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November 20

What are the Swedish words for hello and thanks?

What are the Swedish words for hello and thanks? Context inside. [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 1:39 PM - 3 answers

Retirement Gift

Assume you know nothing about someone except that he is in his early 60s, Brazilian but living half the time in Florida, and an executive at a multinational corporation. What would you buy this person as a retirement gift in the $350 range? [more inside]
posted by something something at 6:15 AM - 13 answers

Meal Trains for Other Purposes?

Are there sites that are like those meal train websites (to help those with severe illness or mourning) but which help organise hangout times? Or a way to customise those sites for those purposes? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:57 AM - 4 answers

November 19

Recommendations for Christmas for a very special baby?

I am looking for recommendations for toys/books etc that Santa could bring. I especially want to find things which other Downs kids have loved and found useful for aiding their development. [more inside]
posted by mrbenn at 4:10 AM - 5 answers

November 18

Help me win our Christmas decorating contest

The small private university I work for as a departmental Christmas decorating contest each year. The winners always have some sort of theme and I need help brainstorming ideas for this year. We have basically no budget, but tons of enthusiasm. I work for the business school and our offices are located in a one-story house on campus. [more inside]
posted by shesbookish at 5:49 PM - 8 answers

November 17

Who is Brode, what is he?

My grandfather had a habit in correspondence using last names only. Thus, in 1931, he was in Berlin, attending a gathering of the International Women's League for Peace, where spoke: "The Ohioan (we should guess Czech) Brode [who] propounded the program of his own city society – a league emphasizing the word “progress” - and tried to get a Berlin branch started." And so forth. Who he, what his proposed program? (A half dozen other mystery guests after the jump, if Brode is unfamiliar, and if the upcoming Christmas Challenge questions are too easy for you) [more inside]
posted by BWA at 1:37 PM - 13 answers

It's not a funeral, but it just might feel like one

We've had a newborn living with us for the last 6 months or so (previously), and the time is quickly approaching for him to transition to living with his birth family. This is all being handled by an Organization who does These Things and we're working with a team there that has been really great throughout this process. The transition should go smoothly, but we're at a bit of a loss of what to do when we come home that first time without the boy who has been (and will always be considered) our son. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 12:12 PM - 17 answers

November 16

What should I do for my Fortieth Year?

What should I do for my fortieth birthday at the end of May next year? [more inside]
posted by doogan nash at 2:14 PM - 7 answers

Concert Kerfuffle - shady reseller, accidentally bought to many

So, I am not a concert goer, but decided to by tickets to a show through VividSeats. Thought I was buying one ticket, clicked yes, ended up with a very l charge on my account for 6 tickets. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky at 6:04 AM - 9 answers

November 15

Vulva-safe homemade paint?

Inspired by the documentary Venus, I'd like to make prints of my vulva (by which I mean: brush paint onto vulva, press paper against vulva, voila). To make this as safe for delicate tissues as possible, I'm curious as to the best paint recipe out there to use. Considerations: viscosity, should be sugar-free, no unnecessary ingredients. I was thinking of either an organic flour/salt/water paste + color, or tempera (egg yolk + color). Coloring agent: beet root powder, carrot powder, turmeric? Are there any better ideas/dangers? I've seen paint that is supposedly safe for sex, but it has too many ingredients for my liking. Thank you!
posted by sugarbomb at 11:39 AM - 12 answers

Secret Santa: Explain Like I'm a Planning Buffoon

I'm in the first year of a grad school program, with a cohort of about 30 people. I'd like to suggest a Secret Santa-style gift swap because a) I like these folks and think it would be fun, and b) I don't think anybody else is going to do so even though we're all quite social with each other. However, I'm kind of a putz at organizing things and don't want to get in over my head! [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 11:12 AM - 8 answers

November 14

What was that book?

I'm trying to help someone recall this book and it sounds so intriguing! Will? Liam? William? Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr at 5:17 PM - 0 answers

November 13

Trying to find a short story

I’m trying to find a short story. It’s told from the perspective of a teenage girl; her mother dies or has recently died. The girl withdraws from all her friends, and almost all of them stop reaching out. One friend leaves the girl cards or maybe flowers or a plant on her porch every week. The friend says (I’m not sure if implicitly or explicitly) hey, I know you’re not ready to be in the world and talk to me, but I’m here when you’re ready. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 5:34 PM - 0 answers

November 11

Looking for a missing person in Santa Clarita

I have a friend who has gone missing in Santa Clarita, CA and I have no idea how to look for them. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 9:29 PM - 4 answers

Lone turkey seeks weekend day trips in SoCal

I'll be (sorta-kinda voluntarily) alone this Thanksgiving, and I want to go on an adventure. Where should I go/what should I do? [more inside]
posted by otenba at 7:06 AM - 7 answers

November 9

Planning office fun

My company has a new committee to plan office activities: happy hours, theme lunches, game nights, etc. I thought I'd query the hive mind to see what different companies have done that you've enjoyed. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 3:06 PM - 18 answers

What was sex like in the olden days?

I recently came across the husband and wife rating scales published by a psychiatrist in 1939 and was surprised to see that a husband would score 20 points for "ardent lover--sees that wife has orgasms in marital congress," as I didn't think there was much professional or personal insight back then into female sexual satisfaction. What would sex have been like in different centuries, and when did it become important for women to be sexually satisfied? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 12:39 PM - 48 answers

November 7

Why do so many Japanese buildings have external stairs?

I’ve noticed that so many Japanese buildings have external staircases. But why? I strongly suspect that there is a policy reason for this, but I can’t prove it. This excellent album shows what I’m talking about. [more inside]
posted by ripley_ at 9:43 PM - 6 answers

Fellow PDXers: Where can I street-park my car for a month?

I'm leaving Portland (OR) in Thursday to attend to a family emergency. May be gone as long as a month. Just moved here, so I don't know the city well, and I can't afford a pay lot... [more inside]
posted by t(h)om(as) at 8:13 PM - 9 answers

Home theatre hell

Explanation will likely get confusing. But hoping someone can make me look like an idiot. [more inside]
posted by raider at 4:32 PM - 7 answers

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