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Secret languages of couples

I'm looking for a (Tolstoy?) quote about how couples develop a private language based on shared references and experiences, and how it's tragic when a couple breaks up because this language is lost. [more inside]
posted by Paul the Octopus on Sep 16, 2014 - 9 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

A different kind of erotic experience

What is the most erotic paid experience a heterosexual man in California can have that is totally legal, something done in person and not online, and is neither a strip club or a massage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me become a bomb-ass hip-hop dancer in New York City!

Where do you find great hip-hop dance classes in NYC? I have never taken a dance class before. I am interested in private instruction or intimate classes (NOT a gym class...). I would like to learn as quickly as possible, in a structured way. I don't expect to go from 0-60 overnight, but I will put in some serious work. I tend to prefer methodical approaches to learning new skills with clear goals. I'm most interested in hearing about personal experiences and recommendations.
posted by yaymukund on Nov 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Selling domains in 2013

I have a private offer to buy a domain that I registered with Network Solutions. It's not worth much, and I'm selling for less than $200. After some email communication, I'm happy to just trust the buyer to deposit funds in my Paypal account. Question: How do I actually do this in 2013? Do I have to use a domain escrow service and then eat the commission fee? I seriously cannot figure out how to do a direct person-to-person transfer/sale without using escrow. Every search for "transfer domain" points to transferring back to Network Solutions. Every search for "sell domain" points to escrow services. I'm stumped and turn to you. Please explain it to me like I'm in elementary school. Thanks.
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Nov 14, 2013 - 4 answers

how can I avoid answering standard, polite questions?

I hate responding to small-talk interrogations. I'm a private person, and I just don't feel ok with giving relative strangers answers to personal-feeling questions, even though the questions themselves may be fairly innocuous. I also get confused and flustered when people ask me a lot of questions, and I will make mistakes, even though they are about me. How can I avoid answering these kinds of questions? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Sep 20, 2013 - 26 answers

Benjamin!!

Is Eileen Brennan the only person to be nominated for an Oscar and Emmy for playing the same role? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Aug 2, 2013 - 6 answers

How to locate a lost relative.

I recently found out my deceased Father had a daughter from a previous relationship. I know her maiden name, but not much else. Should I hire a private investigator or will an online "people finder" suffice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 4 answers

All the shiny products, or just a simple bar of soap?

How do you deal with competing desires to track and have things, histories, libraries (bookmarks, favorites, notes, saved emails, filled-up calendars, etc) and yet also be unattached and minimalist (get rid of things, be unhindered, untraceable, simple and de-cluttered)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I make my Amazon "Hope To Read" list private?

A google search of my name revealed an Amazon "Hope to Read" list that I didn't know existed. This is a public record of the books I've bought and, for kindle books, how much I've read of each. I've tried looking through Amazon's settings and googling this question--how do I make my books private? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Apr 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Can you please help me to free my car?

Hello Everyone, So my car is currently impounded at a private tow lot in New York City as it has been for the past 5 weeks. I only received notification from the police department by mail in the past few days. When I called up to the tow lot this morning and spoke with the general manager, he informed me that my car has already racked up almost $1400 (!) in storage fees at $27/day. (The police document said only $17/day). He also said that he had sent a package to me on 1/26, but I still haven't received it yet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2013 - 24 answers

Can corporations provide the same social safety net as charities and the government?

Someone made a comment on the blue recently about "this is what happens when private companies are put in charge of" some sort of social service and it got me thinking. I'm interested in any recent books or articles that give a good account of what goes right or wrong when private enterprise provides social services that charities and government-funded programs currently provide. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Oct 15, 2012 - 17 answers

Facebook showing private messages

Facebook showing private messages. Has anyone noticed that PMs are showing up in the timeline? I've personally seen some of my own PMs on a friend's wall. Facebook of course, denies it all.
posted by xmattxfx on Sep 26, 2012 - 21 answers

From which U.S. companies can an international student on an F-1 visa in the U.S. buy a legit health insurance? I

From which U.S. companies can an international student on an F-1 visa in the U.S. buy a legit health insurance? I can't use my school's because I will be reducing my course load from full-time to part-time :/
posted by MiuMiu on Sep 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Tournament software?

Looking for a website that lets me do this: For a set group of people, each submits a message. You can see who's sent a message, but not what the contents of the message are. When everyone's submitted a message, all the messages are revealed. This is for an online Magic: the Gathering tournament - we're having everyone submit an entry before anyone sees what anyone else submitted.
posted by LSK on Sep 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Do I tell an old coworker that her "private" pictures are online?

Do I tell an old coworker that her "private" pictures are online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Looking for a private shared address book

Looking for a shared private address book phone app. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Aug 27, 2012 - 3 answers

mental health will drive you mad

I need mental health insurance. Spouse's might have lapsed from the old job. The new job has crappy insurance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Paying a ticket for Standard Parking

Standard Parking, owners of a private parking lot, gave me a ticket by shadey/scum-bag means, I want to combat this, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by sharkbot1957 on Mar 10, 2012 - 21 answers

How to get private insurance when planning a move out of state

I have questions about applying for private insurance given that my family would like to get a quote (and hopefully a policy) so we can move to a different state. [more inside]
posted by questionsandanchors on Mar 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Private death

An acquaintance from high school recently died at the age of 22. His family decided to keep the cause of death private. Help me out here -- why would they choose to do that? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Feb 20, 2012 - 64 answers

An "American" Doctor in London?

Looking for an American-style (doesn't have to be actually American!) private family doctor in London. Any suggestions for where/how to look? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 - 4 answers

YouTube the Snitch

YouTube sleuthing question: When you're logged in, the home page shows a timeline of activity from all the accounts you've subscribed to. This is activity like uploading a new video, or liking/favoriting someone else's video. You can also click on a username to see that person's individual activity feed. What circumstances could cause an action to appear in the main feed, but not in the personal one for that user? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2011 - 5 answers

How to maintain online privacy

How to maintain online privacy and NOT be searchable as someone else's friend social networking friend? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Yeah, I'm probably just bring greedy...but I'm curious.

Selling my car to a private party before lease term expires, how to maximize potential profit and deal with sales tax issues? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Sep 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Help, please! VPN-enabled wireless router not working

How do I connect my Witopia VPN wireless router to my ISP's wireless router? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Sep 21, 2011 - 1 answer

Private investigator wanted in Washington DC / n. Virginia

Looking for recommendations for private investigator / detective in Washington DC and northern Virginia area. If you know of anyone good, please suggest. Thanks.
posted by miomiomio on Sep 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Have you hired a private investigator?

Have you hired a private investigator, for any purpose? I am considering doing this, and I would like to hear experiences from people who have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 - 11 answers

What is the definition of private domain registration?

What is the definition of private domain registration? I recently registered a domain via gandi.net and was surprised to find that even after selecting their "private domain registration" service my first and last name had been published via whois. [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on Jun 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Oh god, I'm another blogger wannabe.

Cliche alert: I'm thinking of starting a blog. However, since I don't have a specific theme yet (um, haven't picked something to do for one year that will result in a book contract:)..just kidding), I would prefer to have it only viewed by close friends at first. Is there a way to do this? I'm looking at blogger.com right now to start. I am not very tech, but I have a lot to say!:) so am looking for an outlet (secure at first, to prevent major embarassments if it doesn't work out) with which to do that. Any advice? (Basically I am planning on making a lot of changes this year, wish to document them, and any other random life observations/stories and have all of that readable/viewable by close friends at first and maybe expand from there.) Is this possible?
posted by bquarters on May 15, 2011 - 14 answers

How to retain a private investigator to track down phone number?

My dad's car was stolen last night with his phone inside. I have a record of messages and calls made from the phone after it was lost. Police report was filed, but can a private detective help? Recommendation for one in Oakland, CA? Cost and prior experience in retaining one appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2011 - 3 answers

INFINITELY WEALTHY AND HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

Who secretly, and LEGALLY, has amassed the most wealth? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on May 2, 2011 - 4 answers

How to be a PI?

How do I become a white collar Private Eye? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Mar 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Good idea to pack 'em in ...?

Private music teachers! What are your experiences offering group lessons? Trying to make more money on a per-hour basis. [more inside]
posted by agnielson on Mar 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Damnit, I have to be social.

How do I keep my offline life private AFTER I sign up for Facebook? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jan 30, 2011 - 40 answers

Common-sense precautions for a woman to take selling a high-end car privately?

Common-sense precautions for a woman to take selling a high-end car privately? [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Jan 5, 2011 - 11 answers

Is it possible to keep a blog relatively private?

How can I keep people I know from reading my blog without making it totally private? And which host site is best for privacy? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Dec 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Have they invented the snorkel-microphone yet?

Privacy-preserving microphone: does this product exist yet? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Dec 15, 2010 - 4 answers

affordable Christian school in Orlando?

affordable Christian school in Orlando? [more inside]
posted by jseven on Oct 11, 2010 - 2 answers

No more private health insurance for children?

I want to do the responsible thing and buy my children health insurance when our COBRA policy expires this month. I am being told that this is simply not possible due to the "unforeseen consequences" of healthcare reform going into effect 9/23/2010. Surely I'm missing something. Can someone explain what's going on and what I can do before they go uninsured 10/1? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Private student loan hell.

Is there any way out of this hole? Private student loan hell. [more inside]
posted by Raze2k on Aug 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Finding private landlords in the UK

Is there a decent website for searching for properties to let from private landlords in the UK, or am I stuck dealing with parasitic letting agencies? [more inside]
posted by him on Aug 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Soothe my Paranoid Mind

Selling my car privately: Do I HAVE to mail Bank of America my blank pink slip? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Jul 19, 2010 - 12 answers

iCal/Google Calendar privacy

Is there a way to sync Google Calendar to my iCal, but make all events appear like iCal private events in Google Calendar? I want to share my Google Calendar so that others will see when I am on a business trip or in a meeting, but they shouldn't see where I am or what the topic of the meeting is.
posted by cronholio on Jul 6, 2010 - 4 answers

I know what I know but I don't know how I know it.

I've been asked to give private English tuition to a twenty-something Brazilian acquaintance who currently has nothing more than a most basic grasp of the language. Essentially, we would be starting at zero. I'm a native English speaker but, although I have had brief stints teaching English as a second language to groups, I have no idea where to begin when it comes to teaching privately. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jun 16, 2010 - 6 answers

How to block out unwanted sounds?

How can I block out unwanted sounds? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower on Jun 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Sign me, I hate insurance.

Is it reasonable to search for an alternate for private family health insurance to replace my corporate sponsored plan? What are decent alternatives in Wisconsin? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on May 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Private Eye Subscription In The U.S.?

Anyone here based in the U.S. subscribe to Private Eye? If so, how long do deliveries take?
posted by justcorbly on Apr 29, 2010 - 2 answers

My Own Private eBay: private, self-run or managed online auction service or software?

I'm looking for a service or software I could setup to run a private auction for trading a company's stock. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2010 - 6 answers

When using my university's internet connection, how much of my internet usage can they see?

I access the internet in a university halls of residence, with internet access provided by the university. How much of my web browsing is private? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 - 17 answers

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