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How To Fly When Walking is a Challenge

Do you have any tips for flying with an injury or pain? What have your experiences been? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Aug 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Financial Assistance for Adding New Siding With Insulation.

I posted a question last year about safely scraping peeling lead paint from my house and repainting. Pros estimate $25-30K (yikes!). One reply suggested that "It may...be cheaper to just get rid of the old wood siding and just install some new one. If you do that, you might want to look into adding insulation; there could be programs that would provide some financial assistance." Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to find such a program? FWIW I'm in Westchester county in NY state.
posted by Quisp Lover on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Are there charities to help pet owners in need?

Are there charities to help pet owners in need? I came across a Craigslist ad that really bummed me out. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jan 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Bankruptcy attorney near Lynchburg, VA?

My mother is in between work right now, with very sporradic temp gigs that don't pay enough. I think she needs to talk with a bankruptcy attorney, but she's ashamed and intimidated. I'd like to help her by giving her actual referrals. Difficulty: I'm long-distance from her. She is located in Lynchburg, VA. General advice would also be welcome--for example, how long might she be able to drag out the foreclosure and still live in her home? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Breast lump, no insurance, no money, looking for options.

Having found the lump a year ago this June, it took me until today to find the courage to try doing something. Many of the sites I found said to go through my local health department, so I finally worked up the courage to walk in today. They had no idea what to say, and no longer offer any program that would help. I walked out with a pamphlet for a clinic in another town that they think "might" have a program to help with a sliding payment scale but they weren't even sure about that. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Sep 12, 2013 - 23 answers

How does one go about getting welfare?

I'm clueless as to how one goes about getting welfare. What can I expect? Is it easy to get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2013 - 4 answers

ISO Travelers and Immigrants Aid, 2013

Asking on behalf of a neighbor whose daughter (early 20s) is stranded in Ohio with car problems, i.e., she needs an alternator. [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

I don't judge. No, really.

At work I frequently come into contact with people who are members of various at-risk populations. They often have to give me really intimate details of their lives within minutes of meeting. When first opening up to me, they'll usually pause to gauge my reaction. I respond with, "I don't judge," in my most supportive voice. But I realize this can be a loaded statement for people and easily taken the wrong way. What short declarative statement could I use in its place?
posted by 1066 on Mar 27, 2013 - 49 answers

I desperately need $300.

I think I've reached the end of my rope, credit-wise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2013 - 38 answers

Antique Tool identification assistance requested

I have a Challenge to all antique hand tool buffs. I'd really appreciate knowing what this tool is and what it was used for... The tool consists of a brass piece mounted to a wooden handle. The tool measures 6 3/4 " in total length. At the high point of the brass forefront, it is 1 15/16 ". The brass piece is 1 5/8 " wide. It has a tool stamp of 'IDEAL TOOL COMPANY' in raised letters on the reverse side of the upright brass fixture. I could not find anything like it on the Ideal Tool Company Antique website... I would greatly appreciate your expert opinions as to what it is and was used to accomplish. Thank you for your professional and generous offer to identify this hand tool piece !
posted by Jim Young on Jan 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Helping a family member of the 1st anniversary of their spouse's death

My mother and father were married over 50 years. Dad passed early this year (Feb) and now is the 1st anniversary is upon us. I have been helping mom out quite a bit since then, but could use some pointers about what to do or look out for over the next couple of months. A little more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I find a nanny?

How do I find a nanny/domestic assistant? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Dec 4, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I help a very pregnant friend whose support network is falling apart before my eyes?

How do I help a very pregnant friend whose support network is falling apart before my eyes? [more inside]
posted by Vervain on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Friend is nearly blind, jobless, losing home. Resources?

My friend, near Atlanta, GA, is nearly blind with cataracts in both eyes. She is jobless. Her house is in foreclosure, and I have just discovered that it will go up for sale on the 4th. She's completely isolated, and has no transportation. Family is not a viable resource. [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 6, 2012 - 11 answers

When does helping become cheating

How much help is too much help when it comes to a friend's application to an accountancy training programme? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin on Feb 3, 2012 - 9 answers

How to help/contact a long distance friend with mental illness?

I have a dear old friend who lives on the other side of the country. He has a history of moderate paranoia/schizophrenia, and he was incarcerated for about a year as the result of an episode of illness. He's disconnected his phone, and I'm trying to figure out how to get in contact with him. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Jan 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Temporarily without safety net. Is this okay?

Do people actually quit their jobs to go to school while living on loans and government assistance--with children? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Sep 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Washing Fleece Pants

What is the best way to wash fleece products? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on May 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Resources for making handmade jewellery (earrings)

Looking for information about making handmade jewellery (earrings) - resources, tips, help, suggestions, etc. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Are there examples of countries where foreign aid seems to cause conflict?

I'm interested in examples of countries where foreign aid has contributed to conflict. Aside from Somalia, are there other good examples of civil wars that were caused or exacerbated by the presence of foreign aid? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Mar 21, 2011 - 8 answers

looking for free directory assistance

Since Googs 411 shut down I am looking for a replacement. Any Ideas from the hive? I am looking for free directory assistance that I can use with my cell phone.
posted by citybuddha on Nov 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Help Me Help Her

What can I give or do for my supervisor to show my support and help her with the stress of caring for a family member after a lung transplant? [more inside]
posted by princesspathos on Aug 5, 2010 - 3 answers

My girlfriend's father can't care for himself - how do we get help for him?

What resources are available (specifically in the state of Iowa) to assist elderly/disabled persons who require full-time care but lack the funds to be able to afford this on their own? [more inside]
posted by khelvan on Jul 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me help her

How to help an elderly family friend with homecare, meals, transportation and other general stuff? What services are available in Ontario, Canada and how best do I navigate them? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Dec 1, 2009 - 5 answers

kelly clarkson, thine words ring true

How can I learn to stop being so self-reliant? How do I begin to need other people again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2009 - 9 answers

AAA alternatives?

AAA alternatives? So I've just learned about the political lobbying AAA does, and I'd rather not support that if I can help it. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Jul 9, 2009 - 25 answers

Low cost or pro bono legal aid for domestic violence / abuse victims in California?

My friend and her ex-boyfriend got in a fight, he got violent and beat her up pretty bad. She got in the car with their baby and fled cross-country to stay with her parents. There is a hearing next month to determine custody of the child, and she doesn't want to lose the kid to what is likely going to be an abusive father. Lawyer up, right? Problem is, not a lot of money. Can you point me to any organizations in California that provide pro-bono / sliding-scale / low-cost legal aid services for abused women? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on Jun 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Is there a cheap, easy way to put a custom welcome page on a home wifi network?

Is there a cheap, easy way to put a custom welcome page on a home wifi network? I'm leaving the connection unsecured, and would like anyone who comes on to see a custom home page telling them about the area and why it's an open network. [more inside]
posted by nathanrudy on May 17, 2009 - 3 answers

What helps after a suicide?

How can I help a suicide's widow? A dear friend committed suicide yesterday. My husband and I were notified by a mutual friend because the dead man thought of my husband as a friend (one of his few, I think). His partner (they never married) is staying with some closer friends for now. My question is: What can I/we do to help her? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Apr 20, 2009 - 17 answers

Is there anything consoling to someone who's lost their job?

She got canned. But what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Please hope me, President Obama

NoInsuranceFilter: I awoke New Years Day in the hospital. My clothes had been cut off, I had a catheter in and a wrist restraint on my left wrist. I had five stitches in my eyebrow. The bill has arrived. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2009 - 43 answers

Easy remote assistance involving Windows 98 computer, in late 2008?

Are there still any easy-to-configure remote assistance solutions where the non-technical end user is on Windows 98? Small sums of money may be available, but free preferred. [more inside]
posted by galaksit on Nov 10, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I find the lack of radio waves?

What town in the United States has the lowest amount of detectable radio waves? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 on Jul 17, 2008 - 16 answers

Neeed assistance

I am part time and make 100, or so dollars a week.often less what i want to know is can i recieve any goverment assistance i can barely afford insurance. I am trying to find a better job but it isnt going very fast i live in lancaster pa
posted by quseio on Jun 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Support for website redevelopment - it's too expensive!

My education website is in major need of an overhaul. However, I can't afford to pay developers the cost price for it. How can I get funding or assistance for this project? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Assisting the blind?

Are there general guidelines to helping/assisting a blind person? [more inside]
posted by repoman on Jun 5, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I get money to finance my move?

Are there any companies that still pay to relocate employees? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown on Oct 29, 2007 - 19 answers

Tuition Assistance

What companies offer tuition assistance? [more inside]
posted by apdato on Oct 3, 2007 - 18 answers

Making Visual Teaching easier on XP (OSX equivalents needed

As a followup to this question (2 years ago)... I need in WinXP to have three features (and I'll take any of the three, preferably all). 1) Bordered Cursor (round ring, called Pinpoint for OSX). Bonus for a visual change when you click (and right click) 2) Key overlay like KeyCastr for OSX, showing the audience control/alt keys as you type them in an overlay. 3) Dynamic Zoom (yes, I know it's open gl based, I have only open GL cards) to push in. MacOS Universal Prefs.
posted by filmgeek on May 29, 2007 - 2 answers

Computing for those with short-term memory problems?

Help me help my father: My father is elderly and has problems with his short-term memory. He wants to use a word processor to write about things that interest him, but he forgets fairly basic application techniques, such as how to save, open and create new documents. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Nov 15, 2006 - 27 answers

Help me pee like a man!

Women who pee standing up: have you used any of the different disposable/reusable products available out there? And if so, what did you think? I am specifically interested in something that would be good for hiking, camping, that kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Jul 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Activating OSX Remote assistance via an IM chat

I need Apple's Remote desktop to be as easy as Remote Assistance in Windows [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jun 26, 2006 - 15 answers

How do I help my friend get help?

I have a friend (seriously) who has serious problems with social anxiety, to the point she is sometimes paralyzed with fear or depression. She cannot hold a job because of it, and therefore has no insurance for medical attention - what can she do? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Mar 31, 2006 - 15 answers

Who has business and marketing saavy?

1) I need assistance with business and marketing issues. I know that there are organizations out there where retirees offer their services and expertise. Does anyone know any of their names????? 2) What is podcasting????? What is required????? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Aug 31, 2005 - 6 answers

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