' in context. Rather than coming across as notably exasperated at RobertB's answer, you could have responded in more detail (hence, providing context) or been appreciative of RobertB's attempt to help.
This brings up a good point, I think, that we can all keep in mind when dealing with 'experts'. We should expect to provide sufficient information to give the expert a reasonable chance to answer, or not ask.
Because an earthquake is not a worldwide cataclysm which is what causes the severe weather, Mike. I didn't say it was a hurricane but used that as a comparison. It caused hurricane-like weather -- that is devastating winds, wind-driven rain, and severe flooding among other things.
However, the cause of the severe weather didn't make any difference in what happened while they were in the cave.
I wasn't "notably exasperated." I thanked Robert although he wasn't able to help. I'm sure he would have if he could have. That is the point of this thread, after all.
I simply wanted to know how deep in the cave they would have known something was going on outside and if rain water would flood cave passages as well as what the reaction of the cavers would be other than "none of the weather reports said this would happen." None of the books I glanced at on caving had a thing about extreme weather so I think it would taking a lot of looking to find that. I doubt that's a common occurance or I certainly hope not. I'll make my best guess and get blasted by cavers when I get it wrong. Such is life. The majority of us who think going around in dark caves is a bit insane won't notice.
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