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August 29

U.S. to Finland mailing times (in your experience)?
Have you sent mail to Finland from the U.S. with Priority Mail International? Has that ever taken longer than 10 business days? (No customs value involved, in my case - just a standard flat envelope of papers with no value.) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 3:56 AM - 0 answers

August 28

Do I eat or water this bunch of "organic produce"?
A friend left a huge bag of produce from the farmers market on my doorstep, but I have no idea what this is. Do you? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 5:17 PM - 9 answers

August 27

Cool Doors Throughout the U.S. Where Are They?
I am doing a creative book project entitled "36 Doors" The book involves doing 36 yoga poses in various and not necessarily famous doorways in the U.S. There are obvious spots (Jefferson Memorial, churches, etc.) along with more unexpected spots (Alice Water's Chez Panisse for examples) Any recommendations would be appreciated.
posted by goalyeehah at 7:39 PM - 22 answers

August 26

Cryptic anti-sex-trafficking billboard sign in DC Metro station
Can anyone explain this sign that I've seen in at least one DC Metro station? [more inside]
posted by early one morning at 4:08 PM - 15 answers

Advice on selling bulk tickets for cultural institutions?
We're a major cultural institution in a big tourist city which would like to find out more about selling tickets in bulk. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard at 10:37 AM - 5 answers

Is this nighttime dental guard made of safe materials?
I've been using a Dentek dental guard for my nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. My concern is whether it's safe for long-term use. The website says it's made of EVA and EMA, which I'm guessing are ethylene-vinyl acetate and ethyl methyl acrylate. [more inside]
posted by ChuckRamone at 9:47 AM - 6 answers

August 25

Help my brother find a new apartment in Austin. Difficulty level: Now.
So, my brother had a major fire in his apartment complex (fortunately for him it was on the other side of the building), and his building was condemned. He needs to move immediately. He's looking for a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in one of: Manor, Hyde Park, or North Campus. He's a grad student, so that's the sort of budget he's working with. Thanks for your help!
posted by persona au gratin at 5:09 PM - 8 answers

Paths to EU permanent residence / citizenship without a job offer?
I'm an Israeli citizen completing a Ph.D. in the US. I'd like to move to the EU, and am seeking work there, but I want a Plan B in case I don't get a job offer. Which countries make it least difficult (or even possible) for a foreigner to move there without employer sponsorship and eventually gain permanent residence or citizenship? I would consider entering another degree program in this scenario if student status would help. [more inside]
posted by zeri at 12:29 PM - 10 answers

North Texas resources on homelessness
Through a string of bad luck (losing my job, losing my health insurance, bit of a breakdown at the start of the summer), I'm looking at being homeless in a couple of days. There aren't many options out there for a single male. This is a last ditch effort to find resources in my area other than shelters. [more inside]
posted by item at 12:05 PM - 8 answers

August 24

We appreciate your help. Kthxbye
Help me word a certification of appreciation that isn't generic? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 5:25 PM - 3 answers

Some Japanese figurines I know little about
I inherited these painted bamboo figurines (approx 2 1/2 ins tall) from my mother. We lived in Kobe up to 1936 when my family and I wisely returned to England. I discovered them in a cardboard box and I wonder whether any of you can give me information about them - maybe dinner table ornaments made for foreigners? Any answers gratefully received, as always!
posted by lungtaworld at 2:06 PM - 7 answers

Simple pleasures: or, how to have a good (great) day?
Because I often need inspiration and a gentle nudge or two, I like to hear what others 'simple pleasures' are in life, this list and this other list being two examples I'm keen on. What simple pleasures do you all enjoy? What makes for a great day, especially one you're spending by yourself?
posted by nightrecordings at 9:28 AM - 29 answers

August 23

I'm a boring person and I want boring music to go with my life.
I want boring music to listen to. Not even elevator music: hallway music. Dull, faceless corridor music. Cheesy, soothing, soft. Commercial music, the kind of music that men in the 1970s thought would induce people to feel groovy and buy stuff. The music that plays in Animal Crossing while you get your haircut. Ceefax music. Music you'd hear in an old Mad Men episode. Music that just sits there and doopey-doops while I concentrate and get important stuff done.
posted by glhaynes at 11:20 PM - 49 answers

Paint me a picture. A picture of Austin, Texas.
I'm a 31-year-old female looking to relocate to a cool, fun and relatively inexpensive urban area. What can you tell me about Austin, Texas? [more inside]
posted by shelle at 12:37 PM - 23 answers

August 21

Poem about Jack, who rescues a baby from an oncoming train and dies.
My sister-in-law, who has been trying to find this poem for years, first heard it from her grandmother. It's at least 50 years old and rhymes.
posted by she's not there at 5:49 PM - 3 answers

Suburban Exploration--The Most Dangerous Adventure
I moved out to the 'burbs recently. I've never lived in the suburbs before, and stately Haddock Manor (Marlinspike) is in a suburb I visited only once before touring my home and making an offer. How does someone go about exploring the suburbs? I'm only used to cities. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:39 AM - 24 answers

August 20

Read something awesome, cannot remember title or author
A woman in the 60's was a pretty extreme activist, sabotaging oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. [more inside]
posted by Golem XIV at 12:43 PM - 6 answers

August 19

Can this umbrella be saved?
I have a compact Burberry umbrella that broke after I used it on a rainy, windy day, and I'd like to try repairing it. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 5:03 PM - 3 answers

How to deal with the anxiety of approaching my late 20s
Turning 27 - help me make the best of it. [more inside]
posted by tackypink at 1:40 PM - 29 answers

play three card solitaire for money?
Is there anywhere online you can play three card solitaire for money? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 10:22 AM - 1 answers

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