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March 12

How do you focus on something that's driving you up the wall?

I have to take a test for my overseas nursing registration. As an advanced practice nurse from the US, the level of training and education I've had is far beyond what is required of me for this test. I have a 1,000 page manual of basic nursing procedures to memorize. How do I cram it all in and suppress my critical-thinking brain and hone my test-taking brain? [more inside]
posted by pocksuppeteer at 2:20 PM - 11 answers

March 11

How can we create a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere in our cafe?

Asking for a friend: three of us, all middle-aged white women, have just purchased an established cafe in a downtown neighbourhood. We've noticed that, while the population of our area is quite diverse, our clientele appears to be predominantly straight, white, and middle-class. What can we do to encourage and welcome a wider cross-section of the community? [more inside]
posted by rpfields at 3:45 PM - 34 answers

Mysterious car left running all hours

Give me your best guess regarding a car on our block that is left running at strange hours. [more inside]
posted by Mid at 9:04 AM - 16 answers

March 10

Hipster Bib Aprons, But Without The Hipster Prices

We need sleek sophisticated aprons, ideally without a pocket on the upper (bib) part of the apron so we can get a logo silk screened onto them. We do not want to spend $45 or more per apron! (We might spend $30 or more for the right apron.) Please Hope Us!! [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 3:23 PM - 10 answers

March 9

Attic rooms in Boston

For the past several years, I have lived in attic rooms due to my noise sensitivity. It's incredibly difficult for me to sleep if I hear footfalls above me, or there are doors slamming on the same floor. Attic rooms work great for me because of the lack of people-made noise. [more inside]
posted by thesockpuppet at 6:44 PM - 8 answers

Where can I safely park a work trailer in SF?

My (small) SF tech company is purchasing a trailer to be our mobile lab for field testing. We don't have anywhere in our building that we can store it, so we have to park it somewhere else. Our office is in the Mission and parking anything of perceived value on the street is not a good idea. Where can we park it? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 11:01 AM - 2 answers

Tiptoe around this question

I'm getting a massage from an RMT this afternoon in a setting that describes itself as "Wellness Centre and Spa - Osteopathy and Wellness Centre". I won a gift certificate for a 45 min massage. Do I tip the RMT? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 7:54 AM - 3 answers

March 7

Books on Rwanda that are not about the genocide

I would like to read books that are about Rwanda, but do not focus on the genocide. [more inside]
posted by florencetnoa at 12:34 PM - 3 answers

March 6

Out of the blue: how creepy is that?

To cut a long story short, I am trying to find someone I went to school with 40 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng at 8:23 AM - 20 answers

Rewarding giving

I want to enjoy giving money and create a positive feedback loop. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 6:44 AM - 15 answers

March 4

Airbnb welcome, part 2

I have an airbnb apartment in Los Angeles. I'm working on small touches to welcome folks and am thinking about making custom postcard with a nice photo (which I took) of a classic LA vista with a link to my listing on the back in the caption. I'm curious if two postcards would seem like a nice thing to receive as a guest and if you'd keep it or mail it? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 3:18 PM - 28 answers

Skit One, Skit Two: Help me identify 2 skits for a Cub Scout Banquet

We are having our Cub Scout Banquet soon. Any ideas for 2 good skits, one for about 10 Cubs (and 1 adult), and one for an all-adult skit? Ideas from the Prairie Home Companion radio plays would be awesome...
posted by joecacti at 9:01 AM - 2 answers

Driverless cars.

If you are the sole passenger in a driverless car, could you ride in a carpool/HOV lane? (And other Driverless car questions: contains murder!) [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:25 AM - 5 answers

Origin of a geometric tile design pattern?

We're trying to pinpoint the origin of this modernist geometric encaustic tile design pattern. It's still produced in Spain (where they're called baldosas - or losas - hidrĂ¡ulicos, one factory calling it "Lebrija". In those colours in particular, it's reminiscent of futurist graphics in the style of Balla or Depero. But it might just as likely just be a regional Spanish-moresque standard? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 1:30 AM - 6 answers

March 2

They can't mean shoelaces, right?

Can anyone interpret this reference I came across in my archival research today? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 3:31 PM - 8 answers

Gadget identification

Okay team, what's this green thingy with balls?
posted by bricksNmortar at 8:04 AM - 12 answers

March 1

ConDo? Or ConDon't?

I'm buying my first condo! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 5:58 AM - 30 answers

February 25

Mommy and Me April Fools Day

Help me and my toddler prank my husband for April Fools Day. [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 9:53 PM - 14 answers

Early violin (REBEC)

Help me understand some of the clues in a 75-year-old crossword puzzle. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 11:38 AM - 12 answers

February 24

how to best help First Nations kids/families?

I'm looking for the most bang-for-buck way to help people in Canada. I'm looking for ways to channel my feelings of fear and rage into positive action. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 6:50 PM - 8 answers

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