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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Are there any organizations out there that take the long view? Like, the really long view? As in influencing policy over decades or centuries? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Jul 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Where do the butterflies go?

Core attraction: does it go away? Looking to hear from people who have been in a relationship for 15+ years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Can you help me understand the end of my 2.5 year relationship?

How do I move past this constant feeling of regret and sadness? I blame myself, we mutually ended a 2.5 year long term and long distance relationship (UK and Canada). I can't believe she's gone from my life, we decided to go No Contact because I read that it is the healthiest thing to do and she's just gone, I can't comprehend it. I'm [M 22], she's [F21]. This was my first relationship with anyone and her second. I'm so inexperienced and that's why I feel that I messed everything up. I keep thinking about all the happy memories we shared together, I can't get them out of my head. It feels like we came to a permanent solution to a temporary problem, it was so sudden. I guess I'm looking for validation by asking this question which is probably a bit cheap so I apologise for it. I know I should just let this all go, but it isn't easy, I've never had a break up before. I really want closure but I know that will have to come from me. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on May 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Dating someone but it's not as fun as I'd like it to be

I've recently had my fourth date with a guy that I met online. Whilst I feel a definite connection with him, and there's a 'spark' so to speak, I don't feel like we have loads to talk about, or that the conversation flows as naturally as it could, and I also don't feel like we have as much silly fun as I'd like to have. Is this the kind of thing that could grow with time...? More details below. [more inside]
posted by pennywise_1 on Jan 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Long-term Storage in Brooklyn, NY

As I said in my last post, I'm packing up and hitting the road to travel the world for a year. I have a one bedroom apartment full of stuff in Brooklyn Heights, NY that I need to store. I'm going to try to pare down as much as possible, but I have nice furniture that I paid a good amount of money for and like, as well as art and books, much of which I want to keep. Having done some quick searching online, it definitely appears to make sense to store much of my furniture from my cost/benefit point of view, versus buying all new furniture at similar prices to what I previously spent when I get back. I'm looking for climate controlled storage for a large one bedroom worth of stuff, anywhere in the NYC area. [more inside]
posted by traveltheworld on Mar 28, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I help my friend who is verbally abusive to his partner?

My friends B and N have been together for years. They are happy together, supportive, and good people. But N is regularly verbally abusive to B, in small, sarcastic ways. It makes me (and other friends) uncomfortable. Can I do anything to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2012 - 40 answers

What's the long term & retirement like for freelancers?

What is the long-term freelancer outlook like? Where "long term" equals 10 years in until retirement? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 answers

seeking stability in an unstable life. also, I'm apparently unlovable.

Want a long-term relationship, but I'm in a geographically unstable stage of my life and everyone prefers to be friends. This sucks. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Feb 16, 2012 - 25 answers

One way first class ticket to Albequerque^WRomania

Canadian citizens with a minor child investigating a year long stay with a Romanian grandparent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I tackle long term projects?

How do you take a big, long term project and break it into reasonable chunks? What's your process? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Oct 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Where do older expatriates live?

Does anyone know of a place where expatriates live that's cheap, has good weather, and most importantly has other expats over 60 living there? To clarify 'cheap', Mexico sounds a bit too pricey for my resources. [more inside]
posted by nickji on Sep 18, 2011 - 9 answers

What to do about England?

I would like somewhere to go to read the pros and cons to various approaches to dealing with the short, medium and long term problems related to the London and England riots. [more inside]
posted by devnull on Aug 11, 2011 - 4 answers

where and how to invest a chunk of money?

Let's say we have £25,000 sitting in a current account and no debt, other than a very low-rate mortgage. We can comfortable can add approximately £5,000 a year to this amount. Investment advice please! [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on Aug 4, 2011 - 14 answers

A book to tell me what to do with my life

I'm almost finished reading The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. Can you recommend any books that are similar in approach but deal with a wider focus, that is, setting medium- and long-term goals? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Aug 2, 2011 - 3 answers

dr. jekyll and mrs. hyde

I am having a hard time reconciling why I want to break up with my boyfriend at least once a month. Please help. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jun 10, 2011 - 14 answers

Road Trip!?!?

Renting a car in the US for one month with different pick up and drop off locations for a reasonable price - possible? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Jun 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Like I couldn't tell you, I'm fine right?

So now there are now two instances of people having a speech impeding migrane on camera. [more inside]
posted by thusspakeparanoia on Mar 23, 2011 - 9 answers

standard the clash line goes here

How to deal with ambivalence in a romantic relationship? [more inside]
posted by lover on Dec 8, 2010 - 15 answers

Break up, yep.

Break-ups and the future: how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Big goals, lots of time...

Want to buy our first house... 1-2 years in the future. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2010 - 16 answers

When in doubt, ask yourself this....

RelationshipFilter: How can I look at the relationship more objectively? When I read the huge long journal entry I just wrote about my relationship, I realize he comes off as kind of a jerk. And he is kinda. But how do I know if I'm being a selfish bitch? How have you learned to draw these lines? [more inside]
posted by inmyhead on Jul 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Tips for a really good travel bag?

I am looking for a bag or travel case that is as much like a portable foot locker as possible. Requirements: less than $250, highly durable, wheels or easy movement, and space for two weeks' worth of clothes without laundry. I am in the USA.
posted by parmanparman on Apr 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Long term effects of antidepressants?

I know you're not a doctor: Do antidepressants cause long term changes to the brain (good or bad), even after they're discontinued? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me plan to build a boat

Help me think about and plan boat building. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Nov 20, 2009 - 15 answers

moving past feelings of disappointment.

how to deal with canceled plans and disappointment in long-term relationships? [more inside]
posted by sucre on May 25, 2009 - 17 answers

Should I ask her out now?

I'm moving nine hours away and she'll be closer....eventually, should I ask her out beforehand? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2009 - 18 answers

Monthly Camping Site In/Near NY

Where can I camp for several weeks at a time in the northeastern U.S. (in and around NY state)? I wanting a quiet spot that is set up to handle longterm campers? Also wondering whether there is a good guide to US campsites (ratings, etc.)?
posted by brynnwood on Apr 14, 2009 - 4 answers

How can I pick a plain picture frame that will never go out of production?

How can I pick a plain picture frame that will never go out of production? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek on Apr 13, 2008 - 7 answers

Tell me where to go.

What are some amazing adventures, anywhere on the planet, that take around 3 months to do? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Jan 25, 2008 - 13 answers

How do you stick to your long-term goals?

How do you maintain sight of your long-term goals? I chronically sacrifice long-term success for short-term gains and it's not working out for me. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Oct 16, 2007 - 20 answers

Help figure out what this disease is!

My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness? [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq on Sep 28, 2007 - 46 answers

Where does a gay Minneapolitan look for a LTR?

Advice for a gay man looking for long-term-relationship oriented prospects in the Minneapolis Metro area. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Aug 26, 2007 - 7 answers

Free long term parking in NY/NJ?

Where can I find cheap (free) extremely long term (2-3 months at a time) parking in the NY/NJ area? [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait on Aug 3, 2007 - 4 answers

When is a relationship not a relationship?

When is a relationship not a relationship? A casual-sex question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2007 - 25 answers

Traveling too light?

Should I be packing more for a year or more of teaching English in Indonesia? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Feb 25, 2006 - 11 answers

Is it over?

How do you know when a relationship is over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2005 - 10 answers

A permanent condition goes away. What's next?

After twenty years of twice-weekly migraines, Topamax has halted them completely for me; nary even a minor headache in three months. People with narcolepsy (and others with less severe sleep issues) have found a wonder drug in Provigil. Severe snorers, suffering from sleep apnea, arise from sleep studies on CPAP wondering what this strange "awake" feeling is. Cataracts disappear and vision returns. And then there's that other drug, so beloved by spammers.

What happens when a medical treatment truly changes your life? How does your life change when you've grown used to a condition over the span of years, and then in a matter of days it lifts? Any stories?
posted by dmd on Jan 15, 2005 - 22 answers

Tell me how you met your gay partner

Gay men in relationships: how did you meet your significant others?
posted by adrober on Dec 11, 2004 - 14 answers

Minneapolis Airport Parking

Where can I find information on long-term parking around the Humphrey terminal at the Minneapolis/St Paul airport?
posted by punishinglemur on Jul 14, 2004 - 3 answers

Why aren't Mars landers designed to last longer?

With all the Mars Lander attempts going on, I keep wondering why these progams spend years to design and reach mars, but design landers that last only for 2 weeks (in the case of path finder in '97) and 3 mos for the new crop of 'bots.

With all the trouble and odds against landing them on Mars, would it be that tough to design them to last a whole lot longer?

(Didn't Viking 1 + 2 work for a few years?)
posted by Fupped Duck on Jan 3, 2004 - 13 answers

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