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October 9

Best time to sell comics collection?

I'm sifting through the comics collection from my younger years (1980s) trying to sell them and strategically get the most money. I have a few questions, specifically around events like the release of new Marvel superheroes movies. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 8:39 AM - 5 answers

October 8

A very important question

I'm trying to remember the name of a c. 2001 CD-ROM mystery/puzzle game with alternate-reality-game elements. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 5:11 PM - 3 answers

Is living life like you'd die in six months actually a good idea?

How does it feel to do everything you would do if you only had six months left to live? Do you feel "good" having done so? Did it disrupt your relationships? Did it tank your savings? Are they all they are advertised as? Looking for personal stories, articles, research, or anything else. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 11:00 AM - 23 answers

October 7

This is the poops.

We're at our wits' end with potty training. Our son turned four in August. He's great at going pee on the potty but we can't seem to get him to poop and we're at the point where we're all just way past frustrated at changing dirty underwear. Help. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 12:02 PM - 21 answers

Trying to clean graphite-like marks off sturdy porcelain plates

My Mom's (5 y/o, very sturdy) white porcelain plates has strange little marks on it that look like someone wrote on them with a graphite pencil. Not a big deal, they just end up looking worn like old restaurant plates. I've tried soaking in hot water and vinegar and scrubbing and got off about 1/3 of the marks. What can I do to get them off? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:24 AM - 10 answers

October 6

Outer space or city infrastructure?

Can anybody make heads or tails of this thing? It just appeared outside my house in the last day or two with no explanation. Verizon has been doing some work on our street, and there was electrical stuff in the neighborhood a week or two ago, but.... It's vertical, and has some cables that disappear down into the pavement through a covered hole: see this snip. Would sure love to know what it might be, four feet from my front door!
posted by acm at 1:28 PM - 13 answers

That isn't your phone number! It's mine!

Today, after my mother in law mentioned her phone number being spoofed, I got curious and googled my own number to see if anyone had reported it as a spam caller. What I found: Someone else with my same last name is listed as the owner of my phone number; their listed address is a very similar address to mine--one that has caused mixups in the past. What might have happened, and what, if anything, should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 10:24 AM - 5 answers

Tips for LA Pod Fest?

So LA Pod Fest starts tonight (for possibly the last time) and I'm attending. For anyone who's been before, I wonder if you could tell me how it works with attending specific tapings. Is it just first come-first served? I couldn't find the answer online. Other tips would be welcome too, of course. Excited for the Dollop taping tomorrow night!
posted by Silky Slim at 10:17 AM - 2 answers

can't remember a movie quote

It was from a romcom I think... [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 10:14 AM - 4 answers

October 5

I Dream a Highway

Do you spend time visualizing, writing about, or otherwise imagining in detail a future version of your life? Have you found any particular methods to be more skillful and helpful than others? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 4:23 PM - 3 answers

October 4

My job sucks. Help me find small ways to reward myself.

I have a job where my boss treats me poorly (think name calling, personal comments, the occasional lightweight item thrown at me). Sometimes I cry on my way to work. Often I cry (behind closed doors) at work. I'm trying to find ways to get through the day and reward myself in small ways, maybe something for X days without crying on the way to work. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM - 39 answers

How can I get an Air Force unit patch?

How can I, a civilian, get hold of a unit patch for an active AF squadron? I did the then-commander a favor a few years ago, but he is long gone now. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 9:30 AM - 9 answers

How can I ensure a treasure-hunt proceeds after I die?

I'm planning to leave my friends and family a treasure-hunt on my death. After solving a series of clues - each more fiendish than the last - they will uncover my Final Message To Them All. (Don't worry, it's a nice message.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM - 21 answers

October 3

How to express righteous anger at work

I'm starting to train classes tomorrow and I need access to printing to do so. My manager knows I (and my colleagues) need access to printing, and has known that we are short on toner/paper since last Friday. My first class is tomorrow and we don't have a printing solution. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 7:47 AM - 18 answers

October 2

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers...

What sort of thank-you gift can I buy my new neighbours to thank them from saving me from my own stupidity tonight? I locked myself out of my new place, everything was inside the house (keys, phone, wallet, etc.) for the dumbest reason and. My neighbours let me wait inside of their house for a few hours until my roommate got home! I had never met them before and they were sooo kind, when they didn't really have to be. What can I give them as a thank you?
posted by modesty.blaise at 8:41 PM - 8 answers

September 30

No mold, no paint, no laminate, where can I go?

Where to go and what to do when fresh paint and laminate flooring (in a fresh apartment or rental house) and mold and mustiness (in an older apartment or rental house) are both anathema? I'm seriously in a difficult situation now and not sure how to proceed. The short-term lodging I did find is not great and also slightly allergenic, and will be worse if cold weather forces closed windows. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 12:36 PM - 17 answers

September 29

What are you thinking as you drift off to sleep?

I'm wondering what are people thinking about as they fall asleep. Do they play any mental games? Or do they picture themselves painting a wall? This is primarily a question for those who don't have trouble falling asleep. [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme at 4:55 PM - 77 answers

September 27

Seeking narcotics groups for family members (no 12-step)

That pretty much sums it up. My husband is an opioid addict. He is trying to quit and I'm trying to decide whether to stay in the marriage. Yes, we'll be getting counseling but I would like to process this with others. I don't need or want a 12-step program and it seems like that is all there is. Thanks.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 12:53 PM - 8 answers

What was this dude talking about? Toilet paper edition

My wife recently bought some tubeless toilet paper, and that reminded me of a conversation at her mother's house a few years ago. Someone said something that I still don't understand, and I'm hoping you might help me figure it out. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 10:41 AM - 21 answers

Please recommend happy, uplifting narrative non fiction

I like true stories, but don't want to read about the murders, politics, traitors, base behaviors and negativity in the world--There's too much of that in life and I don't want more access to it by reading about it. I want instead, the happy, uplifting, positive, cheerful, perhaps funny non fiction narratives out there. Stuff that just makes you glad to be alive and appreciate the goodness in mankind. We need more of that. I want to read about that. Please recommend. [more inside]
posted by luvmywife at 10:33 AM - 15 answers

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