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02-25-2005, 02:09 AM
If you need help with any of the following subjects in your WIP, I might can help:

former firefighter/emt
certified arson investigator
certified fire inspector
commissioned peace officer with numerous law enforcement certifications
MA in History
Civil War reenactor with some experience with 19th Century weapons
worked as a "patrol officer" before moving into investigations
Currently an arson investigator
Hurricanes (from the standpoint of having to stay behind and work during them)
Fire Station/Police Station Pranks
Police Academy/Fire Academy training and indoctrination
Divorce, Texas Style
Raising a son with a step-parent

I went through a cancer scare a couple of years back, turned out to be nothing serious, but I know all to well the feeling of waiting for test results that seem to take forever

I also know a lot of bad jokes.

Brady H.

02-25-2005, 08:52 PM
Thanks for the offer. Good sources are always appreciated.

In return, I'm always happy to assist on background for the following topics:

Opera (both performing & general stuff)
Classical music
Modern firearms (especially non-military)
James Joyce (you never know)
Astronomy & cosmology
Quantum theory
General science

I can always be emailed at sam@waas.us

03-01-2005, 08:22 PM
It was medium-depressing to try to produce of list of my own expertise that my fellow writers might find useful. Around here, being a grammar and punctuation person counts for very little. (Which is a good thing!) Most of my other skills are probably present in your own families.

I was griping to my family and one generously offered her own expertise, which could be had second-hand through me (although she might offer her email for extensive questioning). I understand that a lot of this may never come anywhere near our mysteries, but I remind myself that maybe if it did, we'd be gathering another generation of readers.
Metal music and all subgenres: death, mallcore, black, nu, doom, stadium, speed, grind... (listen with an open mind and some is actually quite good, clearly showing classical influence)

High school social groups/pecking order, especially the pressures which bear on the social misfit, the highly intelligent, or the 'geek' and their responses

Parents who push their teens extremely hard to succeed (no, not me!)

Baking, especially bread, from scratch

Vegan-ism (some margarine contains animal blood??? Yuck.)

College entrance: preparation and exams, tours, factors in selection, schools' methods to entice students they want

Graphic novels

Web design (without using a program to assist) and to a lesser degree, computer and internet tech info

Social Anxiety Disorder/Shyness

Modern Philosophy (the academic type)

Goth culture, clothing, music, clubs, who's drawn to it and why
Armed with this information, we can drop James Joyce off at a Goth club and help him out if he seems a little out of his element...

Maryn, who really does know some useful stuff, honest!

03-09-2005, 12:24 AM
I’m not sure how helpful I can be, but since I’m getting so much out of these boards I thought I might as well give it a try.

I’m Italian living in Milan right now, so if you plan on setting part of your story on this side of the world I’ll be glad to provide tips about places, cooking (only original recipes!). Italian music and literature, language (from “gesticulating for dummies” all the way down to open swearing), or anything you can think of.

Plus, I spent 3 years in Singapore, so I might be able to help some with that too.

Not much I'm afraid, but feel free to use me!

04-11-2005, 04:09 PM
So you people finally bugged me enough to set up a new board. :poke:

This one is where you can get help with research and find interviewees for articles, and where you can offer your expertise to others.

Need a description of a town in Illinois?

Want to know how a gun works?

Need to interview the mother of an autistic child?

Here's your board.


04-11-2005, 04:57 PM
Here's my contribution:


04-11-2005, 05:06 PM
I have knowledge in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and access to many more lay experts in that area. I collected autographs in person seriously for about twenty years, was a nanny for twelve years, and use hearing aids. My husband was a police officer for fifteen years, was a professonal handyman for many years, is a Vietnam vet, is diabetic, and is on dialysis awaiting a transplant in June (we hope). Please feel free to ask about any of these areas.

At your service,

PS. Thanks Jenna

PPS. Edited to add material: My husband is American; I'm Canadian; we're living in Canada, so we also might be able to handle Immigration issues along those lines. Also, I grew up with lizards for many years and probably know or can ask my Mom (the Lizard Lady) the answers to most questions surrounding iguanas, basilisks, geckos, and anoles (commonly called chameleons in North America).Oh and my husband wa special ops and know many entertaining, untraceable ways to kill people (Anyone ever heard of an ice bullet?) .

04-11-2005, 05:20 PM
This makes me very happy!! :)

aka eraser
04-11-2005, 07:34 PM
My areas of expertise are pathetically few: freshwater fishing, hockey, many aspects of writing, flirting with women over the age of 30, finding nuggets of humour in nearly every situation, and IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

The last leads to my request.

I'm working (fitfully) on a book about people's experiences with online chat rooms. I've devised a questionnaire for anyone willing to share their stories. All replies will be confidential and I don't need to know real names. No remuneration and I don't have a publisher lined up. My basic raison d'etre for the book is present a more fully-realized picture of what really goes on in the online world of chat than the mainstream media presents.

The only requirement for respondents is experience with online chat. You can PM me for the questionnaire or read more about it and contact me from here (http://www.frankbaron.com/nextbook.htm).

04-11-2005, 07:56 PM
I have a PhD in behavioural psyc and have lectured in universities in Oz, Uk and US. I will also have plenty of questions about esoteric subjects. Never did learn to write what I know!

04-11-2005, 07:59 PM
I can help with questions about diabetes, crafts for kids, domestic violence, writing, animals/pets/birds in general/parrots, and various and sundry other topics.

04-11-2005, 08:12 PM
*. . .

04-12-2005, 01:47 AM
I did a lot of study into dragons when I was younger. They were my obsession for years, so I know a bit about them that others maybe could use for their stories or other works. I would be willing to share any of my knowledge concerning them with other people, should such need arise.

[Edited to Add:
Another thing I know quite a bit about is some forms of mental illness. I have some insights (brought about by personally suffering from several Mental Illnesses) into the particular mental problems of Disthymia, Paranoid Schizophrenia, Undifferentiated Schizophrenia, and Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as Tardive Dyskenisia (I hope I spelled those two words right) which is a common side effect of some mental medications that shares several symptoms with Parkinson's Disease.

(Please understand, however, that I am not a doctor or psychologist and am only willing and/or qualified to give my own personal experience when it comes to the illnesses I myself have suffered from.)]

{Edited YET AGAIN to add:
I forgot this one; I don't know why, it's one of my favorite pastimes:
I know quite a bit about drums (acoustic) and drumming.}

04-12-2005, 02:28 AM
Heh. I know a lot about a few things and a little about lots of stuff. If nothing else, I bet I can find out where to find the info requested. :D

Richard White
04-12-2005, 03:39 AM
I have a Bachelors in History with emphasis on medieval and renaissance eras. My minor was Criminal Justice (accepted into law school - never went).

15.5 years in the military - Czech/Arabic linguist (OK, Czech Linguist, Arabic wanna-be), Cryptanalyst, Air Assault qualified, Spent time in the 3rd ACR/101st as well as assorted MI units, got out as a Senior NCO

Wonderful knowledge of useless trivia - acutally used to read the encyclopedia when I was bored in HS/College

I've fenced, done SCA heavy fighting, cold-forged a broad sword (I don't recommend it), built armor, done heraldry, and am currently a sho-dan in Kendo. I feel reasonably comfortable talking about sharp objects. ;)

04-12-2005, 06:13 AM
I'm an optician, so I can answer questions about vision and glasses and contacts and light. 'Cataracted' is not a verb, even though I read it as such in a Big Famous Novel last night. I know way too much about gooey nose pads. (The hint here is that if the nosepads on your glasses are green, start washing your glasses before you bring them to me!)

I know a bit about how Medicare, Medicaid, and general insurance billing works.

I've worked as a newpaper flier collator, a waitress, a restaurant opening trainer, a hotel bartender and desk clerk, a bookeeper, a classified ad salesperson, rubber stamp maker, in a landscaping office and at ren-faires.

I have metally ill and alcoholic family members. I've lived in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska and Texas. Most of the men in my family are retired Navy.

I know a lot about ghosts. I know about tarot cards, spiritualism, remote control airplanes, digital photography, cats and ferrets. I know how long it takes to drive from Georgia to Pennsylvania.

I've been to Robert Frost's house. That ought to be good for something!

Liam Jackson
04-12-2005, 07:09 AM
Military/martial and cop stuff.

04-12-2005, 04:09 PM
Nice thread. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can add.

I know that I would like to see if anyone knows a lot about small-town (backwoods) life.

04-12-2005, 06:12 PM
I know the kind of information that I do not know, I know, until I am asked. There's just one very big problem with this and that is.....there are no guarantees that I know the kind of information you seek. The good thing is, I can just say, "I don't know."

With that in mind, feel free to ask me almost anything because I won't necessarily answer everything, even if I do know. ...you know? :D


04-12-2005, 09:06 PM
I speak Spanish, French fluently. Some Korean, Russian, Japanese, Italian, and Chinese.

I lived in Peru for a few years and know quite a bit about the mountainous regions North of Lima. Just finished researching the Incan Empire, so all things Inca are stored in my brain or on my hard drive. ;)

I've been working in Market Research for 5 years, so there are quite a few bits of strange information I have in this head of mine. They include:

Heavy Equipment & Trucks (Cat, Detroit, Cummings, Mack)
USA Transportation System
Breast Cancer Medication
Chemical water testing equipment

Ok, that's all I can think of right now. PM me if you ever need any info.


EDIT: Oh! I'm a French History Freak. Okay just a freak, but I know bunches about French History. History in general really. Should I try saying History one more time? :)

Sushi! I worked at a sushi bar for 5 years.

04-12-2005, 09:22 PM
I don't know nothing. But you can still ask me.

(if you have questions about IT, e-business, web server, filmmaking, Asia and Asian cultures, bug soup recipes, and hamsters, let me know)

04-12-2005, 11:38 PM
I know about herbs. I have studied them since I was twelve years old and will share any knowledge I can with you.
I also know about alcoholism and other addictions which I will gladly share any knowledge I can with you. I spent quite a few years as a drug and alcohol counselor.
I also know about underground mining and construction work and how it plays a part in a woman's life.
I pride myself in being a dog whisperer so if your doggies down, let me know. If I don't know what flea is biting I will ask my daughter the veterinarian:tongue
I know quite a bit about crafts and art. I make all my own paper, clay and soaps. I do mixed medium, sculpturing, painting, old world trash art, rag pillows and much more. If I can help with something, let me know.
What I don't know I can help research. I love researching information.

three seven
04-12-2005, 11:46 PM
I suppose I could weigh in with my specialist subjects really...

Automotive engineering, the car industry and anything else related to cars/trucks and motoring in general. But not motorcycles.

Air accident investigation & aeronautics.

Insurance law.

Serial killers and criminal psychology.

England - geography and culture.

The paranormal, specifically spirits/ghosts and astral projection; paranormal investigation.

70s/80s TV action shows.

Burt Reynolds (might come in handy, you never know!)

I'll come back when I've thought of some more, but my dinner's ready.

Kevin Yarbrough
04-13-2005, 12:08 AM
I know about me and you don't. If you ever need to know about me then PM me and I will tell you.

Plus, I know about Autism, have a son who is autistic. I can help you with drugs that may be used, treatments that will help better their lives, if the autism is caught early.

I am a student nurse, so can help you there.

I also know about horror books, commercials, movies, music, and good looking women.

04-13-2005, 12:21 AM
Let's see...

* B.A. in English

* Marriage topics, including newlyweds, stress in marriage, wedding planning

* Meeting your love on-line/on the internet (been there, got married!)

* New York & Florida (Grew up in New York [Long Island] and Central Florida)

* Know the Walt Disney World parks like the back of my hand

* Musicals (Broadway & film) - I am currently the Editor/Correspondent for Musicals at All Info About (http://musicals.allinfoabout.com).

* Music (vocally-trained)

* Women's health topics, with emphasis on:

The Pill (birth control & its effects, specifically Yasmin, Ortho TriCyclen, and Ovcon35)
Breast issues: Fibroadenomas, Breast Lumps, Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Fibroid Tumors
Blood transfusions
Thyroid issues
Lichen Sclerosis / Sclerosus / Scleroses
Lichen Simplex Chronicus (LSC)
Chronic eczema

* Mental health topics

Chronic depression
Anxiety disorders
General Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Panic disorders
Panic attacks
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Antidepressants (e.g.: Cymbalta)

* Health & Beauty Topics

* Ghana, West Africa

I'll add more as I think of them, but those are off the top of my head. :)

04-13-2005, 12:31 AM
Ok, I'll add my qualifications.

Mechanical engineer with a BSE degree and a member of ASME (not that I'm a very active member)
Minored in ancient history.
I work with lasers. Mostly CO2 lasers used for metal cutting.
And I tinker with cars in my spare time.
Oh, and I fenced epee for about four years. Haven't had the chance to pursue that after college.

So if you need help with describing a hot rod in your story or want some advice on how a laser weapon in your hard SF story might work, I can probably help.

04-13-2005, 12:41 AM
Liam -- I am so glad you are my friend!

I am not what you would call an expert at anything. All I can offer is a life full of varied experiences which may add a little verisimilitude to a story here and there, and I'm more than happy to share. PM me if there's something here you might like to know more about:

I'm a recovering alcoholic, sober for 18 years as of May 7/05. I quit on my own.
I married young, had a daughter young, and divorced young.
I spent nearly two decades as a professional guitarist, playing in bar bands. While doing so, I travelled extensively through all ten Canadian provinces, the Canadian Arctic, and parts of the northeastern US. All of this took place in the 1970s and 80s.
I am currently an engraver/awards shop operator, and computer network administrator.
I write a weekly movie review column for my small town newspaper.
I have been owned throughout my life by various and sundry cats.
My wife is a non-practicing Private Investigator
Great forum!

04-13-2005, 12:49 AM
Acoustic stringed instruments, anyone? My husband is a professional musician who owns his own music school. If you have guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass (upright and electric) questions, shoot them my way and I'll hand them over to him.

I was a publicist for a small record label for several years so I can also help with basic questions about creating band bios, writing press releases, etc.

04-13-2005, 01:09 AM
I have quick, and easy access to someone with a Bachelor's in Sociology, heavy on the Poli-Sci, Asian studies, and further along the path of Buddhism than I am.

Also can give info for Cellphone tech, especially when it comes to the data services, like the PDA phones, and air cards. Network (some), and Hardware tech, as well.

Me? I dunno squat.

04-13-2005, 02:12 AM
I'm a know-nothing. I didn't realise until just now, but it seems so.
If anyone needs to know about knowing-nothing I can oblige!

Well... I do have job expertise in a number of categories (I'd rather not post specifics, but I'll keep my beady peeled for those posting 'help-me' threads, and will PM the requester if I can help). I've also lived in a number of parts of East London and the South East, and have family who have lived in North London.

Ahhh family.... If I add together the jobs of all my family that would be 20 different professions on tap!! And I'm less identifiable by throwing my professions in amongst all theirs so here goes: including nursery teaching, math teaching, adult pc-literacy teaching, IT, librarian, Fast-Food restaurant management, banking, waitressing, typist, helpdesk, secretary, security guard, cab-driver, radio, research, cold-call sales and others too obscure to mention. Plus, I'm brazen enough to just go ask a whole bunch of friends AND strangers, so you can add newsagent, supermarket, estate agents, you get the idea!

04-13-2005, 02:13 AM
I know about the angels, demons, and afterlives of many religions.

I work at a daily newspaper.

I know everything there is to know about being a telephone psychic.

04-13-2005, 02:29 AM
Well...I thought I knew a whole bunch, but when I went on Jeopardy, I got creamed! (Ha, ha...found out that I know nothing about country music, movies, and the mulberry bush)

What I do know is:
1. Teaching (I have a Ph.D in multicultural education) and Diversity issues
2. Peace Corps (I was a volunteer in Morocco in the 80's and still speak some Moroccan Arabic)
3. Dogs (I have one at the moment, but I always include them in my writing)
4. Various jobs in the past include waitressing, library assistant, and cashier
5. I'm pretty good with grammar.
6. One of my sisters is a horse trainer.

Hope this adds to the list. Any questions, just let me know.

04-13-2005, 03:25 AM
I'd only say I'm an expert in the following:
*Theatre (stage management, rehearsal/production process) and television production (writing, research, production and editing)
*Acting, actors and the psyches/experiences thereof
*Specifics: MTV, Yale School of Drama, prep school
*WASP culture (growing up preppy)

But I'm a pretty good reference in these areas, as well:
*Social Psychology (partial Masters degree), esp. as it relates to physical health
*HIV/AIDS - sociology, psychology, support groups, medications, particularly in the 1980s
*Abnormal psychology/psychopathologies/personality disorders
*Mental health (see below)
*Music industry
*Motherless daughters

My first field was psychology and two of my sisters are therapists, so between us, we can cover pretty much anything in the mental health field, but especially seratonin-related disorders (anxiety/depression/OCD etc) and eating disorders.

Not an expert on families coping with cystic fibrosis, but I have very close access to one.

Richard White
04-13-2005, 05:32 AM
Well...I thought I knew a whole bunch, but when I went on Jeopardy, I got creamed! (Ha, ha...found out that I know nothing about country music, movies, and the mulberry bush)

What I do know is:
1. Teaching (I have a Ph.D in multicultural education) and Diversity issues
2. Peace Corps (I was a volunteer in Morocco in the 80's and still speak some Moroccan Arabic)
3. Dogs (I have one at the moment, but I always include them in my writing)
4. Various jobs in the past include waitressing, library assistant, and cashier
5. I'm pretty good with grammar.
6. One of my sisters is a horse trainer.

Hope this adds to the list. Any questions, just let me know.

Asalaama walakum, Kathleen. Kifi halikum, alyom?

(Well, that pretty much used up most of my Arabic. ;) )

04-13-2005, 06:11 PM
Well, I feel so terribly unqualified at everything! The few things I know about...

Crocheting, Knitting, Blackwork embroidery
Pet rats, Ferrets
Was a midwife to our dog
Life with two um..."spirited" sons
And I know way too much about the Jerry Springer show

04-13-2005, 06:42 PM
I sold life insurance for five years, have a box full of awards for agent of the month, was the manager of a finance company for four, owned a small advertising business for ten, was the credit manager of Lowe's Building Material Center for three years, so I even know how to figure board footage!:Wha:

Have raised two sons as a single parent without child support, so I know lots of stuff about raising kids and living on a budget. I am also intimate with domestic violence, the bar scene, having bartended and also spent plenty of time of the other side of the bar! Besides being raised in a dysfunctional family, I am also now, unfortunately, intimate with surviving the sucide of a loved one.

I would like to think I have good advice for people involved in unhealthy relationships, but I won't go into the details here. THe good news is, I can also show you the flip side of the coin and tell you what, to me, is the definition of a happy marriage and what makes a relationship successful. I am a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks.:guns:


04-13-2005, 07:01 PM
Hmmm... well... I have 23 years experience as an abused housewife if anyone needs to know something from the noncounseling side of abuse.

Other than that, as my title states: I'm a perpetual WIP, so I know a little of this and a little of that.

Lauri B
04-13-2005, 09:27 PM
If anyone ever needs a quote from parenting expert, I'm happy to help (although I'm not sure at what point I became an expert). I've written a bunch of books on the subject and have done lots of interviews. You can also ask me any questions you have about nonfiction book publishing, Jane Austen, competitive swimming, and tv commercials from the 1970's and 80's.

04-13-2005, 09:34 PM
I know horses from top to bottom, inside and out. Shoeing, feeding, grooming, training, riding, etc. I've worked extensively with stallions and difficult horses.

I also know Montana landscape and history pretty well.

04-13-2005, 09:47 PM
I may be able to help you if you need info on:

Radio/radio stations (British-based which will be a bit different from the US)
Voiceover work/voiceovers
Life in the UK - have lived in Warwickshire, Wales and now Devon (Plymouth and the South Hams)
Life as a Grace of the "Will and Grace" variety (actually not quite that bad - but I do seem to have a huge number of gay friends compared to straight ones - must be a result of working in the media)!
Difficult neighbours

Ok, scraping the barrel here. Suddenly my mind is blank, so may have a think and come back.:Huh:

Ah yes, my absolute speciality....being dopey!:roll:


04-13-2005, 11:41 PM
My array of achievements:

First off this thread is fun... if anyone can use information from me about any of this then go ahead and contact me.

I'm one of the original extreme sports "been there, done that" experts. I got started after a therapist suggested to me "triers try and doers do." It hit me in a very good way, at a time in my life that I really needed something to go on. In spite of my own personal problems I set out to discover doing things. First off I needed a job so I became a carpenter apprentice and built residential construction for many years. That led to many years later of me being a General Contractor. I know all the crafts and can perform most of them at the most competitive level regarding custom home construction.

After having a steady income stream I set out for my own adventure. My discoveries of adventurous activities led me to believe that almost everyone I knew had no interest in what I was doing. Within a year of trying dangerous sports I stopped telling most people what activities I had achieved. Now, as I'm about to turn 55, I'll mention it here for the first time.

I'm an expert rock climber that climbed between 1970 and 1989. I did two first accents that were recorded in a climbing journal. I fell over an overhang and hit a ledge before the rope caught me. I also have waterfall ice experience and big mountain climbing experience.

I'm a big mountain skiing expert and began that in 1971. In 1984 I skied the north face of Mt Shasta. In 1985 I skied God's Half Pipe after a giant avalanche ripped a ten foot deep perfect half pipe down the 50 degree face at the Lee Vining ice-climbing spot.

I'm a wind surfing expert and have jumped my small sailboard over fifty feet above the water. Once I took a sinker out of the Golden Gate on a big day and spent half the time air born above the mast high waves. That was one of three of the best rides of my life. The second best was a trip down the men's downhill course at the world cup.

I became a private pilot. I once flew a stunt plane down the face of Half Dome ten feet a way. That was the third best ride of my life.

I'm an expert scuba diver and once dove to 205 feet deep in Lake Tahoe in February, in the snow, and on one air-tank. That was a record dive for mountain diving with one tank.

I'm not bad at bowling. I won two tournaments that included about three hundred amateur bowlers.

I'm not bad at Golf. I got my handicap down to 1 at one time in my life when I tried hard at it.

I studied Ti-Kwon-Do for two years.

I was in life changing car accidents twice. The second time I had to find a new way to make an income. I lost it all. I can't do much now and know all about that too.

I became a self taught computer programer and have since learned four computer languages. I might try to tackle machine language and embedded devices just to see if I can do that too. I've invented MTML and the supporting software that displays it.

I spent several years in the music business where I designed a world class recording studio, worked with artist management, and ran live sound stages. I worked with the band The Hazies out of Central Florida. I had a computer based virtual studio and play the guitar good enough to actually pick one up in front of anyone.

I'm an expert on the game of Roulette and gambling in general. I have written several experimental games that prove my theories.

I follow politics in America very closely and know when a politician is trying to pass an untruth past me.

There is no stopping me as I move on to achieve more with my life. This writing thing I'm delving into now is just one more challenging way of expressing myself in a new way. I got my feet wet with writing while taking an on-line course in tech-writing, something I needed to write manuals for my inventions at that time. I used to be afraid of my limitations as a writer until I learned a few things that I needed to know before embarrassing myself at this level.

So if you need a nut-burger's point of view on flying above the crowd in the thin air of the extreme and experienced adventurer, the more down to earth opinion of an avid listener, or a programer's point of view then "go for it," I did.

04-14-2005, 03:54 AM
I'll toss in a few catagories of my own:

Hotel and Motel management, finance, policies, procedures and experiences, and politics(15 years managing two hotels)

Cottage life, cottage living, canoeing, bon fires, campfires, hunting/fishing lodges and anything to do with camp or life/living at a cottage. (not tenting or RVing though)

Long term gay relationships (23 years with kids and grandkids)

Protiring rather than retiring

Flat haired labs (also known as long haired labs)

Spinal disc problems and surgery (laminectomy and discotomy)/slipped discs

The game Scrabble (avid player!)

High School dropout stats (U.S. only)

Steel manufacturing

Although I don't have personal experience, I can provide extremely quick answers through two close friends on the subjects of:
-blindness (regarding living blind & succeeding in life, not diseases etc)
-horses (dressage, breaking, stuff you can't find on the net)

Hopefully I put enough 'key' words in to work in a search.

Email me or PM me. Either is okay and I will answer even if I can't answer the question.

04-14-2005, 08:57 PM
You can PM me if you want, I don't mind. ;) (Or bite. Lol)
I know a few odds and ends, but I'm not an expert. Hopefully I can help with what is needed. As to some things, I'm not a doctor, just have some friends with the medical conditions.

Stuff a know a good amount of:
Unicorns (I've loved them for forever!)
Scrub Woods
Poison Ivy, Sumac, and Oak
Food Alergies
Systemic Lupus

Stuff I know some of:
Autism (High functioning, but I still know a few things that could help)
Fibromyalgia (I know someone else who could help with more detailed stuff)
Song birds and Birds of Prey
Elemental Magic (Fantasy)

04-14-2005, 08:58 PM
Love this thread and this room!

Dance (Ballet expert, know a lot of other styles too)
Martial Arts--brown belt
Lived and worked in Japan
High-school teaching experience
Worked in a rehab with adults and teens
Bartended (not at the same time as working at the above, mind you)
Choreographed dance
Personal Trainer--(was) have degree in Exercise Science
Group exercise teaching experience
Worked in a billiard hall
Held position at events company as Coordinator
Taught English (again Japan)
Know a little about real estate

Know too much about dog's cruciate injury/recovery process
Know some about keeping tropical fish
Can't think of anything else right now--feeling the pressure! Will add if I can . . .
Please e-mail me here--don't PM, as I don't do them--too distracting for me when I am working . . .

04-14-2005, 11:44 PM
Here are my basic areas of knowledge/experience. Hope it can help someone. Yes, you can PM me.
Thanks, Jenna for setting this up.

Areas (geographic):
Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, Sedona, Camp Verde areas)
NW Montana - a bit from Missoula to Kallispell, a ton of info on Lincoln County where I taught in three different schools
Eastern Tennessee - Johnson City area
Northern NY - Adirdondack region (grew up there)

Spinning wool - with drop spindle and wheel

AA in Liberal Arts with focus on theatre
BA in English/Secondary Ed. (taught in three different states, all ages)
MA soon-to-be-completed in Storytelling and Reading, with a thesis on the Role of Humor in Ghost Stories
Coaching a State Competition Level Speech, Drama and Debate team
Directing, acting, theatre tech - teaching and doing, basic TV production and pagination editor outsourcing to some of our nation's top 100 newspapers (including NY Times, LA Daily News)

Other Certifications/Jobs:
Ashtanga Yoga teacher
Reiki Master Teacher (Usui and Karuna schools)

Other Work Experience:
Professional Storytelling
Op Tech
Waitress/Food Service (name it, I've probably made it or served it)
Sock sales (Kid you not - manager for a store of socks for 1 year)
Tabletop sales (china, silverware etc. - two years of my life doing this)
Domestic Violence Relief Counselor/Children's Art Therapy Group Leader

Chocolatier (making and eating), Baking (fancy danishes, pies etc. - making and eating)

Animal Knowledge:
Llamas (as pets and for investment)
Angora rabbits (especially English and English cross breeds)
Black Labs
Cats (Tabby, Tuxedo, Maine Coon)

Hope this can help someone!

04-15-2005, 01:02 AM
I may be able to help you if you need info on:

Radio/radio stations (British-based which will be a bit different from the US)
Voiceover work/voiceovers
Life in the UK - have lived in Warwickshire, Wales and now Devon (Plymouth and the South Hams)
Life as a Grace of the "Will and Grace" variety (actually not quite that bad - but I do seem to have a huge number of gay friends compared to straight ones - must be a result of working in the media)!
Difficult neighbours

Isn't this astounding! So many people with so many different and amazing lives all brought together by a love of writing. The internet can be such an amazing tool. And those of you who have apologised for having less interesting lives than others...STOP IT! I am as impressed by those of you who can sew, knit, raise kids etc. as I am with the extreme sports and military expertise. It's what makes life so interesting.

OK, thought of a couple more things following on from the above:

Happy to talk about living with PCOS (not an expert but can tell you how it has affected me).
Also, a little know condition called Vaginisimus (a sensitive topic but if it would help others just ask).
I have travelled within the Solomon Islands to many places tourists would never go and have stayed with within Islander's homes.
Lots of backpacker stories - Europe and Australia.

I'm sure I'll think of more and be back again:D

Lisa x

04-15-2005, 02:06 AM
I don't really have many areas of expertise -- I'm a flitterbug, so I know a little about lots and lots about very little.

I have a pretty sizeable library, and I'm happy to look stuff up if anyone needs something looked up.

My collection is probably heaviest in the criminology area, followed by paranormal stuff (mostly skeptical). I have two shelves of books on writing from last year's writing hiatus as well.

In addition, I can connect you with a history buff who specializes in the ancient world (Greece, Rome), the early medieval period, and Vikings.

04-15-2005, 02:48 AM
Okay, I don't know what I know, but let's have a look. :)

massage therapy
human anatomy
baby massage
pretty much anything to do with forms of massage from palliative care to sports massage
knitting and crocheting
Nova Scotia

Probably some other stuff. :) I'll come back and edit if I ever remember.


04-15-2005, 10:03 AM
I am so honored to be among people with such varied and interesting backgrounds.

Here's mine:

BA in French
BA in English
Taught French, English, and journalism in high schools for 10 years
Advised newspapers, yearbooks, and theater
Lived in Texas, Wisconsin, and Belgium (exchange student)
Hobbies: gardening, sewing, dog training, chauffering daughter to sports
Interests: rheumatoid arthritis, troubled teens, free speech
My husband manages the recovery services for a large tissue bank

04-16-2005, 01:00 AM
I joke that I'm a Renaissance Woman because I've had so many different jobs/careers. Really I just didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up (except a writer--but so far I've needed a day job).

I was a hairstylist for ten years and was an expert in hair coloring techniques such as highlighting. One of the the things that bugged me about THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham was that the heroine, in an attempt to escape her pursuers, kept changing her hair color, from red to black to blonde to brown. I was sitting there grinding my teeth, saying, "NO! Can't DO that!" With wigs, yes; with anything you can buy at CVS, absofreakinlutely NOT. ;) I never worked as a manicurist but love doing natural-nail manicures on myself and others. Never got the hang of the acrylic thing but I have a general acquaintance with the procedure.

I'm currently a website administrator for a law firm. I used to work at a legal publishing firm that mostly dealt with personal injury lawsuits. I worked for a site that investigated organized scam artists. I also worked for an online archive site (like Lexis but not Lexis--not naming names, though I will privately if necessary). I know stuff about web design but not much about programming, networks or hardware.

I also worked for a dotcom during the dotcom bubble. It was heady. I had stock options and everything (and cashed those bad boys in while the cashing was good). I also had some "sloptions" that were worthless from day one. I came in when they were just emerging from the garage and rode it through the V.C. money influx and the burn-through until they finally kicked me out when they sold out to another company.

My passion is history, mostly 18th and 19th century. My particular areas of expertise are England 1795-ish through 1840 or so. I love American colonial and Federal-period history but am not as well versed in it. I have most of Jane Austen's novels more or less memorized and can also expound at (opinionated) length on her biography.

I am also a big fan of the Age of Fighting Sail (think Patrick O'Brian or C.S. Forester) and have even tried my hand at writing a couple of nautical stories, which made me realize that I am *not* an expert in that area by a long shot, but I probably know a little more than the average person on the street. :) (I'll be in Portsmouth for Trafalgar Day this year--200th anniversary. Can.Not.Wait!)

Oh, I also have a pretty good working knowledge of copy machines. Seriously.

P.S. I forgot! I am also an expert needleworker--particularly thread crochet, but also regular crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint. I have more than 20 years' experience at crocheting, almost as much with needlepoint. In fact, the nonfiction book that I'm currently researching will be something to do with creative needlework in history.

04-16-2005, 02:56 AM
Nice thread. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can add.

I know that I would like to see if anyone knows a lot about small-town (backwoods) life.

Kelly - how small town and how back do you want the backwoods? I currently (for the last 26 yrs.) live 15 miles from the small community where my husband taught and children attended school.. I think the school has about 300 students in grades pre-K - 12. We live about 20 miles from the small town in the other direction, I think it has a population of something like 10,000. I'd have to check on that not for sure. I once worked with a woman who was so backwoods, she thought I was lying when I said my sister could make about $30 and hour working on computers. This was at least 10 years ago.Not sure if the rate has gone up since then or not, since my sister no longer does that, and I have a friend who trouble-shoots for me for free.

Anyway, if I can help you let me know.


04-16-2005, 03:39 AM
Nice thread. I'm not sure what, if anything, I can add.

I know that I would like to see if anyone knows a lot about small-town (backwoods) life.

I grew up in rural New Hampshire; we lived on a dirt road, and it was about half an hour, in good weather, to the next town.The local village had a small grocery store, and a gas pump. High school kids were bussed to the next town. There were less than a thousand people paying poll tax--that means summer folk too.

04-16-2005, 04:45 AM
I can relate to that. There used to be a small store, don't think they ever sold gas, in the community about 5 miles from our house. Even though it's closed now, the hitching rail out front for customers horses or mules is still out front. When my younger brother came for a visit I sent him to the "store" for some ice. When he came back he asked me why I didn't warn him he'd be going back into the last century. He meant the 1800's. There is a school there, but it only goes to the 8th grade. High schoolers either drive or ride the bus into Stuart or McAlester, a good twenty miles either way depending on where they live.

PM me if you want to discuss this further. Don't want to mess up this thread for others.


04-16-2005, 08:04 AM
Ok, I'll throw my hat into the ring, too. See if anything's useful:

I've been a health insurance claims examiner for four years. I can tell you (generally) what's covered by most health, dental and vision plans, how to file a claim, how to read a claim, preauthorization and appeals processes, and a little on HIPAA, Medicaid and Medicare issues.
I worked in 2 separate hospitals as a medical records technician.
My husband raises Walker hounds, and I have access to all you ever want to know about raccoon hunting and the care and training of coonhounds.
My father is an accountant and has worked for the same company, a mining machinery producer/refurbisher, for forty years. He started in the '60's on the switchboard and was, at one time, the president of the company.
I can give information regarding the customer's side of being tattooed. I have six tattoos, all from different tattooists, of various sizes and in different places. I can offer information such as pain level, skin types, appropriate artwork for body positions, etc. If I don't know the answer (did a lot of research on it before I got my first one) I can probably at least point you in the right direction.
I've lived in the same small town (with an absence of two years) my whole life (I'm 30 this year). Southern West Virginia - therefore, I can "debunk" stereotypes about hillbillies, tell you about coal mining, the economic state of the region, give you some interesting links relating to current culture and even show you information about a local legend.
I have easy access to one of the writers of the Kentucky State Penal Code, who is also a law professor at the University of Kentucky.
I have experience with early-onset gestational diabetes. I can also give you information regarding troubled conception (i.e., it took me 3 years to concieve, and then had to use Clomid).
An aunt of mine has done research into twins and the psychic/physical bond shared by them, and is also an engineer and interior decorator.
I can tell you, from personal experience, what it's like to go from a "priviledged" lifestyle to one of poverty in a short period of time.
I worked as a legal secretary in North Carolina and can offer limited (and a little dated) information regarding traffic, domestic and real estate law.
I am adopted, and have known that I was adopted for as long as I can remember. I can tell you what it's like growing up as an only adopted child, and a little about searching for birth parents (I've only made a cursory effort of it myself). I can also contrast the difference between "knowing" and "not knowing" (my best friend as a child was also adopted and his adoptive mother passed away before he was told. He still doesn't know).
My husband is a huge Washington Redskins fan. He can tell you who played when, trivia regarding the stadiums and teams back to the '80's.
Early-to-mid-'90's comic book collector. My husband and I have approximately 2500 books from that era, running the gamut from Marvel superhero books (mainly the X-titles) to the DC Vertigo titles (mostly Preacher) to a few independents (Poison Elves and Sin City are the most prominent).
Guess that's about it. Hope some of this is helpful to someone out there!


04-16-2005, 09:06 AM
My husband is a polysomnographer (sleep technician - many years of experience), so if you're writing about sleep apnea, sleep studies, sleep labs, hospitals, doctors, etc., he'd be happy to help answer questions.

He's also a huge Florida Gator fan, having been born and raised in Gainesville, FL. Need any Gator trivia? He's your man!

I have a B.A. in English, spent many years writing press releases and other corporate/business type communications, and I own and operate an online retail business (new age/spiritual/pagan nature).

Lisa Y
04-16-2005, 04:01 PM
I don't know if any of my "expertise" can help, but I think there are several of you all I might be calling on!:

I am a Medical Technologist (I run blood work) and work in a Physician's Office Lab. No blood bank (in other words, I know next to nothing about what would be done in a forensics lab, other than what I've read doing my own research). I have limited phlebotomy experience.

I have first hand experience with anxiety, depression, and the borderline personality.

I have second hand experience with ADHD (my son and my husband have it) and diabetes type II/kidney problems (my father has it).

I have a strange facination with British royalty (not just current, but back to the beginning) and while I'm not an expert, I know more than the average person

I watched my mother and sister-in-law shrivel up and die from cancer within 2 months of each other (pancreatic and lung respectively)

I am a PA author who wishes she wasn't

That's all for now

04-18-2005, 04:28 AM
A couple of areas of expertise, if they're of use to anyone:

1. M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (my entire career has been spent in commercial aircraft flight control systems--I don't know much about space craft). If you want historical trivia about aircraft, I'm NOT your gal. If you want to know how an airplane works and what's plausible/implausible from an engineering standpoint, I can probably help.

2. Foreign adoption, specifically Russia. We adopted a child from the St. Petersburg area last year, so I can tell you about the process, the pile of paperwork, fees, and general events that made up our experience.


04-18-2005, 11:11 AM
First-hand experience writing/drawing puzzles for newsstand puzzle magazines, seven years. I don't do crosswords, even though people assume I do when I say "puzzles."

Many years of experience copy-editing, mostly academic material, but that's nothing special around here.

Experience with and knowledge of tinnitus. Administrator on Tinnitus Support Message Board.

Co-owner of a Yahoo! group on humor; moderator of a local Yahoo! group for people assaulted by municipal program to collect business tax from filers of federal Schedules C and E, and very active in effort to protest/reform this tax.

04-18-2005, 01:37 PM
-Mystic and paranormal tradition - focused on the debunking thereof. That is, don't ask me questions in this field if you want the spiritualist answer. Ask me if you want to know how to fake it, or catch the fakes. I can field quite a few comparitive religion questions, too.
-Mycology. I would wager that I can field any mycology question at a level of detail needed for anything that might be asked here.
-Philately. I've been a collector for 20 years, specializing in 19th century American postal history, but I can probably field most questions here regardless of details. Some might take a little time - if you want to know how much a 3-ounce envelope would cost to mail from Boston to Charleston in 1883, and what sort of stamps would have been used to pay that postage, I can tell you ... just not overnight. =)

-Esoterica. I've got some knowledge of a great many things, and a lot of access to research material from a staggering array of sources.

Feel free to shoot questions to qalyar (at) gmail [dot] com. I try to check it regularly (although I often fail), and I'll always respond (I'm at least more prompt that certain famous agents!).

Andrew Jameson
04-18-2005, 07:34 PM
Stuff I Know a Bunch About

I've got a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with a fairly general background. Materials, vibrations, structures, stress, strain, mechanisms, some other stuff, I'm your man.
I used to design sonobuoys -- disposable Navy sonar sources for detecting submarines. So I know a bit about their design: parachutes, floats, cables, pressure vessels, seaworthiness etc.
From a research and development perspective, I know some things about automobiles, engines, alternative fuels, transmissions, etc. Not quite the hands-on knowledge of your average motorhead, though.
This is kind of esoteric, but I do accreditation of university engineering programs once a year.
Oh! My wife and I are the only white folks living in an all-black city block. That gives an interesting twist on the minority/majority issue, for what it's worth.
Stuff I Know a Bit About (subtitled, I'm not really an expert, but I know more than the average guy in the street)

stamp collecting
my wife's an artist, so I'm familiar with the art scene -- openings, studios, artists, proposals, etc.
I live in Detroit, and know some things about the city
I've constructed word puzzles of varying complexity as a hobby.
I suppose there's other things; I'll edit this post as I think of them.

04-19-2005, 04:07 AM
Don't know if I qualify as an "expert," but here's what I know...

Martial Arts - Black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, third-degree black belt in Kajukenbo Karate. Also, a teacher of the latter.
Advertising - BA in Mass Comm
Blues Harmonica/singing - used to sing in a band and blow the harp
Web programming - again, "expert" might be stretching it a bit, but I've been doing it for ten years.
Occult/paranormal - Avid ghost hunter/investigator. Kinda comes with the territory with the Horror Channel articles and horror novels and such.
College politics - Worked at the same college for ten years and have actually seen English professors break out into fist fights.
Improvised Home Made Explosives - Uh...Moving on...
Depression - Diagnosed with depression a while ago. No longer on meds, so I like to think I beat it. One never truly beats it though, do they?
Audio-visual technician - If it has a plug on it, I'm responsible for it in my day job. Fire away with questions...I ain't skeered...
Multi-religious families
Ball Pythons - Got a three-footer in my writing room
Dogs & Cats - been around them all my life.
The insanity caused by teen-aged children - My oldest daughter just turned fourteen. You think you scare me? Nope.
How to irritate people - Years of practice!

04-21-2005, 05:53 AM
I'm in Plano, Texas -- just a wee bit north of Dallas. Born and bred in Foat Wuth (Fort Worth to the Yanks).
I was born with imperfect ears (http://www.meryl.net/ci/) (read: deaf). Mainstreamed and don't do sign language (because I want to avoid letting my lipreading and speaking skills to go to pot).
I fell in like (love for computers just doesn't sound right) with computers when I got my first Apple ][+ at 10 (Does my age show?).
I met my husband in 1987 on a BBS (bulletin board aka pre-Internet thingie).
Has three kids: girl - 11, boy - 6, boy - 2 (girl think she knows everything and wants nothing to do with us, boy throws a fit when he can't beat a electronic game, and baby has curly hair that makes it hard for us not to let him get away with things).
Worked in government for three years during the six years living in Washington, DC.
Worked in teleco for 10 (still do).
Career involved process (as in TQM and CMM, but not M&Ms) and tech writing for a big monster of a software.
Frequently writes about PDAs (http://www.pctoday.com/) (the geek kind, not the lovin' kind), web design (http://informit.com/guides/guide.asp?g=webdesign), and software. Blogging (http://www.meryl.net/blog/) since before it was cool.
Editor of a few email (http://www.internetviz-newsletters.com/internetviz/) newsletters (http://www.internetviz-newsletters.com/shavlik/).
For years, I was a big fan of musical theater and collected way too much stuff... stuff I am trying to sell (Theater World Annuals for one). I still enjoy it, but my hands are too full.
I had cochlear implant surgery in 2003 within months of having the youngest - sick almost from birth till the end of the year then sick again in August 2004 -- lost half of my blood). Haven't decided if it was worth it yet or not as I got use out of my hearing aids.

Just finish the soccer mom thing... kid #2 had soccer party today... can't think anymore. Oh, a little promo for my daughter. She wants honest feedback on her writing (http://sapphireintrigue.blogspot.com/). She is getting discouraged because she isn't getting enough comments. Thank you to Funny_Lady, Mac, and The Fairy Who Is Violet for taking the time to visit and comment.

I hope this helps. I am saving as much of your info as possible as this crew has a wonderfully diverse background.


P.S. Hoping to see one J.G. in May!

04-22-2005, 03:16 PM
As mentioned elsewhere, I am seriously into things Chinese -- have a M.A. in Chinese studies, have lived in the PRC for several years, currently residing in Taiwan (my third time here).
So, if you awake one night with a desperate need to know about:
-- the different romanization systems for spoken Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.
-- the significance of a Chinese image of a vase, an elephant, a vase in the shape of an elephant, a chubby boy holding a peach, a monkey astride a horse (etc)
-- the different types of tea and/or methods of tea preparation from the Han through the Qing Dynasty
-- 'simplified' (modern) vs. 'complex' (traditional) Chinese characters
-- the ancient 'art' of footbinding
-- contemporary Taipei
-- different types of Chinese cuisine (including Straits/Nonya dishes)
-- how to handle an abacus
-- elements of Imperial court attire
-- the different schools of Chinese fortune-telling (face reading, mole analysis, not 'feng shui' )(well, I just answered a question elsewhere on this site about 'feng shui' -- what it is and is not -- so I guess I originally underestimated my knowledge about it)
-- traditional Chinese holidays and/or customs and/or superstitions
I can handle some political science-type questions, too, but I'm better versed in the cultural/historical/sociological. My specialty is late Qing Dynasty/early modern China.
Let me know if your Fu Manchu needs some versimilitude --

04-23-2005, 08:32 AM
I'm a pretty good source of information about the temporary staffing industry, I've done all the back office, sales, etc. through mgmt positions and I've even been a temp.

I also know a bit about IT consulting and HR from my current and most recent roles at the company I now work for.

I have access to a very good resource on AF survival training, the U-2 program in the 60's and personal experience with life as an AF brat raised at Edwards AFB (a la The Right Stuff) from the early '60's to the mid 70's.

If you need some info about Bakersfield, CA I can help you with that, too. I'm amazed at how often I see that poor town derided in print. Don't live there now but went to Cal State Bakersfield in the late 70's and lived there in the early 90's for a bit.

hmmm. That's all I can think of for now. I'd love to help anyone who needs it!

04-25-2005, 12:36 AM
Here's some areas I can help in:

--Asperger's Syndrome

--Teaching the primary grades

--Mental Illness, mainly depression and Bipolar. In-patient hospitalization. (Not me, though sometimes I feel like I need a week of intense therapy....)

--Special ed kids losing a close family member (their differing take on it)

--Having lived near the ocean for so many years, I know about boardwalks, beaches, storms, summer visitors habits.... Nothing scientific, though. I'm not into marine biology!

04-25-2005, 08:08 AM
I won't deem myself an expert at anything, but I decided to "put it out there" that, since I'm currently going through college, the only people I interact with on a daily basis are teenagers.

I am one, I know my friends, I know how we act, and I know the morals, values and mindset of most of the people I live around. I know there are some people on this board who may need a current 17-22 year old opinion, and I don't mind a PM if it's something I may be able to answer.

Bon chance!

04-25-2005, 09:01 AM
Everyone here is so erudite that I hesitate to add my meager posting. But, I must know something because I keep reading novels and thinking that's not right!

Areas where I've noticed published work is frequently and annoyingly wrong, I've added an asterisk.

Sales & Marketing
Management & Operations:
Catering* (including lots of Ritzy parties and hundreds of weddings. Working, not attending.)

Undocumented US immigrants* (I was born in the US, but there may be one or two undocumented workers. . . wink,wink, . . . in the restaurant and hotel business.)

General Business*

Oxy-acetylene and electrical arc welding (yes, I'm female)
so that means women in non-traditional occupations

Adult Students
Single Parenting
Parent of Adult Child
Unmedicated "Natural" childbirth (short answer: just say yes)
Cooking and baking

I have a recent B.S. in psychology*, but you have people on the board with far more expertise than I. Still, a lot of people get even the easy stuff wrong.


I've lived in California, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, Maryland, Virginia, Florida (including the Keys), Louisiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. Many of them more than once.

(Why did you move around so much? My father was an itinerate aerospace engineer, employed by the Department of Defense, during the 'moon mission' era, when that was still a cool thing to do. I can't imagine why that would be useful to anyone, but just in case.)

Chicago has been my adopted home town for the past 12 years. If you have a setting or location question in Chi-town I can't answer, I'll go find out for you. (It's a great city, more novels should be set there.)

Because I've moved a fair amount, I'm fairly conversant in the regional differences between the South, Midwest and West. (It never ceases to amaze me that, to many from Illinois, all southern accents sound the same.)

I lived in Alabama, Virginia, and Maryland both before and shortly after segregation, so I've observed the worst of prejudice, in case someone needs ancient history.

Interpersonal Topics

Everyone in my family is completely normal, except for the:
sibling rivalry
domestic violence
and child abuse

My sister is a social worker studying to become an Episcopalian priest who home schooled her three daughters, so if you have questions about any of those I'll ask her.

Finally, two questions I really DO know the answer to:

Why does a guy say he'll call you, and then not do it?
What does a guy mean when he says he's separated?
Feel free to PM or e-mail me anytime, because it's probably more fun than whatever I'm doing at the moment.

three seven
04-25-2005, 11:31 AM
Finally, two questions I really DO know the answer to:

Why does a guy say he'll call you, and then not do it?
What does a guy mean when he says he's separated?
Ok, I call your bluff. ;)

04-27-2005, 07:41 AM
[/list]Ok, I call your bluff. ;)

I was kidding!!! I thought YOU were going to explain it to us? That's what they told me when I signed up for this site!


04-27-2005, 07:11 PM
Joni asks:
1. Why does a guy say he'll call you, and then not do it?
2. What does a guy mean when he says he's separated?
I'm not a guy, but I have studied them extensively, so I'll take a stab. (Easy, fellas, that's a metaphorical stab.)

1. He knows he ought to want to call you. He understands that the polite thing to do is pretend this is the case when it is not. It's easier to tell this white lie than to tell you he doesn't feel you clicked at all and you probably won't hear from him again.
2. He's married but would like to have sex with you, and he understands that you would not consider it if you think he and his wife are together.

How'd I do, guys?

Maryn, apologizing for hijacking the thread

04-27-2005, 10:26 PM
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Dorothy Thompson
Author, Relationship Columnist, Soul Mate Expert
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04-28-2005, 12:57 AM
Here's my two cents:

- Life in small town Saskatchewan, Canada. Bitterly COLD winters!
- Parenting a child with severe food allergies. My daughter has a life threatening allergy to peanuts.
- Exchange students. I was one in Switzerland for a year in 1995, studied French. We now have a Danish teenager living with us for a year.
- Piano, I'm studying to be a teacher.
- Travelling overseas with small children, (please ask for advice if you're planning on attempting this. Humour or Horror writers may be interested.)

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions or comments.

05-01-2005, 08:27 AM
I'm so new at posting I'm almost afraid to contribute to this, but I have been lurking for months.

The only things I have that haven't been mentioned by anyone else are:

*Hardanger Embroidery as a hobby for over 10 years
*doing phone sex for an income, though not currently

and then there is my twisted perspective on life in general

05-02-2005, 05:02 AM
I'm a pediatrician, so I can help with medical questions of all sorts.

05-02-2005, 09:01 PM
Some of these I am expert at while others I have second hand knowledge.

Mental Illness (depression, OCD etc)
Computers (operating a Pc, software, Internet)
animals (especially cats)
making speeches

05-02-2005, 09:30 PM
*Horticulture -
*Cat psychology

05-03-2005, 05:49 AM
I don't know whose idea this was, but its a good one!

Here's my list:

Family Reunion Planner
Small town life
Family Matters
Adoptive Parent
Caregiving for elderly parents
VP of summer league baseball program for several years
Husband Pres. of same league for several years
Horses (can ask husband)
Parents raised during Depression
Legal secretary (Former)

05-03-2005, 10:05 AM
Hey all,

I'm new around here, so I thought I'd jump in and offer my services, humble though they might be.

I can help in:

*art history, especially classical, medieval, early Renaissance, and Islamic art
* music (I'm a trained opera singer, and teach voice, piano, music theory & history)
* Italian and French
* riding (particularly dressage)
* general livestock sort of stuff (like, just how stupid turkeys truly are)
* life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest
* outdoorsy sorts of stuff (like, what to eat in the bush, how to cope when one surprises a bear, and which leaves are the ones to use for toilet paper)

I'd be more than happy to help others out!



05-03-2005, 10:33 PM
Hi! Here are my meager contributions:

-Comic books (and comic book culture, ie cons, collecting, ect.)
-Roleplaying games and the people who play them
-Punk rock (with an emphasis on the Brits, especially Generation X and the Sex Pistols)
-Punk culture and clothing
-British slang
-Cosplaying (dressing up like anime characters and going out in public. Don't ask me how I know about this. You wouldn't want to know.)
-I can read Cyrillic and speak a bit of Russian
-Magic and the occult (I'm a practicing Wiccan and have done a lot of reading on the history of the occult and witchcraft. If you want to know about modern Wiccan rituals, I'm your girl.)
-Psychological profiling and serial killers. It's a hobby. Man, that sounds weird...
-College life
-Airline travel (both mom and mom's boyfriend work in the airline industry. Boyfriend is a pilot of large jets if anyone needs that info.)
-Misc. geek culture
-Tarot cards and tarot readings
-Working as a phone psychic
-"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" trivia

I could list more but I think I've just outed myself as the biggest nerd ever, so I'm going to stop here. Cheers!

05-07-2005, 07:14 AM
Auto mechanics--25 years

Federal law enforcement security

Garage Sale expert

Consumer advocate against auto mechanic ripoffs


Hand weapons



05-07-2005, 08:06 AM
A few I can think of now...

5 years as a major city firefighter
non-traditional college student (just graduating now, @ 30)
unarmed securty work
straight razor shaving

05-12-2005, 02:06 AM
Parent of a two year old toddler

Child was born the day after Christmas

Reform Jewish but know a lot about other denominations of Judaism

Cat owner -- one short hair and one long hair

Currently live in northern New Jersey but grew up in New York City and know every corner of the Big Apple

Vaccine advocate

My mother has emphysema and diabetes

I have over five thousand books in my house so I know where to find them cheaply

Home owner of an older home

Writer specializing in parenting articles

I have ten year old deliciously happy marriage and consider my husband my best friend

I live in suburbia

I have GERD and currently take Prilosec

05-12-2005, 06:41 AM
I may be a little late in the game joining in here, but here's what I can probably help with.

Vision problems (legally blind)
Job search processes
Working from home
Medical transcription

(OK, so it's a short list. :) )

clara bow
05-12-2005, 09:04 AM
I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist (M.A.-Counseling Psychology). The bulk of my experience is with adolescents in a variety of settings (psychiatric hospital, group homes, school, outpatient).

05-13-2005, 03:32 AM
Some of my experiences include:

dairy farming

home schooling

work in animal hospital

work in feed store

selective mutism

divorce and living apart from children


abusive relationships

dogs, especially shepherds

life in Vermont

Is that enough or would you like more info!

I think this is great, Thanks.

05-13-2005, 07:31 AM
I'm a wealth of useless information and would probably be a great PhoneAFriend when you're on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Beyond that, I'm chock full of info on:

Herb gardening
Magic, modern witchcraft and the occult
Interior design and decorating (I can faux a wall with the best of 'em)
Raising twins
Weird EMT stories (three years as a squad jockey)
Medical office issues such as billing and health insurance
Genealogy -- US, English and Scottish
Scotland's history and folklore
Stuff to do in Ohio

Tish Davidson
05-13-2005, 10:41 AM
Sometimes I feel like I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little, but here goes:

raising companion dogs for the blind and dogs in general
riding (hunters and jumpers)
getting kids into elite colleges
cooking and baking (from scratch)
many things related to human biology (I have a masters in biology and am currently contracted to write 7 chapters of a high school bio text, so I must know something, right?)
I've also written published books about prejudice, competition, and school violence and am currently working on one on influenza and have written encyclopedia articles about almost any disease you can name.And I wrote a nursing book on fluids and electrolytes (oh yeah, that one was exciting)
I am truly expert at using the Web for reliable medical research

had a daughter who was a child actress in a tv series about 10 years ago. (she grew up to major in economics)

Lived in Lafayette, LA (Cajun county)
Lived in central NJ (princeton area) for many years
Currently live in Fremont, CA notable because it has the largest Afghan population outside of Afghanistan or so I am told - possibly the most diverse city of 200,000 in the US with over 130 languages spoken in Fremont homes (according to the mayor)

Used to teach at a training school for nannies and can tell you many horror stories (about the employers, not the nannies)
Formerly the quality control director of a vegetable cannery (can tell you all about spoilage)

I'm married to a man who is an expert on science fiction, especially pulps from the 1940s and early 50s. If people have sf questions, I'll pass them on.

three seven
05-13-2005, 02:48 PM
I'm a wealth of useless informationWell you know where that belongs! (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11012)

05-13-2005, 09:24 PM
For me:

PHP, Perl, JavaScript, DHTML (Web programming)
Perl (also Web programming, but my knowledge is outdated here)
HTML, XHTML, CSS (Web design)
Other Web stuff (SEO, Usability, Intranets)
Linux, SUSE, Mandrake
Windows, general computer cleanup (I'm the "fix it" guy for local friends)
Poetry (I cannot hold my own against an MFA in poetry, but I'm sure as hell more compentent & informed than 90% of what I see in online workshops)
Small press publishing (my knowledge is outdated)

three seven
05-14-2005, 05:08 AM
*General chat moved to Take It Outside board (here) (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12444).

05-22-2005, 03:53 AM
What an impressive range of talents.

Um...I'm quite good at eating and sleeping.

05-24-2005, 11:16 PM
Since I used this thread to find some experts, I thought it's only fair to post mine, although I am not sure how unique they are.

Social Services B.A. in Human Services
Child Care/Nanny A.A. in Early Childhood Ed.
Self-employment 2+years
Recovering alcoholic 9+years
x-smoker 5+years
low income living
vegetarian living 5+years
natural childbirth
PKU - phenylketonuria
Well now that I have made that list, I really feel like I put myself out there, but if it helps someone else I am all too glad to be of service.

Sara Rachael Hope
05-26-2005, 06:40 AM
When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them "I breathe".
You can get more of an 'insight' into my accomplishments, expertise and experiences of all sorts!, by visiting:
www.freewebs.com/debraulrich (http://www.freewebs.com/debraulrich)

...and, feel free to contact me anytime, if I can be of any assistance to you in any matter and/or capacity. :kiss:

Author, Requiem of Insanity...a non-fictional fairy tale

05-26-2005, 07:34 PM
Things I know a bit about:

Elementary and Gifted Education (degrees/experience)
Antiques & Collectibles (business experience, old costume jewelry, etc.)
Figure skating (30 yrs. experience/professional instructor)
Sewing and handbag design
Designing/building your own home
Clinical depression
Tourette Syndrome, ADD, OCD
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Poetry and Devotional Writing
Book Writing
The Bible
Early Church writings/Mystics
Mission trips (Africa, Peru, etc.)

05-26-2005, 11:28 PM
I'm not an expert in anything, but have some experience with:

historic re-enactment and living history, both in the recreational SCA way and the more thorough time&place-specific way (later 14th c. England)

painting with medieval pigments and media on various supports, including grinding pigments, mixing binders and prepping supports

cutting quills for writing, and working with parchment (hint: it doesn't tear like paper and it stinks when you burn it - it's animal hide!)

grozing, painting and firing glass pieces for a stained glass window, including making the pigment and silver stain (silver nitrate is incredibly cool to make) - this is medieval style, not Tiffany or modern, so I'm no help there

a little bit about making bee-skeps (the woven straw hives) and a very little bit about medieval book-binding

doing the above without glasses while being very short-sighted

various martial arts at complete beginner level, including SCA polearm combat, wing chun and escrima

a few years study in the following languages: French, German, Spanish, Latin, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese (not fluent in anything but can get by in German)

I work at a university library in BC, and know how to use it - I occasionally go on research binges (18th c. Gothic novels? vernacular architecture? vampires? apprenticeship indentures?) so I can often recommend a book or two or three on a given subject.

I have access to a jeweler who makes historical pieces using period techniques and has a collection of what archaeologists call LMS (little metal sh*t) - he knows what buckles, shoes, rings etc. look like after a few hundred years in the dirt.

I have access to friends who spin and weave, make pottery, who raise goats and sheep, who make parchment, who make shoes and lasts, and well, a variety of historic crafts. Several of them do it professionally as well as with an eye to historic accuracy.

05-27-2005, 12:00 AM
I know that I would like to see if anyone knows a lot about small-town (backwoods) life

I'm from Nebraska, my fiance is originally from So. Dakota........ummmmm yeh

Oh yes, and I know a little bit of a whole lot of nothing in particular

06-03-2005, 01:08 AM
Oh boy, late to the party as ever!

Let's see:

I grew up in a pub in England and know everything there is to know about the licensed trade here

My first career was glamour modelling

I've been a qualified yoga teacher since 1987 and a life coach since 2000

I've run two international think-tanks focusing on global problems and corporate social responsibility respectively and one international tree planting charity

I have a triple honours degree: politics, philosophy and history.

Susan in Houston
06-09-2005, 01:54 AM
I'm amazed at the breadth and variety of knowledge that is contained here. Looks like almost anything that a writer could want information on. Didn't see anyone else with experience in Orchids, so thought I'd put my name in the hat.

Also, if anyone is using outsourcing and/or the loss of jobs due to outsourcing in their writing, I have first-hand experience in the area with a background with a large multinational oil company.

Additional items after reading other posts:
Caregiving for older parents
OsteoArthritis (living with it)

06-09-2005, 04:17 AM
Interesting idea for this thread. Here's a few things I know about:

B.S. in Applied Mathematics, M.S. in Mathematics with Actuarial Science concentration. That means things like probability theory, life contingencies, etc.

Master of Library Science (in progress) with an interest in organizational dynamics and disaster management.

Jobs & Careers

I process newspapers from around the world for the primary library on campus.

I spent six years working in the pension consulting field working with large employer-sponsored pension plans.

As an undergraduate student, I worked as a Yellowstone tour guide for three summers. This means I learned a broad range of ecology, geology, and history of the park.


I play the mandolin as well as a little ukulele.

I've been researching bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe.

06-10-2005, 08:57 AM
I'm from Nebraska, my fiance is originally from So. Dakota........ummmmm yeh

Oh yes, and I know a little bit of a whole lot of nothing in particular

No way! Me too! I'm an expert.

Also, I can answer pretty much any question about volleyball.

J.S. Blue
06-10-2005, 03:44 PM
Airplanes, especially pre WWII. Well versed in air racing history and antique aircraft in general. Also construction.

Motorcycles from 1903 to present- history, restoration, riding instruction, repairs ect. been riding them for 30+ years.

Life in rock bands....

Living through adverse times ( I had a car accident where I had no heartbeat for three minutes plus a lot of other bad injuries- motorcycle wreck that broke my neck in three places for example.)

Raising four daughters....

06-10-2005, 11:56 PM
My name is Bryan Scott Williams. I recently completed my first book on Self-Defense, etc.

Anyone who requires any assistance with a project involving firearms, tactics, self-protection, etc. please feel free to contact me.

Additional information about myself, my company or book can be found at www.wa-protective.com (http://www.wa-protective.com)

Be Safe

Bryan S. Williams
Williams Associates Protective Services, LLC
www.wa-protective.com (http://www.wa-protective.com)

06-21-2005, 11:29 PM
I'm new on this board, so what the hey...

Movies, esp. of the 1930s and 1940s (U.S., that is)
Working in an office (at least it pays the bills ;-))
Exercise - as in cardio, strength workouts, etc.
Alaskan Malamutes (not an absolute expert, but hubby & I had our 1st Mal for almost 13 yrs; our current "boys" we've had for about 5 yrs)
Childless but not by choice (probably the main reason for the novel I'm currently writing)
Eh, not a heckuv a lot of stuff. But maybe more will come to me - or not.


06-22-2005, 04:09 AM
Ha-ha! I suppose it would be easier to list subjects I don't claim to be a specialist in!


History-Colonial America, The Ancient Med. World (esp. Rome), The Crusades, China (19th c. and earlier), European intellectual history (mostly German)

Philosophy-history of, political philosophy (esp. British thinkers, Locke, Bentham, Hobbes, Harrington), Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Chinese Philosophy

Economics-mostly developmental history


James Bond-movies and books (have all of both)

Making an *ss out of yourself in public-my wife says I have no equal

Rob :)

06-22-2005, 04:35 PM
Hi All,

Just throwing in my 'two-pennorth' as we Brits say:

*health promotion

*stress and stress counselling

*practioner in neuro-linguistic programming


*feng shui

*emotional healing

*West Wales

*rugby union football

*writing and editing for a mobile information exchange

*comping (doing consumer competitions and winning lots!)

*theories of abundance

*myasthenia gravis

*living with a permanent medical condition

*positive mental health

*menopause - oh how I suffer!

Hope this is of use to someone, as I've just spent a pleasant half-hour going through all yours. Please feel free to PM me. :)

06-23-2005, 07:21 PM
My two pennies, which I'm willing to give free ( !!! http://absolutewrite.com/forums/images/icons/icon12.gif ) of charge:

- Astrology;
- Meditation;
- Spirituality;
- HBHG (Holy Blood - Holy Grail) - the bloodline of Jesus;
- Christianity and Early Christian Sects, aka Gnosticism, and later ones, too (Manicheism, Cathars, etc.)
- Conspiracies; Templarism, Priory of Sion;
- Mono-Atomic Metals;
- Zecharia Sitchin theories;
- Pyramids and Megaliths;
- Zionism;
- Isr-Pal conflict;
- How to be a good father and to succeed in it;
- How to be self-respecting and assertive, w/o hurting the other and w/o the New-Ageal theories and parlance.

Come and help yourself,


06-24-2005, 06:21 AM
Although it probably shouldn't, the amount of expertise on this list astounds me. I'm honored to add my humble list to the batch:

*Raising boys to become honorable men
*Being a Woman Living in Household of Men
*Chocolate (I have a book, a column and a website on this subject)
*Coffee (same as above)
*ADD-ADHD (both the space-cadet and the spinning top kind)
*Academically Gifted Children (Enrichment vs. Acceleration)
*Academically Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities and/or ADD
*Living with Bears in Your Backyard
*New Jersey (and its many, many wonderful attractions)
*Starting a Local Writers Group (Facilitator of the North Jersey Christian Writers’ Group – NJCWG)
*Starting/Running a Writers’ Conference (Director of the NJCWG – A Reason to Write Conference)
*Youth Groups and/or Youth Culture
*Organizing/Chairing Functions and Committees
*Influence Without Authority (Getting people to work with you when you aren’t the boss)
*The Musically Gifted Living with the Tone Deaf

Came back to edit my post after I thought of a few more things. *I'm German by heritage. My parents came through Ellis Island. Grew up “country poor and patched.” I speak German (haltingly) but understand most of what is spoken.

*Working in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Please feel free to contact me if you need a quote for an article or some background info.

Louise Bergmann DuMont:Coffee:
Recent Releases: Grace by the Cup & Faith-Dipped Chocolate
www.njcwg.blogspot.com (http://www.njcwg.blogspot.com)
www.cafemochalight.blogspot.com (http://www.cafemochalight.blogspot.com)
www.louisedumont.com (http://www.louisedumont.com)

07-02-2005, 01:01 AM
Life in rock bands...

Ooh! I'm writing a novel right now that needs that. Where were you in a band? (General country/region only, no need for identifying info). When? What instrument did you play? If there are any little details you recall, they'd be welcome. For example, do you know what it's like to be on stage in a venue that's, say, very trendy, a nightclub that has live acts on weekends and fits, say, 1000 people? Any little physical or emotional details you can recall would be very welcome. Also stuff like the kind of stupid fights people get in or the demented ways they entertain themselves/each other when they're cooped up in a vehicle on the road...

07-02-2005, 01:08 AM
Here are my offerings...

* France (language--BA and MA in French, lived there several years--and culture, people, geography, history, civilization, law, etc.)
* England (lived there for a few years, huge anglophile, lots of English friends and Irish friends who lived in England)
* General legal questions (am a law student, brother is a litigator)
* Astrology (have been studying it since age 12, published several articles in national astrology magazines)
* Paganism/witchcraft
* Robotics (scientific and military, not industrial)
* 80s pop music (especially British)
* Alternative health (herbs, etc.)
* Living/working/traveling abroad (have visited 20+ countries on 3 continents, lived abroad for nearly 10 years, been deported once, researched the immigration law of several different countries...)

07-11-2005, 01:58 AM
Wow, I knew the Absolute Write forums were a great resource, but this is a particularly astounding thread! I don't know how much I can add that isn't already covered, but feel free to PM me if I can be of help:

*live in East Tennessee and grew up here--and the three regions of TN are very different from each other culturally and physically, so I don't know much about middle or west TN but I'm an expert on east TN.

*handspinner with nearly a decade's experience with spindle and spinning wheel, and plenty of experience also with preparing fleeces for spinning

*juried member of a craft cooperative so I know how they work

*used to keep Jacob sheep and various breeds of goat (and will again soon, hopefully within the next year or so); some limited sheep shearing experience; oh, and used to keep a few hens too

*Newfoundland dog owner for many slobbered-on years

*worked as a temporary secretary for five solid years--if anyone wants to know ANYTHING about the world of temps and temping, or needs some anecdotes, I'm the one to ask!

*I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm a newly certified elementary school teacher who just finished up my student teaching and hopefully will get my first teaching job *soon*

*my hobby for many years has been researching plants used for healing, so I've got tons of related trivia and resources to consult/suggest

*used to be really into pirate shortwave radio, but that was about a decade ago so I don't know how current my knowledge is

07-11-2005, 03:32 AM
My Humble offerings;

*Registered nurse for over twentry years- specializing in trama. Work in a major level 1 trama hospital, most of those years in Adult intensive care.

*Horses and horse training. I own five and work mostly with animals that have been mistreated and would otherwise be destroyed if their behavior isn't altered.
I wouldn't consider myself an expert- I just know what I know-Don't know didly about english riding or dressage though.

*Living in small towns and waaaaay out in the country, my nearest neighbor is about a 15min drive away.

*Oh yeah, anything about the Authorian legand. I'm a freaking geekzoid onthe subject.

That's it!

08-12-2005, 08:37 PM
phew! Well, lord knows I won't have to seek many outside experts with the group here!

I am happy to advise (full or partial knowledge) in these areas:

Paganism/Wiccan/Witchcraft (there are differences!)
Small town life (tiny dot in Idaho, 250 people in town, 5000 in area)
Big city life and the transition (outside of Wash. D.C.)
Bad experiences in the military (it didn't all suck, but it wasn't peaches and cream)
beign a future step mom/second wife
Being the youngest in a large corporation
Being one of the youngest in your profession
Rags to riches (it's not that extreme, but i can still put a mean pinch on a dollar! lol)
Large age gaps between siblings (ten years)
Certain geographic areas in Germany, Oklahoma, Arizona (mostly military locals)
Step parenting a special needs (autism) child.
PM me with any questions. I have lived a varied life so far!

black winged fighter
08-14-2005, 07:07 PM
Things I know a lot/a little about:

Renaissance Fairs
Moving - from country to country and state to state
the effects of moving
South Africa
Edible wild plants and their preparation
Paranormal stuff and abilities
High School Life
The Mind
Cause and Effect relationships (mostly to do with human reactions)
Self-defense (Krav Maga and Kung Fu in particular)
Spanish, Afrikaans, German

That's about it. Feel free to PM me.

Rose colored glasses
08-14-2005, 07:37 PM
I've been a foster parent for 16 years, specializing in infants, so I have a lot of experience.

I also went through a very traumatic childhood so there are a number of topics in that regard that I'm an expert on.

08-15-2005, 01:42 AM
I wouldn't classify myself as an expert in any field, but of course I do know a fair share about:

New York City
college admissions
college financial aid
physical disabilities (Cerebral Palsy in particular)
employment for people w/ disabilities
assistive devices
travel (esp. on the cheap, not that I'm cheap, I just happen to be a good deal finder, like I stay at 4* hotels all the time and pay $60-$100 per night)
the ADA
loan trading
student employment
management consulting
summer camps
non-profit organizations
web design
Céline Dion
French music
French-Canadian music

08-16-2005, 12:50 AM
I know about...

Natural horsemanship/roundpenning and body language in relation to horses
Horses in general.
English, dressage, trail riding and horse competitions
Working with small children.
Rennaisance weapons (some)
Mythical creatures
Civil War re-enactments (some)
Louisa May Alcott stuff (some)
Concord, MA history (some)

08-16-2005, 06:40 AM
OK, here goes:

parenting/single parenting
Stillbirth, miscarriage, perinatal loss and bereavement
poor prenatal diagnosis, (bad amnio)and carrying pregnancy to term
Trisomy 18 - genetic disorders
Eastern European Adoptions
Special Needs adoptions
Multiple adoptions
sibling adoptions

08-24-2005, 03:33 PM
Well, I'm a registered nurse with a masters degree in mental health nursing.
I also live in New Zealand, and am Maori, so can maybe help with this particular location, unusual local cultural "things" - can't think what use that might be, but you never know!!

Also . . .
sugar addiction
being overweight
preventing mental illness
teaching nurses with more experience than I have (alot of hard work!)
writing a thesis (PhD student at the moment)
stress relievers
teenage daughters
sleep deprivation
database searching on the net

. . . time for bed, I think - I'm rambling!!

08-27-2005, 03:07 AM
In my academic world, I've specialized in:

human sexuality
body art
paranormal/ supernatural phenomena
In my personal life, I've extensively researched:

Fibromyalgia/ CFIDS
sleep disorders
more paranormal/ supernatural/ psychic phenomena
cryptozoology (and other bizarre stuff)
chocolate (the gift of the gods)
our feline friends
All of my ex-husbands have told me I'm an expert on driving sane men to drink. I'll argue with the "sane" part, though ;)

08-29-2005, 08:10 AM
My offerings -

-professional potter and sculptor (clay)
-certified self-defense instructor
w/ experience in weapon (knife, gun, stick) defenses and take aways,
and hand to hand fighting/kickboxing/grappling
-Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Printmaking w/ experience in many other mediums

other than that, just a multitude of other stuff that I probably wouldn't be comfortable giving advice in.

I just love this banana :banana:

09-04-2005, 12:17 AM
Quite the knowledge-laden band around here. I'll chip in with those things I might be of help with.

-Bible/Christianity: I'm an assistant pastor, with a Master of Divinity to go with my bachelor's in Bible. I'm a part of that much maligned, misunderstood, and misrepresented group known as Fundamentalists. If you're writing a piece in which a Fundamentalist or group of Fundamentalists plays a role, please feel free to contact me to avoid making use of the poor steriotypes so common in both fiction and media. I'm also pretty knowledgeable about Evangelicalism/New Evangelicalism, and the history of the various movements. What I don't know, I can usually find pretty quickly. I used to be quite competent in Koine Greek, and at least moderately familiar with Biblical Hebrew. Again, what I don't remember, I can usually turn up pretty quickly. A side issue that I developed quite an interest in is the Creation/Evolution/Intelligent Design debate. I've done a lot of study and work on some narrow aspects of the debate and on the history of the issue. Questions about this may best be handled through email or PM to avoid the usual flame wars.

-Competitive wrestling: My preferred style is Greco-Roman, but I wrestled folkstyle for my college, and I train occassionally with the freestyle guys. Please keep in mind that these are utterly and completely distinct from all "sports entertainment" involving initials like "WWF" or "WCW." I've a smattering of experience and knowledge of other combat sports, but it looks like there are others here with more specific knowledge of most of the martial arts.

-Homeschooling: I was homeschooled all the way up until college, and my wife and I intend to homeschool also. I've done a little research on the subject aside from personal experience, and aside from the random courses in education forced upon my by my college and graduate studies.

-Chess: I've never played on the tournament circuit, but I've played with the guys who do. I'll never be one of the best, but I'm pretty competent when I'm in practice, and I can talk a great game. ;)

-Small-scale farming: Both my wife and I grew up on small farms, with a variety of livestock and crops. So if you want details on how to hand-milk a goat, you know how to reach me.

-Aerospace research and model airplanes: My Dad put in thirty-some-odd years at NASA, half or so of which I was around for. He now writes heavily for the model airplane mags and does consulting and modeling work for museums and such. What I don't remember, I can probably find out pretty quickly from him.

And then there's the usual smattering of subjects that I read something about for fun, or activities I tried for a little while but never really developed any real expertise in. But I doubt that's unusual around here. If I can help with anything, feel free to contact me, and if I think of something else constructive to add, I will.


09-15-2005, 09:17 PM
I'm new here, but I would be happy to indulge any morbid curiosity in the following subjects -

- Heroin, how to obtain, use, quit. Also, overdosing from.
- Psychological abuse of children
- Self-mutilation
- Portland, Oregon
- New Mexico
- Sewing
- Waitress, Cocktail waitress, Bartender - questions about drinking and eating out, crazy "behind the lines" stories about what really happens in restaurants.
- High school drop-outs - especially the benefits of leaving high school.
- Death of a family member/parent from AIDS.
- Questions about "The Great Books", small liberal arts colleges, expensive colleges, student loans.

Wow - lined up like that, my life sounds so dreary. Feel free to PM me if you're in the mood for a real downer. :tongue


09-17-2005, 07:02 PM
Hope this smattering of topics is of use to someone:

Crafting with Children
Girl Scouts: the good, the bad, the ugly
Book Reviewing
Being the youngest in the workplace
Managing people twice your age (and more than twice your age)
Fast-track careers
The corporate buy-out boom of the 80s
Parent death while you're a teen
Keeping your sanity when going from Executive to Stay-at-Home Mom
NPOs, especially PTA
Kids & Sports
Gifted & Talented Programs
Raising Teens
Bringing up girls
Large families (lots of siblings; lots of family)
First generation Italian-Americans
Cooking, especially soups, slow-cookers, Italian, Tex-Mex
Kidney Disease

09-20-2005, 08:11 AM
The few areas I can help people with are: anything to do with auto insurance claims (I'm an adjuster), I know a lot about wrestling (real wrestling, not that WWE crap). I know a little about horses, anything I don't know I can ask my wife who is a horse fanatic & former vet tech.

09-21-2005, 12:43 AM
This is a quite lengthy thread, I haven't read all posts so pardon me if anyone else already offered help on the following but perhaps I could answer questions about:

My country, living with a physical disability, the RNLAF

09-21-2005, 06:36 AM
:Lecture: (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=1&forumid=0#) Areas of Knowledge:

English/American Literature (MA)
New York City
Teaching in NYC Public Schools
Islam and Muslims

09-22-2005, 04:17 AM
Well, here we go ... I wouldn't call myself an expert, but I've had many, many experiences and I have had people ask me for interviews based on some of them, so what the heck?

*Editing (newspaper, magazine, fiction, freelance)
*Experiencing a publisher shut-down (and subsequently becoming an unpublished novelist again)
*Native American issues
*Being a young professional (before the age of 21 I managed two newspaper offices and then became a magazine editor)
*Young parenthood
*Homeschooled for seven years
*Street smarts vs. school smarts (I only completed one year of college and look at me, Ma!)
*Raising/breeding dogs and horses
*Dealing with alcoholics
*Being in the Army
*The Midwest in general
*Small town living in particular

Feel free to contact me on anything that catches your eye!

LV Dutton
09-22-2005, 07:55 AM
I can tell about living with a disabilty, raising a child when you yourself is still one, the Navy, as my father served in it for 25 years. Some of the Army, mom and dad both served.
Some aspects of Mental Health, Depression and such.
I live in a small town, and I know most of the local lore and legends
Life in the Northern States.

09-24-2005, 12:53 PM
Don't know if this has been suggested, or rather if anyone has claimed knowledge in my areas... but I so want to participate.


... uh....


I am in the Army (13 years of experience)

3 years in Supply

7 years in Electronics (medical equipment)

2 years as a Drill Sergeant

2.5 years as a lecture based instructor

.5 years as a Warrant Officer

MBA with an emphasis in MIS (Not sure I remember too much since graduation… last fall)

I have a bit of experience in the following areas

Lived on the streets for a few weeks as a boy

Had my fair share of a mid-teen crises (things I won’t discuss in an open forum, but if you want the darker side of what a Teen is capable of)

Grew up in a white town (I am half Cuban, big NO-NO in the southern portion of the Los Padres National Forest, (Frazier Park) about 20 years ago)

Oh, and if you need to know anything about the hardships of being too tall

In case you all are wondering. I am currently working nights, and my wife hates it when I call her about three in the morning. When things slow down I “lurk” around the boards. We are currently working the Hurricane Rita and Katrina Humanitarian Relief.

… and I am so bored… I think I am going to call my wife anyway.:)

09-25-2005, 06:02 AM
Soul Mate? Is there such a thing?

I can help anyone with relationship articles - focusing on the soul mate relationship in particular. I'm the author of ROMANCING THE SOUL and a syndicated relationship columnist. Also, if you want to ask me anything about your personal relationships, I offer a free service *yeah, no strings attached* on my website at www.dorothythompson.net (http://www.dorothythompson.net/) (look under "Ask Dorothy"). I love hearing from readers and love answering their relationship questions even more.

Dorothy Thompson
Author, Relationship Columnist, Soul Mate Expert
www.dorothythompson.net (http://www.dorothythompson.net/)

09-28-2005, 01:52 AM
professional slacker. my resume includes work in a homeless shelter and transitional living unit for mentally ill men, correctional officer at a Kentucky prison, worked in Juvenile Justice(juvy hall) and truckdriver. probably will never be anybody that wants any info on anythinng I have to offer, but the offer is there. I am also a practicing Shaman(native american and neo-pagan). And have been exposed to ghosts and entities and happenings of the occult nature. I may not know the answer, but I'll find it for you.

Calla Lily
09-28-2005, 05:18 AM
The convent
Roman Catholicism
Recorder music
Middle English (no degree in it, unless obsession is a fair substitute!)
Classic horror (movies and books)

"Eclectic" is the kind term. :D

09-28-2005, 01:43 PM
Most of the things i'm good at, or have a reasonable knowledge of have already been mentioned, but i want to feel useful so I'll add my little bit anyway.

Tarot cards
Dream analysis
Lung Cancer
Myasthenia Gravis
Postnatal Depression
Real Estate
And last but not least...Chocolate.

There is much more, but these are the things I have the greatest knowlegdg in. If I can ever help, let me know.

10-06-2005, 01:11 AM
If anyone wants to talk to a Katrina survivor, I'm here. I don't live in New Orleans or even on the Gulf Coast, I live 100 miles inland in a rural area east of Laurel, Mississippi, but was affected in ways some may not realize.

10-06-2005, 10:02 AM
Spirituality (Eastern)
Health/Alternative Nutrition
German language
Indian culture

Life in the following countries:
to a lesser extent:

Travelling in South America and Asia

10-08-2005, 11:27 PM
Crappy teenage life
Modern, jazz, performance, street and stretcher dance up to grade 7 or imediate foundation. (not that many people are interested in them!);)

10-09-2005, 04:20 AM
Engineering (structural and civil)
CAD (computer-aided design, Microstation and AutoCad)
Numismatics (coins)
Flying (somewhat)
Nashville (history and current)
Living in rural Tennessee
Art (somewhat, I paint and draw)

10-10-2005, 11:47 PM
Geology, paleontology. Ph.D., 30 years' professional experience, and still counting


September skies
10-12-2005, 04:08 AM
I've worked as an emergency room nurse (6 years)
as a school nurse (3 years) and a camp nurse (one summer) then took time off to be with my daughter who has Downs Syndrome ...so I know all about Downs Syndrome.

I have family members with Alzheimers'

I have worked at a daily newspaper 10k circulation and now string for that paper and for a larger Valley paper (100k circulation)

I have been involved with Special Olympics and the handicapped since I was 13 (lets see.....let's just say about 30 years now)

I have three daughters (two of them are Gifted Students, 4.0 / I always say God gave me three perfect daughters)

I have an older handicapped sister (age 55) who I take care of (meningitis as a child) and a handicapped boy (man but acts like a little boy) that I have "adopted" and lives with my family.

I also take care of my 84-year-old mom and know alot about the elderly.

Now do exams for a paramedical company (for people buying insurance) -- I draw bloods, run resting electrocardiograms, mini physicals, etc. know about what life/health insurance companies decline or rate.

September skies
10-12-2005, 04:18 AM
almost forgot:

I lived with a blind man for 17 years (my father)
and I have always lived in the Central Valley (lots of agriculture here)

Oh...and I speak fluent Spanish

10-14-2005, 09:34 PM
I'm a former broadcast engineer and have a lot of inside knowledge of radio broacasting and engineering.

Old house remodeling including plaster repair, light construction, electrical wiriing/rewiring, plumbing, floor refinishing.

I am a 78 RPM record collector.

I restore antique radios.

I am gradually restoring a player piano.

I'm versed in local transportation (and entertainment) history.

I even maintain a fansite for an Atlanta radio station (http://www.allensedge.com/99X.html).

Somehow I found the time to write three books.


Celia Cyanide
10-17-2005, 06:08 AM
I am an actor. That is the gender neutral term. Or an actress, if you are looking for something gender specific. I can answer questions about what an audition is like, and what it's like being on the set of a film being shot, both for independent movies and big studio productions. I also know about how to get an agent locally, and what people do when they move to Hollywood. I know what people are looking for when casting a role, how to prepare for an audition, and how to prepare for a role.

On the less interesting side, I also work in medical records. I can answer questions about medical privacy laws, and when and why you need to sign a release of information form.

Also, I am an volunteer for planned parenthood. I have volunteered as an escort for women entering abortion clinics who do not want to deal with protestors.

I also work in a night club. I know about how bands are booked at venues, and how shows are promoted.

10-17-2005, 06:44 PM
Here's what I know and don't know:

yoga teacher
master's degree in city planning (only nobody plans cities)
government bureaucracy
the US health care system
health care financing (insurance, Medicaid, etc.)
Having carpal tunnel syndrome (not really, but a similar injury often confused with it)
New York City (manhattan and brooklyn, especially)
Can't ride a bicycle or drive a car, so I know a lot about walking and public transportation
Vegetarian for 35 years
Living with cats and dogs
recycling (used to work for the NYC govt's recycling unit)
Disabilities and the disability rights movement
Grantwriting (trying not to do that any more. Boring)

This is a humbling experience.

10-17-2005, 10:00 PM
Well lets see

Have had Irish setter 13 yrs and 2 Akitas over 13 years, currently a yellow Lab-5.
Former Electrician until I broke both knees.
Ran my own company in sales, also Director of a National company.
Good knowledge of northern Canada.
Canoed and guided on the Churchill River.
Extensive fishing and camping.

History buff, WWll & Vietnam.
Avid eclectic reader, large personal library.
Mensa I.Q.
Started a web site and sold after 2 yrs.
Wrote and Sold non-fiction trade book on sales.
Built houses, cabins & cottages.
Built cribs, dressers, jewelry boxes etc.
Paint-landscapes and nature.
Best friends son is a sniper in Afghanistan.
Best mans son my namesake and godson died of Rhys syndrome at 15.
Married 30 yrs-2 sons 21 & 23.

Completed 1st novel, Thriller 384 pgs, 90,234 words, currently out to agents.
2nd novel underway.

yada yada yada

Glad to help any way I can.

10-26-2005, 04:39 PM
I am currently here in Lousiana for Hurricane relief. I wasn't involved in the initial cleanup. But I can tell you what kind of living conditions I was able to observe in the convention center.

I spoke to a few of the fine folks who were here when the power went out and the subsequent pull out of the guard that was here to maintain the peace.

The news didn't even begin to uncover the conditions, nor the smell. I remember seeing them on the television and thinking it wasn't that bad... but I don't remember any of them ever going inside the center. It was bad.

10-26-2005, 06:50 PM
I am an almost (note, I said ALMOST) 40 yr old woman - I mention this first since my name doesn't help and my qualifications are in mostly male based institutions (if there is such a thing).

Veteran of US Coast Guard - Search and Rescue team member

police officer and police academy - LAPD *that was interesting*

recently diagnosed with ADHD and many other abbreviated mental ills

8 year old son is borderline ADHD

advocate for children who have been sexually assaulted and legislation regarding this issue.

10-27-2005, 12:52 AM
Oh yer I have a weird form of OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

10-27-2005, 05:42 PM
Well, I can't imagine how I missed this thread the first time around! How cool!

I have some expertise as follows:

BA in psychology
MEd in Special Ed
25 years teaching public school
44 years owning, riding, caring for and training horses
8 years owning a horse farm
a bunch of writing credits, many involving horse stuff
One reasonably successful POD book on . . . you guessed it! Horse stuff.
Mostly I'm an investor. That's how I make my living. The other stuff is gravy.

I'm a grammar maven. I've been an online expert on grammar and other quirks of English for many years. Currently I reside on Answerway.com, but I was number one (with a bullet) for two years on Askme.com before it went completely private-contract and eliminated the free online public site. I've posted over 1000 responses on Answerway and have over 16,000 hits on them. I'm so proud. :o

Use me! I'm at your service.

10-31-2005, 12:53 AM
4 years pro chess teacher in NYC.

about 4 more years as pro poker player. i quit before it became the current fad.

knowledge of the movie industry.

have a gun collection (i'm not a psycho), everyone in my rural area has guns.

lettered in 5 varsity highschool sports

lived in Los Angeles, NYC

11-04-2005, 08:11 AM
dream interpretation, astral travel, consciousness, metaphysical, talking to the dead, the afterlife, the before life, relationships, creating reality, selling your house without a realtor (could be a lot like publishing your book without a well known publisher) animals and children, healing, laying on of hands and absent healing, TMI related, hemi-sync, balancing the left and right brain hemispheres, practical mystic.

11-07-2005, 08:36 PM
currently a human service professional

a data entry clerk
an assistant manager in a juniors clothing store

volunteer efforts include:
American Stroke Association

Education includes:
AA in Liberal Arts
BS in Communications/Minor in Social Work

I love:
cats and other animals
trying out new restaurants
Mexican, Italian and Chinese food
surfing the net
walking the beach
acting silly

I am currently a member of a dating service. I have some great stories

September skies
11-07-2005, 09:06 PM
I am currently a member of a dating service. I have some great stories there!

You'll fit right in.
Have you ever dated a bar tender? If so, and you know what kind of lines he used, you may want to contact Nique Zoolio - he's writing a book "Letters to my furture wife" or something like that.

Anyway, welcome :)

Marilyn Braun
11-10-2005, 04:23 AM
I specialize in writing about British royalty, specifically from Queen Victoria's time to the present.

11-10-2005, 11:29 PM
PhD in Organic chemistry (still practising)
Lives in England with an Irish wife, so good for questions on life in either country
Plays good class cricket
Used to sing with rock bands

11-11-2005, 01:36 AM
Searching for additional experts for an article idea I (finally) ran acros this thread.

Areas I may be able to be of assistance regarding:

Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal with 12 years experience and own my own business with knowledge of many law-related areas
Many things horse-related (including health, care, breeding, etc)
Barrel racing, team roping, pole bending, rodeo life, trail riding (cross-country), and other competitive western events
Competing in horse-related pageants (i.e. Miss Rodeo ____) and judging same (locally - not on a national level)
Dogs, dog care, dog health, dog training,
Healthy cooking
Dealing with my husband (haha)
Building your own home (what to do, who to hire, getting bids, you know...)
Camping, RV'ing, overnight canoe/kayak trips, etc
Abuse (mental/physical/rape)

Well, that's a few things!


11-21-2005, 01:47 PM
Russia and the Russian (mother tongue)
France and the French
Celine Dion and dreams :-) http://www.celinedreams.com (http://www.celinedreams.com)

11-21-2005, 04:49 PM
Ok here we go:

I am a registered nurse (so I can help you in the medical field) I especially know a lot about Orthopedics, Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Damage (strokes, multitrauma, contusio cerebri). I work with both children and adults. I can also tell you a lot about the field and the profession.

I am an expert on Céline Dion and her music (both French and English), and run the Dutch fanclub (http://www.celinedion.nl/)with almost 1700 members

I am from The Netherlands, I am a native Dutch speaker. I can fill you in on The Netherlands cultural and historical aspects.

Besides Dutch and English I also speak German pretty well.

I know a lot about building websites, and designing in photoshop so if you ever need some help for your website, let me know.


11-21-2005, 06:47 PM
1) Worked in the film industry for 10 years- special effects, animation, production of TV commercials, sound recording.
2) Real time embedded programmer for 15 years, everything from mining to satellite tracking, sonar to sneaky spy stuff, mini robots to vibrators.
3) Worked as a Field Apps engineer helping people in various industries design with embedded processors and DSPs and ASPs.
4) Currently teaching network processing to companies like Cisco, Nokia and such on behalf of Intel
5) Extensive traveller- only 2 continents left unexplored {assuming you call Antarctica a continent}!
6) background in physics and computer science/engineering
7) Canadian, eh!

Precise knowledge in some areas, rusty knowledge in some.


11-21-2005, 08:20 PM
Thanks, Guys! http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticonhi.gif

11-23-2005, 08:13 PM
I'm a physician with a specialty in psychiatry. I worked most of my career in emergency rooms, so I know a fair amount of general medicine. Also, prior to med school, I was a labor-and-delivery room nurse, so I know something about obstetrics.

Happy to help, too.


11-23-2005, 10:34 PM
Thanks, Susan, much appreciated! (And again, welcome!)

11-29-2005, 03:51 AM
The Paranormal,

Psychic Abilities including Mediumship,

Past Lives,


Working Holidays in US, Canada and New Zealand

Extended Travel to Paris, Cairo, Luxor, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hong Kong, England, Wales, Scotland.

Living in Ireland,

Journalism - writing for newspapers and magazines,

Travel Writing

Making Radio Programmes - including writing scripts

Producing Broadcast Material,

Making Short Films,

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations.

I think thats ithttp://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

12-06-2005, 02:22 PM
- Working on my PhD in Clinical Psychology.

- Research specialty is anxiety and worry, anxiety disorders, procrastination, ADHD. I also know a lot about personality disorders, sexual disorders, psychotic disorders. I don't know much about forensic psychology, though.

- Have a lot of knowledge in behaviorism and learning theory.

- Have a passion for philosophical aspects of psychology; the mind, consciousness, memory, duality, etc.

- Have extensive knowledge in organizational consulting and training. Includes legal issues related to employment.

- Also have a degree in Journalism, have done some freelance reporting and also satirical writing for a site similar to "The Onion."

- Have experience in PR/Marketing for non-profit organizations

- Have years of retail/restaurant management experience.

- Have some pretty decent knowledge in comparative religion (mostly Western religions and subsets of Protestantism)

- Have decent knowledge in physiology, weight lifting, nutrition

- Know quite a bit about martial arts. Have trained in several styles. Sister is a second degree blackbelt.

- Decent knowledge of philosophy

- I can out bullsh-t anyone. ;)

12-07-2005, 05:43 AM
Hi everyone… I know the hell of trying to find quotes so I’m very happy to help with words on the following for anyone who might need them… my specialist subject is parenting and family issues, as you will all probably be able to figure out!

• Experience of pregnancy, natural childbirth, water birth, speedy birth – two and a half hours from start to finish! [and almost bleeding to death after that one…]
• Fantastically successful breastfeeding [baby 1]
• Totally miserable breastfeeding [baby 2]
• Co-sleeping
• Controlled crying [baby 1]
• Pick-up, put-down [baby 2, having been totally put off by the horror and guilt of controlled crying experience with baby 1…]
• Colicky baby
• Holding down a full-time job as a magazine editor while bringing up two children
• Getting no help whatsoever with the kids from husband [would have to go anonymous on that one!]
• Living with an abusive and at times violent alcoholic [ditto the above] and its effects on my marriage and my children
• Emigrating to start a new life in a different country

Just email or pm me if I can help… and like everyone else can I just say i am astounded by the breadth of knowledge and interests here! I have never been in such good company in my life! :)

12-22-2005, 03:46 AM
I've had a fairly interesting life and experiences with the following:

B.A. degree in English/Communication Arts/Speech
M.A. in Speech and Counseling
Education (15 years classroom experience)
Teens and depression
Preparing for college
Single Parenthood
Nebraska History
Anne Sexton
I'm also pretty good at trivia and history....I'm amazed at the strange facts that I know!

12-27-2005, 11:52 PM
This is great! I didn't realize how much I knew. Here is my list. I'm no expert, but I've done these things:

Foster Parenting
Abused Children
Adoption of an older child
On-line dating (I might be considered an expert here...LOL)
Caretaking of a Cancer patient

I've lived:
In Pennsylvania
Allentown, Hatboro, Bath
In New Jersey:
Ocean City, Atlantic City, Absecon, Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Work I've done:
Computer Technician
AC Casino
Owned/Operated Daycare center
Managed Private elementary school

Other things:
Civic Groups (I am a Jaycee)

12-30-2005, 02:10 AM
:hi: Good day everyone!

I'm fairly new to the forums. Please allow me to introduce myself briefly and list my pitifully few areas of knowledge.

My name is Tiffany and I live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. I've been an Addiction Management Nurse for 8 years and an Esthetician for a little over a year. I've self published two age disseperate romance novels; one was a light-hearted romance and the other a heavy romantic mystery involving arson, stalking, and attempted murder. I am currently toying with an idea for another novel.

Recently I've discovered the world of freelance writing and I'm looking around thinking, maybe I could do this. With lots of practice, guidence, and help! lol

My areas of expertise, as I said, are few. I can speak with knowlege about:

Crystal Methampetamine
Working with hard core heroin addicts.
Working as a "legal drug dealer."
I know a bit about aromatherpy.
My husband is a kidney transplant and I was a dialysis nurse.
I grew up in a firefighting family so if you need any help with fire house banter, feel free to ask.
Skin, skin care, facial treatments, skin problems.

As I said, pitiful.

I'm happy to share whatever I can or look things up. I love to research!

Have a wonderful New Year!!! ...Tiffany

12-31-2005, 08:33 AM
I have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of UK Insular Celts, and reasonabl good knowledge of Continental Celts.

I emigrated to Canada but I am originally from Wales. I speak Welsh fluently.

Note: Celt doesn't mean Wiccan or Neo-Pagan.

12-31-2005, 09:32 AM
Great thread! Let's see . . .

I'm an RN. My specialty is neonatology, but I know a fair amount about general peds and toxicology.

I have 5 kids (bet you didn't guess that!) who have been homeschooled since birth. My oldest has graduated.

We live in an Amish community, and I have many Amish neighbors.

We have dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, ducks, guineas, rabbits, a hamster, a turtle, a guinea pig, and a snake.

I was a 4H leader for several years. My dd showed horses and rabbits and competed in western speed events.

I have spent my entire life somewhere between Buffalo NY and Cleveland OH, so if you need to know anything about the area along Lake Erie I could probably answer that. I can get you around the cities of Erie and Cleveland but am not as familiar with Buffalo.

I like to cook and garden, and I make my own soap.

That's all I can think of right now.

01-01-2006, 10:52 PM
Here are a few topics I know about:

Lot's of mental health problems especially:
bipolar disorder
Anxiety-mild to severe
Mental health problems in children
My Mom's a therapist so I know a lot relating to coping with problems like:
sexual abuse
physical abuse
Sleep disturbances (from experience and treatment):
restless leg syndrome
disturbances in circadian rhythm
periodic limb movement
prolongued REM
The film industry:
independent films
child actors
adult actors
how to get into acting
auditions/audition process
Animals and animal Training:
Guinea pigs

I can be contacted any time at Chalula88@yahoo.com

Liam Jackson
01-08-2006, 10:40 AM
This resource thread is far too valuable to allow it to disappear from the radar screen.

01-12-2006, 07:59 AM
I am familiar with travel, flying, sports

01-12-2006, 09:11 AM
I know more about names than should be possible. I've been fascinated by them for eleven years or so, and my name book collection is nearing thirty--and I've got quite a few more on my to-buy list.

If you need help finding an appropriate name for a character, I'd be happy to offer my services. The one thing I should point out is that I don't do fantasy names well at all, because I'm not a person who invents them.

Other things I have experience with:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Being overweight
Karaoke bars (my father owns one)
The state of Wisconsin--history, geography, culture, current events, notable people, etc.
Catholicism (I'm an active Catholic and participate in plenty of youth events, including last August's World Youth Day)
More specifically, Catholicism reconciled with being a flaming liberal
Being lost in a foreign country where I didn't speak the language
Having a vocal tic (it's mostly disappeared at this point)
Being a beginning cook (I've burnt macaroni)
Women's colleges (I'm a freshman at one)
Children's Literature
General pop culture questions

01-15-2006, 12:21 PM
Here are some things I have knowledge or experience in, that may be useful to someone out there…

Traveling in various forms (backpacking to first-class), to various destinations, (Central and North America, Caribbean islands, Mexico, Europe), being a travel agent and manager, and the travel industry in general.

Histories of mysterious, strange, paranormal, etc, type places in the world

Ancient history and warfare -B.C., Europe and Mesopotamia

Histories of religions

Armenia, Armenian history and culture

The customer service industry, Call Center Management, and the light bulb distribution Industry

Comic Books, heroes, origins, storylines, etc, etc…

Modern, present-day New York City, I live herehttp://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif

01-17-2006, 12:36 AM
Expert in office equipment and repair...probably not the most helpful subject. But if you ever need to know how a copier or printer works, I'm your man.

I'm also an expert on Catholocism

01-18-2006, 10:38 AM
Since I am getting so much information from these boards, I would also like to contribute. I have been thinking about what information I may have that could be of use to someone.

So if you have the need, I have epilepsy. (sounds like I am giving it away. Want it? ;)) I can give first-hand descriptions of myoclonic seizures or simple partial seizures. The only description I can give of Tonic Clonic (Grand Mal) seizures would be the aftermath. However, if I don't have answers, I have plenty of resources for information.

Other potential information:

Heavy metal/rock music, including new bands.
Group home life in the late 80's/early 90's (personal experience from the child's perspective).
And on the off chance someone would actually need this, I am a computer consultant (database programming and helpdesk on IBM systems).

I am open to pms if you have a need to know. :)

01-19-2006, 09:52 AM

FAA Advanced Instrument Ground Instructor (AGI/IGI)
Accident Prevention Counselor (FSDO-1 Region)
Served as a Chief Part-141 Groundschool Instructor for a couple years


Certified NWS SAWS (Surface Aviation Weather Observer)
I've been forecasting for years, no formal degree but have about 15 years practical experience in forecasting.


I ran an Internet Service Provider for over 10 years and program in PHP and MySQL. I can discuss aspects of running a small business, technical support and web development. I can provide insight on how the business evolved over the last 10 years based on real world experience of running a small provider.


I can discuss subjects about atheism, freethought and humanism. I was also a practicing Catholic that was considering the seminary at one point, so I can discuss both sides of the ecclesiastic coin.

I can also discuss topics concerning gay youth and homophobia in a non-clinical sense.


Wendy J
01-21-2006, 09:14 PM
If anyone needs any information about any of the following, feel free to ask. (Not to say that I can answer every single question, but I will do my best!)

*Grief--in all manners, parental grief, sibling grief, children's grief, etc.

*Homeschooling--in my seventh year and preparing to homeschool a high school aged child.

*Great Smoky Mountains culture, history, and areas of interest

*I am a Christian and will be happy to answer any questions anyone may have on my personal faith.

*Elvis Presley! :)

01-22-2006, 04:43 AM
India and Indian cinema (Bollywood - expert on Shah Rukh Khan)
raised 3 daughters
wrote a novella (self published) and a script, which is being adapted as a novel
PR work for an author
school librarian
hotel reservationist
tour guide at our local historical society
bonsai trees

If I think of anything else, I'll be sure to add it.

Jean Marie
01-30-2006, 09:19 PM
I think I can add a few things:

alcoholism-sober through a 12 step program since 7/20/82
raising/training guide dogs
grew up in S. Cal. at the beach
sales/mktg. background
emt 9+ yrs.

02-01-2006, 09:28 PM
Most of what I have to offer is life experience - a lot of it.

unwed pregnancy

working in sales/marketing for one of the Fortune 500 company

a spouse who can offer expertise on bombs, detonators since he worked on the Manhattan Project




Baking and how to mess it up :roll:

What I really need help on for my Wip

Research on railroad transportation and peasant life in Austro-Hungary circa 1890, especially in the area that is now Zemplin County, Slovakia.

Travel conditions passengers faced when immigrating to the US from Eastern Europe circa 1890; conditions aboard ship also.

I would appreciate any leads for this research. I haven't spent much time ni here since I'm a new member and am on several other lists.

Joan, a.k.a. jcj

02-02-2006, 04:02 PM
Well I set out to write something for this and the list just grew and grew! Here goes:

My specialist areas:

Science and Mathematics: I have undergraduate diplomas in Mathematics and Physics from the Open University, and I am currently studying Advanced Level GCE Maths, Physics and Chemistry. My recent research project was on The Physics of Bungee Jumping, and I am hoping to do my next project on Nuclear Power, (How it works. Is it safe?). Past projects include research on the elements germanium and silicon, and their significance for solid state technology. I am particularly interested in quantum weirdness, such as the phenomenon of entanglement. Medical issues I have researched include thyroid problems, and health issues related to drinking alcohol and smoking.

IT and the internet: the development of the internet from first attempts to network a few computers together in different locations in the US, through to the development of the World Wide Web at CERN, the particle physics centre in Switzerland. The development of the integrated circuit, which led to personal computers. My own projects include profiles of the work of Douglas Engelbart, the man who invented the mouse, and Marc Andreesen, who developed Mosaic, the first software for accessing the web that almost anyone could use. I have also researched the ongoing social effects of the Internet and the Web, for example issues concerning online communication, such as netiquette, bulletin boards, online support groups, e-commerce, online crime and so on. I have done a couple of courses in software development using C++, gaining a distinction in both courses.

Travel: I lived for eight years in Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto; I have also lived in Stockhom, Sweden; the West Bank city of Nablus; I have spent significant lengths of time in Belgium and France, turning my hand to such tasks as loading lorries with fruit and planting strawberries. I also once spent an idyllic summer studying French on the Mediterranean. I have travelled widely in Europe, North America and Asia. I can write about backpacking as well as more luxurious forms of travel. If you have any questions about Japanese language, writing or social customs, then I will be able to help.

On my wish list of travel articles/books I would like to research and write are those on the trans-Siberian railway, (all three possible routes!), and the 1300 km long Swedish Inland Railway, which runs from Kristinehamn in the south to Gällivare in the north. I would also love to visit and write about Orkney and Shetland.

Language and linguistics: I can get by in Japanese and French, and have also studied Swedish and Arabic, both of which sorely need brushing up. I am also making some attempt to teach myself Spanish. I studed linguistics as part of my Psychology degree, and also when training to teach English. I taught English for more than ten years to all ages, all nationalities and at all levels. Also taught English in small and large companies; academic English, medical English, hotel English.

Psychology: my focus was experimental psychology, particularly memory, language, thinking and problem solving. My final year research project was into the effects of individual differences upon memory.

Driving: issues related to safe driving – I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. Driving issues such as the question of why women in the UK are more likely to fail the driving test, despite the fact that they are generally safer drivers.

Stuff local to my home area: the decline of the mining industry. The liquorice industry, liquorice growing. Henry Moore. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The ancient walled city of York. The upcoming trendy metropolis of Leeds. London. Other areas of tourist interest around the British Isles. If you have any questions about the British education system, British regional accents, particularly the Yorkshire dialect, then I will be able to help.

Feel free to PM me ...

02-03-2006, 03:06 AM
and so I have classified my answers according to my levels of expertise.
1 = I know a fair bit about the subject, and/or can find out about it quickly
2 = I know something about it, and can discover more if required.

Norway & Sweden
Market Research: Quantitative and Qualitative
Expensive branded european make-up, e.g. Lancome, Chanel, YSL, etc. (mock all you want, I need it to look normal)
Market Segmentations
The Philippines
International Schools
British high street fashion
Sex and the City
Smoking / Attempting to quit smoking
Nottingham, Croydon, Sheffield & Coventry (UK)

Vision / psychophysics
Romanis / Romas / Gypsies of Europe
German language
World War 2 History - especially the "final solution, camps, etc. NOT military
Scuba Diving
Norwegian & Swedish (language)
Unilever, Vodafone, Electrolux, Standard Life and other British Life Assurance Companies, HSBC, Western Union (don't ask why)
Management Consultancies, particularly Bain & Accenture (again, don't ask why - please)
British Chamber of Commerce
Oceans / Marine Biology

And having made this list, I realise how little I actually know.
Am humbled.

02-03-2006, 03:09 AM
One of the other posts here just jogged my memory. May I please add to my list above the following (fluent knowledge):

Driving in the M.M. Manila (good luck to you)
Driving tests in the Philippines (I went through one in the 80's)
Diving in the Red Sea
Lesser known narcotics in SE Asia (Shabu)


02-05-2006, 09:17 PM
Hi All--I write about all things canine companions. Really enjoy writing about fido-friendly travel and working dogs/therapy dogs. Right now, I am finishing a children's nonfiction picture book manuscript on an arson dog team.

02-05-2006, 10:44 PM
Heh. I know a lot about a few things and a little about lots of stuff. If nothing else, I bet I can find out where to find the info requested. :D

..me to.

But if you want to spice up your erotic manus, i am pretty sure i can help out ;)

02-11-2006, 07:09 AM
I'm good at being alive, if that counts for anything.

I like doing research of the Holy Bible and talking about stuff out of the bible.

I was a tomboy/still am.

Can talk about any subject.

I'm good at talking.

Life is a lab and we are all involved in research.

I'm good at just being.

I think I have a gift for dream interpretation, not using books

I like to take abstract ideas apart.

02-15-2006, 08:46 AM
I can probably help out, or point you in the right direction, for:

medieval manuscripts
medieval apocolyptic thought
medieval spain
beatus manuscript cycle
new harmony
crusades (1-4)

I also live in Albuquerque NM, so if you need local info for anything, I can go find it.

Cathy C
02-18-2006, 09:15 PM
Wow! Very cool thread and lots of great information. Okay, here's mine:

I spent most of my life in Colorado. I lived in Pueblo (high plains desert), Glenwood Springs/Aspen (Western Slope Rockies) and Denver. Presently in central Texas (hill country).

Here's the stuff I used to do for money (before I started writing full time):

Certified Legal Secretary
Certified Legal Assistant
Specialty Certifications in Real Estate Law and Intellectual Property (copyright, trademark, patent)
1031 tax-deferred exchange of real estate
Title insurance officer (writing policies, company management, etc.)
Land Use Planning & Zoning Commissioner
Subdivision Planning and development
Rental Property Manager
Water exploration, aquifers, system development and construction
Water company management and billing
Newspaper production, classified and display advertising and printing
Fast food (specifically McDonalds), all phases of operation.
Hobbies and interests:

Canning of vegetables, meat, jams, marmalades and preserves
Raising chickens
Raising goats
Hunting and processing large game (deer, elk, moose)
Hunting and processing small game (rabbits, fur bearers)
Hunting and processing upland game birds (pheasant, quail, turkey, etc.)
Fresh water fishing and bait, fileting, cooking, etc.
Guns and ammunition
Survival skills (fire starting, shelter, food gathering, etc.)
Lighting, make-up and sound boards for small/community theatre
Former competition powerlifter (bench press, squat, deadlift. Held the Colorado state record for bench press in my weight class for a period.)
Weird things:

19th Century train travel from my research for our first book. I know all sorts of stuff about building techniques of old tracks, bridges and tunnel construction in the western U.S.

Also, my hubby is a pipe fitter, welder, welding instructor, OSHA safety instructor and my resident expert on all things petrochemical or scientific. He works for various refineries, handling safety training and management. He's also a master photographer and knows pretty much everything about processes old and new -- way back to the early days of photography (Ansel Adams and such.) I've also got a nephew who was in the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa and is savant about languages. He speaks French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Fang (local African dialect), and German. He works at a major newspaper as an editor. So I ask him about newspaper related stuff.

So, that's me! :)

02-20-2006, 02:35 PM
Wow! Very cool thread and lots of great information. Okay, here's mine:

I spent most of my life in Colorado. I lived in Pueblo (high plains desert), Glenwood Springs/Aspen (Western Slope Rockies) and Denver. Presently in central Texas (hill country).

Here's the stuff I used to do for money (before I started writing full time):

Certified Legal Secretary
Certified Legal Assistant
Specialty Certifications in Real Estate Law and Intellectual Property (copyright, trademark, patent)
1031 tax-deferred exchange of real estate
Title insurance officer (writing policies, company management, etc.)
Land Use Planning & Zoning Commissioner
Subdivision Planning and development
Rental Property Manager
Water exploration, aquifers, system development and construction
Water company management and billing
Newspaper production, classified and display advertising and printing
Fast food (specifically McDonalds), all phases of operation.
Hobbies and interests:

Canning of vegetables, meat, jams, marmalades and preserves
Raising chickens
Raising goats
Hunting and processing large game (deer, elk, moose)
Hunting and processing small game (rabbits, fur bearers)
Hunting and processing upland game birds (pheasant, quail, turkey, etc.)
Fresh water fishing and bait, fileting, cooking, etc.
Guns and ammunition
Survival skills (fire starting, shelter, food gathering, etc.)
Lighting, make-up and sound boards for small/community theatre
Former competition powerlifter (bench press, squat, deadlift. Held the Colorado state record for bench press in my weight class for a period.)
Weird things:

19th Century train travel from my research for our first book. I know all sorts of stuff about building techniques of old tracks, bridges and tunnel construction in the western U.S.
Also, my hubby is a pipe fitter, welder, welding instructor, OSHA safety instructor and my resident expert on all things petrochemical or scientific. He works for various refineries, handling safety training and management. He's also a master photographer and knows pretty much everything about processes old and new -- way back to the early days of photography (Ansel Adams and such.) I've also got a nephew who was in the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa and is savant about languages. He speaks French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Fang (local African dialect), and German. He works at a major newspaper as an editor. So I ask him about newspaper related stuff.

So, that's me! :)

Wow, it sounds like you know a fair bit about the outdoor life!

Also, sounds like you have lived/live in some interesting parts of the USA, where there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed. Here in the UK, the outdoors means fields, green hills, dry stone walls, quaint villages, and never really that far from civilization. I think in North America there is more true wilderness, and wildlife.

03-03-2006, 09:12 AM
Hello All,

Meri here in the Pacific Northwest!

My areas of expertise include but are not limited to:

Paranormal Phenomena
Haitian Vodou
New Orleans Voodoo
African Traditional Religions
Women's Spirituality
Kemetic Spirituality
Orisha and Ifa Religion
Psychic Phenomena
African American History
African Megaliths

Feel free to email me if I can be of any assistance to you in your work.


03-04-2006, 08:18 PM
Haven't had time to read through all the info here, but it's good to know that all this expertise is available if I need it!

I can offer info in the following areas:

The Bible
Christian issues
Social Work (especially info about the elderly, the disabled, and the homeless)
Some antique info - particularly jewelry
Kansas information (I live in Wichita)
Book Reviewing (been at it for about eight years)
*If you need a Sherlock Holmes quote, I'm your gal!
Old movies

That's all I can think of for now.

If anyone needs help in any of those areas, holler. I'd be happy to help!


03-13-2006, 01:27 AM
:Shrug: Holy Cow! - I just read this entire thread and I'm desperately trying to think of something I've done - anything - not entirely useless and that hasn't already been covered.
How about - Lived in the Cayman Islands before most people knew they existed; before they had telephones, and when deserted prime white sand beach front land was less than $20 a running foot (a foot wide strip from wherever the water happens to be back to wherever the road was).
Come to think of it that's pretty useless. It was fun, but useless.

03-13-2006, 06:12 PM
This is one fantastic resource, thank you for creating it. I’m so glad I found it.

I’m more expert in some areas than others, but knowledgeable in the following:

· Electronics

· Electrical crafts and contracting

· Lighting, security, sports facility and general

· Traffic signals design, construction, repair and operation

· Hydroelectric generation, transmission, receiving and distribution

· Asphalt plants, operation, maintenance and manufacture, some paving

· Harbors electrical operation, cranes, gantries, and gangways, ship passenger and luggage boarding equipment, containerization and more

· Wastewater treatment plant construction and operation

· Chess

· Public speaking and debate

· Romance as a hobby

· Motorcycling

· Parenting and grandparenting arts

· Real Bearded Santa Clausing

03-13-2006, 10:20 PM
Knowledge and Experience of:

Cerebral Palsy,

Eating Disorders,


Expert in the following:

Genealogy Research,
Non Fiction,
The Paranormal,
Metaphysical Teacher
Earth Based Religions - Witchcraft, Wicca, Shamanism, Druidhism,
Travel Writing - Expert of Living and Working Abroad in:
New Zealand,
Travel Writing - Expert in following places:
Cairo and Luxor Egypt,
Hong Kong China,
Paris France,
Toronto Canada,
Pittsburgh U.S.A,
Auckland/Christchurch/Wellington New Zealand,
Northern Ireland,
Southern Ireland - Eire,
Glasgow/Edinburgh, Ayr Scotland
Cardiff Wales,
Creative Writing,
Print Publishing,
Mental and Physical Abuse,
Bullying in schools and in the workplace,
Computer Gaming,

I think that's it:)

03-16-2006, 12:38 PM
I am a service personnel of the Nigerian Navy & I write part time at my spare time.Would be willing to assist on reseaches on Nigeria in general and also anything you need to know about about the Nigerian military & security operatives.

03-17-2006, 05:38 PM
I'll throw out some things I can help people with.

I have worked in a crime lab for nearly twenty years. My personal expertise is in controlled substances (drugs) and digital evidence (computers and such). While I am not part of the gun-carrying part of law enforcement, I can give information about how agents and officers are supported. I can't watch crime dramas, I see too many things like crime lab people working at their desks, and their girlfriend walks in off the street to talk to them. I need two keys and an electronic card just to get back to my desk from the vending machines.

One side effect of my work in computer crime is that I have become a bit of an expert in, er, perversion. I have seen quite a bit related to child molestation, incest, and the extreme ends of the BDSM culture (the ones that are called Gorians in some circles). I can say with confidence that I have seen nearly every kink at least once.

I can give information about complicated pregnancies. Both of mine were in that category charmingly named "high risk". I spent the last two-and-a-half weeks of my second pregnancy in the hospital. Thank goodness the Winter Olympics was going on or I would have lost my mind. My husband couldn't bring me books fast enough.

My husband and I homeschool our two daughters. I used to have a thriving herb garden until I developed some medical problems. Thankfully I am returning to shape, so I can start replanting it.

I can give information about the Mayo Clinic - *The* Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. I have a rarish adrenal gland condition, and Mayo was one of the few places with experience in the test to properly diagnose it. In a strange way, I can probably credit my ailment with getting me into writing, because I needed something to keep me busy during periods when I had no physical energy. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

03-20-2006, 05:51 AM
I speak Welsh and I have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of Celtic history.

03-20-2006, 06:00 AM
Hi everyone,

Nice thread. Here's mine:

I'm a travel agent.

I also work at my father's gas station/convenience store. I see tons of different people each day, which is why I can create so many interesting characters because I base them off all of the strange ones I deal with. And let me tell you, there are alot of weirdos out there. Or maybe it's just in my town? ;)

03-24-2006, 03:25 PM
Helping the poor in Africa
I know how non-profit sector in SA operates. For example, if you want to set up a charitable organisation or make donation to a specific cause, I'd be able to tell you what the legal framework is like, government departments to liaise with, NGO's to consult and maybe form strategic partnerships with.

Telecommunications in SA and Africa
Also have insight into telecoms sector in SA and in Africa ( fixed line, mobile and satellite). For example, who are the key players, changes in the legal framework and what they might mean for telecom sector, as well as corporate and individual users.

Also have insight into telecoms technologies being used or tested for future adoption ( e.g. CDMA 2000, HSDPA, WiFi etc), services available and usage trends.
For example, how many people in Nigeria have phones? Who has fixed line and what's mobile phone (http://get-access.com/?go=mobile+phone) use like? Would a poor man in a remote village have access?

The answer is it's likely to be a cellphone instead of a fixed line, and he may not own it personally. A popular picture used to depict cellphone use in remote Nigerian villages is a man using a phone while sitting at the top of a tree. There's a record of community phone services that have to be operated from tree tops because on the ground connection is so bad. However, a wealthy Nigerian is likely to own 3-5 mobile phone (http://get-data.net/?go=mobile+phone) each, providing access to specific network, maybe even in particlar region only. Which paints a different image of "man on the phone." if they all ring (http://get-faster.com/?go=ring) at the same time!

I also have insight into mergers, acquistions and expansion plans of telecoms companies in Africa.

I also know African fairytales, issues affecting women ( like HIV/AIDS, food secury issues) traditional customs of some African communities.

03-25-2006, 02:42 AM
Hi! If you are seeking a life, love and career expert, as well as somoene who writes about travel, fashion and beauty, look no further. I'd be happy to help.

I am a recognized life & career expert, personal public relations consultant, author, and advice columnist. I am the creator of the Advice Sisters "Great Relationships" web site: http://www.advicesisters.net (http://www.advicesisters.net/). My twin sister, Jessica Blackman Freedman and I were (and still are) known for The Advice Sisters® signature "Double-Take" two-views (head-practical, & heart-emotional) advice columns. The Advice Sisters have been credited a bringing the advice/information genre online in the academic textbook: Marriage and Family Experience: Relationships Changing Society 8th Edition by Bryan Strong, Christine DeVault, Theodore F Cohen (Thompson-Wadsworth,2004) .

Although my sister died suddenly, a couple of years ago, I have continued the work we began together, now simply as "Advice Sister Alison." Apart from my web presence and online advice services, I'm the author of: The Everything Dating Book, 2nd Edition (Adams Media, 2005), and YOU ARE THE PRODUCT -How To Sell Yourself To Employers (Piggle Press, 2000). I'm also the co-author of: RECRUITING LOVE - Using The Business Skills You Have to Find the Love You Want (Cyclone Books, 1998) and a contributing author to: How To Survive Dating by Mark W. Bernstein (Hundreds of Heads Books, Inc., 2004) and The Last Job Search Guide You'll Ever Need compiled by Steven J. Rothberg ( CollegeRecruiter.com Books, 2002).

I have written travel advice for magazines such as Porthole, and write a popular, monthly beauty and fashion review column called "What Works" http://www.advicesisters.net/whatworkscol3.html as well as the Ask Alison-Managing Your Life & Career Column which has appeared, syndicated, on numerous web sites and is now housed at http://www.advicesisters.net/askalison/askalison.html

I believe that most people can tap into their own experiences and intelligence to make positive change and solve problems in their own lives. However, everyone can use a virtual "best friend" and I play that role for countless adults who rely on my advice to feel great, be successful, and lead more satisfying lives.

If any of this is useful to you, please feel free to contact me. I would appreciate the opportunity.

03-25-2006, 11:18 PM
Here are a few subjects I feel comfortable being an expert. I indicate upfront, my rather strong opinions on a couple of them;)

The constant struggle in schools - limited resources and unlimited demands;
The importance of kids experiencing consequences for behavior;
The stupidity of parents that shield their kids from experiencing those consequences;
Travel with children;
Making the choice to move from double income to single income;
Passive income from real estate rentals;
Real estate investing;
Rental management;
Northern Wisconsin lakes;
General contractor on home remodeling projects;
Carpal Tunnel;

03-28-2006, 08:25 AM
Hi, I'm new to this forum and site. I teach/coach birthing professionals how to market and publicize their businesses. I have dozens of people on my newsgroup and I'd love to post journalist queries in my newsletter.

If you need help in anything that is birth related or even after the birth, I have professionals who can help. Send me the queries and I will send them out to my list.

Sheri Menelli

Cat Scratch
03-29-2006, 03:11 AM
So many experts, so little time!

If anyone has questions regarding theatre or film acting, particularly the ins and outs of Hollywood, I have worked extensively in both industries. As a result, I've also worked extensively in the restaurant industry and as a temp. (Yes, the cliches are true.)

I've also traveled around the world and have visited 5 continents and over 30 countries, oftentimes alone which as a woman is an issue in itself. And I once took a 6 month road trip so I've hit 40 states.

I also sing and play piano and know lots about music. And I dance, so basic info about: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, salsa, swing, ballroom, latin, etc.

And I live in Hawaii, so any questions about island life, send them my way.

I also have a freakish amount of knowledge about relatively useless things, such as: reality TV, musical theatre, differences in the brain between males and females, relationships/communication, job searches/interviews, and cats.

04-01-2006, 01:10 AM
Hi there!
Circumstances in life had me scrambling for a way to do more than simply surviving. I came up with an idea that worked for me. Then I saw a book and realized it could be interactive as well. Then I realized that the idea would make a great game.
Basically it takes any and everything that can happen in life, from my car was dinged to I lost a love one, and helps one develop a healthier mindset.
Of course, it isn't an easy cure-all but it gives a person options to lying down as a defeated victim of life.
I'm working on the book and playing with game board ideas, but I haven't a clue which direction to go in next. The book (so hard to get published, usually) or the game (and I would go where)?
Any help or insight would be most appreciated.

Thanks and take care,


04-01-2006, 01:25 AM

Appreciate any help. My MC receives a head wound, shot during a mugging. Would there be any reason the insurance company wouldn't want to pay, because she was the Victim of a Violent Crime?

Side note: I was born in Coalwood and we moved before I was three. Returned in 1980 with my husband as a tourist. :- ) The Dairy Queen was closed till June (It was April) and we were too hungry to wait. Went to next town (Welch?) and my husband slipped on the 90 degree angle handicap ramp breaking his wrist. The sad part is we were on the ramp because he was helping me with my healing ankle. Uhhh, we haven't been back. (It is beautiful there.)

Thanks for the help.


04-02-2006, 11:48 PM

James Buchanan
04-03-2006, 05:12 AM

* 8 years collections (and all the attendant insanity that goes with that field), student loan and credit card debt primarily. But also a backdoor education into consumer protection issues.

* 2 yrs Federal practice: Civil RICO, trucking class actions and various musical issues

* Worked In County Counsel's Probate Division (Trial Certified Law Student)

* Worked In LA City Attorney's Office Misdemeanor Prosecution (Trial Certified Law Student - in certain jurisdictions a law student who has taken Evidence and certain other courses can appear in court under the supervision of senior attorneys)

So basic courtroom procedure, evidence handling, preping witnesses, trial prep, the hell of law school. I can answer specific questions (but not give advice :) ) on California courtroom procedures - Like which jurisdictions let you phone in appearances, which have actual bailiffs and which only have non-sworn courtroom assistants. What it's like to get sworn in to the US Supreme Court.

Worked for two years at County Mental Health in a Children's Outpatient facility (admin)

Domestic Abuse Survivor

Corporate Goth subculture (cause some of us just never grew out of it)

My family has run Machilladoras and currently has factories in Venezuela and Costa Rica (which is giving us all a backdoor education into customs)

El Paso & Las Cruses (16 years ago) Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Gothic hang outs in Las Vegas (since that’s where we go to party).

04-04-2006, 03:39 AM
Hi All,

My areas of expertise are primarily things having to do with South Asian/Indian culture.

Some areas that I'm knowledgeable about and have sources for include:
1- Dating & Marriage (from arranged to e-rranged)
2- Wedding Traditions (and unique Indian touches)
3- Music & Film (up-and-coming artists as well as established... and Bollywood)
4- Outsourcing to India
5- General Culture

Feel free to get in touch if you'd like to do any stories on these topics and I'm happy to help as much as possible... I'm not a writer as such, but love coming up with ideas!

Take care...

04-07-2006, 06:59 PM
Thought about this for awhile, and I suppose my expertise lies in the following areas:

1) Trumpet playing (also a little history of)
2) French horn
3) Banjo (not bluegrass, clawhammer style only, and even then this isn't so much expertise as a smattering of knowledge)
4) Advertising (especially newspaper/print advertising)
5) Williamsburg, VA ghosts

Wish I had more to offer, I hope I can help someone http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif


04-07-2006, 07:19 PM
Expertise? Let's just call it experienced...

1. 40 yrs experience as a prairie Canadian living on the West Coast.

2. 30 yrs in martial arts, mostly Shorin-Ji Ryu karate.

3. almost 30 yers Special Care fostering (Reality Thereapy Certified) teens with behaviour disorders

Willing to share...

04-10-2006, 08:29 AM
They seem to mostly be transportation or management related:
+BS Aeronautical Science
+Master of Public Administration
+MA Alaska Native and Rural Development
+Certified Marina Manager
+USCG Master
+Boating Safety Instructor
+Harbormaster/Port Director
+Harbor Management Consultant

Sharon A. Mitchell
04-16-2006, 11:07 PM
If anyone has questions about the following areas, I may be able to help:

Asperger's Syndrome
PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
attention deficit
learning disabilities
fetal alcohol syndrome
special education
I've worked in special ed & counselling for over 25 years. I'm a special ed consultant for a school district and autism consultant for my province in Canada. I sit on Autism Today's Panel of Experts (www.autismtoday.com (http://www.autismtoday.com)) and am co-author of the new book, The Autism 101 Manual http://www.autism101manual.com/.

I have a son with Asperger's who is away at university. Together, we have a website with Q & A's at www.autismsite.ca (http://www.autismsite.ca).

If anyone has farm-related queries, I live on a grain farm in Western Canada and will try to answer your questions.

Sharon A. Mitchell

04-18-2006, 07:15 PM
Ok, here's the short form about me, in case anything I know may be useful to someone:

- I've been a computer tech for a public school system for the past 8 years, specializing in fixing computer hardware problems, but will pretty much take a crack at anything
- Spent 7 years before that doing electronic assembly, putting parts in circuit boards before they were run through the machine which soldered them
- Earned an associates degree in video and radio production 8 years ago, haven't been in the field though
- Have a 3-stripe brown belt degree in Kenpo Karate
- Suffer from obstructive sleep Apnea
- Recently had successful surgery to repair Carpal Tunnel syndrome in my right hand
- Know a lot about hamsters, probably more than an adult should admit to
- Have repaired and refurbished coin operated arcade games as a hobby
- Have a phobia of house centipedes
- Once nearly choked to death on a *bleep'n* Triscuit cracker, and now I guess I suffer from PTSD - Post Triscuit Stress Disorder
- Have a fascination with severe weather, with some basic knowledge of storm chasing, hurricanes and tornadoes
- Once served as a production assistant on the set of a small movie

04-20-2006, 11:40 PM
I know enough to know that I don't know anything at all.
Having an interest in absolutely everything has made me an expert in absolutely nothing.
But if you ever need to know what it's like on a Supertanker, you can ask me. Spent many years on those. I spent even more years on other types of ships.
Coming from Sweden I could answer questions about that country, or that language. The same goes for Germany, or at least the former East Germany.

04-21-2006, 06:42 PM
I’m in the

“Man I’ve lived one boring life category. Must be why I read…”

For what it’s worth I’ll add these experiences.

- Raising four gifted children (two boys and two girls), balancing the needs of their physical, intellectual, scholastic, artistic, athletic, social, religious and emotional lives. BTW- Actors have nothing on the gifted in the capacity to be drama queens/kings.

- Getting 4 children to - three schools, baseball (2 teams), softball, dance (2 girls), cheerleading (2 girls), football, wrestling, church, youth programs, 3 jazz bands, 2 swing choruses, marching band, academic challenge, basketball, Indian Princess and Indian Guides – and keeping all their schedules in my head…..

- BS Degree in Conservation

- Worked in Natural Recourses. Actually understand the alphabet soup of SWCD, EPA, ASCS, SCS, DNR, NPS, NRCS etc…

- Listened to Country Music for the last 25 years.

- Lover of John Denver’s music

- Played cornet. Children play flute, trombone, and clarinet.

- Furniture refinishing

- Quilting

- Church life - both the German Anabaptist Church of the Brethren (sister’s a minister) and Presbyterian

- I have access to people who know Celtic music and instruments.

- Have shared living space with two beagles, (a combined total of 30 years), one a mutant registered gigantic beagle. Now have rescued lab-mix and beagle/shepherd mix and his highness, Max the cat.

- Steelers football – (esp. from the 70’s)

- Enabler for way too many years and now a recovering enabler.

- Lived in same Midwest suburban area for 40 plus years. (HS graduating class size approx. 500)

- Telemarketing

- Actually watched a man use a diving stick to find water

If anyone finds any of this interesting I’d have to ask- why??

04-23-2006, 07:47 PM
I can help with:

Anything horse related (I breed Icelandics, have been in the scene forever)...

Hard to find info about Cathars, 11th-13th century France...

Fairly solid information in forensics...

Asian antiquities....

Marketing and advertising...

Best, Derek

04-25-2006, 10:36 AM

I'm kind of awed by some of the posts. I feel very young and clueless, compared to some of you :)

But! I do know a tiny bit about a lot of things, and a bit more about a few things. So here goes:


- Cognitive Science (the study of the mind)
I know more psychology/linguistics than computer science/neuroscience/philosophy/anthropology, but I can answer basic questions in most of these areas)

- Practice of Art, especially watercolor painting

- Linguistics (I'm a PhD candidate in linguistics now and will go *anything* to avoid writing the dissertation!)
I know more about semantics and language-and-the-mind than I do about other areas of linguistics. I also know some things about language and gesture, and about signed languages. Again, though, I can answer basic questions about pretty much any area of language.
I study comics. I can talk at length about those.

- Student life or lack thereof
Though www.phdcomics.com can tell you everything I know :)

- the University of California, Berkeley


Sadly, my only really fluent language is English. But I know some Dutch, some American Sign Language, and some Tamil. I also know weird facts about a number of other languages.


I was born in India, left young but visited often till I was nineteen. I'm not the best person to answer questions about India, but I can tell you about being a cross-cultural alien.

I've lived in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, Scotland, and California. I can probably answer at least some questions about any of these places.

Life experiences

For the most part these are things I know... something about. Don't consider me any kind of expert! But I can talk about:

- Asthma
- Culture clash
- Cultural aspects of knowledge
- Interracial/cultural/national relationships and marriage
- Hinduism (and a little about Buddhism)
- South Indian classical music (Carnatic) and dance (Bharatnatyam)
- Boarding schools (somewhat)
- Fairy tales and folk tales
- Tarot/Ogham/divinatory systems in general
- Shamanism, somewhat cross-culturally

Send me a pm if any of that may be helpful!

04-26-2006, 08:06 AM
H'mm, lots of interesting information on this thread!

I am familiar with farming in the Midwest, used to milk dairy cows, now have beef cattle and free-range poultry (a small flock for spending money). DH raises corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. I know some basics about tractors and machinery but can ask DH and our sons for more specifics. However, we are not in the government farm program, so can't help you there.

My role as a farm-wife includes bookkeeping, secretarial and providing help as needed, such as sorting cattle, helping deliver calves, starting bottle calves, all the poultry chores, running parts and lunches, gardening, landscaping, minor home repairs and small construction jobs. I used to cook three hots a day but since the kids are in school got everyone in the habit of getting their own breakfast -- what a relief!

Used to be a certified therapeutic riding instructor and briefly managed the herd for a therapeutic riding stable. Used "centered riding" concepts a lot with my students.

Our church is a spin-off of the Mennonite church, so am familiar with the Anabaptist movement, live in the same community with Amish, Old Order Mennonite and other Mennonite believers.

I guess other than that we are your basic rural 4-H family also involved with soccer and Little League.

Oh -- I have a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism and wrote for daily and weekly newspapers full-time for ten years.

Seems pretty tame compared to some of the accomplishments you all have!


05-03-2006, 05:03 AM
I am really getting alot from these forums, so here is my contribution:

Served on board nuclear submarines for 7 years in the 1980's
Was a radio operator working with ELF/LF/HF/VHF/UHF Freqs
Have owned a trucking business for the last 15 years
Worked on a farm as a young man

glad to help anyone with research as best I can.

Spice Islands
05-06-2006, 08:23 AM
South East Asian history, heritage and culture, especially Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia

Football and terrace culture mid 80s

Punk late 70's and early 80's

Living and working in Asia

The expat life

pm me if you need any help or check out my sites :D

Taurus Rising
05-19-2006, 02:24 PM
I know commercial radio; I'm an on-air announcer by profession.

In a few weeks I'll probably be knowledgable about the grocery business as well - which should tell you right away something about the commercial radio business. ;)

05-21-2006, 06:54 PM
i dont like the word "expert" it conjurs images of people in white coats with phd's. every one can be considered an expert, if only an expert on their own lives. but i do remember a keychain with the words, 'i can handle any crisis - i have children.'

my list of specialties
bdsm (especially the Ds side of it)
gor (the brighter side of everyday gorean life)
(suicidal) depression, addiction
having 2 (6 year older) siblings
romantic relationships with large age difference
life in the IT industry

things i can talk about
working with mentally not-so-able (???)
(eastern) philosophy
psychology (social work type)

Histry Nerd
05-23-2006, 04:16 PM
Thanks for the thread!

I'm the kind of guy who collects esoteric information (read: useless trivia) on a broad range of topics. Here are a few areas I may be able to help in. Of course, everything below is self-taught, so if you need a credentialed expert I'm probably not your guy.

U.S. Army (served 12 years, 5 active, 7 National Guard, spent 2005 in Iraq)
West Point
Military History (mostly Europe and the Americas--I know a little bit about the middle and far east, but I'm no authority)
- I can talk land tactics from the Greeks to the present day
- I have a pretty good working knowledge of hand weapons and their effects
- Likewise with firearms and their evolution (small arms mostly; a little about artillery, but not as much)
- I can tell you (or find out) what sorts of skills and/or equipment soldiers from various cultures and armies may have had.
Texas History
Parenting an ADD child
Watching Alzheimer's eat a loved one's mind

I know just enough about the following subjects to get myself in trouble:
Anatomy (especially with respect to wounding/wounds)
First Aid

And like I said, I collect useless knowledge. Try me with a question and I'll do my best to answer it.

Have a good one!

07-07-2006, 05:03 PM
Hi Maryn - I'm writing an article about shyness in teens/college kids and need a couple kids for anecdotes/examples. I'm focusing on how reading out loud helps ease shyness.

07-07-2006, 05:09 PM
Ok - do you know any shy teens/college kids that have overcome some of their shyness that I can interview? (Or you can interview for me?) Writing an article about reading out loud helping to decrease shyness.
Judi B

07-07-2006, 05:09 PM
Sorry guys - I guess I'm sending these to the wrong places!!

Elizabeth Slick
07-11-2006, 07:20 AM
Can I help in any way? Feel free to email me.

07-11-2006, 08:16 AM
This particular thread is only for sharing what you are expert in or have knowledge of in case writers need interviewees or info in those areas.

To get the most from your request for help, start a new thread in this forum.

07-14-2006, 09:48 AM
OKAY, WHO IS THE PERSON WHO PUT BURT REYNOLDS NAME ON HIS LIST? as the author of a biography of Burt(published , 1983 with update in 1985, I know some stuff that I can tell up until that time. we used to be friends.

I know about having a husband in a nursing home for many years, depression,fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, attending Hollwyood parties and "events", interviewing celebrities in their homes and hanging around movie and television sets during filming. THAT'S REALLY BORING.

07-14-2006, 02:38 PM
Finally! I have some time to repost what I'd managed to save of this thread:

Originally by Evaine:

I trained as an archaeologist, and dug at several medieval and industrial revolution sites (including one that was radioactive!).
I've worked in bookshops and antique shops for fifteen years, mostly with children's books - so I have a fairly encyclopaedic knowledge of British children's books (plus some American and Australian).
My hobby is medieval re-enactment - I portray a 13thC Welsh mercenary, so I know a bit about the Welsh princes and castles. I'm also an archer (this being the traditional period of Robin Hood), and a Viking, and I demonstrate spinning and weaving. I can even do Viking knitting (nalbinding).

07-14-2006, 02:58 PM
Originally by Steve W:


Tae Kwon Do
Guitar playing
Scuba diving
Drinking to excess

All at the same time - some feat!


07-14-2006, 02:59 PM
Originally by Sharra:

I can help with info needed on Southern Africa (particularly South Africa & Zimbabwe), japanese/greek/roman/egyptian & a bit of norse & gaelic mythology, animal biology, some esoteric stuff, herb lore, ancient history.

I'm not a qualified expert by any means, but tend to retain some weird and wonderful information - usually the stranger the better..

07-14-2006, 03:00 PM
Originally by Wills:

I trained and worked as an Architect for many years. I'm currently restoring old buildings BUT spent a 10 year spell running my own Patisserie. (I know, where is the connection?)
I also work with Artists (SO) organising exhibitions and events, anyone requiring insight into the psychology of Artists... I could give some pointers.
I live in Lisbon and/or London, and know both places well.
Recently suffered from a neurological disorder of the central nervous system involving paralysis and temporary blindness, a unique experience!

07-14-2006, 03:00 PM
Originally by Glayzer:

My family sang Gospel Music and made record albums when I was young.
I lived in France and Germany for 10 years. Pretty good with conversational German, kitchen French, grocery-buying Norwegian.
I performed American musicals in the opera houses in Europe in the German language.
I’m an original cast member of Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco. (Sing, Dance, Act)
I owned a location sound recording company for the motion picture industry, and worked as a boom operator and sound recordist. (before digital)
I’m a self-taught web developer and, until the dot.bombs, worked as a consultant developing ecommerce websites.
I’m a sculptor.
I’m a painter.
I’m a photographer.
I’m a Certified Chef.

Shameless Self Promotion
Last edited by glayzer : 06-16-2006 at 09:29 PM.

07-14-2006, 03:01 PM
Originally by Innkeeper04:

My experience includes:

Extensive overseas life experience (17 years) in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, El Salvador, Thailand, and Ghana (Note: I was a civilian in Saudi Arabia during the 1st Gulf War when we had in-coming scud missles back in '91. I was also in Beirut in '99 when the Israeli Air Force bombed the city).

Culinary school graduate, French cuisine

Current occupation: innkeeper

Former elementary teacher in suburban, inner-city, and rural public schools

Former elementary teacher, international American schools (Saudi Arabia and Beirut, Lebanon)

Volunteer fire fighter, Company 21, Elizabethville, PA

Aspiring writer of a 12th century Chinese fantasy - I've had to research 12th century Chinese culture and have a good grounding in science, economics, social conventions, architecture, government, the military, agriculture etc.

Soap crafter - oil & lye

07-14-2006, 03:01 PM
Originally by Raiyah:

As much as you'd like to know about:

1) The middle east (the culture, etc)
2) World Royalty
3) Fashion

07-14-2006, 03:04 PM
Originally by Rugcat:

I can help with police procedure, from experience. Enough to keep you from commiting howlers. Also jazz, both theory and history.

07-14-2006, 03:06 PM
Originally by Rachel:

Vegetarianism-- I eat eggs and milk but no fish or poultry.

Music-- flute, violin, vocal (Not on a professional level, but enough, I guess.)

Homeschooling-- eight years!

Graduating early, going to college early-- I started going to a local college at sixteen.

sexual abuse-- some things, mostly concerning young or teenaged girls. Don't ask me about male/male stuff, I have no idea.

Judaism and Christianity-- I know more about the latter (from personal experience), but I've studied Judaism.

Some health stuff-- my minor is health sciences.

Synesthesia-- I see colors with just about everything. Occasionally certain sounds have textures, but I don't get sounds or tastes very often at all.

Assorted other stuff, especially about blended families, step-siblings, and half-siblings.

07-14-2006, 03:10 PM
Originally by Magsnmads:

I have worked on the stock exchange for 14 years. I trade equities, indexes, and options.

I have my MBA and undergraduate degree in Finance.

I just took the Level 1 CFA exam on June 3rd and I am waiting for the results. (Certified Financial Analyst Exam)

If you need any info on stocks, derivatives, or finance, feel free to PM me.

07-14-2006, 03:11 PM
Originally by me:

Wow! Everyone has so much to offer, I'm feeling rather intimidated. LOL!

- I know some French / German
- Fluent in Chinese (better at Chinese to English than vice versa)
- Lots of knowledge on China / Hong Kong
- Some knowledge on Japan
- Marketing strategies
- Manga / anime

07-14-2006, 03:32 PM
Working for KBR in Iraq. Wanna know about sand and heat?
Running a military camp
Planes that have flats when you land
Medieval reenactors (politics, horses, costuming)
Lower enlisted in the Air Force
Living in Turkey as an American
Islam and women
Owning a greyhound
Owning a bobcat hybrid
Falling in love at 40
Clinical depression/meds/getting well
Air Conditioning repair
Being childless

My husband can tell you about
Working in Iraq
Being an electrician
Meth, Coke, Heroine, EX, Acid, Mushrooms, Marijuana
Being institutionalized as a teen
Abusive parents and spouses
Growing up at 39
Giving up addictions (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, nail biting)
Owning a pitbull
Hunting (not birds)

I hope I can be of help to someone.

07-16-2006, 07:56 PM
I´m not sure I qualify as an expert for any of these things but here goes.

UK Politics (worked in politics in UK for 5 years)

The UK Parliament (mostly from a legislative and functional standpoint, but some history too)

Teaching (I´ve been teaching English as a foreign language for 4 years)

Madrid (I´ve been living here for 4 years)

Spanish Language (I speak it, more or less, and I can always ask my Spanish girlfriend if I don´t know!)

A few periods of history (e.g. English Revolution, Civil War(s) if you prefer, Napoleonic period, Cathars, aspects of Medieval history)


Indie/Alternative music from the UK cerca 1980s/90s

London (where I´m from)

Some aspects of Irish history and life (my family are from Ireland)

Pregnancy and birth (long story short - I worked for the Royal COllege of Midwives doing their political stuff for a while. I was NOT a midwife!!!)

Living in/moving to a foreign country (I´ve lived in both Canada and Spain)

Well I´ll stop there, if I think of anything else I´ll let you know. Maybe I can help you, maybe not, but if I can I´ll be more than happy to do so. Bear in mind my knowledge (depending on your question) will range from 0 to 100%

Take care,

07-17-2006, 06:49 PM
I know tons of stuff, some useless some not so useless. Please read the list below:

1. Pop culture (music, movies, etc)
2. Domestic violence
3. Drugs (Pharmacology/Crazy ex-boyfriend)
4. Dysfunctional families (knowledge aplenty)
5. Child Support (it can be a crazy system)

Feel free to PM me.

07-17-2006, 08:03 PM
I'll never consider myself to be an expert in anything, but I have a great deal of knowledge about:

1) Opera. Singing, performing and history of this great artform.
2) California Real Estate. Particularily, transacting and closing real estate purchases in California.
3) Restaurant ownership/cooking. I have owned and been the executive chef for a fine restaurant.

07-18-2006, 05:54 AM
1. Police procedures and tactics, including undercover operations. (Did you know cops never respond to a robbery in progress with lights and siren?)

2. Jazz history and theory.

07-18-2006, 04:35 PM
This is a useful and mega fascinating thread.

I might be of help in:

Indoor gardening
Pioneer life in Canada/US (eastern, not western) I have a large library of reference books
Farming (eastern Canada) in early/middle 20th century. Not so familiar with modern machinery etc.


07-18-2006, 10:17 PM
Hi All,

Figured I'd list my unique qualifications in case anyone needs specifics on the following:

I have BAs in Classical Archaeology and English Lit:

--Focus on Romans and Greeks: art, pottery, culture, mythology
--Four years Ancient Latin: translated works of Homer, Ovid, & other classical works.
--2 years Ancient Greek
--1 year Middle English

I have a Master's of Education, Curriculum & Instruction:

--Can give help in learning styles, classroom logistics, standards (i.e what students should be able to comprehend at what age or grade level)

A man was convicted of Stalking me (felony aggravated stalking) in 1999.

--I can explain the process of getting a conviction, police procedure, and what it feels like...

I read Tarot cards (and have made some wacky predictions which have come true from time to time.)

--Can help with Tarot background/history, what specific cards mean, process of a reading, reactions of querants (people getting their cards read).

I may have some unique knowledge on the above topics. Feel free to contact me via Absolute with initial questions...we can always meet up on e-mail if you need detailed information.

07-21-2006, 05:00 PM
If you have questions about the following please feel free to e-mail me. I don't check this site every day and might leave you hanging inadvertantly.

1. Police Officer--10 years (27 person Department)
a) Patrol Work
b) Detective Work
c) Courtroom procedures

2. United Nations Mission in Kosovo

3. Life in vacation/beach community

4. Working on Capitol Hill (circa 1990)

Everything above is from direct experience. All the other stuff I'm knowledgable about you can Google and become your own expert.


07-24-2006, 11:51 AM
Hi, I can help with
dream interpretation
night terrors