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May 26

Tell me the nitty gritty of sharing ownership of a car/property/etc

Do you, or have you ever, shared ownership of a large, valuable asset among a group of people? For example: co-owned a car with a friend; shared a vacation property between extended family or a group of friends; shared the cost of expensive equipment (for hobby, not business reasons) with acquaintances. I want to know how it went. Did it go bad, and if so, why? What do you think could have prevented the bad parts? Did it go well, and if so, what aspects were key to successful sharing? [more inside]
posted by 100kb at 8:12 AM - 12 answers

May 25

Give me an l, give me an o, give me a v, give me an e

I am looking for songs that prominently feature certain English sounds for pronunciation teaching. Can anyone help me find not-too-fast songs containing inital r and l (this is for Japanese learners), f and v and the /…ôr/ sound (like in burn.) [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 9:53 PM - 23 answers

May 23

How to suffer the slings and arrows of not-so-outrageous fortune?

Everybody's life has lucky breaks and unlucky ones, minor-league bummers interspersed with the good fortune (and vice versa). It feels like a secret to happiness is fully appreciating the good things that happen and letting go of the bad ones. What do you do if your mental tendencies push you in the opposite direction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 PM - 11 answers

May 22

Can you identify these songs?

I'm really into this mixtape, but there's no accompanying tracklist and messaging its creator hasn't produced any results. Song-matching services have been helpful, but I still can't identify the songs at 0:00, 3:46, 7:38, 38:08 and 47:33. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa at 8:56 PM - 7 answers

Do most cultures experience falling-out-teeth nightmares

That's the question. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 1:57 PM - 20 answers

May 20

The soprano sous chef was full of angst.

Distinct languages have dominated the terminologies of various societal areas - what other examples are there? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 4:56 PM - 18 answers

May 19

Gift filter: Sister-in-law's birthday, with kids

Hi MeFi, I'm trying to think up a good gift for my sister-in-law's birthday. We live abroad and she'll be visiting us with two of her kids just after her b-day. She's had many Tough Life Things lately (relationship, money, kid stress, etc.) so I'd like to do something to pamper her a little bit. Difficulty: she will have her kids with her! [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 12:42 PM - 7 answers

May 18

When was this picture taken?

Can you help me date this picture by looking at the clothes? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 1:12 AM - 5 answers

May 16

How to dream, fantasize, and aspire?

I have started working with my therapist on formulating aspirations for the next several years of life, and I am finding this very challenging. How do you formulate positive aspirations? How do you develop a long-term view of what you want to do or be, not just what you must do or must avoid? [more inside]
posted by 4rtemis at 10:51 PM - 17 answers

Living in Columbia Falls, MT?

My daughter is considering a 1 year position in Columbia Falls, MT, starting this August (near Whitefish and Kalispel). We've visited the area before and are generally familiar with it as vacationers to Glacier National Park, but have some concerns about weather, people, food and interesting activities, especially in the winter months. [more inside]
posted by j810c at 11:43 AM - 4 answers

"Life Alert" or Other Emergency Notification Solution For Oldsters?

Mom's getting wobbly, so we're worrying about the "I've fallen and I can't get up!" scenario. Is Life Alert indeed the best solution? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:29 AM - 8 answers

Explosions--you know, for kids!

Our last Girl Scout meeting of the year is coming up next week and I think it'd be fun for the girls to blow things up. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:23 AM - 25 answers

May 15

Mystery white compound/substance on car?

So I fell for one of those parking lot dent-repair scams. My dent is actually gone, but I am left with a strange white substance that the guy sprayed on my car that is a mother to get off. Anyone know what this stuff could possibly be and the best way to remove it?
posted by shotgunbooty at 7:12 PM - 3 answers

Improve meeting accessibility for the hearing impaired

I am the meeting facilitator for a fairly new activist group. We are lucky to be an intergenerational crowd, with active members ranging from ages 24 to 89! One challenge this presents is that several of our members are hard of hearing. Help me think of ways to improve the accessibility of our meetings for those folks. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 1:19 PM - 13 answers

Easily portable knitting light

I knit while I'm in bed, watching TV in the living room, and visiting friends at rest homes. I would love to buy a light that is telescopic, retractable, or somehow designed to be easily portable. Doesn't need to be battery operated. Help please!
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 1:04 PM - 9 answers

May 14

What can be either red or orange?

Looking for things which can be fully-saturated red or orange, where either color is about equally likely and unsurprising, and which are not flowers. It's okay if the thing can occur in other colors as well, as long as it is usually red or orange, or the red/orange versions are dominant and familiar. Also acceptable: things which can occur in colors intermediate between red and orange, or which can be simultaneously red and orange. [more inside]
posted by Spathe Cadet at 10:47 AM - 34 answers

Earn ALL the merit badges!

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh, Spiral Scouts all have a structured merit badge system. Who else does so? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:56 AM - 13 answers

Is this single bed bug?? What now?

Think we found a single bed bug. We live in an apartment. No signs of anything in our apartment itself. What now?? [more inside]
posted by SockWombat at 1:38 AM - 13 answers

May 11

Well Meaning Paper Avalanche - Get Me Out

Is there a good way to stop all the (paper) mail I started to get after donating to various groups after the elections? [more inside]
posted by driedmango at 3:52 PM - 11 answers

Does imperfect recycling get dumped?

I just found out that my local council's recycling programme will recycle plastic bottles, but not their caps. You are not my local recycling plant, but what has likely happened to all the bottles I've put in the recycling bin in the past - does someone go through removing caps, label sleeves etc? Or has it all gone in the trash since it's not technically within their requirements?
posted by Gordafarin at 1:23 AM - 12 answers

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