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June 13

Divorce and real estate taxes

We are getting a divorce, "amicably". We are not going through lawyers. We agree on all the asset splits which really boil down to: she keeps the residence, I keep the investment home (these properties have about the same amount of equity in them), I will sell the investment property to a) pay her off for 1/2 of my pension (which is not, and can not be made liquid) and b) possibly finance a down payment on a new home for me. How best to structure this so as to limit my/our tax liabilities? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM - 14 answers

June 12

What would you have done?

A middle-aged gentlemen with apparent car trouble approached me, a single woman on my way to work, for help. I declined, and now I'm wondering how I could could/should have handled the situation differently. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 7:53 AM - 47 answers

June 11

Glasses always seem to come out bigger

Is it a known issue that the try-on glasses at the store always come out looking a bigger when they're made?
posted by bleep at 2:39 PM - 8 answers

Which orgs are fighting HIV among vulnerable populations in the USA?

After reading this recent article on Metafilter I was wondering which specific organizations are doing HIV prevention, education and treatment work serving the particularly vulnerable populations mentioned in the article. I'd like to find a good organization to donate to. I'm finding this a bit of a difficult question to answer solely through Google. [more inside]
posted by loquacious crouton at 11:22 AM - 5 answers

Help me find this book!

I had this book when I was a kid in the early 90s that I loved to death. It had a really generic title and now I can't find it. Help! [more inside]
posted by agress at 10:46 AM - 3 answers

June 9

Set a Long Distant Reminder

What would the best method be to set a reminder for myself ten or twenty years in the future? [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 5:37 PM - 22 answers

A whole lotta matzo.... to give away

NYC Mefites: I have just come into possession of a case (12 x 10.5 oz boxes) of Yehuda matzo thins (unsalted, not Kosher for Passover) which fell off a truck from Jerusalem. I kid. The source is legit. It's fresh. But I can't use it. So where can I give this away in Manhattan that it will be used and appreciated? [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 7:57 AM - 8 answers

June 8

ALA annual - what should I be doing?

I find myself headed back to the annual American Library Association conference for the first time in quite a while and, as in the past, feeling a little overwhelmed. Sessions I can hack, but it's all the other, ancillary stuff - receptions, actually worthwhile vendor dinners, etc., etc., etc. - that I always seem to overlook and miss out on. So, librarians of MeFi, do you know of anything happening outside the regular conference sessions that I should try to make it to? How can I feel like I really wrung the full value out of my registration and travel costs?
posted by ryanshepard at 3:33 PM - 6 answers

House Burglarized While on Vacation - Now What?

My grandparents just returned home from a two week vacation visiting us, to find their house had been robbed. Whoever did it knew they were out of town because their RV was gone, and took their time over multiple days. This wasn't just a quick pop in, grab the TV and laptops, and leave. They turned the entire house upside down and took everything of any value, including sentimental jewelry from my great and great-great grandmothers, the safe, etc. [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 1:51 PM - 12 answers

Who are the people in this iconic photo of P-Model?

P-Model 101: What are the names of the members of the band in this iconic photo of the band P-Model?
posted by yaymukund at 3:44 AM - 2 answers

June 7

Help! I need a gift for my fiance!

My fiance and I agreed to exchange gifts at our wedding. I have foolishly forgotten to get something. Help! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock at 10:36 AM - 20 answers

'A Hard Day's Write' sang the Beatles, never

It seems we at MetaFilter are exceptionally clever, so I turn to you with this request. What are some song titles or lyrics that can be puns about writing?
Example - 'I put a spell check on you' - Jay Hawkins.
posted by Lil Bit of Pepper at 7:28 AM - 23 answers

June 5

How do you find someone who has disappeared?

A co-worker did not show up at work today. This is utterly unlike him. Someone in our Texas office talked to him at 8:30 and he said he was on his way in. He doesn't respond to text, his phone goes to voicemail, he's not on slack. He bicycles to work. We're in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 1:55 PM - 28 answers

Will we ever get our family heirlooms back?

A relative died a month ago, and a week ago my partner and I went to their house to photograph what was in the house. Two days later, someone broke in and stole a bunch of it. The local police department was too cash-strapped to ever show up, and I'm out of town for two weeks. Do we have any options for recovering our stolen goods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM - 6 answers

How difficult is life when LEGAL name does not match birth certificate?

For Reasons, I'm thinking of changing my small child's name, but just learned I can't amend the birth certificate, just get a "deed poll" document. How much of a problem is this? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 12:57 AM - 14 answers

June 4

Fun on a Tuesday morning

What's something fun I can do this Tuesday morning for my birthday? In NYC, not too expensive. And I think it's supposed to rain. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 8:18 PM - 5 answers

How do I fix this dutch oven top?

How do I fix the top to this Dutch oven? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 4:44 PM - 10 answers

June 3

Tesla Dream

I need to buy a car. Everyone with a Tesla S raves about it. It's apparently the most enjoyable ride ever devised. And I'd be fine with the electric limitations. Problem: I'm nowhere close to being able to afford it (I have savings, but iffy income). Yet I've devised a justification! Please talk me out of it! [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 2:16 PM - 22 answers

Book Filter: Does anyone know what this history book is?

It was a history of the Deep South. It was probably an economic and legal history. It was probably for the time period after the Civil War and up to about WW2 or a little past WW2. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 2:13 PM - 4 answers

June 2

Can a city girl find a place of her own in the MA-Merrimack Valley?

I really like living in a city and being able to walk to restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, etc. Is it possible to find a scaled-down version of this within a ~30 min. commute (driving or public transport) of Andover, MA? [more inside]
posted by smirkette at 3:38 PM - 12 answers

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