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Where should I live in the US?

I'm lucky enough to have a job that I can work 100% remotely. I'm currently living in the Los Angeles area and looking for a change. Where in the US should I move? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Jun 6, 2016 - 27 answers

Solo hiking trips near Phoenix

I enjoy hiking and just found out that I have a long weekend this week! Any recommendations for day hikes near north Phoenix? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Resources for progressive thought and activism in America

I'm an older millennial who is finally getting more politically and socially engaged thanks to this election cycle, and I want to learn more about the resources (digital or otherwise) other MeFites use to be informed and stay engaged politically and socially in this country, from local to national. Nothing is too mundane or esoteric or partisan; I simply want to learn. [more inside]
posted by kyp on Apr 27, 2016 - 24 answers

"Cancelled due to legislative hate and stupidity"

As a conference organizer, what are ways to prepare for the possibility that the state where the event will be held may pass a "bathroom bill"? [more inside]
posted by metaquarry on Apr 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Can I get a US green card if we are both in Canada?

Can I apply for an American green card if my spouse (American) and I (Canadian) are both residents of Canada? Or does my spouse need to move back to the USA before we can apply for me to get a green card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Why do so few people live in Wyoming?

WY do so few people live in the state north of Colorado? It is the least populous state in the nation and almost all its neighbors have twice the population. What accounts for such a large difference?
posted by Monochrome on Apr 18, 2016 - 25 answers

US Immigration: question about approved visa suddenly "in review."

My partner immigrated to the USA from Canada roughly one year ago, about two years after we got married and initiated the immigration process. She had an approved IR-1 visa at the time she entered the USA permanently, about one year ago. We recently got a text/email notification from USCIS telling us that our case had switched statuses from "approved" to "in review," and calling USCIS revealed nothing. How worried should we be? [more inside]
posted by sciatrix on Apr 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Realistically, could Trump lose the nomination?

Few people doubt that Donald Trump will win a clear plurality of votes and pledged delegates. But many people are suggesting the possibility that, assuming Trump doesn't have a majority of pledged delegates on the first ballot, he could lose on a second ballot, due to his pledged delegates switching their vote to another candidate. But wouldn't they be scared to do so? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Apr 6, 2016 - 16 answers

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

What fuels Trump's rise?

I possess no affinity for Trump and therefore feel a complete lack of understanding to why his message has gained such traction with voters. I have read that he is feeding off a general discontent of the US population. His ascendancy seems to go beyond the normal conservatives-pushing-back after 2 terms of liberal presidency, so what's fueling this? What I'm asking for is reasoned, well thought-out articles examining current or building social, political, economic trends that led us to Trump
posted by shaqlvaney on Mar 2, 2016 - 40 answers

Critique my cross-country driving route please: Oregon to South Carolina

We're moving cross-country in about a month (3/21-3/28), from Portland, OR to Myrtle Beach, SC. I've scoured the Internet and I think I have a good plan, taking a southerly route to avoid possible snow up north but if someone who has actually driven across the country (mostly on 40) could give feedback that would really help. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Feb 22, 2016 - 30 answers

five years of taxes to do?

I am one of the thousands of Americans who live overseas and because of ludicrously low incomes have never gotten it together to file taxes in the USA. Zero of my USA friends here are filing taxes in America. I suddenly co-own a business but their accountant does not do expat taxes. How to go about this smoothly would be a delight. I am currently being quoted £500 for each tax year preparation.
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2016 - 17 answers

Compensation clawback experiences

I'm dealing with the tax ramifications of a bonus clawback, and it's ugly. I'd like get a feeling for just how ugly it's gonna get. Would any MeFites please share their US compensation clawback experience? I understand none of you are my accountant and that none of you are offering specific tax planning advice.
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 24, 2016 - 9 answers

We're living somewhere else for a month. But where?!

We rented our house for 5 weeks in July and early August, so we're outta here (here being White Mountains, New Hampshire). We've got two dogs and a hankering for adventure. Where in the U.S. or Canada should we live for a month or so this summer? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jan 23, 2016 - 11 answers

How to get from Kansas City to Joplin, and back again?

My wife and I need to get from Kansas City Airport to Joplin, to visit elderly relatives, but we've just found we probably can't hire a car. [more inside]
posted by BinaryApe on Jan 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Borrowing from Federal Loans for college

I have a question about how much to borrow for federal direct loans/financial aid. Not sure whether or not I have enough for living expenses and college. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Dec 28, 2015 - 7 answers

US Banking question - which one? Personal and small business requirement

So I have recently moved to the US and know nothing of the banking system here, so am finding it hard to navigate the system quickly. I just want to get a bank account that works. Help? [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Dec 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Bumpy squirrels need not apply

The other day I drove past a Squirrel Level Road in Virginia. Where did the name come from? [more inside]
posted by metaquarry on Dec 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Gentrification question

What USA cities are not being gentrified? Or is this a nationwide/worldwide thing and thus a nonsensical question? If it is nonsensical, when can we say this idea was rendered such?
posted by josher71 on Dec 10, 2015 - 35 answers

Buying Dutch Museumkaarts from the US?

I live in the US and I want to buy a pair of Museumkaarts (multi-museum passes) as gifts for a newly married couple who are about to move to the Netherlands. The website is set up to support purchase only with a Dutch address, which I do have for the couple, but also a Dutch bank account, which I don't have. Their customer service couldn't offer any alternatives. Is there a way to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Nov 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Dual Citizenship for South Korea immigrant to USA

My wife has her green card. In the future she may consider becoming a US citizen. If anyone happens to know off hand if the immigration laws have changed to allow this? So far everything I have found online is cryptic. I'm not in a rush for an answer and may eventually see an immigration lawyer about it. Curious if anyone ran into this before.
posted by andendau on Oct 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Looking for a secluded beachfront cabin in the southeastern US.

I'm looking for a secluded beachfront cabin to rent for 2-3 nights in the southeastern US (ideally the Carolinas, but Virginia, Georgia, and even Northern Florida would be a possibility). Essentials are: 1) on a sandy beach with swimmable water, and 2) as secluded from other people as possible. Budget would be less than $300/night. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Gun Violence Citation

Help me find a citation for this statistic about gun violence in the United States. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Aug 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Where to get UTI treatment in the USA

My fabulous new spouse and I are about to jet off from the UK on our honeymoon in the southern US (GA, AL, MS, TN). I'm in good health and have full travel insurance but tend to get 2-3 urinary tract infections in the course of an average year. I'm a little paranoid about getting one while I'm over there and would rather not end up accessing unduly expensive treatment for this very routine minor ailment and having to claim it on insurance etc. Where do I go for treatment? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Aug 10, 2015 - 25 answers

Cheapest way to send household stuff and artwork from UK to USA

Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
posted by theory on Aug 7, 2015 - 2 answers

What travels faster: parcels or letters?

I'm shipping some stuff from Germany to the US. I have the choice of sending these items as letters or as parcels. I'm using DHL. Which option will be faster? [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Aug 5, 2015 - 5 answers

What's a good UK specific gift for an American who likes to bake?

My American (East Coast) friend likes to bake. I'd like to send her a small domain specific UK specific gift. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Aug 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Which "common" items look different from common American items?

What are some common items that look very different from the American version? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Jul 30, 2015 - 78 answers

What's a good US naturalization present?

My brother-in-law got naturalized on Tuesday and my wife and I want to get him a present. I'm thinking something tied to America, nice quality and perhaps something he can hang or display, though I'm flexible on that last requirement. [more inside]
posted by adrianb on Jul 23, 2015 - 15 answers

us visa bwah?

YANA/MI(mmigration)L, but can you help parse what a friend who is an immigration lawyer is saying relating to US green cards, especially the EB-1? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me plan the best road trip ever

One woman. One old-ass Prius. 157,724 miles of highway. Help me plan a summer road trip that (a) maximizes awesomeness, and (b) minimizes horrible death? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox on Jul 3, 2015 - 34 answers

Where to go with a 5yo boy in the USA for a week in spring?

I'll be visiting the USA with lil ubu in spring. Already organised will be a week in Boston, a week on the road somewhere, possibly Colorado. For the third week, I have no idea and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Jul 2, 2015 - 28 answers

Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US?

I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Jun 28, 2015 - 9 answers

The southern side of the confederate flag discussion

Could you point me to well-articulated discussions supporting the confederate flag? It's sounding like the statehouse flag in SC is likely to come down, but I'm interested to hear the voices on the other side of the issue, such as newspaper editorials or blog posts, especially current ones. [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jun 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Canadian volunteering for a year in the US for a religious nonprofit

My girlfriend and I will be volunteering at a mountain retreat center/camp in the US for a year. This retreat center is a religious nonprofit affiliated with a mainline protestant denomination and has existed since the '60s (and I have visited it many times before, as a member of that denomination). We will be paid a stipend of $550 a month each and have benefits like room & board, health and dental insurance...or at least I, as a US citizen, will get them. What does my girlfriend, as a Canadian citizen, need to provide to US immigration (specifically DHS at the border) to have the greatest chance of receiving that stipend and/or benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Little known American city perfect for a lone woman of colour tourist?

I would like to visit a city in the US that is not commonly thought of as a vacation destination, but still has a lot to offer a tourist. However, as a woman of colour that does not drive and will be travelling alone, I would like a safe and friendly choice. I would like ideas for places with a lot of history and fine dining, which are easy to travel by foot/ public transportation, and friendly towards different looking people. Examples of what I am and am not looking for inside... [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on May 17, 2015 - 26 answers

booking sex-related work as a woman

How does one navigate sex work or sexological bodywork as a female client in the United States? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 3 answers

How Do You Work For A Canadian Company?

Are there any Mefites that have worked in the US (as a US citizen) for a Canadian company? How does it work with taxes, benefits, etc? This is going to become a very relevant issue for my wife tomorrow, and Google has not been a lot of help in finding authoritative information. [more inside]
posted by COD on May 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Does SATA airlines still fly direct from Boston to Lisbon?

Searching "direct flights" from Boston to Lisbon turns up vague references and a Boston Globe article from two years ago (http://www.boston.com​/travel/blog/2013/04​/new_flights_bet.html). I know some people who have flown this route in the past, but neither Google Flights nor any other travel site can actually show those flights. Was this route discontinued? Does any other airline still fly BOS-LIS direct?
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Does working with the UN have any effect on the US citizenship process?

A friend of mine works with a UN agency that is based in Lebanon. He has a US green card. Does his employment with the United Nations have any effect whatsoever on his status in the US? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Apr 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Holiday help!

Can any MeFites help two Brits pick the perfect North American holiday? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga on Apr 25, 2015 - 26 answers

What to do in Kennesaw, GA?

My family and I are going to a wedding next week in Kennesaw, GA and will have a couple days to kill beforehand. What should we do? Where should we eat? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Answer-only (dumb) cell-phone for USA and Canada

I'm a US resident, looking for a cell-phone I can use both in the USA and Canada to receive phone calls. Any outgoing calls would be a case of a very serious emergency, and I don't particularly care what they cost. Minimal if any texting. No smartphone. Minimal minutes. I'm looking for a way to have a phone on which a few select people can reach me if they need to, and which will work across the widest area possible. Long standby battery life a plus. Suggestions for phone and plan appreciated. [more inside]
posted by DaveP on Apr 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Why didn't the Election of 1824 result in a military junta?

In the election of 1824, Andrew Jackson won the plurality of electoral votes. But a "corrupt bargain" was struck in the House of Representatives to hand the Presidency to John Quincy Adams. Jackson was famous for his military leadership during the War of 1812, the Creek Indian War, and for the effective annexation of Florida from Spain to the US shortly thereafter. The number of cities and streets named in his honor is fairly significant. This was a military leader with clout. So why didn't he draw upon his military popularity in order to launch a military junta and assume his defensibly "rightful" place as President? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Mar 25, 2015 - 13 answers

Precedents for cutting a school program to make schools equal?

School system is trying to demonstrate equality of education across schools to comply with a longstanding federal court order. One way they are trying to achieve this is by taking away programs that are only offered at one school. Looking for other examples where this type of decision has been made, and perhaps, overturned. [more inside]
posted by tracer on Mar 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Giving an unpaid talk in Canada: business or tourist?

YANML, but I am a US resident, and have a Korean passport and a US green card. I am going to Canada for less than a week, to give an unpaid talk and meet with people in my field (though the hosts are paying for airfare and hotels). According to the official websites, I'd say this qualifies as a business trip. Does anyone have experience with a similar trip? Do business trips raise more flags at the border?
posted by molla on Mar 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Getting to/from the US to Split, Croatia in June?

I'm planning to travel to Split this June and would like some advice on air travel logistics from people who've been there recently. There seems to be a steep premium on direct itineraries, so I'm trying to decide if there's a better way. Specific questions on traveling through Rome-FCO or Zagreb inside. [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Mar 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Helping a colleague on a path to permanent residency

How can I help my very qualified colleague get through the US immigration maze? [more inside]
posted by Jorus on Mar 3, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I move my worldly goods across the Atlantic?

I have recently acquired and accepted an exciting job opportunity in Sweden -- a two-year postdoctoral research post. It's great! I'm excited! I ... don't want to sublet other people's houses for two years. So I need to move my furniture (and a whole bunch of academic reference books, without which the postdoc isn't going to go so well) from their current location across the Atlantic. How do I best do this? Difficulty: I'm an American and me and all my objects are currently in semi-rural Canada. And I can't drive. [more inside]
posted by byzantienne on Mar 1, 2015 - 19 answers

Russia invades the Baltic States - then what?

Looking for incisive, detailed and realistic analysis of what may happen if Russia invades the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and/or Lithuania. While this is suggested as a possibility, I can't find quality analysis of what happens - or is likely to happen - in this scenario. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Feb 19, 2015 - 4 answers

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