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July 11

Essentially New Jersey?
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 at 2:05 PM - 33 answers

July 10

Contemporary Devotional Songs for a Family Reunion
I will be attending my annual family reunion this weekend, and have been asked by family members to lead the devotional hymn. I play acoustic guitar and pick up songs by ear fairly easily, but I have no idea what I am looking for. I regularly attend church, and am familiar with many of the traditional hymns, but I am striking out on contemporary devotional songs with a focus on family gathering. It's a long shot, but anyone have suggestions?
posted by Benway at 11:32 AM - 15 answers

July 9

Drunk II: Electic Drunkaloo
As a birthday present, I am taking my husband to the Summertime Brews Festival. We're avoiding the hoi polloi (and giving me ample opportunity to talk to brewers about my desire for more sour beers) with VIP tickets that allow early access to the venue. That means that we'll be coming home endrunkened (via taxi) at about 4:30 or 5:00 PM. What awesome things can we eat and watch that will be fun and/or hangover-mitigating? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 6:32 PM - 25 answers

Looking for a very specific place to live in Northern VA/Maryland
Help this sick-to-death of NYC'er find the perfect town somewhere between Bethesda and Annapolis! [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 10:21 AM - 23 answers

No power to car stereo or starter
While installing a new car stereo in my 1999 Saturn SW2, I screwed something up, as I no longer get voltage to the orange "constant power" wire (well, sometimes a mere hundredth of a volt!) to my car stereo, and my engine won't crank either! Yet all of my other electronics (headlights, air conditioner, etc.) work fine. Is there a blown fuse preventing power from getting to the starter and the car stereo? If so, where might the fuse be? The fuses in the fuse box are all fine.
posted by Eiwalker at 5:16 AM - 2 answers

July 8

It's Always Sunny in L.A. (Dermatologist needed and more LA questions!)
So we moved to Los Angeles four days ago (in what I think is Mid-Wilshire-- the closest landmarks are the tar pits and the Grove) and while I've been eagerly reading past archives of LA lifehacks and tips, I could use some further advice. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict at 4:08 PM - 5 answers

Bubblegum nectar of the Incan Gods
Where can I buy Inca Kola (a type of Peruvian soda) in Providence, RI and/or is there a Peruvian population in Rhode Island and where do they live? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 2:21 PM - 11 answers

She seems cool, but she doesn't even listen to Bauhaus.
What is this quote from (filter)!?!?!? "She seems cool, but she doesn't even listen to Bauhaus." I have tried and tried to find the origin and I have failed miserably. I heard it while listening to 1st Wave on Sirius XM. I'm assuming it's from a movie. There is one person on twitter who used the quote, but she has failed to respond to my plea. Where MeFites? Where?
posted by Sophie1 at 1:28 PM - 9 answers

July 7

Woman's Day From 1970's worth selling?
I'm going through my father's garage, and have come across two waist high piles of magazines from the 1970's, most likely waiting room material left over from when he owned a small business. They seem to mostly be "Woman's Day" and "Woman" magazines from 1970-1974. Should I separate the decent ones from the yellowing and crumbled ones, and try to sell them? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street at 10:19 AM - 11 answers

Moving far away, getting jobs far away - what's the plan?
Short form: seriously thinking of moving to be closer to the husband's parents. Would have to find work and housing there while still living here. Complication: cats (old and not in peak health), too much stuff, I'll need to learn to drive. Mefites who have done this: what's the plan? Advice/warnings/omens? [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 8:56 AM - 16 answers

a nice activity/gift for a wedding skype?
My friend is unable to attend a close friend's wedding, and the bride to be wants to skype with her on the morning of the wedding. Any suggestions for something nice to send/do for the bride that would be fun for the skype? I was thinking maybe they could have tea at the same time, but maybe other people have suggestions. (Wedding gift is already sent.)
posted by tangaroo at 8:51 AM - 5 answers

Research paralysis -- moving past: "what's the point?"
I'm writing what promises to be the last parts of my dissertation but am not handling the important and most basic questions well. How do I stay sane and somewhat productive in uncertain times? (longish details within) [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 8:43 AM - 6 answers

July 6

Would you buy a cottage on a cliff? Would I?
I'm hoping to get some thoughts from the green about the possibility of getting a cottage located on a cliff. The question is about fears, rational risk assessment, and Ontario Geology. [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson at 9:05 AM - 12 answers

July 5

Can you help me with the easiest case mod ever?
I want to very slightly widen the hole for the headphone jack on my phone's bumper case. What is the best way to go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by Quilford at 8:12 AM - 11 answers

July 3

Song help
What is the song of a lady singing the Jackson 5 song ABC acoustic on Pandora? I can't seem to find it. Thanks.
posted by rabu at 5:37 PM - 5 answers

July 2

On the subject of buttereating, hurf has been surprisingly durf.
You know how when you're falling asleep random half-thoughts will pop into your head? Well, I had one of them last night, and I think it's a quote from something, but I don't really know what it is and can't place it and it's kind of driving me bonkers. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 7:05 AM - 10 answers

July 1

Can you dig it? Can I?
Is there anywhere I'm welcome to go fossil hunting along the Connecticut River in MA? Greenfield's closest, but down toward Springfield isn't out of the question.
posted by Lou Stuells at 11:54 PM - 1 answers

How do I type out "I'm slipping" in Arabic, but using English letters?
I'm writing a story (in English) where someone speaks Arabic. All I really need is "I'm slipping" (or "I'm falling" would work fine), but I need to put that into English letters. All the online translators seem to either reject this (presumably because of conjugation & such) or they only give it to me in Arabic letters. Help?
posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:18 AM - 8 answers

June 30

What can I do with a pound of menthol crystals?
I purchased menthol crystals online, with no specify purpose outside of trying to see if I could use it as a flavoring. That was a bust [more inside,] but now I have a pound of very strong crystals that I have no idea what to do with. I'm looking for creative applications, and I'm out of ideas- and I'm not interested in using these with a vaporizer, which seems to be what the internet recommends. [more inside]
posted by MysticMCJ at 1:16 PM - 11 answers

How much might a sleepover nanny charge?
How much might a sleepover nanny/childminder charge per 24 hours? As a guide, this would be in the U.S. Say for example the nanny currently charges about $100 for a full day (it's actually more), but has not done sleepovers before. We want to arrive at a fair rate for the 24 hours.
posted by carter at 7:05 AM - 9 answers

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