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Previous tenant left unpaid gas bill

I moved into my new apartment on Sept 1st. Today, I received a "shut off notice" from the gas company (National Grid in Boston) stating that my unit has an unpaid balance of over $100 as of 8/29, and that the account will be going to collections. This is my first apartment - what should I do, AskMefi? Pay down the balance? Inform my landlord?
posted by mushtale on Sep 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I make it in the Boston IT job market?

For my own personal reasons, I would like to move to Boston. The one obvious catch: I need to make money in order to do so. I'm in software support. It's a small company, so only one support tier before issues go to engineering. Lots of .NET and SQL Server work. I've been at it a few years. I have no idea how my skillset would measure up in a big city full of some of the brainiest people on the planet. Can I survive and thrive in Boston? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Aug 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Finding an apartment in Boston while in San Francisco

I just got a new job in Boston (hurrah!) and need to be relocated there by the first week of September (boo!). How should I approach apartment hunting? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Aug 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Air Cargo E Container in Boston

Where can I find large and sturdy corrugated shipping boxes in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by klausness on Jul 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Bridal shower emergency

Need: (1) QUICK ideas on bridal shower decorations and games, (2) direction on where to find said decorations and games (and flowers and baked goods) in Boston and/or (3) a Boston-area event planner who could do the work of finding decorations and decorate the event space. [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Jul 24, 2014 - 20 answers

Can you help identify this weird, yet apparently friendly bird?

A few friends of mine live in Somerville, MA, which is right outside of Boston. For the past few weeks, a bird has been repeatedly showing up on their porch and, apparently, making friends with them. [more inside]
posted by Riptor on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Spam that's useful?

What newsletters do you subscribe to that are useful? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jul 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Driving from Dallas to Boston for a move -- any advice / pointers?

I'm moving to Boston and driving up there with my car and belongings. While the adventurous part of me would want to extend the duration of the trip to make stops and check out scenery, the practical part of me wants to get this 23 - 27 hour trip done ASAP. I want to go with the latter. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on May 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Getting a room on short notice

I have the opportunity to book a Boston show with a solo artist for 22 May and have been struggling to find a room for him to play. Details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on May 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Help planning route from Boston to Vegas

I'm leaving at 10am tomorrow from Waltham, MA and driving to Las Vegas. Stressing over the weather. I plan on taking it slow...driving maybe 8-9 hours a day and not at all after dark. I've never driven in bad weather so I'm really nervous. If I take Northern route I'll be in snow in Denver and if I take Southern route there are severe thunderstorms (and poss tornadoes?) in OK and TX by Wed. and Thurs. I'm driving alone and this is my first road trip. BTW I have a Nissan Rogue that will be packed full. Looking for advice planning route home...details appreciated! Thanks!
posted by camfys on Mar 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Best Driving Route from Vegas to Boston (avoiding CO)

My brother is moving to Boston (Waltham area) and he's driving there from Vegas tomorrow morning. What is the best way to get there (avoiding Colorado) and what cities would you recommend stopping for a motel to crash along the way? Can it be done in 3 days? He's traveling alone and would like to avoid snow when possible. Not looking to sight see. Just want to find the simplest way to get there. Thank you.
posted by camfys on Jan 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Moving to Boston, MA from Auckland, NZ

I am emigrating to the the USA from New Zealand in a few weeks for work, but apart from the job I don't have much organised on the other side yet. Is there anyone else out there that has recently made a similar move? What difficulties did you encounter? What would you do differently? Any secret tricks for day-to-day living in the states (e.g.: setting up bank accounts, etc) that you can impart.
posted by AndrewStephens on Jan 4, 2014 - 15 answers

How Old Before He Can Travel On His Own?

What's a nice round consensus on the minimum age for an unaccompanied boy to go from South Station to Midtown? [more inside]
posted by whuppy on Nov 25, 2013 - 44 answers

Best way to get from Boston to NYC

We're trying to get from Boston to NYC with as little expense and aggravation as possible. What's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Nov 24, 2013 - 23 answers

Where to get a suit for an athletic build in boston?

My boyfriend is attempting to leave the ivory tower and get a job as a scientist in industry in the Boston metro area. He has been applying for jobs and is starting to get some phone interviews, so we are trying to get him some acceptable clothes for an eventual in-person interview. His current wardrobe consists of thrift store t-shirts and REI space-fabric pants. I have no experience with men's fancy clothes. The problem is that he has an extremely athletic build. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Oct 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Boston Needs: 1) courthouse, 2) gamers, 3) car service

My husband and I will be in Boston the first week of November. I am coming for a conference, the husband is coming along so we can get a federal government recognized marriage. I am originally from the Boston area, but have not be back in 15 years. We have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by hworth on Oct 21, 2013 - 8 answers

ATT vs T-Mobile in the Boston area

We are currently on an (expensive, $180 / month) ATT family plan with out iPhone 4Ses. We want to upgrade to the 5Ses and are wondering if t-mobile's coverage in the Boston area is good enough. Also, what plan would you recommend for the following parameters? Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by reddot on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

I know I live here, but what should we do this week in Boston?

Suggestions on activities in and around Boston for my brother and I this wk? We are up for comedy shows, arts, music, boating, etc. [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Aug 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Great mini-tattoo artist?

I'm interested in a mini tattoo and am looking for recommendations for an exceptional artist. It's a hard thing to do (Oliver Peck is obviously the best) so any thoughts you have for anyone you know about (ideally in the Boston or San Francisco area) would be appreciated.
posted by KathMuse on Jul 16, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm Shipping up to Boston

Hello MeFites, Mr. Kitty and I are spending a long weekend in the fall up in Boston for our anniversary. We would love to find some amazing restaurants to try. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jul 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Comparing Proton Beam Therapy in New Jersey and Boston

A friend of mine has a 15 month old son who was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma (brain cancer). He had a complete surgical resection of the tumor, and the next step is proton beam therapy. She has her choice between pursuing therapy at MGH in Boston, or in New Jersey at either Procare in Somerset or Robert Wood in New Brunswick. The New Jersey facilities would be more convenient for her and her family, but if the Boston facility is better, she'll make it work. Can you give me any information about how these three facilities compare in terms of both effectiveness of the therapy and patient experience, particularly with very young pediatric patients?
posted by KathrynT on May 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods, Boston

Tell me about Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods! I've lived in Boston about ten years and am considering a move to one of those areas, but am pretty ignorant of the different neighborhoods within. Help me rectify this -- what are your favorite spots in Roxbury or Dorchester, and why? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Apr 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Logan Airport - getting there from Quincy

We have a 9 am flight on Saturday morning out of Logan Airport. We live in Quincy. We're leaning toward driving ourselves and leaving our car in the Economy Lot, with the idea that traffic's not likely to be a problem on a weekend morning. Do you think that's true? Also, how long does it take to take the shuttle from the Economy Lot to the airport (Terminal B, if that makes any difference)? [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Apr 1, 2013 - 5 answers

What to do in Boston this weekend?

My husband and I will be in Boston this weekend, and will have time Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and most of the day Sunday to do stuff. So what should we do? We've never been to the city before, and are interested in historical/cultural activities, or just walking around and looking at things. We also need a few good restaurant suggestions, but don't want to hit the bar scene. We are staying near the Boston Convention Center. We won't have a car but could get one. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Mar 13, 2013 - 20 answers

4-day trip, from Boston, somewhere warm

We've only just got our act together to be able to take the same days off work next week - so my husband and I would like to take a quick trip somewhere. BUT - I cant think where to go! We'd be departing from Boston, leaving Thursday anytime, need to be back by sunday noon. I'd prefer to not have a long drive, or a flight of more than 4 hours, given we dont have a lot of time. I think given the time constraints, we're limited to the east coast USA. But I can't get further than that... Hivemind - help us figure out how to enjoy our first break in a while! Both of us enjoy going places where there are interesting or historic area to walk around and explore, great food, art galleries to sigh over... Me: Would love to go somewhere warm. Him: ability to get outdoors, small towns or rural areas preferred - no big city (so not NYC or DC) [more inside]
posted by darsh on Mar 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Tell us about cornbread

I am at a meetup in Boston at a German restaurant (Jacob Wirth) and we have been served cornbread as an appetizer, but none of the mefites present thinks of cornbread as a German food. Can anyone tell us if there is some Germanic cuisine connection we are missing here? Hope us, please -- a half-dozen curious mefites are baffled.
posted by ricochet biscuit on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

I have two questions related to my mental health.

I'm 24, and I live in the suburbs a half-hour north of Boston. I'm about to get health insurance that includes mental care. I don't know how the private healthcare system works. How should I get a mental-health diagnosis? What doctors and therapists in the area could help me with whatever problems I may have? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Superb Owl Sunday Party

I'm hosting a football-free celebration of man's finest feathered friend, this Sunday. What owl tributes and puns do I need on the menu, on the television, on the stereo, and as decor? [more inside]
posted by enfa on Feb 1, 2013 - 23 answers

Recommend me your best vacation spots near Boston

Please recommend me your best vacation spots near Boston for an early 30s couple that likes the outdoors, history, trivia, movies, books, and good Italian food -- and prefers a trip that’s a mix of active and lazy. We’ll be in the area for a about a week around Memorial Day and want to know our options beyond the city itself.
posted by commander biscuit on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 answers

Laser Vision Correction Experiences in Boston/Brookline, MA?

It's 2013, it's the future, it's time to fire lasers into my eyes. Does anyone have any particularly good/bad experiences with offices in the Boston and Brookline area? Did you use Qualsight? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. on Jan 28, 2013 - 2 answers

Best lounges in Boston?

I'm looking for recommendations for lounges in Boston for a birthday party with around 10-15 guests. We'll all be in our early 20s. Ideally, the place will play livelier music but not blast it to the point where I have to shout to have a conversation. Price range is pretty flexible. In terms of location, closer to the financial district is preferable, so nothing near Allston, brookline, etc. This would be for a Saturday night between 8 and 11 PM and I'd like to be able to make reservations. A decent sized crowd is appreciated, as we don't want to feel like we're the only group of people in the place. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Jan 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Where should a nature lover and illustrator move to?

I am in the process of moving from my abusive family's house/city to another city with the wages I have saved over the past few years, but I have been unable to choose a city. It would ideally be affordable, and have a supportive environment for artists/illustrators with natural beauty and publishing opportunities. Do any cities come to mind? Any help would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Boston: Now What (Redux)

I have NYC-Boston down to a science. Now please help me figure out the other end of my trip to the suburbs in a sane fashion. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 14, 2013 - 23 answers

Boston on the Cheap

Know how to have a fun weekend in Boston on a budget? Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Dec 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Feed us before the show starts!

Please recommend a kid-friendly place for lunch within walking distance of the Boston Ballet. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

How to convey enthusiasm on the job hunt?

I just moved to a big city after graduating college in August. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, and I'm not the most ambitious or confident person, to say the least. I have a somewhat untreated case of ADD, but I don't take my meds anymore; I'm finding coffee and exercise are much better. Anyways, I have gotten two different pieces of negative feedback on my phone behavior with people who had the potential to give me a job; they both basically said I sounded unenthusiastic. What is a good way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by bluelights on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

This is an expensive city!

I'm moving to Boston for a new job in a month, and wondering what's the best way to go about finding a place to live. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Oct 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi?

Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Sep 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Internet HELP!

Internet in Boston: HELP! I'm getting weak signal in my apartment from my university internet. I bought a signal-enhancing antenna for my Macbook Pro, in order to try to enhance my laptop's reception of the university internet, but it didn't work and I'm not sure why. I'm trying now to decide whether to try again, possibly with another product, or whether to pay for a private provider and which one. Any thoughts would be most welcome! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Sep 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Where in Boston can I enjoy a Scofflaw cocktail?

Where in Boston can I enjoy a Scofflaw cocktail?
posted by krisken on Aug 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Boston Area Specialist in Treating Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease specialist in the Boston area? Asking for a coworker who has been terribly stricken with Lyme in the past year and wants to find someone in Boston who really can help her out. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Aug 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for suggestions for a inexpensive beach-front hotel within 45 minutes of Boston.

Looking for a inexpensive hotel within easy walking distance of a beach that's also within a 30-45 minute metro trip to the Boston aquarium. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Aug 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Parking: beancurd in beantown

Any tips for parking near Boston's Chinatown? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

How to move to Boston

Please tell me everything I need to know about the logistics of finding an apartment and moving to Boston on a month's notice. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jul 11, 2012 - 15 answers

What are the hidden secrets of renting?

We know how to buy, sell, and own a house in the burbs, but what are the secrets to renting and living in an apartment in Boston? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Where can I practice driving in the Boston area?

Where can I practice driving in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on May 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Things to see & do in Cambridge, MA before you die, aside from the education bit

Farewell, Boston & Cambridge! (What to see/do before I go) [more inside]
posted by smirkette on May 9, 2012 - 22 answers

What are some interesting human-free spaces I could film in Boston or NY?

What are some interesting human-free spaces I could film in Boston or NY? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on May 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Brighton Music Hall parking. Possible?

Where do I park near Brighton Music Hall on Friday night in Boston? [more inside]
posted by otters walk among us on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers

We can't get there from there

Why is this relatively simple flight configuration so hard to make happen? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

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