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I'm Trying To Remember A Movie Title

I'm trying to remember the name of a movie from the early 1980's, and Googling hasn't helped. The overall plot was that it took place in a small presumably California town and there was an earthquake and as a result, the water and/or the dairy supply became contaminated, and the residents started behaving in ways they wouldn't normally, like they had a loss of inhibitions or something similar. I don't remember how it ended, either. Thanks.
posted by allsafepool on Aug 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Past away or passed away?

One or two of my dictionaries say that past comes from passed,which is not common but is not wrongly spelled.Although I actually have seen it before in a reading matter,I can not find even one example for the moment.Then could you show me the evidence of that past is not the misspelling of passed?Which spelling do you write, past away or passed away?
posted by mizukko on Aug 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Letting Go & Getting Over It

Has anyone ever made a mistake that they just can't stop replaying over and over in their head? I think that I accept the mistakes that I made and the decisions that led up to it, but I keep thinking why in the world did I have to do what I did. Every day I get up and I am thinking about the past. I made a mistake that was so big that it has permanently jeopardized my future. It's been almost two years since this problem first appeared. Some things have improved since that time but other things have gotten much worse. On a scale of 1 - 10 as far as big fuck ups go, this one would be about an 11. How do you process something like this and live with it so that you're not constantly thinking about it?
posted by nidora on May 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Or should I just contact the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows guy?

I'm looking for a term (either a neologism or something that already exists) for a person who so precisely resembles someone from your past, someone whose relationship with you is unresolved and will never be resolved, that they drag up all the feelings associated with that person despite having no actual connection to them. Stuff like "dead ringer," "spitting image," "doppelganger," etc. only covers the appearance, not the emotion.
posted by Spathe Cadet on Apr 17, 2015 - 14 answers

When does avoiding the things that make you unhappy become unhealthy?

At what point does avoiding the things that make you unhappy become unhealthy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2014 - 10 answers

how much detail need one give about their sexual history?

In my past, I was very experimental. Now I'm wondering how much of that I'm obligated to tell my SO. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2013 - 48 answers

Name that movie - thriller about man goes into past

I'm trying to think of a movie where a man is having an affair with another woman. During one of the encounters while he should be watching his child, the child accidentally dies I think by falling into a pool. After feeling grieved, he goes through some sort of cave in a park and goes back in time and can make things right again. Apparently, there's something weird about the new neighborhood he's in (spoilers so I won't say more). Anybody know what the movie is called?!
posted by jamnbread on Apr 13, 2013 - 2 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

Think I can solve this privacy issue of mine?

Think I can solve this privacy issue of mine? If not, what to do if I'm "discovered"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2012 - 12 answers

The past isn't dead. It's not even past

"The past isn't dead. It's not even past." Source? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Oct 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Stuck in nostalgia; how to move forward?

Stuck in nostalgia. How to move forward? [more inside]
posted by fieldcannotbeblank on Sep 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I give this friendship another chance?

A close friend, "Tom" has just gotten engaged to somebody, "Jane", who, in the recent past, despised me for reasons unknown and said terribly hurtful things to me. I am 100% ready to be pleasant and graceful about this, but Tom wants me (and my spouse) to be good friends with Jane. I am not interested in this. Help me figure out how to navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Aug 27, 2012 - 61 answers

Now that my trip is over, what *would* it have cost to fly?

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 - 3 answers

What Was Homosexuality Like Back Then?

What was the gay lifestyle like in past times (say, pre 1970s)? How was being gay perceived? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 19, 2012 - 46 answers

If you're going through hell, keep going

How much to tell a potential new love about past infidelity [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 - 20 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

Boyfriend reconnecting with an ex, good or bad idea?

My boyfriend is catching up with an old girlfriend and I want to be okay with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 - 37 answers

how to present this?

Should, or how should, I represent this cataclysmic but plum past job in my employment history? Way, way more within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Thinking of the children

What do you say to children of your exes that find you on Facebook? Bisexual three-way snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by No1UKnow on Jul 19, 2011 - 21 answers

So long old life! How to I really put it all behind me?

What suggestions do you have for helping me put the past in a box and filing it away? [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Jul 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Missed techno-utopias

What are some compelling techno-utopian visions from the past that didn't pan out? [more inside]
posted by yourcelf on Apr 24, 2011 - 21 answers

I'm looking for old maps. No, older than that.

Does anyone know of an online resource for looking at the configuration of the continents over the eons? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 26, 2010 - 5 answers

My past is haunting the Internet, help!

A juicy, confessional article I wrote years ago, before the Internet, has been referenced, quoted, and even reprinted online without my permission. Will this hurt me with potential employers? A blizzard of special snowflakes after the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2010 - 13 answers

... And then we'd blow their minds!

What kinds of pranks and/or practical jokes could a time traveller pull on people from the past without changing history? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Aug 8, 2010 - 22 answers

The diary that we all carry about with us

How much of your life do you remember? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jun 28, 2010 - 46 answers

De profundis clamavi ad te

Ghosts-of-relationships-past-filter: How do I forget an old girlfriend, years gone by? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Is the Past more hurtful to the Future?

I've been married for just a little while now. I still have issues with handling my husband's "past." He took my virginity early in our relationship. He was with other women before me.... I don't know how to deal with this heart-sinking feeling when i think about his life before me. Advice would be gratefully appreciated.
posted by shortbus on Feb 11, 2010 - 36 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

tallying up the notches on the bedpost?

Please help me to constructively frame and endure a "let's discuss your past relationships" conversation with my SO. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 - 45 answers

Flaky Photographer

How much leeway should I give a photographer who has already missed his OWN deadlines three times now? [more inside]
posted by brandoniain on Sep 4, 2008 - 13 answers

When I was young me and my mama had beef

How do I let go of the past? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Aug 16, 2008 - 23 answers

How to help my girlfriend overcome her past?

Background info: I've been dating my girlfriend for almost 2years and we both love each other very much. However, every once in awhile she will get depressed because of her troubled past. She is my first girlfriend, while she's had a few bad partners who I would punch in the face if I ever saw them. Just to name a few, she was physically abused by one, had a "friends with benefits" she is extremely disgusted/ashamed about. Every once in awhile her past will come back and cause her a lot of suffering. I've been very patient, respectful, loving and understanding to her throughout our entire relationship. However, I feel helpless to help her overcome her past. I've suggested counseling but she thinks it won't really help. Has anyone gone through something similar? I want to help her but I don't know how? Do I just continue doing what I am doing? Thank you in advance
posted by HBomb on Jul 17, 2008 - 24 answers

How to stop worrying, and move on

How to acknowledge my situation, without acting as though I'm apologizing for my past? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Mar 21, 2008 - 21 answers

What does it mean to lack a past and future?

What is it called when you can't imagine the past or the future? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Jan 27, 2008 - 9 answers

Like Army of Darkness, but more realistic

Help me find a specific type of time travel novel. [more inside]
posted by OpinioNate on Dec 10, 2007 - 20 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Finding New Love, Leaving Behind the Old

I am working on trying to get my romantic life in order, but I seem to get tripped on one issue - how do I handle the "gaps in my resume"? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Nov 13, 2006 - 29 answers

What to Do With Letters from Exes?

What do you do with your collection of old letters from ex-significant others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2005 - 35 answers

BookFilter: Mystery from Past

Looking for Halloween-themed, pre-teen ghost mystery from the 80s. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Oct 23, 2005 - 4 answers

Looking for a fast way to get old issues of magazines

Magazine Filter: How does one get past issues of magazines without going through the publisher? I'm looking for the April 2004 issue of Esquire Magazine. The publisher takes 2-3 weeks to ship past issues... is there a better/faster way I'm missing?
posted by Lizc on Nov 10, 2004 - 10 answers

Will future politicians have to explain their Web past?

Will future politicians have to explain their Web past [MI]? [more inside]
posted by Masi on Aug 11, 2004 - 5 answers

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