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This is my current bag, a military surplus canvas haversack. I love it. This is the bag I'm coveting. I would love to love it but it is Way To Much Money. Where is the bag that meets these two in the middle? Where are the Excellent Leather Men's Bags on sale? I am looking for something I can carry without comment (and will last) for the next 20 years.
posted by The Whelk to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:34 AM on Jul 24, 2014 - 40 answers [32 favorites]

My family and I are planning a trip to Hawaii, but we don't know where to even start. Family of four; two adults, two kids who will be 4 and 1.5. We're total Hawaii newbies. We don't even know which island to visit. [more inside]
posted by linettasky to Travel & Transportation at 2:09 PM on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers [36 favorites (26 in the past 24 hours)]

How to build concentration and learn to meditate [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess to Health at 9:18 AM on Jul 24, 2014 - 11 answers [26 favorites]

What are the main teeth whitening methods? What are the pros and Cons of each? I found some groupons for "take home whitening" which seems like they just sell you a kit, and I found some for "chair side" whitening (~$100), where they use a gel and LED light? and there are also just over the counter ones. I searched ask mefi, but the last question about this that I found was from 2009, I wonder if the treatments are newer or better now?
posted by lijiaxiaoniu to Health at 8:02 AM on Jul 24, 2014 - 17 answers [25 favorites]

Astronomy Cast has been great, but I'd like to mix things up with other topics! What I'm looking for in a podcast: cerebral/abstract subject matter, steady talking by the hosts -- with few interruptions and few/regular hosts, relatively serious tone (not a lot of banter as well as not a lot of joking). An hour-long podcast would be ideal, but other lengths are workable. [more inside]
posted by rue72 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:42 PM on Jul 23, 2014 - 21 answers [24 favorites]

I have realized that my career path is not going to offer the compensation or growth potential I would like. I need to pivot. How can I identify an more lucrative career path and the steps necessary both to train and to break into said path? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 7:04 PM on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers [21 favorites]

I am looking to learn or become better at skills that would make life easier for me (fixing a car, cooking, DIY, things like that). To that end, I'd like to learn of some starting activities for various skills which could act as training wheels so I don't feel overwhelmed by all of the things there are to learn. Enjoyable hobbies (like chess, drawing, etc.) are more than welcome as well. An example of what I am looking for plus some extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo to Education at 1:22 PM on Jul 24, 2014 - 10 answers [21 favorites]

I'm going to London! Help me find fun things to do. I like comics, small indie concerts, clothes, outdoor markets, vintage stuff, handmade stuff, food, knitting, and going on walks. [more inside]
posted by A. mellifera to Travel & Transportation at 8:22 AM on Jul 24, 2014 - 19 answers [18 favorites]

Trying to figure out how to begin a career change at 39, when I don’t even know what I want to do next. Feeling really adrift and stuck right now – how do I start making a move? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt to Work & Money at 6:47 AM on Jul 24, 2014 - 17 answers [16 favorites]

Aside from freezing to make a banana ice cream sort of thing, what can I make using a single ripe banana? I don't like eating bananas plain once they've started turning brown, I don't want to make banana bread, and I don't want to buy anything extra (probably) or do anything very elaborate or calorie intensive (Bananas Foster, for example). [more inside]
posted by taz to Food & Drink at 5:44 AM on Jul 24, 2014 - 27 answers [12 favorites]

I'm a full-time public librarian, and I'm always in public - no off-desk time. I really like the customer service aspects of the job, but find it hard to complete other tasks in a timely manner. What productivity tools or other strategies can I use, given that the interruptions are inevitable (and even desirable in some cases)? [more inside]
posted by Knicke to Work & Money at 7:23 AM on Jul 24, 2014 - 5 answers [12 favorites]

Looking for alternatives [more inside]
posted by jellyjam to Media & Arts at 11:17 PM on Jul 22, 2014 - 28 answers [43 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

I'm unlikable. This is undeniable. Help me fix that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 4:33 PM on Jul 22, 2014 - 46 answers [37 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Parents, what do you wish you knew when you got your kid their first phone? I need practical advice, but I'm also interested in the less tangible parent/child relations-type advice, too. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Technology at 9:39 AM on Jul 23, 2014 - 20 answers [27 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

I have NEVER had my hair professionally cut or styled. It's way past time, but (like many things in life) the longer I wait, the harder it is. I also have a very long list of special requests. What should I do in order to have hair I love again? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:11 PM on Jul 23, 2014 - 43 answers [8 favorites]

What software should we use to design our (small) house? We will have an architect draw the final plans, but want to create quick 3D models for visualization. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix to Computers & Internet at 10:06 PM on Jul 23, 2014 - 4 answers [8 favorites]

It was tense. I adore "X walked into a bar" jokes. Lay some on me.
posted by mcbeth to Grab Bag at 2:46 PM on May 2, 2014 - 95 answers [124 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

I want to make a large number of small plates of various very spicy and very delicious foods for my birthday next week. Super spicy and super delicious are tied for value in what I'm looking for; I'm not interested in recipes that are all about the heat without being tasty (I'd just pass out grilled peppers if that were the aim). I'm especially interested in finger foods and things that are relatively quick to make, but if it's super delicious and is worth the wait/work, more substantial or utensil-requiring undertakings are also welcome.
posted by spindrifter to Food & Drink at 8:34 AM on Jul 23, 2014 - 31 answers [30 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

I have a friend i've known for almost 6 years now and recently we started taking weekend trips to a comic convention every March since we only see each other twice a year. She's invited someone she's friends with and her 3 year old daughter to come with us, i've never met her and i really don't want to spend my weekend with someone's fussy 3 year old. How do you handle something like this? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue to Human Relations at 4:09 PM on Jul 23, 2014 - 72 answers [7 favorites]

Can I find out through a foia request, or some other means, whether my grandfather was a spy, code-cracker, or somehow involved in Cold War hijinx? [more inside]
posted by metajc to Law & Government at 7:37 PM on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers [6 favorites]

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