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Texas Gulf Coast

What are some of your favorite things to do in Port Aransas, TX? Some friends and I have a house-share over 4th of July weekend and we were wondering what all there is to do there, good places to eat, stuff to see. Most of us have never been there (imagine that, most of us being Texans). We will all be traveling from Austin. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.
posted by ATX Peanut on Jun 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Goin' to Florabama with a banjo on my knee

Going to Gulf Shores, Alabama, the week after Labor Day weekend. We'll have a car. The beach is fun, but we are both fair-skinned sun wimps and will need interesting hikes/historical things to amuse us when it's time for shade. What should we see and do? What should we skip? We are in our 30's, amenable to visiting and enjoying a few signature Redneck Riviera highlights but mostly want to spend time together and get reacquainted.
posted by thinkingwoman on Aug 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Why can't BP do better than a leaky cap?

Why is it so impossible for BP to create a tightly sealed solution for the failed blow-out preventer in the Gulf of Mexico? Sure, there's the cap, but.. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Jul 2, 2010 - 5 answers

gulf oil spill

Where can I follow (read/watch/listen) the Gulf oil spill considering I'm suspicious of big media? (More technical than politics but still accessible to the layperson.)
posted by larry_darrell on Jun 1, 2010 - 4 answers

can't they just blow it up?

The NYTimes has an article this morning about the next trick to stop BP's oil spill in the Gulf: the "junk shot" (basically stuff a bunch of junk in the pipes to clog it). Looking at the left half of this picture I'm wondering why they can't do that dynamite trick used in There will be blood (1:14 in the clip) ... just drill down a couple hundred meters to the pipe, send some explosives in and let the earth stop the leak. Anyone know why not?
posted by pjenks on May 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Oil Spill Hands...

How do you get work as an 'oil spill hand' ? How many general laborers were hired to clean up the shoreline after the Exxon Valdez disaster? What will the potential employment scenario be for oil spill hands (general labor) in the unfolding disaster in the Gulf. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Can I scrub a sea turtle too?

I want to take my Memorial Day weekend and use it to help with wildlife cleaning/rehabbing in the Gulf. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by inmediasres on May 3, 2010 - 9 answers

working in Qatar for young women

Expat life in Doha, Qatar: I am likely to relocate in two weeks to a country I have never been to. My biggest concerns are 1) the work environment in general and specifically for a young American woman trying to get things done in an industrial, engineering position and 2) the social life for said young women, who are used to having a lot of guy friends. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Oct 8, 2009 - 7 answers

We can't stop here - this is jellyfish country!

Have you ever been to the beaches in the Charleston, SC, area in May? Is the water warm enough to swim in, and how clear is it (jellyfish? seaweed? etc)? Should we instead go further down the Atlantic coast to Tybee Island? Is our attempt to find a new beach hopeless? Should we just go back to the Redneck Riviera (read: Gulf Coast)?
posted by TheNewWazoo on May 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Moving to the Arabian Gulf

I am planning on moving to the Arabian Gulf temporarly, for reasons I don't want to go into. I am an Architect by profession, mid career. What are my chances as an American citizen? Let me simplify the question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Haunted by a pop art painting from my childhood -- who painted it?

60s pop art painting of a Gulf sign -- who is the artist? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Apr 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Freighter passage from Gulf Coast to Mexican coast?

Freighter passage from Gulf Coast to Mexican coast? Ideally, I want go from Mobile, AL to Merida [only 674 miles]. But Pascagoula, Pensacola to anywhere in Mexico is fine by me. All I've been able to find is the Schepers Line which goes from Houston to Veracruz and then onto Central America. Driving all the way to Houston. there's the carnival cruise but I'm just looking for one-way, no-frills trip.
posted by caveatz on Dec 12, 2007 - 3 answers

Help me figure out this job offer in Bahrain

I am hopeful of being offered a job in software development in a construction company in Bahrain. I have a final interview tomorrow. I am a B.E.(Computer) with 7 year experience in various software projects, currently working in a US-based software MNC in Bangalore, India. Help me evaluate this job in terms of what salary package I can expect (or rather negotiate for) and other general Hows-n-Whats about (cost of) living in Bahrain. [more inside]
posted by forwebsites on Sep 2, 2007 - 0 answers

Gulf coast Alabama, vacation?

Where to vacation on the Gulf in Alabama? [more inside]
posted by griffey on May 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Specific incident, US soldier mutilating enemy dead, 1990-91 Gulf War?

Somewhat gruesome question: Are there accounts of a specific incident (details inside) of a US soldier mutilating enemy dead in the 1990-91 Gulf War? [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Feb 18, 2007 - 6 answers

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