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"Cheers" on a train: What's the deal with Maryland Commuter Rail?

I recently began taking Maryland's MARC commuter rail to and from work (Rockville-DC), and I'm noticing something I've never observed before in my years as a commuter. It seems that a lot (really, a very high percentage) of these passengers have come to know one another, and have formed little communities throughout the rail cars. From what I can gather, these people don't work together, and few if any of them socialize outside of their daily commute, but they are simply thrilled to see one another every day, and they swap stories, jokes, and affectionate barbs with one another in a way that reminds me of nothing so much as a cadre of barflies who've been regulars at the same watering hole for years (today, actually, several passengers passed around a bottle of wine). I hadn't taken regional commuter rail until recently; my commuting experiences have been limited to bus and city subway systems. At any rate, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS! [more inside]
posted by duffell on Jul 19, 2016 - 49 answers

What is a suitable alternative to Togethera?

My extended family is a large one and distributed over North America and Western Europe. Up until now we have been using Togethera as a means to share photographs and stay in informal contact. Unfortunately, Togethera have today sent out an email announcing the termination of their service. Is there an obvious alternative social network that can fill this gap? [more inside]
posted by lovelyzoo on Jul 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Why do I feel wired?

So I’m dating a great guy for about 6 weeks now and it’s going well in many ways. A few days ago he invited me to watch a movie at his sister’s. We picked up some food and went over. I met his sister and her husband, we watched a movie, then went to the kitchen area and were talking for a bit about movies. They are perfectly nice people, but I felt awkward the entire time. [more inside]
posted by LakeDream on Jun 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Medical Marijuana for Social Phobia (Strain? Form?)

I just got approved for medical marijuana and was surprised at how "wild westy" the whole field is (this is in Massachusetts, where seemingly you could go in with a stubbed toe and be approved). I'm not interested in trying to grow it on my own and so will go to a dispensary, but just was seeking recommendations on best form to take it and what strains might be expected to work best with social phobia? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

where are entrepreneurship critics?

Where are the cliques/clutches/coven of people with critical perspectives on entrepreneurship, particularly social enterprise? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

What are conversational topics that work magic as instant icebreakers?

I've recently come across an instant ice breaker that works nearly instantaneously for certain category of people. This icebreaker topic concerns asking people about their pets and it usually works like magic. Are there other topics that the hive mind has found that can act as almost instant ice breakers with people without the topic delving into personal areas that are not appropriate for, say, work, or while at a bar, or making talk with someone with whom you'd like to establish a rapport or a sense of connection? [more inside]
posted by caudal on Jun 19, 2016 - 35 answers

Dealing w/ Stalkers when trying to publicize + being a Recovering Addict

I've filed a civil harassment order against a former college professor for stalking me online regularly in the last 4 years that has started to take its toll on me. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jun 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Can my cat eat this?

Okay, so Dr. Cat gets a little Kitty Kaviar every day - basically shaved bonito. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Late-twenties guy with no friends?

I'm a late-twenties guy with no friends. I feel like I need to get out of this situation somehow. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2016 - 37 answers

How do you track your potential activities so you actually do stuff?

How do you keep reminders of potential events you might want to go to, or activities you might want to participate in, so that you actually take advantage of these opportunities? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Apr 26, 2016 - 16 answers

Offline Events Growing Social Networks

I am looking for a few good examples of offline events that grow social networks, helping them build trust, recruit new users, etc. Do you have a good example you can share? Here's one I found. And I know that other brands and social networks have tried this. Thanks!
posted by quiverandquill on Apr 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Show me beautiful and radical art that I can buy!

Seeking recommendations for other artists whose work is similar to Justseeds' posters! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Apr 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Public-radio item on business, power, & speaking up

I'm looking for a story (roughly 5 minutes) that I heard on the NPR One app a few days ago: It was about how perceived power imbalances between people at the same managerial level in an office will lead to people participating in group problem-solving to different degrees, and how to "fix" it. My googling is just turning up stories about power companies & how awful meetings are. Help? [more inside]
posted by psoas on Mar 16, 2016 - 3 answers

Social Security Deluge

My wife is turning 65 in a couple of months,, and is receiving a deluge of offers and advertisements for private companies offering drug plans, part D coverage, supplemental coverage, part B coverage, etc, etc, etc, etc. On a daily basis. It's overwhelming. How in the hell is anyone supposed to make sense of this shit and make an informed decision?
posted by pjern on Mar 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Fallen off the face of the earth

My friend has stopped communicating with everyone around them. How much should I try to get in contact? Should I leave it be? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Feb 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Three-year-old seems really unhappy

I don’t have much experience with other kids this age, but my son seems… really unhappy? And we don’t know what to do about it, if there’s anything. [more inside]
posted by forza on Feb 26, 2016 - 61 answers

Can my friend switch from SSI to social Security?

My friend, on SSI disability, is approaching retirement. She thinks, why don't I just drop one for the other? I have earned benefits; that I will soon be eligible for; why not accept? Aren't they based on the same numbers? Wouldn't my SS benefits be based on the same earnings that the SSI were? Given that I was unable to work after being disabled?
posted by ebesan on Feb 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Name of TV show about testing casino and retail security?

I know there have been a million shows like this before, but I'm looking for a particular show where a team of people were hired to test security and reveal vulnerabilities. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Jan 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Small business social networks

Where do small business owners ask for advice online? I know many use Linkedin groups. What are some of the more popular social networks for "mom and pop" business owners to ask for advice and to share? Many thanks, Zach
posted by quiverandquill on Jan 15, 2016 - 2 answers

What is Social Justice?

What is Social Justice? How would you give a brief explanation to a conservative? [more inside]
posted by DGStieber on Jan 11, 2016 - 23 answers

Which social obligation to attend?

I'm torn between conflicting events on the same night and am not sure which of two events to attend and which to cancel. Since there will be drinking at either (and I can't afford a cab or get a DD on short notice) I feel I must pick one or the other. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by MeFiMouse on Jan 9, 2016 - 41 answers

Offending People Everywhere, No Idea How

People think I'm a big b-word. I'd like to change this recurrent situation I'm finding myself in, without pandering or being manic and fake. [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin on Dec 22, 2015 - 33 answers

How can I talk more?

When I am shy, my mind goes blank and I can't keep asking questions forever, I'd like to learn to give my opinion, especially with guys I'm dating and their friends. [more inside]
posted by akita on Dec 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Socially responsible retirement

Better late than never: I'm finally starting a retirement account, probably a Roth IRA1. Social responsibility is high on my priority list. I am trying to find a relatively easy, relatively low-fee, relatively well-performing "socially responsible"2 fund I can start paying into. Where should I look for comparisons or guidance on these "socially responsible" funds? How can I get guidance on which one to choose? Direct advice, or referrals to reliable references both welcome. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it a social faux paus if your bra straps fall down and are visible?

Please tell me if I have a legitimate concern or I'm just being silly. I always have an issue with my bra straps falling down in public. Today I had no problems all day and then they fell down when a male friend was over. Will he think this was me making a pass at him? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Dec 6, 2015 - 45 answers

Who are some notable examples of drastic mind changes/flips in opinion?

I'd like to interview a few people who have drastically changed their minds concerning something about which they once felt very strongly. Who are some people who have notably changed their minds or who have "flipped" on an notable issue? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Dec 4, 2015 - 39 answers

Resources for Parents with Teen Kids About To Go Online

My son is 12, and starting to participate in online communities. Right now, the only community he's interacting with is 4 friends of his from school; they play Minecraft. But I suspect this will soon change. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Please help me survive my first week at a new job

I love the company but my brain is torturing me with anxiety all day long [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Need a FREE multi-social media posting and aggregator app.

I need a free Android app that will allow posting and reading to a number of social media sites. Also, some sites I have several accounts, so I need access to all of those. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Oct 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me make my Meet-Up group Awesome!

Sooo.... I joined a Meet-Up group. The organizers stepped down a few days later, and I was the only one who offered to take over... Which means I am both a new member and now organizer of a group of 200+ expat families! I am new to MeetUp generally too. What can I do to make this MeetUp group *awesome*? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Bad social skills

I have really bad social skills that are holding me back. And I'm tired of it. Need some guidance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 15 answers

Managing social anxiety as a parent

How do parents with anxiety protect their children from their own worries and fears? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Is there a professional I can see to help me make friends?

Are there therapists or such that deal with adult social problems? [more inside]
posted by manderin on Oct 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Publishing industry burnout. Where do I go from here?

I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Difficulty level: self-employment for the past decade, entrepreneur, 40something female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2015 - 10 answers

What's happened with my Instagram account?

i have an intentionally small bunch of followers on Instagram, and recently chose to unfollow one of them. Then I got a long list of ridiculous suggestions for new followers, the first few showing up on my homepage, which I x'd to delete. My other followers/followings are still listed as good, but I have not seen any of their posts for these 5 days, and apparently they can't see mine from yesterday. (I clicked on their names to make sure they had made some new posts.). What could be going on?
posted by mmiddle on Sep 26, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I navigate these difficult shores?

I am increasingly unhappy in my current job and in my mind have decided to exit stage left as soon as is possible. I had a recent interview which went well and there is the option to proceed to the next stage. The problem is I was asked if I would be ok with presenting to large numbers. I said yes whilst my inner voice screamed no. It was the verbalisation of my biggest desire - not the reality. I am tied up in knots deciding - what is the best thing to do? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Aug 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Social platform based around repository of documents?

Would Ning be suitable for creating an online community based around sharing curriculum for educators of teachers? If not, what tools would be best? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jul 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Anyone have experience with a social media platform "Mass Planner"?

www.massplanner.com Googling mostly gets me info on planning a Roman Catholic service... Appears to allow for posting automation across all the major platforms, along with other bells and whistles. I can kick the tires on it and decide whether it's better or worse than Hootsuite - my major question for AskMe is - has anyone heard of it, and is it legit? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jul 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Poor social skills filter: Can this friendship be resurrected?

I think I irreparably messed up my relationship with a close friend from the past. Is there anything else I can/should do at this point, or should I just move on? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Jun 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Questions for strangers (to make them less of a stranger)?

What are some of the questions you've asked of total strangers that get surprising, interesting and engaged responses? How can you MeFi socialites guide someone to talk about what they want to talk about? [more inside]
posted by thebotanyofsouls on Jun 19, 2015 - 47 answers

Eccentric and Recluse Poets and Authors?

Greetings. I'm wondering if there are any notable or smaller scale poets and writers that were mainly hermits or eccentric? I'm not picky with the genre, country, or era. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Jun 11, 2015 - 24 answers

Too many non sequiturs - how to deal with communication prob in new rel?

My boyfriend is a great listener but often replies with non sequiturs or very general responses. Please help us solve this communication problem. [more inside]
posted by NeverGrowSoOldAgain on Jun 9, 2015 - 25 answers

Nice to meet you - but please back off...

How do you handle conversations with strangers (specific ones) without offending - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 on Jun 9, 2015 - 36 answers

Meeting people in Buffalo, NY is hard. How much easier in Philadelphia?

I've never actually lived in a true "big city" but based on how many meetup groups there are in Philly vs Buffalo, you'd think it would be incredibly easy. Buffalo has been a lonely city for me and not for a lack of trying. [more inside]
posted by mrflibble on May 16, 2015 - 4 answers

How to stop negative rumination?

Greetings. I seem to have a terrible case of negative rumination and I cannot impede my negative thoughts at all; this jeopardizing my work ethic and academic studies. I would greatly appreciate some pragmatic tips and positive thinking advice. I'm not sure how to stay optimistic and positive about the world and myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2015 - 16 answers

How do retirement parties work?

A close relative is retiring this year, and I'm considering throwing a party-- but have absolutely no skills or experience with this type of event (or, really, with party-planning in general). Looking for tips/ ideas/ planning frameworks that will help me put together an awesome retirement bash. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on May 1, 2015 - 6 answers

How much to charge for work that doesn't feel like work?

unexpectedly landed my "dream job". It's for something I've been a fan of for a while and very specific and is a kind of once in a lifetime random job opportunity. Here's the catch. It's freelance, I have a full time job already and there wasn't supposed to be any pay. After a call with my new boss, she suggested that because of my experience, we should discuss a pay rate today. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO EVEN ASK FOR. And google is not helping because they don't take into consideration that this is honestly something I'm so thrilled to work on that I would do it for free. [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Apr 24, 2015 - 20 answers

How to find a compatible, welcoming kink environment?

After getting burned on our first try, we're trying to look at finding someplace to let our kink flag fly a bit more outside the bedroom. We could use some help/suggestions, though! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2015 - 4 answers

And I'm (Not) Proud To Be An American...

I have this weird hang up about my nationality that I feel is impeding my social progress in a new country. Any and all advice about how to get past this would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by lana0112 on Apr 14, 2015 - 29 answers

What are some examples of social mobility among English servants?

My understanding is that in 18th and 19th century England, most people born into the servant class remained as servants (or took other working class jobs). What examples are there of servants who rose above their station? The only one I can think of is Rosa Lewis, immortalised in "The Duchess of Duke Street".
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 9, 2015 - 7 answers

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