April 25

Help me think outside the music box...

I'm in charge of wrangling sponsorships for my school's upcoming "Humanities Hall of Fame" induction ceremony. We've been around for 65 years, so we have some VERY accomplished alumni, and the whole thing promises to be a pretty big deal. Trouble is, I was never really a fine arts person in high school, so I'm afraid my thinking is somewhat limited in terms of which businesses might be interested in contributing to this kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by richmondparker to Media & Arts at 5:53 AM - 3 answers

there will be mountains and there will be wine

What medications are safe to deal with motion sickness over the long term (10 days or so), that do not interact with alcohol? [more inside]
posted by raztaj to Food & Drink at 5:51 AM - 2 answers

Dealing with anonymous harassment

Someone has been leaving harassing and creepy notes on random doors in the condo complex where my girlfriend and I live. These notes either claim to be from us or from management due to our repeated complaints about the recipient. Fortunately, our complex's management does not believe that we are behind the notes and the people who have received them seem to accept the fact that this is someone's idea of a sick joke. We have a good idea of who is behind this, but no proof. What should we do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 5:22 AM - 1 answer

Switching insurance for weight loss surgery

Is it possible for my husband to go on Medicare in order to have weight loss surgery covered? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 5:22 AM - 2 answers

quest for more handbags

Can you suggest some handbag designers I might like along the lines of Patricia Nash and Anuschka?
posted by A Terrible Llama to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:53 AM - 1 answer

April 24

Family Tinnitus? Now the kid is hearing it too....

Is something causing tinnitus like ringing in two of my 4 family members? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo to Health & Fitness at 9:41 PM - 8 answers

Help Me Remember a Creepy British TV Thriller

I'm trying to remember the name of a British TV show from approximately 15 years ago, give or take, involving a group of young men and women, one or more of whom began receiving a series of creepy emails or videotapes (I'm pretty sure it was email). [more inside]
posted by Palindromedary to Media & Arts at 9:37 PM - 2 answers

Are there simple, non-higher-ed math certificate programs?

Recently as a sort of hobby I have picked up several certificates in areas of interest. I really enjoy learning a new thing and then getting a certificate I can hang on my wall. The cost of these certificates has ranged from $100 to $700, they took from 1-3 months each, and I completed them online with minimal bureaucracy. With that done, I'm wondering if there's anything like this for mathematics. [more inside]
posted by circular to Education at 9:32 PM - 1 answer

Longer bike tours in Europe in early June

It took 20 years, but my wife and I are going to be in Europe (starting in London) in early June for a couple of weeks (yay!). We'd love to hear suggestions for a moderately challenging bike tour (~50 miles a day, 2 to 6 days) anywhere in Europe that is reachable by train. [more inside]
posted by cowcowgrasstree to Travel & Transportation at 9:25 PM - 5 answers

Help me move to Long Beach

Moving to Long Beach for my partner's work in about a month—and would love some advice about the city. [more inside]
posted by themadthinker to Travel & Transportation at 9:08 PM - 4 answers

I rocked the boat and now I'm scared. How do I process this emotion.

I participated in a social justice initiative at work. The initiative unexpectedly became very public, very quickly, over the course of this past week. I'm in a vulnerable stage of my career. I'm terrified of the potential backlash. How can I become one of those people who so fearlessly stand up for their beliefs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 9:08 PM - 7 answers

Help me build a UK vacation itinerary for this May!

I'm in Liverpool from May 7th-13th for work. I then have the 14th-21st free to do whatever I please, before flying out of Manchester on May 21st. Help me make an itinerary! [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs to Travel & Transportation at 8:45 PM - 8 answers

Pork Shoulder past its sell by date - am I being paranoid?

On April 15 I bought a cut of pork shoulder at Whole Foods at the deli counter. Then I got crazy busy during the week and didn't have time to cook it. Since I bought it at the deli counter it just has a sticker that says "Sell By 4/20". Well - it's 4/24 now, and like a dope I never put it in the freezer. Would you eat this meat? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek to Food & Drink at 7:45 PM - 15 answers

Midwest MUST-DO's

I’m currently living in Chicago but plan on moving away in a year or two. Do you have somewhere you consider an ESSENTIAL road trip destinations from Chicago that I MUST do while I’m here? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane to Travel & Transportation at 6:37 PM - 24 answers

Could somebody please explain Skype to me?

I need help understand the account types, charges and payment plans. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx to Computers & Internet at 6:28 PM - 15 answers

Budget-friendly snacks for 10-24 people

I'm looking for snack ideas for casual gatherings I host in my home 1-3 times a month. I'd like to keep it under $30/event and simple is best! [more inside]
posted by deadcrow to Food & Drink at 6:20 PM - 14 answers

What made you feel confident again?

I am trying to rebuild my self-confidence and am seeking inspiration and stories from others who made a comeback after a long period of low self-confidence/self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Health & Fitness at 6:01 PM - 9 answers

I ruined it for myself: Chef's Table edition

I started watching Chef's Table on the recommendation of one of the other questions here. Things for me lately have been very stressful, so I wanted something that would be engaging yet contemplative. I need further recommendations, now. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey to Media & Arts at 5:56 PM - 9 answers

Books about Wall Street during the 1930's?

I'm looking for fiction or non-fiction books about Wall Street during the 1930's. [more inside]
posted by Alterity to Media & Arts at 5:08 PM - 5 answers

Trust your gall to the Azores?

Wife is pregnant and has multiple gall stones. Should we still travel to Ponta Delgado? [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens to Health & Fitness at 4:54 PM - 8 answers

How long is too long to leave a cat alone?

I will be traveling for 8 days. I'm worried about leaving my cat alone as she is very attached to me... [more inside]
posted by irish01 to Pets & Animals at 4:17 PM - 38 answers

Ontario real estate: what's the best downpayment percentage?

Buying our first house. Should our downpayment be large or small? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 3:49 PM - 10 answers

How to use only a custom dictionary in Word (or other word processor)?

How to use only a custom dictionary in Word (or other word processor)? [more inside]
posted by pracowity to Computers & Internet at 2:57 PM - 2 answers

What to do with a new MacBook pro that is having issues?

I purchased a new MacBook Pro last month--mid-level 13" model with the TouchBar FWIW--and it's had 3 or 4 kernel panics in the four weeks that I've had it. I've got the logs for one of those times at least. Is this machine a lemon? And if so, what's the best way to go about getting it replaced?
posted by hwickline to Computers & Internet at 2:34 PM - 8 answers

For the sake of the kids: diplomacy edition

I am currently feeling quite upset with an in-law and biting my tongue to preserve my child's future relationship with that person. Where do you decide to draw the line in these things? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato to Human Relations at 2:26 PM - 42 answers

Am I leaving myself open legally with this construction arrangement?

Neighbor and I share a common driveway. It is shaped like a Y, the common driveway, and then each leg of Y leads to each house. We need to redo all of it. I simply don't have the money right now. Neighbor is flush with cash and says that if I could cover *my* portion in front of my house, he'll pay for the rest of the driveway. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn to Law & Government at 2:24 PM - 11 answers

The best time you ever asked for help

Tell me about a time when you decided to ask someone for help/input/advice instead of flying solo and how much easier/better your life was as a result. (Please.) [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Human Relations at 2:13 PM - 12 answers

Macaroni—let me finish—salad

By popular demand from my drinks thread, I'm seeking your suggestions for Arrested Development-themed dishes. They can either be foods directly referenced on the show (got a recipe for Hot Ham Water?), or ideas inspired by the show (maybe you've dreamed up a Never Nude Salad). Please share with me your tastiest Mayoneggs and all other twisted creations lurking in your brains. ;) [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Food & Drink at 1:58 PM - 27 answers

Comedic, Kid-Friendly(ish) informative Graphic Novels (science/history)?

My son (5 years old) and I had a great time reading through The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer. Most of it went way over his head (and, to be fair, mine as well) but he enjoyed the heck out of it nonetheless. I'm looking for more graphic novels in this vein that I can read with my son. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious to Writing & Language at 1:52 PM - 9 answers

Resources for creating a California LLC partnership?

Can you point me to resources on how to create a California LLC partnership? [more inside]
posted by Nonce to Work & Money at 12:41 PM - 4 answers

Avoiding Dry Socket?

I had a wisdom tooth removed today. They mentioned the risk of dry socket, and said to not: smoke (not worries), drink from a straw (easy enough), not eat seeded food that might get caught in teeth (also pretty easy), or spit - not spitting seems very, very hard, especially with my regular brushing and mouthwash routine. Does anyone have any advice for making sure my mouth heals optimally in the next week?
posted by codacorolla to Health & Fitness at 11:29 AM - 19 answers

Looking for a poem

I believe it's by Robert Creeley, maybe George Oppen. [more inside]
posted by Cwell to Writing & Language at 11:18 AM - 5 answers

What's growing in my tree roots?

While doing some yard work, I found that my tree (oak) had some shallow roots that were coming out of the ground. While pruning and digging around for a bit, I found there were some strange hollow things in the root system that I'm having a hard time identifying. [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated to Home & Garden at 11:13 AM - 6 answers

Seeking food recs and resources in Portland - pizza and vegetarian

What are the best (NY style) pizza places and great vegetarian spots in Portland? Grocery stores too! Alberta Arts district mainly, but city-wide too. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith to Travel & Transportation at 11:12 AM - 9 answers

Road trip ideas between St. Louis and Decatur

Two nights on the road between St. Louis, MO to Decatur, GA (early June). Looking for ideas... [more inside]
posted by starman to Travel & Transportation at 10:49 AM - 3 answers

Orange you glad the library is getting new carpeting?

What fun souvenir can we make with old carpet? [more inside]
posted by LKWorking to Grab Bag at 10:46 AM - 29 answers

Upcoming Cuba trip: some practical questions

I have a few questions about water and electricity in Cuba. [more inside]
posted by kitcat to Travel & Transportation at 10:35 AM - 10 answers

Why is the cycle on our dishwasher so long?

We just had a new Bosch dishwasher installed. The plumber ran a test cycle and it took nearly 2 hours and the manual says all the non-express cycles take at least 115 minutes. Why is that? Is it more efficient? Or will the dishes not get clean otherwise? Please tell me why our dishwasher works the way it does.
posted by platitudipus to Home & Garden at 9:46 AM - 12 answers

Regional Indian and traditional British in London

Visiting London -- where should I eat? Particularly, though not exclusively, interested in places good for parties of 1 or 2, and in regional Indian and traditional British food. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque to Travel & Transportation at 9:44 AM - 9 answers

Any ideas about the origin/general history of this saber?

Can you shed some light on this P.D. Lunescchloss saber with a straight blade, bronze guard, and steel scabbard? Photos here (dropbox). [more inside]
posted by maxwelton to Grab Bag at 9:28 AM - 1 answer

What is this wall jack?

I came across this disused wall jack the other day and I am very curious as to what it's purpose was. [more inside]
posted by jmsta to Technology at 8:15 AM - 10 answers

Cape Cod MA or Fernandina Beach FL?

We plan to retire to a single-family house in either Cape Cod MA or Fernandina Beach FL. How to decide? Especially looking for input from people who live or have lived in either place. [more inside]
posted by mmw to Travel & Transportation at 7:52 AM - 23 answers

I want to start a business, where do I start, What do I consider ? Help.

I have an idea for a business that involves mobile vacation adventure camps for kids 5-10, in addition to babysitting services and party rentals. [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly to Work & Money at 6:47 AM - 8 answers

A True Top to Toe Spa Experience

If youwere to design a full on, time-and-money-are-no-objects spa and pampering experience that goes from the tips of your hair to the soles of your feet and everywhere else within and without, what would be in it? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Grab Bag at 5:29 AM - 24 answers

Fill My Flag Posts?!

Moving to a new place - yay! It has three flag flying posts! We have one set - help us fill the other two with progressive social or earth justice flags? [more inside]
posted by anya32 to Home & Garden at 4:08 AM - 6 answers

What to do when someone else's dog ate our coop stock certificate?

We applied for a mortgage refinance back in September (on a jumbo loan in NYC, so it wasn't easy to do). By December, we were approved for a loan, we submitted all our paperwork, the coop submitted their paperwork, and we were in line for closing - all we needed was the mortgage servicing company to produce the original coop stock certificate to hand over. It didn't happen. [more inside]
posted by my left sock to Law & Government at 3:58 AM - 10 answers

April 23

Help! I'm in a rut.

Help! I'm in a rut. I've got several big decisions ahead of me, but I'm procrastinating deciding despite time ticking away. If you've learned any coping skills for this, I'd love to hear them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 11:54 PM - 13 answers

Video chatting without seeing yourself

My parents want to be able to video chat without the distraction of seeing their own faces on screen. Is there a way to do this on Skype, Facetime or Hangouts--and not by turning off the camera but by somehow having their own images hidden? [more inside]
posted by johngoren to Computers & Internet at 11:00 PM - 5 answers

How do you like concierge medicine?

Off and on I hear people talking about "concierge" medical service. Can anyone who has this tell me the pluses and minuses? Rough cost? Or even a specific recommendation in the Seattle (or Eastside) area?
posted by madmethods to Health & Fitness at 8:37 PM - 18 answers

Help Finding A Vintage YA Novel About A Nurse

I read a book when I was between probably between 9-12 years old (1988-1991) from the school library. It was about a young nurse, possibly a student, who took a job as a home nurse for a little girl who had burns on her legs. [more inside]
posted by Aquifer to Media & Arts at 8:01 PM - 2 answers

Can narcissists be dethroned?

Once a narcissist rises up in a position of power, how are they usually dethroned? Does history show that they all prosper until death and disease overtake them, or is there some typical way in which they tend to get removed from power? For example through a palace coup or through losing a war with a foreign power? Historical examples and evolutionary biology theories would be very welcome. Thanks for your thoughts.
posted by Gosha_Dog to Human Relations at 7:34 PM - 10 answers

Traditional cable TV experience without traditional cable TV?

In typing this out, it feels like a human relations question, but this is actually a question seeking help in finding a screen + TV content. [more inside]
posted by k8t to Technology at 7:28 PM - 21 answers

Volvo V70 with excellent maintenance record: yes or no?

Is this $3800 Volvo V70 a good idea? [more inside]
posted by rossination to Travel & Transportation at 6:43 PM - 6 answers

How big are these flags?

How big are these flags? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha to Education at 6:41 PM - 2 answers

Getting triggered in my kid's therapy session

I get triggered in my kid's parent sessions that support my kid's therapy. The therapist is annoyed. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by shockpoppet to Health & Fitness at 6:05 PM - 28 answers

Do I take this almost dream job with some downsides?

I was just interviewed and references were requested for a position that would basically be my dream job, but not my dream location. I'd be leaving a non-dream job in a dysfunctional environment but with great financial and logistical benefits. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor to Work & Money at 6:04 PM - 15 answers

Help me kayak to work in Brooklyn!

I would like to kayak to work, in Brooklyn, this summer. I live near the Gowanus Canal, and work in DUMBO, so my proposed route would cling to the Brooklyn side of the East River, but I wouldn't have to cross it. I'm interested in hearing from folks who have spent some time exploring the waterways of New York City in human-powered watercrafts. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:00 PM - 8 answers

Ex Skyrim addict looking for a new fix.

I believe I played Skyrim for two years straight. I'm looking for a new game for xBox 360 that will satisfy. [more inside]
posted by Vaike to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:25 PM - 9 answers

Can you identify this knife?

My aunt showed me a knife she got from a street vendor in Thailand. Evidently, the merchant made quite a show of the various ways it can be used, for peeling veggies, slicing, filleting fish, etc. I was able to find a somewhat similar knife made by JinLi, but it was lacking the peeling feature in the center. Any idea where I could read more about this knife or figure out how to use it? Link.
posted by Happydaz to Home & Garden at 4:22 PM - 6 answers

The Dim Bulb that Killed the Live Bulb

Did I kill these flower bulbs? [more inside]
posted by baseballpajamas to Home & Garden at 1:47 PM - 7 answers