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My brother seems to have some sort of deep seated issue with me.

My brother (four years younger than me, we are both in our 30s and single, I am a woman) and I have had a back and forth relationship - it was normal brother/sister stuff - fighting and whatnot but nothing crazy - until I went to college, when we were super close. Then when I graduated college, he started and dropped out and went to community college and finally graduated after 7 years, and is actually doing really well as a banker, though he's between jobs now. Our relationship deteriorated rapidly after I graduated college though, because he had a big issue with drinking and was living with our parents and using them, I thought. That was a long time ago, and I've tried really hard to see where he's coming from and I thought our relationship had improved, but now new issues have come up... (wall of text inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2014 - 35 answers

My brother disappointed me by posting a photo that, to me, is racist

I want to tell him about it without sounding like I'm on my high horse [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 29, 2014 - 21 answers

Why does my Brother inkjet printer show up as a shared PC on my network?

Brother MFC-J270W. It shows up on my home network as a shared PC called "brother", however:
  1. I can't connect to it
  2. This facility is not mentioned in any documentation I have been able to find
Does anyone know what good this "feature" is?
posted by chazlarson on Apr 29, 2014 - 6 answers

BookFilter: Apocalypse novels for children

Back in 1987 or so, I read a children's/YA book that begins with a young girl who survives an end-of-the-world event (nuclear? meteor?) alone with her father and brother in a huge nuclear bunker. The second half of the book is about a girl with the same name who is a descendant of the survivors. Can you help me figure out what this book was? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Best apartment gift?

My brother's birthday is next Friday, and I am honestly stymied as to what to get him (and cannot get a serious answer out of him.) He is in his early 30's, and just moved into a new apartment that has a cute outdoor space. (Pavement ground) Does anyone have a similar space? He and his girlfriend have already furnished the place, so they don't need essentials. Etsy-friendly suggestions particularly welcome.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Feb 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Short story? Brother/sister in back of truck, coffin falls, kills sister

Simple summary: A brother and sister rode along to the store in the back of a truck to purchase a coffin. On the return trip home, the coffin falls on the sister and kills her, and they have to go back to the store to buy a coffin for her. Google has had some mighty strange or irrelevant suggestions to my query, but nothing that seems right. It's probable that I'd recognize the cover or the name of the book. [more inside]
posted by stormyteal on Feb 7, 2014 - 0 answers

GiftFilter: Drummists - what (cheap) thing would you like for Christmas?

I have one day left to online shop for my brother's Christmas pressie and I'm drawing a blank. I've already gotten him a couple of things, but I need one more item to make it a worthwhile parcel. He is 33, a drummer, and wears casual, laid back clothes, but no "funny" tees etc. Is there a t-shirt/ book/ small piece of drumming gadgetry/ anybloodything that would suit him? Will have to be available in an online UK store for it to be delivered in time, and my budget is about £20-25. He will be travelling back to London from Belfast after Christmas so it needs to fit in carry-on luggage. Thanks!
posted by billiebee on Dec 17, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm not doing a cigar and Red Sox tickets four years in a row.

You are an early 30s guy's guy, fairly athletic, dry sense of humor, loyal, taciturn, not much of a reader, likes sports, slightly acerbic comedies and HBO dramas. What am I getting you for Christmas? Budget: $75 -$100, roughly. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Dec 4, 2013 - 18 answers

How to stop someone from urinating on the bathroom wall?

He urinates in the bathroom walls and uses the near by hand flush to wash it off. I have to shower next to this wall everyday. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sausagedoggie15 on Nov 11, 2013 - 31 answers

How can I make my mother see she needs to see a psychologist?

Hi all, I don't live at home anymore, as I studied abroad, but frequently come home during holidays. During such return visit, and the ocassional visit by my family, I always get a good taste of my mother's uglier side. I dont want to diagnose her myself, but can say that her bipolar and control freakish behaviour is affecting the whole family (my father and brother) for as long as I can remember. I would dare to even describe it as abusive; minor problems like a dirty plate forgotten on a kitchen counter can escalate into agressive full blown shout out, and in general there were moments where I really had to remind myself that, whoa, this is my mother. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Aug 31, 2013 - 13 answers

How to save my brother from himself

My 33 year old older brother is sponging off my parents and isn't getting a job, I'm worried that he's going to get kicked out of my parents' house. He got fired a while ago and I'm pretty sure his main problem is depression/having given up; I'm pretty sure he's better than this though. [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping on Jul 29, 2013 - 62 answers

Find MCM-style wallpaper used on "Big Brother"?

Wife watches "Big Brother" occasionally, has fallen in love with the wallpaper seen in this season's episodes (image). It's got a mid-century modern vibe and is super-retro-awesome. Where oh where can we find wallpaper just like this (or similar) - any ideas? Much obliged for any help!
posted by davidmsc on Jul 26, 2013 - 4 answers

My Brother wireless printer doesn't work after resetting my laptop.

I have a MacBook running OS X 10.6.8 and a Brother HL-2270DW printer. This morning I had to reset my entire system using Time Machine; everything else is up and running, but the printer doesn't work. I've tried reinstalling it with the printer setup disc, but the laptop won't detect our wireless connection when I get to that step (it suggests disabling my personal firewall, but I don't have one set up.), and the laptop won't let me add any printers in System Preferences. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated, because I've spent all afternoon trying to figure this out.
posted by The Card Cheat on Apr 22, 2013 - 5 answers

A funeral with a crazy family estrangement scenario

How do I deal with my estranged brother at our grandmother's funeral? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Dec 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me buy clothes for someone who hates clothes.

Should I get my brother clothes for Christmas? Good gift ideas for an ABD? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Dec 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Birthday gift ideas needed

Birthday gift for 50 year-old gay male? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Nov 14, 2012 - 9 answers

What can I do for a family member going to prison soon?

My brother is going to prison in December, possibly for a decade or more. What can I do for him, both emotionally and practically? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Nov 14, 2012 - 19 answers

Do I keep my cannabis-smoking secret from my 15 year old brother?

Do I keep my cannabis-smoking secret from my 15 year old brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 19 answers

How I learned to stop worrying and love the dog

Tell me your experiences getting over fear or discomfort with dogs. My wonderful brother, bless him, loves me, but fears dogs. But now I'm getting a second one (German Shepherd puppy), the breed of his nightmares, and he is struggling. He's told me himself he wants to get over it, and I'm sure exposure and puppies will help, but I'd love to hear your own experiences and anecdotes getting past this. [more inside]
posted by Elfasi on May 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Put my sewing machine through its paces!

I'm a relatively new sewer and just got my first good sewing machine. It's a Brother CS6000i. Before I get started on the various projects that I've been waiting to do since my old machine broke, I want to get to know the machine well. I've read the manual. Now, what should I do to put it through its paces? Give me your idea of an afternoon of sewing machine boot camp.
posted by ocherdraco on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

I'm going to take this printer out into a field pretty soon.

Office network print problems. Help me get these laptops to print again! [more inside]
posted by degoao on Feb 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Engineer me a great gift.

UK Giftfilter: My mid-20s younger brother is currently teaching himself about workshop stuff and electrical & mechanical engineering. Help me find the perfect christmas gift for him on my minuscule budget! More detail? There's more inside... [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Dec 12, 2011 - 14 answers

"Compatible" toner cartridges for a laser printer - false economy??

Printer Ink - Is using no-brand "compatible" toner cartridges for a laser printer a false economy? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Nov 30, 2011 - 6 answers

"I love you, bro."

He gets to call me "sis," but "bro" is taken by bros. What affectionate term can I call my brother? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Nov 29, 2011 - 70 answers

Cry for help, or weird spam?

What is the story behind the text "My brother raped me last night" that has been posted to hundreds of apparently random online forums recently? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Nov 16, 2011 - 10 answers

What would be a good camera to set up a stream from out of my window? And is this legal?

What would be a good camera to set up a stream from out of my window? And is this legal? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me love my jerk brother

My brother is kind of an arse, and not very empathetic. Can you help me to not overreact to this, and get less wound up by him? [more inside]
posted by La chaussette, c'est moi on Oct 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Stare down the emotional pit or look elsewhere?

How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Sewing Machine Recommendatio Needed

I am looking for a good sewing machine brand/model to start sewing with. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Aug 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Brother Mouzone

WireFilter: What's the deal with Brother Mouzone? Accurate from-the-streets representation of idiosyncratic archetype, or straight caricature and relevant only as a plot device? [spoilers therein] [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jul 27, 2011 - 16 answers

I wanna be friends with my brother

How do I hang on to a relationship with my brother now that we aren't living at home anymore? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 - 17 answers

Is there hope for my brother?

Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Why so last century?

Why are "i386" drivers supplied, and not 64-bit, for things like printer drivers? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Can't you pick a different tattoo?

Younger brother asked my opinion on his prospective tattoo. Maybe I should keep my mouth shut, but I'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jul 9, 2011 - 45 answers

Is it ever okay to go behind your wife's back?

My wife doesn't get along with my sister. My sister is graduating. My wife discovers that I am buying her a graduation gift without her knowledge. She is upset I went behind her back. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2011 - 71 answers

It's time for Baby Buster to leave the nest.

What can I do to help my family break out of a negative relationship cycle? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on May 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Please tell me how to say "little sister" and "little brother" in different languages.

I'm looking for translations for the phrases "little sister" and "little brother" in any language you might know. I'm interested in both literal translations and any affectionate slang-y translations. Many thanks!
posted by ersatzkat on Apr 15, 2011 - 53 answers

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

My brother is on the brink of homelessness. I know no one but him can improve his life, but he doesn't seem to understand the gravity of the situation. How can I not enable him in this situation and still live with myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 - 36 answers

Still My Brother's Keeper

In less than 5 hours, my teenage brother is coming to live with me. Possibly for the long haul. Neither of us are cool with this. Please help me sort out this ridiculous family situation [more inside]
posted by calcetina on Jan 21, 2011 - 73 answers

Make me into the best sister/host.

Montreal Filter: My bright, theatre/gaming (adult) geek brother is coming for the period between boxing day and new years. He likes jazz, live theatre, musical theatre, good food, tea and tabletop RPG. What can I take him to see/do with him during this awkward period of vacation? Also, men's clothing shopping? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Dec 15, 2010 - 7 answers

My brother is abusing his girlfriend, and I don't know what to do.

My brother is emotionally abusing his girlfriend. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 44 answers

helping high-functioning sister gain independence

special needs filter: how do I help my high-functioning sibling gain independence? what have your experiences with special needs siblings been like? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jul 22, 2010 - 4 answers

What are good brother/sister duets?

What are some good brother/sister duets? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Jul 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Au Canada

Would having a naturalized Canadian sibling make it easier for an American citizen to become a permanent resident of Canada? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

I got too close and got burned.

I became too involved with my boyfriend's family and don't know how to escape his asshole younger brother. Here's the catch - we're all kids and their guilt tripping mother is involved. This is causing me a lot of grief and anxiety stemming from feeling trapped. [more inside]
posted by Yasuo on Jun 17, 2010 - 22 answers

Oh, Brother.

My Brother MFC-290C all-in-one gives me the following error almost every time I scan something: "The image data size is too large for the computer memory." Help! [more inside]
posted by nosila on May 10, 2010 - 4 answers

My brother came out. I'm gay too. This is a problem.

My brother just came out to me as being gay. I'm gay too. The problem here is that I'm clueless about how to deal with this. Also, I hate to say it, but my overwhelming feeling right now is sorrow. [more inside]
posted by Avenger on May 5, 2010 - 24 answers

I'd like to help my distant brother.

Family Drama Filter: How do I connect with my disconnected brother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 - 18 answers

I quit my "pen pal"--do I need to explain why?

I feel weird about dropping my foreign pen-pal-but not weird enough to want to change anything. Am I too cruel? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Life after suicide attempt

My brother attempted suicide. Now he's in the hospital. [more inside]
posted by Abbril on Oct 20, 2009 - 22 answers

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