I haven't had many medical problems over the course of my life, but recently I had two (separate) "emergency" hospitalizations for a condition that I had been unaware that I had/have. (Complicated diverticulitis with perforation). Both hospitalizations were truly harrowing and have pretty much turned my life upside down. Very serious! In the hospital (the 2nd time) a surgeon who was on call told me that it really is not a matter of if I need surgery, but when I need surgery. (He says I need a colon resection). [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 23, 2013 -
For reasons that were mutually beneficial at face value, I sold my car to my SO's parent. However, therein lies the problem.. any way to get myself in a better situation than the one I've inadvertently gotten myself into without realizing the full ramifications of my decision? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol
on Sep 5, 2013 -
My husband and I are looking for a hip, progressive, ethnically mixed city that is not over-priced yet. We have lived in nyc, Miami and La and have been priced out of all these markets with the overpriced housing. Considering Baltimore as I heard its not completely off the charts housing wise.
I am a chef and teach cooking classes and he is in the renewable energy business and we work for ourselves.
Both of us like good food, outdoors stuff like biking and hiking and enjoy a liberal atmosphere.
Are we dreaming or might Baltimore be a good fit?
posted by privatechef
on Aug 8, 2013 -
While on facebook, I saw a group photo of Catholic priests in India at St. Alphonsa's Tomb and Chapel, Bharananganam, Pala. While I am aware that it is the norm for Catholic priests in India (and some other countries considered tropical) to wear white cassocks as their street dress, and indeed, a number of the priests in the photograph were wearing them, there was something that was truly puzzling to me in spite of growing up Catholic and having attended mass and otherwise had contact with the Catholic church in two Asian countries, Japan and Thailand. In the picture of these priests gathered at this saint's tomb in southern India, there were some among them who were wearing robes or cassocks in shades of peach or puce, and light goldenrod. I have never seen priests dressed this way in any country, and I want to know if there is some special meaning to this. (For those who don't know about Catholicism, there is a lot of symbolic meaning attached to what priests and other members of the Catholic hierarchy wear, and why. There is actually a webforum devoted to people discussing what then-Pope Benedict was photographed wearing on public occasions and the philosophical and political implications of same). [more inside]
posted by bunky
on Jul 28, 2013 -
Six weeks ago I was flying high! Nothing could go wrong in my life and I woke up every morning with the smug satisfaction that life was superb and nothing could bring me down....Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong in the last few weeks and I need help bringing myself out of this funk. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro
on Jul 17, 2013 -
A week before my former roommate moved out her dog came into heat, resulting in my own ankle biter marking everything he could hike his little leg at. Apparently in his haze of lust he decided that bathing the house in stink would boost his chances of getting a bit of action. Defiled items include the back of my couch, my box spring and the linoleum in the kitchen (where I keep him penned up when I'm out). Also some bedding and other small items I'm comfortable throwing away instead of trying to clean.
Next week I'm moving to another property under the same management and hoping to get back most of my deposits (as well as keeping in the landlord's good grace) by getting the house as minty fresh as possible before I turn in the key.
I'm looking for some low budget recommendations on getting the stench out. I would prefer they be methods that you've used with success, so if I have further questions I can actually discuss it with someone who has experience with the specific method. [more inside]
posted by myShanon
on Jun 5, 2013 -
Basically I am a SERIOUS daydreamer and while I love this about myself and it makes me-time fun etc I have been told that I seem floaty and spaced out even in social interactions and I have noticed that people don't connect with me as much/take me as seriously!! This has not affected my daily functioning, but it is becoming a problem in my personal life and also in my work life because how am I supposed to achieve my goals if people don't connect with me or dismiss me because I seem 'distracted'... I would like to be more lively and focused and I would be grateful for any advice on that (I am anticipating lots of 'meditation' but would like other suggestions if possible as meditation is torturous and I have tried it and hated it.)
posted by dinosaurprincess
on May 6, 2013 -
The four of us (2 parents, a 12, and a 7 year old) will be there at the end of June for a week. We’re looking for a place that is clean, not crazy expensive, right on the beach (or certainly not more than a few hundred yards). It’d be nice if it has an oven and a fridge, but if not we’d definitely need it to have an on-site restaurant. We’d like a beach that is “gentle” enough that the young’uns need not worry about being swept out to sea, and prefer to stay away from the big box hotels, but are really open to any good suggestion.
Gracias mil por sus sugerencias.
posted by subajestad
on Apr 11, 2013 -
I recently dated this guy whom I have to admit I liked him a lot for the sex in spite of everything else I hated about him. He is your definition of a player, he is hot and cold, talks to you one weekend, and not talk to you the next. After three months of hot and cold behaviors, I have finally decided to let him go but inside I am still hurting. Any heart to heart advice? [more inside]
posted by Likeashadow
on Apr 2, 2013 -
Is it possible for a person with dual citizenship (USA and Ireland; residing in the USA) to register and get insurance for an automobile in Ireland (the north of Ireland to be specific) if the person does not reside in Ireland? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by aelish
on Apr 1, 2013 -
Low-income housing exists, obviously, for, e.g., a mother of four children with any kind of job. But I'm a man, 53, no kids, unmarried, and work independent contractor jobs. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd
on Mar 22, 2013 -
Have an oil painting, self portrait of my old man, there is an L shaped rip around 6x4in flap. What's the best way to repair it?
posted by daveo'h
on Mar 15, 2013 -
My 80 year old mother- in- law of 30 years talks non-stop about things I am not interested in----- but the people-pleaser in me keeps listening to her politely and I end up feeling exhausted.
posted by seekingsimplicity
on Mar 5, 2013 -
I have an olive oil label printed in France by A. Oliveau & Fils graveur in Bordeaux for a grocery store or outfit in Mexico City, Cia. Abarrotera. The label looks like it is from the very early 1900s. I would like to know when Cia. Abbarrotera and/or A. Oliveau & Fils graveur was in operation.
posted by kirsti
on Feb 17, 2013 -
We're headed to England for Christmas. The plan is to fly into Birmingham and then use Stratford-upon-Avon as a home base (there are two productions that we want to see at the RSC). Are we crazy to consider renting a car and driving in England?
Pros = We'll be able to drive to other locations we want to visit; we'll be able to get to supermarkets to stock our vacation rental.
Cons = December weather (snow? ice?)? Driving a manual (will renting an automatic be cost prohibitve?)? Most importantly: driving on the left?
posted by tmharris65
on Feb 16, 2013 -
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 -
Solo January roadtrip from western Indiana to RI. Up to a week to do it in (if I really wanted to), want to visit a friend in State College, PA on the way. How can I make this the least amount of terrible? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh
on Jan 17, 2013 -
Should I trade my rebuilt title vehicle for any other vehicle, just to get an increased trade in value? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple
on Dec 31, 2012 -
What novels or movies have a vivacious, charming person drop in and change everybody's perspective or shake the place up?
posted by Fairchild
on Nov 9, 2012 -
So, SuperAwesomeGirl and I want to got France for a short vaca.
I HATE cigarette smoke and she is incapacitatingly allergic to it - like - walk through a cloud of cig smoke and cough so bad she can't walk for a few minutes. Will we hate our time in Paris? [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper
on Oct 31, 2012 -
My family is traveling to Las Vegas at the end of September. Knowing the hotels charge for WIFI, I am asking if anyone would know of a FREE WIFI spot near Harrahs on the strip? Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1
on Sep 17, 2012 -
So, work takes me to Logan, Ut where I'll spend Sunday night. I need to consume the evening meal there. I have no dietary restrictions and like all cuisines I've tried. Where would I enjoy a solo dinner in Logan on Sunday night?
posted by BrooksCooper
on Sep 7, 2012 -
Retro-Travel Filter: How much did it cost to fly roundtrip between Detroit and Philadelphia this past May (2012; leaving on 5/24 and returning 5/29)? Or, how can I figure this out? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7
on Jul 9, 2012 -
I am very much enjoying HBO's In Treatment. I was amazed by the number of episodes in each season and then learned it was originally broadcast daily on week nights. How was this managed in terms of filming, cast availability etc.? Was it filmed entirely ahead of broadcast, as I understand HBO series tend to be? it seems unmanageable and risky otherwise.
posted by Hugobaron
on Jun 19, 2012 -
I am trying to strike a balance in a romantic relationship between letting go and accepting a person for who he is, and not allowing myself to be taken advantage of. How can I find that balance? [more inside]
posted by lucy40
on May 29, 2012 -
What are you supposed to do if you can hear a private conversation between two people and the conversation is about you? [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog
on May 6, 2012 -
How difficult is it to move from East coast to West coast and find comparable work in Federal Government? Is it hard to start fresh in the LA area knowing noone? What are the biggest challenges to consider and how to overcome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 3, 2012 -
What's a good way to give a class full of people the opportunity to share email addresses? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit
on Feb 25, 2012 -
Is there a way I can transfer over 4 gigs of data to a new 4 gig Xbox 360 console by using an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan
on Feb 4, 2012 -
I graduated from college a few months ago with an IT degree, but my heart is not in it. I also just got a certification to teach English overseas. Should I work in IT or travel overseas? [more inside]
posted by deeba
on Feb 2, 2012 -
What languages use a U with a ring on it (U+016E), and how is it pronounced? What is an "incomplete infinity" (U+29DC), and why does it need a symbol? Who uses a times sign in two circles (U+2A37), and for what? And why is a small capital psi (U+1D2A) in the Phonetic Extensions block? How do I find the answer to things like this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind
on Jan 29, 2012 -
I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
posted by myShanon
on Dec 29, 2011 -
How can I put off worrying about my health enough to enjoy the holidays? Also, what should I ask my second-opinion doctor? (A couple icky details inside) [more inside]
posted by whalebreath
on Dec 13, 2011 -
Doubts about getting married after 15 years together. Please help. If you were with a woman for 15 years, you live together and were engaged but really wasn't sure if you wanted to marry her or get married at all for that matter would you feel differently about the whole relationship if the following things occurred: [more inside]
posted by WhatrightdoIhave2happiness
on Nov 13, 2011 -
Should my father in law be telling me what to do in regards to buying a house with my wife? [more inside]
posted by ljs30
on Oct 23, 2011 -
I'll be visiting the Corning New York Glass Museum this weekend with 2 college students. After a fabulous day we'll be looking for a great restaurant for dinner. Any suggestions from savvy locals? For them - fun, hip, alcohol. For me - a less than ear-splitting decibel level. Can you suggest the perfect place?
posted by citygirl
on Oct 4, 2011 -
In the last few days I've received this message when trying to watch local content on CBC or Radio Canada: "The requested video cannot be displayed in your region". Perplexed because I am actually in Canada. Has my IP address been compromised? Is there a somewhat easy not too techy fix out there.
posted by jdcasey
on Oct 1, 2011 -
I'm looking for creative places to hide things in public spaces. Probably a good question for scavenger hunt and geocache junkies. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist
on Sep 19, 2011 -
My boyfriend and I are moving in together, and he wants to bring two very large, very ugly (to me) pieces of furniture with him, as they are of sentimental value to him. All I ask is that he puts the pieces in storage, because the items are just not things I want to look at on a daily basis. (Apologies for a long post inside). [more inside]
posted by Everydayville
on Sep 16, 2011 -