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So the guy fills his foot with diesel fuel and...

When I was very young, I once heard my late father tell a friend a joke that was in the first person. Being an impressionable kid, I took it as a true story, to the point of retelling it at a family gathering only to have my father swoop in and scoop me up before I could finish the (presumably at least a little off-color) punchline. I remember his horror at seeing my repeat the joke, but I'm fuzzy on the setup and I have no recollection at all of the punchline. All I remember is that it involved a construction worker who steps on a nail that goes right through his foot and a cagey older worker who advises him to "fill the hole with diesel fuel." Does anyone know this joke?
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 28, 2014 - 1 answer

Dream?

Apologies if this sounds crazy. I suddenly had a memory from my past, to a very minute detail. But, I have a gut feeling that this was actually a recurring dream I used to have very regularly a long time ago. However ... I can't decide if it is something I made up just now. I'm not sure that was the best way to put into words exactly what I'm feeling, so please read on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me impress my friend by figuring out what book we're remembering

I was at lunch with a friend of mine and the conversation turned to escargot. She said, "I remember reading a book when I was a kid where the girl went out to a fancy restaurant, and she accidentally ordered escargot because she didn't know what they were." [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Mar 17, 2014 - 27 answers

Children's Book Including a Spaghetti Sandwich

My partner and I were remembering our differing childhood experiences of homemade spaghetti. At one point, she brought up using the leftovers in a spaghetti sandwich. I've never had one, but this triggered a vivid memory of a favorite picture book which had at least one illustration of a spaghetti sandwich. Among other odd sandwiches, possibly. I'd love to remember the title of the book and, ideally, see that illustration. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Jan 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Cookery books that don't have recipes in them

What are some books, cookery or otherwise about food, that contain stories about people's memories of/experiences with food and eating? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jan 11, 2014 - 60 answers

Creative MeFites! How about some help?

What are some creative things I could make using a list of memories? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Nov 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Iconic buildings/symbols of Astoria or Queens

I'm wanting to do a project similar to this, but for Astoria (specifically, if possible) or Queens (generally, if that works out better). So basically, I'm looking for suggestions of iconic people/places/things that represent the neighborhood and/or borough, and would evoke fond memories for folks who have lived there. I'm not going to be taking photos, so I'm not limited to things that currently exist or that are concrete (as a terrible example of this, I mean that an apple could represent "the Big Apple"). I've already thought of Shea Stadium and the World's Fair stuff in Flushing Meadows (QMA, Unisphere, NYState buildings, etc.) What am I missing, Queens-folk?
posted by unknowncommand on May 21, 2013 - 8 answers

how do I remind myself of this moment all the time

I just found out two days ago that I won a nationally competitive award/grant. I have a big ambitions for my career and certainly hope this is not the last, but it is the first recognition at this level. I am so pumped to do what I do. I want to always remember this moment. I usually buy a nicer-than-i-otherwise-would version of an everyday object to remind myself of very important moments in life. A 10-dollar silver ring that i wear everyday; a pen, etc. But this time I am out of ideas. What can I do/get to commemorate this moment?
posted by atetrachordofthree on May 3, 2013 - 15 answers

My memories are debilitating me.

I had a pretty violent childhood. I thought I had compartmentalized all of this crap over the years, but it's all the sudden coming back with a vengeance. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2013 - 32 answers

Stuff. What the heck to do with it?

What do most people do with all the cards, letters, notes, trinkets and other crap that gets collected over the years? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Jan 3, 2013 - 52 answers

Give me some amazing ideas for our family Thanksgiving/reunion/jamboree!

My parents and several siblings and spouses are renting two large houses Thanksgiving week for 10 adults and 11 children (ranging in age from 3 to 19). We love and adore each other, and we're all excited about this week. Help me think of things to do ahead of time or during that would be amazing. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on Nov 12, 2012 - 8 answers

I've just been down the gullet of an interstellar cockroach. That's one of a hundred memories I don't want.

How does one go about intentionally forgetting something? [more inside]
posted by bpm140 on Sep 2, 2012 - 20 answers

How can we get people to tell us stories about my mother-in-law?

My (beloved) mother-in-law died after a year with lung cancer and we will be having a big memorial for her this weekend. What can we do to capture stories and memories from her family and friends? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

Several years ago, my husband's close friend died suddenly. Now the friend's oldest son is graduating from high school, and his wife asked my husband (and others) to pass on some personal accumulated wisdom and memories. What kinds of things should we address? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Get tons of family photos, letters and ephemera?

Where can I legally get/buy people's printed family photographs, entire photo albums, letters and personal ephemera? I might need hundreds of these and they must be originals. If the items were somewhat dated, say at least 20 years, that would be nice. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Too Dramatic for a Dramatization?

Another question about a TV memory, but this time more definite. In Pirates of Silicon Valley, was part of the Woz at HP scene edited out of releases after the original TNT debut? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Apr 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Brides of Christ, Lock and Load

I am writing a piece that includes a child's experiences in a Catholic elementary school in the early 60s. I was looking for memories of the details specific to such a place. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Apr 9, 2012 - 30 answers

How do I deal with the ghosts of bad relationships past?

Some years back, I got out of a really bad(/abusive/weird) relationship. My life is so different and so much better now, and I truly thought it was behind me. But recently, out of nowhere and eight years later, I keep getting this itch to talk/think about it all in gruesome and miserable detail. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by smockpuppet on Dec 16, 2011 - 21 answers

Wanting catharsis

When I was a a teenager, my mom would stand with her face six inches away from mine and say things to me that struck me as being absolutely dreadful. [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Dec 8, 2011 - 31 answers

Need source for scrapbook pages

Where can we get 12"x12" strap-hinge pages for old-style Creative Memories albums? Or should I bail and switch to a new format? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Dec 6, 2011 - 2 answers

What is the story of this Jazz story?

Somewhere in the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, a musician who played with John Coltrane remembers a story about Coltrane defending one of his musicians with violence in some way, and then ends the story with the punchline: "You have to be willing to Die for a motherfucker." Who was that speaking? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 1, 2011 - 4 answers

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

How can I let go of past abuse?

Is it possible to let go of past injuries? My parents were abusive when I was growing up (both physically and emotionally) and I have been dealing with depression and anxiety ever since, with medication and therapy. Now, though, they have changed (really), and I'm trying to figure out how to let go of what happened and have a good relationship with the people they are now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 - 16 answers

How to emotionally recover after losing all material possessions in a burglary?

What are some practical steps I can do to keep sane after a robbery and try to pick up the pieces of my memories? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Sep 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Best. First. Day. Ever.

Teachers of Metafiilter: Give me your first day/week of school hacks. Also for non-teachers: What are your best first day of school memories? When you think of your favourite classes in high school, what stands out? [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 11, 2011 - 32 answers

How do we prepare for a future without someone we love?

My mother-in-law just got a serious cancer diagnosis and will likely have less time with us than we thought. How can I make sure that my daughter knows her even if she isn't around? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jun 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Like StoryCorps, but with more beer.

At our upcoming family reunion (the first in a good seven years), my mother wants to run an audio "story booth" where family members can come and tell stories to be preserved for posterity. Can y'all think of any tips -- before, during and after -- to help this run smoothly and get the most interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Movie-like memories

Some of my best memories, when I think back on them, become more cinematic than linear, more musical than factual. They are a flowing montage of events, energy, motion. Often the memory is of an adventure or journey. Why does this happen? Who has written or made art about the capacity for our memories to be transformed in this way? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on May 27, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me track down this band from 2004

I saw a performance back in 2003 or 2004 in a (now-defunct) art space in Columbus, OH named the BLD, and I want to track down information about the band but can't seem to find anything. Inside find a big braindump of my various memories of them so you can help me figure this out... [more inside]
posted by zempf on Mar 9, 2011 - 2 answers

How to preserve travel memorabilia?

Looking for cool and unique ideas about what to do with tickets, boarding passes, photos, etc. from a trip. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 7, 2011 - 12 answers

WASH THIS MAN RIGHT OUTTA MY HAIR

How can I enjoy things that are tainted with memories of my ex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 - 23 answers

One hundred memories...

Our 10-year wedding anniversary is coming up in 2 weeks. I'm compiling a list of 100 (or maybe more) memories. How can I present the list to my husband? [more inside]
posted by georgiabloom on Nov 4, 2010 - 17 answers

What positive or negative experiences do you remember from speech therapy when you were a kid?

Did you have speech therapy as a kid? Did you have experiences from your speech therapy sessions that traumatized or empowered you? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Sep 10, 2010 - 45 answers

Forgetting and Failing to

Please help with my writing project on the kinds of memories that visit you over and over again and annoy, non-plus or disturb you. I’ve got my own examples and some of the most common (e.g., irritating songs). What involuntary memories do you have—that you wish you didn’t? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 25, 2010 - 16 answers

UMass People's Market rice & beans recipe?

UMass Amherst - between '90-'94 - People's Market: I used to get a plate of rice and beans for lunch almost every day for a couple of years from People's and I am CRAVING that exact dish hardcore. I remember brown rice, red wine vinegar as a condiment - but what type of beans and what was in them, if anything? IIRC, it was like $1.00. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on May 17, 2010 - 12 answers

The last time I played with a four year old I was four

Is a four year old too young to enjoy/remember going to see basketball? [more inside]
posted by golakers on Apr 5, 2010 - 24 answers

What is the recipe for these grandmother cookies?

I'm looking for a recipe for a very specific cookie I ate as a youngster. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Dec 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Tired of all the cliche's

Harry and I got married when I was 42. Ours was a rocky relationship at its worst and absolutely riveting at its best. Even today the passion we share and yes, even the fights we occasionally have are intense, but all the laughter, that is what kept us together. We are sharing our 25th wedding anniversary on our wedding day this December. We are writing vows and I wanted to know what are the little things in relationships that made you love someone the most? I feel like all the things I want to say are cliche I need inspiration. I don't want to disappoint him.
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Suggestions for a Book of Memories?

Grateful for inspirational suggestions for a contribution to a "Book of Memories" for my brother's golden wedding anniversary. [more inside]
posted by aqsakal on Oct 12, 2009 - 5 answers

A ladder left behind

[FearFilter]: 15 years ago I experienced an imminent death/serious injury moment that turned out ok. However, I still feel physical chills and tingly feelings even thinking about it. Am I the only one or is this common? Thoughts and stories appreciated. The science is a huge bonus. [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 28, 2009 - 19 answers

How to label pictures before putting into albums?

How do I label pictures I'm putting into albums? [more inside]
posted by gtr on Jul 31, 2009 - 5 answers

I'm smarter only in my dreams. Literally.

I just had a dream in which I could remember dates, names, and lyrics (correctly) that I could not recall in my waking life. Why can't I draw upon the same pool of stored information in my brain when I'm awake? Can I change this? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on May 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Experiencing an emotional crisis. Should I contact this girl?

I need to get this off my chest. At the moment my emotional state is all out of whack. To the point that it is beginning to adversely affect my daily life. I cannot think as clearly as I used to since my mind is drifting. I keep experiencing daydream-like flashbacks of certain points in my childhood, all dealing with people I wish I was still around with. It's not like I completely stop whatever I'm doing and think about these things, but they are always in the back of my mind, like a subconscious memory that is stuck. Basically, I think memories of this one girl I knew way back when are bringing this on. Should I get in touch with her, despite the fact I now live thousands of miles away? [more inside]
posted by dadaluma on May 9, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I make my travel memories better?

I want to know how to remember my future travels better. I look back at some old travel pictures and think it was all a dream. What do YOU do? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Apr 8, 2009 - 19 answers

what to put in a newborn time capsule ?

My nephew/niece is due any minute now. I'm planning a "do not open until 2019" sealed box. Besides newspapers of the day and screenshots of a few websites and bearing in mind that I live in Belgium, what would you put in his/her time capsule ?
posted by Baud on Mar 22, 2009 - 24 answers

Looking at those youtube videos of people taking pictures of themselves every day for years, I find i want to do it too.... but HOW?

Looking at those youtube videos of people taking pictures of themselves every day for years, I find i want to do it too.... but HOW? [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Jan 27, 2009 - 12 answers

Unwelcome flashbacks

My past experiences are coloring my perception of the present, my personal life is crashing into my professional life, help me make it stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2008 - 17 answers

The little people and the big old fashioned car?

Here we go with another one of those 'help me remember something from a bizarre series of random images' questions! When I was a kid (we're talking approx 1973 to 1978, with maybe a year or two on either side) i had a record that came with a storybook. From very vague memory, you listened to the record and you turned the pages of the book in time with a specific sound (though I could be wrong). Here's where the memories get very random (all of the following may or may not be true): the story involved tiny people, they lived in a forest, next to or near a house, children lived in the house (or were visiting the house), with an older man (a grandfather?), who had a big old-fashioned looking car. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Sep 24, 2008 - 10 answers

What made your happy childhood memories happy?

What happy memories do you have of being a young child that make you think either "those were good times" or "that was good parenting"? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Aug 12, 2008 - 64 answers

ex girlfriend past memories nostalgia

When will I stop thinking about my ex? She's starting to pop up in my cavernous head again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2008 - 13 answers

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