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July 12

It looks like I will be moving to LA in as little as 6-8 weeks. I would like to use a moving company to make this happen as my parents and friends will largely be unavailable at the time I need to go go go. Can you recommend a moving service in San Diego, and can you tell me what I should be aware of from a safety, budget, bargaining, etc standpoint? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger to Home & Garden at 5:41 PM - 1 answer

Can someone familiar with post office procedures tell me if this is a messed-up as I think it is? One day, two independent packages expected that day were, according to the USPS tracking page, scanned as both "Notice Left (No Authorized Recipient Available)" and "Delivered". All four scans had the same timestamp, 2:16 pm on the day they were due. Someone was present at that time, no delivery attempt was in fact made. [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott to Law & Government at 5:18 PM - 5 answers

My girlfriend and I will be taking a road trip from Pittsburgh to Port Clyde, Maine and back to visit my vacationing parents. Where should we stop along the way? [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue to Travel & Transportation at 5:08 PM - 4 answers

What would you say and how would you say it? [more inside]
posted by jellyjam to Human Relations at 4:51 PM - 7 answers

Our house has a broken garden hose spigot that is missing the handle. I assume (correct me if I'm wrong) it would be easiest to get a new spigot and install that. Is that something I can do or do I need any special tools, aside from an adjustable wrench and plumber's tape? [more inside]
posted by The Toad to Home & Garden at 3:58 PM - 4 answers

Our baby's car seat, a Graco Click Connect 30, will not unlock from its base. I know it's a long shot that anyone else might have experience with this, but any suggestions? Preferably ones that don't destroy the seat, base, or seatbelt, but if necessary... [more inside]
posted by Kriesa to Grab Bag at 2:43 PM - 4 answers

How do you help someone get beyond their resentment of the slights, perceived and actual, against them? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief to Human Relations at 2:38 PM - 13 answers

We live in the Baltimore/ DC area. We want to take our two dogs on a vacation to the ocean or a lake that is dog friendly. A body of water that has a beach. We want them to play in the water and be able to relax under an umbrella with us. We are not interested in rivers. We are willing to drive around 3 hours for this experience. Any ideas.
posted by Coffee Bean to Pets & Animals at 1:25 PM - 5 answers

Where in central Asia would you recommend for sightseeing, photography, street life, and general wow factor? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze to Travel & Transportation at 12:37 PM - 9 answers

A young cat that I took in in in an emergency situation, expecting to be able to rehome her quickly, is turning out to be a skilled bird hunter, which is really stressing me out. The thing is, she doesn't kill them, just seems to incapacitate them so that they can't walk or fly. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle to Home & Garden at 12:29 PM - 18 answers

I've bought two secondhand items in the past few years that have a strong, nauseating smell, kind of like tobacco multiplied by ten. Both are plastic-based. What is it and how can I remove it? [more inside]
posted by mippy to Home & Garden at 12:05 PM - 7 answers

In Planet of the Apes Dr. Zeius is a religious zealot, and his goal is to not have is vision of the world upended. He denies he truth of Taylor and at the end destroys Cornelius' dig site. As he is leading Cornelius and Zira away at the end he says that what he is doing he is doing for the good of all the apes. I used to take this as an act of hypocrisy, but on re-watching it this line is juxtaposed with Taylor's discovery of the Statue of Liberty. It feels to almost be implying that Zeius is right, that progress is not an inherent good. What is the intent of these last few scenes meant to be? [more inside]
posted by ArthurBarnhouse to Media & Arts at 11:59 AM - 8 answers

I'm about to pull the trigger on a new 2014 compact car. I've done my research and driven almost everything in the segment in the last year as a rental. It's come down to a Mazda 3 i Touring hatchback with the full tech package. Looking for input based on experience. [more inside]
posted by spitbull to Shopping at 11:32 AM - 27 answers

Used car filter: after a decade without owning a car, I'd like to get back into the game. I'd prefer to spend $5k or less. I understand this means older cars/higher miles. I find myself drawn to early 2000s VW Golfs/GTIs, late-90s BMW 300 series, '90s Saabs, early '00s Volvos. Are any of these types going to be substantially more reliable or cheaper to maintain than others? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine to Travel & Transportation at 11:05 AM - 24 answers

I saw a picture earlier this year, probably on Reddit and/or Imgur, of two young kids on a carnival ride having the time of their lives. Right behind them were two slightly older kids or teens looking sullen and glued to their phones. The general layout was something like this. Does anyone remember seeing it, or can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus to Computers & Internet at 10:02 AM - 2 answers

What stylish but versatile mix and match clothing articles and accessories should I pack for three July nights in Montreal and four nights in a cabin off Lake Beverly in Ontario? How do I keep them looking "fresh" despite heat, humidity, and my own unforgiving sweat? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:30 AM - 14 answers

Hi folks. I'm working on a new eBook, a comedy-fantasy novella about a frat boy who is appalled to find himself transformed overnight into a sexy girl. There's just one problem: I don't know jack about frats! I'm trying to research frat life, but I could really use the experience of somebody who has actually been a frat boy, or at least spent enough time in a frat to have some knowledge about them... [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts at 9:18 AM - 25 answers

I am in the market for a badminton set to play in the park on nice days. I do not have a yard, so it's important that the set is portable and the net is easy to set up and take down. None of the sporting goods stores in DC seem to carry badminton sets, so definitely looking for something that can be ordered online. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:18 AM - 1 answer

Paper Nerds Assemble! I'm looking for heavyweight paper (~100lbs / 150gsm or thicker), either bound or looseleaf, with a smooth finish... that has light grid lines (square or isometric) or a dot grid. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy to Media & Arts at 7:54 AM - 3 answers

Has anyone ever attempted to realistically and fully work out what the economic and/or sociological implications of a world where dungeons and dragons or lord of the ring-style magic exists? For example, how it would impact the feudal system and so on. In any form, essay, fiction or otherwise.
posted by empath to Society & Culture at 7:54 AM - 18 answers

help me find patterns or ideas for awesome ways to use up leftover yarn! I'm particularly interested in projects that will combine different weights, fibers, and textures, without looking cheapy and amateur. caveats inside. [more inside]
posted by CookieNose to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:22 AM - 18 answers

I've been with my company (a major Oil and Gas E&P company) for seven years now, and I've moved domestically three times with them. My major is in Petroleum Engineering with an emphasis on Reservoir Engineering and I'm currently getting my MBA. I am considering getting into investment banking for energy A&D (acquisition and divestiture) advisory activities. What is the career path (I was told I would start at associate level II) and what doors could this open for me? Say I do this for 2-3 years ... what makes sense from a career standpoint next?? I got into my industry to move oversees eventually. Is this an option with an A&D advisory position? Similarly, does this open doors to live places where oil is not, such as NYC or London or Chicago? Any general advice on a position like this? Has anyone made a move like this and are you happy or do you regret this move?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 6:58 AM - 0 answers

My spouse is about to be offered a new job that splits time between Emeryville (most of the time) and Redwood City. Where should we look for a house? Bonus earthquake question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden at 6:57 AM - 17 answers

Does anyone have experience with trying to import *used* Dutch bikes (or Danish, or German, etc) into the USA? I've only been able to find *new* bikes for sale, and they tend to cost much more than similarly priced American / Chinese / Taiwanese re-makes (Linus, WorkCycles, Etc). [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB to Travel & Transportation at 6:53 AM - 6 answers

Font Book isn't burly enough to handle my thousands of fonts, and it has now crashed twice. Its default of loading fonts as active contributes to its crashing, I believe. (I've taken it to the Apple Store, etc., so please don't tell me how to get Font Book to work.) I've committed to buying some new font software. I'm currently looking at FontExplorerX Pro and Suitcase Fusion. Please share your advice on those two, or any other font management systems that are effective and not crazy expensive. Thank you! (I used to use suitcase back in the oughts. Obviously the world is a different place.)
posted by miss tea to Computers & Internet at 5:55 AM - 6 answers

I'm currently trying to remember a web radio station I listened to a few years ago, but it's name escapes me. [more inside]
posted by lalunamel to Media & Arts at 4:52 AM - 2 answers

I have a friend who wants to watch some new music videos. He has no access to the internet, but I do. Great! I can help out. Except we have very different tastes in music and he only gets as specific as "like Nicki." He also really likes Rihanna and Beyoncé's more beat-driven songs, La Fouine, and a lot of Nigerian popular music. Can you make suggestions for me? Preferably with links, because I'm on strictly metered internet and can't download a lot of videos to find the good ones.
posted by Kutsuwamushi to Media & Arts at 4:15 AM - 5 answers

We'll be arriving Sunday afternoon, both of us first-timers in Berlin. Any recommendations on where we should be for the game? (Pub, outdoor venue, anything goes).
posted by alona to Travel & Transportation at 1:13 AM - 4 answers

July 11

Assume I know very very little about photography, but I have a small tripod, a Canon Rebel Xti DLSR and a 400 zoom lens. How do I photograph the Super Moon tomorrow over Lake Tahoe? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:59 PM - 9 answers

I have a friend who is having a horrible life right now and I want to be supportive but I am also having a horrible life right now. How can I help but not put my own mental health at risk? [more inside]
posted by kanata to Human Relations at 10:33 PM - 13 answers

Hank Green of Vlogbrothers fame wore an interesting shirt with what I believe is an iconic image from a film, but I have been unable to remember where it's from. [more inside]
posted by Woodroar to Media & Arts at 8:47 PM - 6 answers

I'm a young woman without much luck in romantic relationships. I think I may have a problem with my behavior and body language because I'm introverted and I'd like to understand it and maybe gain some control over it. [more inside]
posted by poilkj to Human Relations at 8:00 PM - 27 answers

I need to know how other women (or men) have crawled out of these jobs. [more inside]
posted by ziggly to Work & Money at 7:50 PM - 11 answers

When dealing with depression, what has worked for you . . medications, etc? I don't want to rely too heavily on friends for this, because I have in the past, and they tend to want to avoid you if you tend to talk about it too much. [more inside]
posted by jeepwrnglrwmn to Human Relations at 7:49 PM - 14 answers

Help me find an elliptical machine for a person who is between 5'1" and 5'4", that will take fairly heavy use by one person, and that doesn't cost a fortune. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian to Health & Fitness at 7:33 PM - 5 answers

I'm 24, a year after graduation I'm still in the town where I went to university. I'm living with my partner Jake who has a five-year-old son. Jake and I are very happy together and I've become good friends with the mother of his son, Kaitlyn. We all get along really well now, life is easy, drama-free and steadily improving. The problem is, Kaitlyn, Jake and I are all really keen on adding to our crazy little family by me having a baby. I would love to do that, but on the other hand, I have family, friends and a small part of me shouting NO!!!! You're too young! Go travel the world! How do I reconcile what I want to do RIGHT NOW, what I think I should do to avoid having regrets later and what everyone else wants me to do? [more inside]
posted by mangoprawn to Human Relations at 7:01 PM - 57 answers

Ages ago I used to be active on The Forge and it was great for gameplay design/discussion and for actual play reports of niche things. Where did those folk go when it closed down? What new stuff has popped up in the meantime?
posted by curious nu to Media & Arts at 4:47 PM - 3 answers

My 30th birthday is next week. Where in Chicago can I get a free birthday ice cream sundae? [more inside]
posted by custard heart to Food & Drink at 4:40 PM - 6 answers

Here's the thing: I am a young adult who for the majority of his life has been intellectualising because he is fascinated by what he learns. However more and more I have been wishing I had a creative outlet, artistic or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu to Media & Arts at 4:30 PM - 24 answers

I'm currently backpacking Europe with a good friend of mine. It's been a lot of fun so far, but as a non-Facebook user, I have been feeling uncomfortable and annoyed as he posts updates. How do I keep this from negatively affecting my trip? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman to Human Relations at 4:12 PM - 25 answers

Mefites of San Francisco: Where do you live? Where should I live? When should I move? How does this happen? I'm a special snowflake with my own special snowflake needs. [more inside]
posted by bleep to Home & Garden at 3:38 PM - 47 answers

So I love giving gifts and, if I've committed to 'Giving Someone A Gift' instead of just 'Checking off the Box' I tend to put a lot of time and energy into them. However I've noticed that my pleasure in giving gifts is directly tied to how the recipient responds. MeFis, teach me to give unconditionally. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto to Human Relations at 2:11 PM - 21 answers

In order to block out a new writing thing. I'm looking for things that are essentially or unquiely New Jersian in flavor or references that would ping a lifelong resident of the state- types of stores and houses, idioms, vacation spots, regional foods, etc. I'm also looking for media that has the right feel of the Garden State that aren't Kevin Smith movies. I've read this AskMe about New Jersey books already and I've seen The Sopranos. What are other examples of "Only in NJ" things? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk to Grab Bag at 2:05 PM - 67 answers

A colleague wants to deepen his understanding of online publishing (and I do, too!) -- how do the big print magazine/newspaper publishers manage their online publications, and what are the smaller, newer, younger online-only publications doing, too. Topics of interest run the gamut, from editorial policy to metrics. [more inside]
posted by notyou to Media & Arts at 1:33 PM - 3 answers

The girl and I miss trees. And feel a little claustrophobic. Where could we go that is close to SF but out of Sf. It should be warm. And we would like to do it on a week night.
posted by jander03 to Science & Nature at 1:27 PM - 16 answers

My wife's Canon 5D MkII seems to be bricked, and I'm looking for input on what the issues might be and if it's reparable (or worth it to repair it). [more inside]
posted by hootenatty to Technology at 1:13 PM - 8 answers

I have just discovered that I love truffle-infused foodstuffs. So far, I have had popcorn and cheese, and macaroni and cheese that were all sprinkled with truffle goodness. What else is out there that I absolutely have to have?
posted by roomthreeseventeen to Food & Drink at 1:10 PM - 23 answers

My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq to Human Relations at 12:44 PM - 41 answers

I'm using Wordpress to design my site (photography portfolio). Image quality is very important to me, but I'm also concerned about page-loading times. Galleries will be on one page, and you'll scroll down to view images. I prefer this layout to flash galleries. Some questions about this.... [more inside]
posted by okay-quiet-time to Computers & Internet at 11:45 AM - 7 answers

Kinda two-fold. (1) What's do-able with 10 days in/from Lausaunne, Switzerland? (2) How do I manage this trip with my boyfriend and a few other friends? [more inside]
posted by inevitability to Travel & Transportation at 11:42 AM - 9 answers

What neighborhoods or towns in the metro areas of NYC, DC, Toronto, Vancouver, SF, Seattle, and Portland are similar to Somerville, MA (north of Boston)? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit to Society & Culture at 11:08 AM - 23 answers

Moved into a house 2 months ago. Got a dog. Getting bites. Can't find critters. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet to Home & Garden at 11:04 AM - 14 answers

Asking for a friend: what are some good, healthy ways for an adult to physically express their upsetting feelings? [more inside]
posted by gauche to Human Relations at 10:55 AM - 35 answers

Help me find examples of film, TV, or video game novelizations that are not necessarily bad writing, but which completely alter or otherwise undermine the storyline, characterizations, and themes in the parent material. [more inside]
posted by Wossname to Media & Arts at 10:51 AM - 19 answers

I'm starting to seriously plan for a career-switch to programming, going the Coding Bootcamp route as a way to jump-start my skills, my portfolio and my networking. I want advice on how best to prepare and what to expect. Snowflakes, as always, inside. [more inside]
posted by firechicago to Work & Money at 10:48 AM - 4 answers

What newsletters do you subscribe to that are useful? [more inside]
posted by rippersid to Computers & Internet at 10:03 AM - 6 answers

We have a 17 month old boy. We love him very much. Sometimes my husband and I discuss having a second child. Truth be told, I don't know if the two ounces of sanity I have left would survive it. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas to Human Relations at 9:53 AM - 42 answers

I have bought the movie "Blue is the Warmest Color" on DVD, and now I would like to know the name of one of the actresses of the movie. [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround to Media & Arts at 9:46 AM - 5 answers

Wife bought this (used) bass guitar back in 1988ish. Kramer Spector IV. Never used it. Wants to sell it. Appears to be in very good condition. No clue about the value -- poked around a few forums/sites, didn't find anything particularly helpful. Now turning to Mighty AskMeFi for info on what we can reasonably expect to ask/get for it.
posted by davidmsc to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:19 AM - 6 answers

Is CIS a reliable major for future careers in NY? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit to Education at 9:17 AM - 5 answers