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Suggestions on reducing traffic noise in a high rise apartment?

Anyone have any suggestions for sound dampening in a high rise apt near a freeway? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Should I buy a car with 170,000 miles on it?

Good maintenance/car history/reliability/price versus everything else [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jul 29, 2014 - 19 answers

Venting boiler out the side of a building.

I am doing a renovation and I'd prefer to move the boiler to a location where I have to vent horizontally, under a porch that is 7' wide. Do I have boiler options that allow this. I currently understand that a regular boiler must vent straight up. A high efficiency boiler can vent out the side wall. However, I don't know if you can vent a high efficiency boiler out 8' horizontally.
posted by alcahofa on Jul 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I get better insurance than employer offers?

My husband's new job only offers one plan: a high deductible plan with $5,000 and $10,000 deductibles. We both have chronic illnesses with lots of medications and several doctors. We cannot afford to pay out of pocket for everything. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Apr 7, 2014 - 19 answers

Film Suggestions About Women

Hey! I'm looking for movies about women who want to be high class and/or rich and famous. Not a "Cinderella" type story but one that is darker... Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Mar 7, 2014 - 39 answers

What's it like being gay in high school these days?

Adult gay man here. I wasn't out (publicly) in high school, and nobody else was either. In fact, I remember people still talking about "that one gay guy" who had graduated something like five years before me. I drove to colleges to meet people. What's it like these days? Is it generally no big deal? Is it common to take same-sex dates to events? Does anybody care?
posted by LastOfHisKind on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

STEM Education and Mentoring Ideas for High School Girls?

Through work I am co-leading an effort to do STEM outreach at a local high school. There are several different groups as part of the effort. One group is focusing on mentoring and another is running an app building contest, etc. I am working with the group whose job it is to encourage women and girls to get involved in STEM course tracks, specifically IT. [more inside]
posted by seesom on Feb 6, 2014 - 5 answers

High pitch pulse sound coming from stereo receiver

I am getting a high pitch sound coming out of stereo in a pulse that would make a dog loopy. I do not have a sophisticated setup. The stereo is plugged into the wall. Apple TV is plugged into wall and TV. Router plugged into power strip along with DVD player. I switched out all RCA plugs and speaker wire. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommend me some high quality hair clippers?

After watching this scene from Full Metal Jacket, my SO wanted to get a pair of similar quality clippers.  He has shaved his head by himself for more than 10 years but often complains of clippers that clog, or have a slow motor or "miss spots".  He was blown away by the clippers in that Full Metal Jacket scene.  After searching online Wahl seems to make good ones. Can anyone recommend me some good high quality clippers? He shaves his head with no guard on the blade down to 1/8".  
posted by denimchair on Dec 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Fun school club ideas?

I'm a high school teacher and I want to start a club for my students that's just about having fun. [more inside]
posted by figaro on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

How does Leslie Knope do it??

How to 'fake it' and keep faking it/how to be more high-energy in social interactions [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Men's trousers: flat front, high waist. Help?

I wear a suit or dress trousers most days to the office, and am looking to replace some of my wardrobe. I've gone to a few mens' clothing stores, but have struck out looking for high-waisted, fitted but not tight, flat front men's trousers. (Details/snowflake/etc inside) [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Nov 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Any thoughts on the safety of giving cats Sleepytime Tea?

Sleepytime Tea gets my cat high, I found out accidentally after dropping a tea bag. I mean, catnip high. Any thoughts as to whether it would be dangerous to cats? Is this a just say no to drugs situation or a pass the pipe situation?
posted by angrycat on Oct 6, 2013 - 14 answers

St. Louis Cardinals Socks

Looking for a place to buy the St. Louis Cardinals "high sock sunday" socks. Can anyone help me? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Need statistics to convince my students they should learn to touch-type.

Please help me find statistics to convince my high school students they should learn how to touch-type. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 11, 2013 - 38 answers

What are some alternatives to going to college?

What are some options for a bright young man who wants to delay college? It can be volunteer-based, overseas, career ideas, special programs, alternate ideas of how to approach higher learning...anything. The main thing he wants is real-world experience outside of a classroom, something that will help him grow as a person and help him learn what he wants out of life. [more inside]
posted by piratesriding on Aug 10, 2013 - 38 answers

So my son wants to enlist...

So my bright, handsome hs senior son wants to enlist in the Marines. I am wrestling with a few things. He has always wanted to join the military so this was not unexpected. What is unexpected is 1) he always wanted to join the Army 2) he always wanted to do ROTC. Now he has been online with some military forums and he has decided he really wants to be on the ground doing engineering stuff (he’s thinking electrical engineering). He’s met with the recruiter, we’ve met with the recruiter and all sounds good. But I am having a hard time as a mom getting over the change of plan, enlisted vs officer, also the Marines vs any other military branch. I think of Marines as the branch that takes the biggest brunt of foreign involvement - as in really dangerous. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Aug 2, 2013 - 48 answers

Technical Theater for Kids

I'm trying to find out if there are summer programs for kids (~13-15) who want to get involved in technical theater or backstage work in NYC. There seem to be a lot of paid summer acting classes, but I'm not sure where to find or look for backstage volunteer work for young people. If anyone has specific programs or places to start looking, I'd appreciate it.
posted by edbles on Jul 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Exchange Student to Scotland

My daughter is interested in studying abroad in Edinburgh for the equivalent of her 10th grade year (fourth year in Scotland). She has an open invitation to live with family friends in Edinburgh. However, there is zero information on how we can do this without help from an official exchange student program. The internets is no help. What are the steps we need to go through to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket on Jun 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Nervous blood pressure

YANMD. My husband gets very nervous at the doctor, and as a result, even for a routine check up, has very high blood pressure every time the doctor takes it. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 30, 2013 - 33 answers

Help for balloon [wo]man

What can I do in the short term to feel better while losing weight when everything seems to make me gassy, swollen and uncomfortable? My doctor's answer to everything seems to be "Lose weight!". That's not going to help these problems in the moment. TMI descriptions follow... [more inside]
posted by jezemars on May 7, 2013 - 24 answers

how to find a user for that place ?

My mother still owns that building in a village, south of France. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you start a new business ( private cooking classes) in Asheville, nc

I am considering moving to Asheville and hear a lot about how hard it is to make a living there and how over saturated it is already with entrepreneurs. I am in my mid 50's and have been a successful private chef who is now teaching cooking in various small schools and in private homes. I am not thrilled with the northeast weather and thought of Asheville as a relocation spot. Having just visited there it seemed there is a lot of food buzz going on- I know it's a "foodie" town and think I might be able to succeed there. I am concerned about the rising cost of buying a house in the area and that I could find enough work there. Any input?
posted by privatechef on Feb 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Recent New York assault weapons law: I need clear information.

New York enacted the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Where can I find some clear, non-looney, information on how this effects me and my firearms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Transfer from a private school at the beginning of next school year

Dear Interlocutors from Ask MetaFilter, Please help me understand if the sequence of the steps I figure out to transfer my son Edoardo from a private school in New York State to the New York City public school system is correct. Unfortunately the staff of the High School Enrollment Office is very laconic. 1) I have Edoardo's current school complete the "Out of City Request Form" 2) I fax the HS Enrollment Office 2 documents as a proof we are residents in New York City 3) I enter my high school choices in priority order on my "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form". My question is: where may I find this form? 4) I return the completed and signed "Round 2 and New Schools Choice Form" to my guidance counselor. Here my question is: who is my guidance counselor? Best, teebay [more inside]
posted by teebay on Jan 24, 2013 - 5 answers

How to make my voice sound DEEEEEP?

Metafilter, I am a tall and fit guy but my voice is high and nervous sounding. Are there any methods to deepen my sissy voice and make me a paler version of Morgan Freeman? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jan 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Appealing high school suspension?

Brother suspended for three days from his high school in California, due to 1. "racist comments"- from an off colour joke and 2. refusing to tell an officer his name. Is the disciplinary action taken equivalent to his behavior? How can we go about appealing it,if so? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze on Jan 18, 2013 - 50 answers

Building a carrer

So let me explain my situation, I'm a junior in high school, almost 17, and am starting to think about the future. I have found my passion, building. I'm taking a shop class, and I freaking LOVE it. I used to be at the top of my class, and then I started doing very bad in high school, not sure what happened. It became like a confidence spiral where I wouldn't do something cause it was hard (laziness), get behind, miss more, etc etc. Fast forward 2 years. I took shop, where I became good friends with the teacher, have 100% in it, make amazing things, and absolutely love it. I only have it every other day, and its all I look forward to. I think it's what I would like to do for the rest of my life. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Oct 4, 2012 - 37 answers

How does one become a High School Russian teacher

How do I go about getting hired for a position that doesn't exist: a High School Russian teacher? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Sep 28, 2012 - 20 answers

a woosh and a shift and the land that we...wait your car is making that noise...?

i hear cars coming up my road, and when they obviously shift to the next gear, i hear a "whoosh" of "air" or something else. what is that? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Sep 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Are old friendships really that much richer than new ones?

Is it really so bad that I don't have friends from high school anymore? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Aug 14, 2012 - 57 answers

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones?

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Midlife relationship question

I recently met online a former high school boyfriend from 25 years ago. We've seen each other briefly at reunions, but now we are both single and he is over the moon with me before we've even had a chance to meet in person again, which will happen tomorrow. I am confused and overwhelmed by his interest in me, how do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by waving on Jul 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I go to my 10 year high school reunion?

10 year high school reunion this weekend. Wasn't going to go, now have second thoughts. My life isn't great and have underachieved. Is it worth going to for curiosity? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jun 26, 2012 - 30 answers

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate?

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Feb 19, 2012 - 16 answers

How to stop getting schooled by school?

How can I stop being so freaking miserable in school? I hate school so much, and I have no idea how to stop being so depressed about it all the time. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jan 30, 2012 - 38 answers

As a tutor, how do I communicate with underprivileged, urban high school students?

As a tutor, how do I communicate with underprivileged, urban high school students? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Jan 15, 2012 - 15 answers

My wrists hurt again, because I got high.

I used to suffer from tendonitis, but I thought I had it licked. Now, after using marijuana, I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Jan 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to get smokable herbals online

Any decent "legal highs" and if so any decent web sites to purchase from? [more inside]
posted by Folkways on Nov 9, 2011 - 15 answers

Jump-land from high cause rectum pain

I am male. When I jump down from a fence, why is there a sharp pain in my rectum? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2011 - 9 answers

What ingredients make for great sex for you, women? Honest questioner seeks honest answers

Women, what makes a sexual experience rank high for YOU? I'm not just asking about technique, but the whole ball of wax. What makes it the best for you? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Aug 27, 2011 - 48 answers

Football virgin! Help!

I'm going to be a sophomore in high school, and I wanna play football for the first time. What do I need, and what should I expect? Practice starts in 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jun 30, 2011 - 11 answers

"Natural high" = good, right?

I've recently discovered that when I stretch backwards with my arms above my head while holding my breath, I sometimes get a super-trippy laughing-gassy lightheaded rush for about (no longer than) ten seconds. So: How bad is this for me? Am I killing loads of brain cells?
posted by Jonathan Harford on Jun 14, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I get my little brother for high school graduation?

What should I get my little brother for high school graduation? [more inside]
posted by angsolom on May 25, 2011 - 37 answers

Reading on Research in the Digital Age

Summer short course filter: Fun readings on the internet, the future, and research in the digital age for high school teachers. Help a librarian plan a syllabus! [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Apr 28, 2011 - 5 answers

want to turn low res web image to higher res print ready image

What are some websites, software or photoshop plug ins to turn a low resolution image (ie. something I grabbed from the web) into a high resolution image (ie. something that I can use to print)? Something that is good enough to make the image look good at 16 by 11 or so. [more inside]
posted by barnacle fan on Apr 21, 2011 - 9 answers

High altitude day hikes in California.

High altitude day hikes in California. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

How high the temperature?

I can't believe I'm asking this, but I couldn't find an answer anywhere: what do the daily high and low temperatures provided with weather forecasts mean? I always thought they put a boundary on the range within which the temperature is predicted to fluctuate, with no particular assumption that those temperatures would be reached; however, I've recently had a few friends tell me that those numbers represent the predicted maximum and minimum temperatures that will actually be reached in the course of the day. Which is it?
posted by invitapriore on Feb 25, 2011 - 21 answers

What on Earth is this?

What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
posted by jcrcarter on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I capture a high quality image from a movie?

How can I get a high quality image of this still from the movie "The Graduate" to use for a wall poster? [more inside]
posted by grimace636 on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

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