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Odd question about flip flops...

We are currently vacationing on the Gulf in Alabama and have noticed something odd. We are staying at a very large condo complex and a significant number of people leave their flip flops/shoes at the end of the dock before they slog with their stuff to the waterfront. This isn't a short walk and some of these shoes are expensive. It's odd to me that people wouldn't just wear their footwear to their claimed spot on the beach. Is this a regional thing? I've seen a few pairs left at the end of the boardwalk on my native Georgia and Florida beaches but never in these numbers. Any clue? Thanks.
posted by pearlybob on Jun 2, 2014 - 24 answers

Where can I buy real sand near Boston?

We need sand for our daughter's sandbox - I think it takes like 17 50 pound bags. However, based on research we are all worked up now about the horribleness of the "Fake" sand from ground up quartz - due to inhalation issues. However, we know there can be an issue with real sand as well. So I am looking for somewhere that can provide safe real sand - so probably real sand that has been washed to remove the very small particles. This type of thing can be ordered online but it is hugely expensive. I could call around to every landscape company but I know many are business only, have huge minimums or simply wouldn't want to talk to the type of sand I need (which is probably river sand or beach sand).
posted by IzzeYum on Apr 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Effective salt alternatives for sidewalks

Hello, fellow salt-deprived victims of this over-generous winter! I am fanatical about clearing my front walk, but my salt supplies are almost depleted and both salt and the usual alternatives are out of stock in my Toronto neighbourhood. In addition to dedicated shovelling and attacking residual ice with the appropriate metal tools, what can I do to fight problems like a thin slick of black ice that results from the occasional melt-friendly temperatures we get? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Feb 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Soaking up mud in short order

How can you get rid of sloppy muddiness in a relatively large area quickly? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on May 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Dune, Interrupted.

Any idea's on how to remove a large amount of sand? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

yoga on sand

Do I need a mat when doing yoga on the beach? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Apr 2, 2012 - 4 answers

What to do with a sandy digital camera?

People who know about cameras, or who have had this experience - what should you do with a digital camera that gets sand in it? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Mar 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Should we sand and prime holes in our walls or pay someone to do it?

Should we sand and prime patched-up holes in our walls or hire someone to do it? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Oct 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Slippery sandpaper.

The sand paper keeps slipping off this Dremel sanding drum. How do I make it not do that? The bit is secure and the sand paper is the proper size for the drum.
posted by curious nu on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Where can I find Blood and Sand?

Where/How can I watch Spartacus: Blood and Sand? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on May 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Vivisepulture

Could a person survive for 1.5 hours in a casket, buried ~0.5-1m in desert sand? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Jan 4, 2011 - 14 answers

What interesting things can I be doing at the beach and marsh while it's too cold for the usual summer activities? Sciency, educational, artsy craftsy, exercise/activity...

What unique activities could I be doing at the beach and the marsh over time to take better advantage of both while it's too cold for swimming, sunning, and the usual beach activities? Educational things, amateur science experiments/measurements, artsy craftsy things, exercise other than jogging, etc. Let your imagination run wild. [more inside]
posted by Askr on Dec 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Why is there "sand" in the pipes?

Plumbing puzzle: my neighbor has what looks like find sand which collects in her *hot water* eventually clogging metal screens on faucets, etc. The obvious answer is that this is some sort of mineral precipitate as the system has been flushed several times and a filter installed on the water coming into the house. What is causing this precipitate in the hot water and why doesn't this happen with my hot water which is the same town water on the same street (same pipes) that is going into her house? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

It's more a beach than a pool...

Easiest way to level sand? [more inside]
posted by Hugh2d2 on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 answers

My Lavender's Brown, Dilly Dilly

What killed my Lavender? Suspects: Cats, weedkiller, poor soil, poor plants or my terrible gardening skills. [more inside]
posted by Ness on Jun 1, 2010 - 7 answers

How can we keep sand from getting into our house?

We live across the street from the beach and are constantly losing the battle to keep sand out of the house. What are your tips and tricks for dealing with this problem?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 29, 2010 - 12 answers

What great novel have you read recently?

Dear MeFites, what fabulous book recommendations can you give me for a week of becoming one with the sand? I will have about 5 days in paradise and my plan is to read as many books as possible. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Mar 15, 2010 - 31 answers

The foolish man built his shed upon the sand

Planning a shed on a beach. How should I build the foundation? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Mar 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Sand Gardening For Dummies

I am trying to create a garden on an extremely sandy soil. I am going to bring a foot worth of quality soil from outside. What would be my best bet? Raised beds? Wide Rows? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

What was this beach construction project?

On the beach I visited in Cancun, there was a continuous construction project, and I'd like to know what they were doing/the process involved. [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Feb 17, 2010 - 7 answers

hatred of sand

A four year old boy who HATES sand. His parents both love the beach. He refuses to set foot on it. Anyone ever known anyone similar who got over it? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe on Feb 16, 2010 - 32 answers

Breathing holes from a giant undersea Cthulhu

What is this thing that we found on the beach? [more inside]
posted by shammack on Nov 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Beach Comfort

How can I be comfortable sitting on the beach for a few hours, without my back and arms seizing up? [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jun 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Song Name in Trailer for House of Sand

Can anyone tell me the name of the song that starts playing 1 minute and two seconds into the movie trailer for The House of Sand (Casa na Areia). The trailer link is here. The song sounds jewish, but I can't remember what it's called.
posted by leybman on Oct 21, 2008 - 6 answers

What is this sand-like dust under my rug?

What the hell is the sand-like dust under my rug, and why won't it go away? [more inside]
posted by kmel on Aug 28, 2008 - 12 answers

Making a sand mandala for our wedding

We want to incorporate some sort of sand design into our wedding as an alternative to a unity candle. This would be sort of like a Tibetan sand mandala but nowhere near as complex. How the heck do we go about this? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jul 30, 2008 - 9 answers

Will never take another beach photo

Sand in my Ixus camera! Should I pay the repair charge or try to fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Aug 7, 2007 - 6 answers

Not a mystery, but a question

Looking for the origin of a quote referenced by Dennis Covington in Salvation on Sand Mountain as being something he "read somewhere": "Mystery...is not the absence of meaning, but the presence of more meaning than we can comprehend." [more inside]
posted by macinchik on Aug 5, 2007 - 2 answers

How to simply refinish an old piano

Is it possible for me to refinish my cheap piano (pics inside) [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jun 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Should I sand the binding of my Les Paul?

Should I sand the binding of my Edwards Les Paul? [more inside]
posted by atmu on Apr 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Thick, well-made sweatshirts

My favorite sweatshirt company has gone out of business - who else makes quality, thick sweatshirts? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Apr 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Sand and clay animations - AEIOU!

A-E-I-O-U! Does anyone know this old sand animation show and song? What about the red-and-blue clay? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Nov 14, 2006 - 10 answers

What about the ROUS's?

Quicksand without lots of water. What gives? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon on Apr 10, 2006 - 8 answers

Pomp, or schoolyard sand-tackling

There was a game I played in elementary school which we called "Pomp." At my school we had a sand field. Weird, I know. One guy would stand in front of everybody and yell "Pomp" and then every­body'd charge towards the other side of the sand and the 'pomp'-yelling guy would try to tackle somebody. Kind of a smearthequeer thing. [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Feb 27, 2006 - 34 answers

sand art video

Help me find this short art video online! [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Aug 20, 2005 - 5 answers

Is there a way to patch a fiberglass sand pool filter?

I have a sand pool filter that is made out of fiberglass. It has sprung a couple pinhole leeks. Is there any easy way to patch it up? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Jun 21, 2004 - 6 answers

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