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Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry about people's lives

I'm looking for essays, books, poetry, nonfiction, or whatever else about normal people's everyday lives and pasts, humorous if possible. I'm looking for stuff in the vein of the New York Press's old columns (like the ones Ned Vizzini wrote) or like Books of Adam. Writing that is casual, but well written.
posted by holmesian on Jun 9, 2014 - 9 answers

The horror of "casual", the heat of "summer"

I am a tall (5'11), fat (22/24), lady, soon-to-be attorney working in a downtown law office that just declared the next few months to be "Casual Summer". Help me look professional and casual and feel comfortable at the same time. Difficulty: pants. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 4, 2014 - 32 answers

New job, new wardrobe

- About 1/3 of my job will involve meeting with clients in their home environment, which is mostly going to be a shelter, SRO, transitional housing unit, or the street.
- Another 1/3 or so will be located at a hospital and in local clinics, meeting with physicians and social workers, and accompanying clients to appointments.
-The final 3rd or so of my job I will be sitting at a desk in a large, shared office, in a department that expects a business casual dress (although tolerates a diverse range of expression of business casual).
- Also, I'm a butch (masculine) woman.
What should I wear? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Fashion Emergency

What do you wear to a wedding that is "casual?" [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Apr 2, 2014 - 29 answers

I recently got engaged...now what?

I recently got engaged, and am so happy about this! But, I am not the type of girl who always dreamed about what my wedding would be like...basically, I'm more of a casual-type person who is not super into party planning (nor is the hubby-to-be). :) I feel like we need some help in figuring out how to make this wedding happen, but I don't want to get sucked into all the wedding industry stuff...we are not rich, and to the extent we will want to spend money on this, it is probably not on things like ridiculously expensive flower arrangements. So, two questions: [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Feb 4, 2014 - 32 answers

Should I continue seeing this guy who is in an open relationship?

It started out casual but a few months in I have started to develop feelings - and he still has a girlfriend who he is in an open relationship with. I know I don't want a relationship with him (open or otherwise) as we are too different, but is there any way I can make this work casually without getting too emotionally involved? [more inside]
posted by pennywise_1 on Nov 4, 2013 - 27 answers

Denim After 5

Would you wear a denim skirt to a "trendy" restaurant for dinner? Fashion advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 8, 2013 - 42 answers

Is today's casual groom attire tomorrow's 70's blue tuxedo?

We're holding a small, very causal, non-traditional outdoor wedding and are trying to figure out what the groom should wear. There is a trend in various combinations of vests, bowties and suspenders,. We're thinking about going with something like this, but we don't want it to look like a 70s blue tuxedo in a decade. We're excited about everything we've decided so far and we definitely don't want to go with something overly formal. If the groom wears a vest and tie or bowtie and suspenders, is it going to look trendy and terrible in 10 or 15 years?
posted by cnc on Jun 21, 2013 - 37 answers

yeah, yeah, sho shoe me

Mid-to-late twenties male looking to buy a pair of shoes that's more attractive than a sports sneaker and less formal than a business/dress shoe. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 10, 2013 - 29 answers

casual hookup etiquette for the post-serially monogamous citizen

After many years of monogamy followed by several years of celibacy (continually enforced by the fact that, out of raw fiscal necessity, I will continue to share a house and mortgage with my ex for the indefinite future), a chance encounter has left me with the opportunity to enjoy one (or, fingers crossed, more than one!) casual hookup(s) with a breathtakingly attractive near-stranger. Can you walk me through this process -- safety, guidelines, what to do/not do or say, etc. -- like a complete newbie? [more inside]
posted by electroshock blues on Mar 25, 2013 - 15 answers

How much of a faux pas is it to wear a backpack in business casual?

I am attending a two day long event at a graduate program in International Affairs in my local area. It is for students who have made it through the first round of admissions. Interviews and some other assessments will be conducted at this event, but there will be many opportunities for them to try to sell their graduate program to us. The event is this Friday and Saturday, and the dress code called for is simply business casual. For what it's worth, this program is in the South. The problem is that since I am a local candidate, I will be biking to the event. I don't fancy biking in my dress shoes, and somehow carrying my leather portfolio along the way. I imagine I'll be bringing my backpack in order to switch out my shoes and carry my portfolio. How much of a faux pas do you imagine this might be?
posted by SollosQ on Feb 28, 2013 - 23 answers

Quiet venue for a Wednesday night date in Tempe?

I asked out a cute person, and he said yes, but... where do I want to go tomorrow night? Looking for someplace quietish (not too crowded, quiet enough so we don't have to yell at each other, and could maybe play a game of Scrabble), pretty casual (not overly-romantic), and pretty cheap. Could just be a drink or coffee, doesn't have to be a restaurant.
posted by emumimic on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Mutant skate shoe / dress shoe

I'm looking for a good pair of sneakers that split the difference between "casual" and "work." Mostly this is for casual Fridays at my office, when I want something cool/relaxed on my feet to go with some jeans, but my ratty Converse sneakers might come off as too informal. I like the Vans Ludlow and Pritchard collections, but the shoes in those links are limited edition and appear to be gone. The newest models in those collections don't fit my aesthetic tastes all that well. Is there anything along those lines - sort of a hybrid skate sneak / dress shoe, with a playful hint at formal classiness - you can recommend?
posted by naju on Feb 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Your favorite fast casual restaurants please!

What is your absolute favorite fast casual restaurant in your city? I'm working on a project where I'm trying to get exposed to more of these by region. I would love to hear the name of your favorite soup or sandwich or burger joint in your area. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jan 18, 2013 - 69 answers

Play until your neck falls off

What are your favourite non-FPS games with local multiplayer for Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on Dec 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Casual relationships and gender norms, plus any feedback on this guy's behavior?

Mixed signals from a guy I made out with. What do they mean? Any hopes for further fun? And also, on a philosophical level, what are your thoughts on women pursuing men and differences in the rules of the game for dating versus casual fun? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Dec 12, 2012 - 25 answers

Brooklyn restaurant with a view

Another NYC/Brooklyn restaurant question: City views edition. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Nice solo NYC dinner

Where to get a very high quality but casual meal alone this Sunday evening in NYC? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Oct 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Dating with a looming relocation date

Dating within a limited time frame-- okay idea or terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer on Sep 7, 2012 - 7 answers

One Shoe to Shod Them All

I'm looking for my perfect, versatile slip-on walking shoe that is comfortable without socks and not too clunky to wear with a casual skirt/dress. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Sep 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Long-distance casual dating? Oxymoron? (Emphasis on "moron.")

How to deal with "casually dating" someone I'm head-over-heels over? He's on the other side of the world, and I miss him ridiculously. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Name me a "casual restaurant on the water" in Seattle.

"Someplace casual and on the water" in Seattle ... which restaurant should I take a party of 7 to this coming Friday night that fits these criteria? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Aug 10, 2012 - 16 answers

Like Being a Teenager

Still feel comfortable, happy and awkward around him. How can I stop the awkward part? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jun 25, 2012 - 5 answers

help me do this casual hookup thing?

looking for some NSA encounter while travelling, willing but clueless: help me do this casual hookup thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Ethics of dating too soon?

I would probably get back together with my ex if he asked me to do so, atleast today. I think I need to date other people to get him out of my head. What are the ethics of that? [more inside]
posted by athena2255 on Apr 6, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me to rescue my job, or come up with a viable alternative.

There's nothing wrong with my job. There's something wrong with me. Please help me to choose what to do. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Casual Xbox360 games to play with my girlfriend?

Looking for Xbox360 casual game recommendations [more inside]
posted by sah on Mar 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Business Casual Illustrated

I need ideas for my business casual wardrobe. I don't need theory. I would like pictures of guys in cool business casual attire like this and this that I can get ideas from. I would also like links to sites that sell nice business casual clothes online. Help me look snazzy on my first day of work!
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Help keep me warm.

I am currently studying a dance-based course at uni, which requires a day-to-day wardrobe of stretchy, comfortable clothes (leotards, singlets, leggings etc.). Easy enough. But I need warm things to chuck on over the top of my dance gear in between classes and I'm sick of trackies and hoodies. Help me find some inspiration. [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Mar 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Ultra-Casual Party Games?

Super casual party games just for those will actually participate?... [more inside]
posted by a_green_man on Jan 24, 2012 - 24 answers

My New Year's Resolution is to Stop Procrastinating

What is the best sparkling wine or champagne under 20 dollars? Also, I need help with a last-minute New Year's celebration. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 30, 2011 - 42 answers

She wants a fling, I'm wishing for a relationship

Met this incredible girl who i fell head over heels in love with. However, she's reluctant to move our relationship forward because of her past. I'm left confused and wanting more.. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Dec 13, 2011 - 20 answers

Shoes similar to Tsubos

I love the Tsubo Millay shoes I just got, and would like to get more of this type of sporty shoes that still look smart. What are some other brands I should consider? [more inside]
posted by needled on Nov 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Casual multiplayer games for the Xbox 360

Help me find casual multiplayer games for the Xbox 360. [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Nov 14, 2011 - 13 answers

How to avoid someone you're attracted to you know isn't good for you?

I am really attracted to someone I know I shouldn't be, when I'm not single and I know he is not the kind of person I should be interested in. We see each other almost every day of the week, and I'm in a new city with not many other friends. How can I find my way out of this feeling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Friends with Benefits?

Am I coming out of the left field here? No strings attached with the commitment-phobe I met a few weeks ago = bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Rinoia on Jun 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Please help me navigate the waters of fashion in the artsy west coast city office!

I am a 22-year-old female who has just been informed that I have received a prestigious arts and culture internship in my Western U.S. city's government. This is my first real job, and I'm perplexed about what clothes to buy for a professional, yet comfortable summer wardrobe. [more inside]
posted by gothchick33 on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Help a Hard-To-Fit Woman Dress Herself.

I am 5'9", an hourglass shape with a long torso-- what should I wear? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Apr 10, 2011 - 17 answers

How to get through/past the first few weeks

How do you stop yourself from caring whether someone you've just started seeing is sleeping with/will sleep with other people? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Mar 25, 2011 - 31 answers

Best Console Video Games Enjoyable in One Hour

What are the best recent console video games that can be enjoyed in an hour or less? I'll be at PAX East this weekend, and since I don't own a console newer than a Gamecube, I'd like to spend some time at the Console Freeplay. They have a library of dozens of modern consoles and thousands of games that you can borrow for an hour at a time. Lots of the big games require at least a few hours to get anywhere in the story. What doesn't? What are the best casual or semi-casual games from this generation that I can enjoy in an hour? [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Mar 10, 2011 - 22 answers

What is "winter resort casual wear"?

What is "winter resort casual wear"? I have been awarded a trip (by my company) to Aspen CO in Februrary at the St. Regis. I'm told the attire is winter resort casual, but I don't know what this means. I'm not a skier, but I am a Googler, and all I find is resort casual, which seems to indicate warmer climate destinations, or mountain casual. Nothing for winter resort casual. Help me (and my wife) understand what not to wear.
posted by tdischino on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Wii games fit for a casual gamer but with a great story

I'm looking for Nintendo Wii games that scratch my epic storyline itch but won't frustrate my intermediate skill and very intermittent play opportunities... [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Nov 29, 2010 - 24 answers

Hey! Let's hook up?

I want to initiate a causal hook up with a newly single friend. How? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 21 answers

What's a good place to meet women in Phoenix?

What's a good place to meet women around Phoenix, AZ? Aside from, of course, the obvious clubs and bars that everyone always thinks of first...
posted by ssnickerer on Oct 3, 2010 - 7 answers

My everyday cords, but in skirt form.

Help me brainstorm casual, neutral skirts that I can wear with a wide variety of colored T-style tops. Difficulty: slim-hipped, so skirt must be a full or flared cut. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 8, 2010 - 5 answers

How to dress like a man.

Help me dress like a grown up. I'm tired of looking boyish on days that I don't wear a suit and a tie. What can a wear out around town, doing errands, at restaurants that says "Yes, I am an adult. Yes, I care about the way I look. No, I didn't wear this to work." [more inside]
posted by Drama Penguin on Jul 4, 2010 - 35 answers

Small blemishes on legs - pantyhose to work?

Pantyhose to work? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Jul 1, 2010 - 33 answers

how to let other guys know of each other's existence when you are going out with more than one guy at a time?

How would you handle going out with multiple guys at the same time? [more inside]
posted by wcmf on Jun 6, 2010 - 17 answers

My new job is business casual. Where to shop?

My new job is business casual. Where to shop? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on May 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me dress like a grown-up (but not a geezer)

Last month, I finally landed my first "real" job. However, I have no idea how to dress myself -- I need to look "smart," but not overdressed. Give a geek some fashion advice! [more inside]
posted by schmod on Mar 23, 2010 - 34 answers

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