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Laptop left on United flight, no cooperation. What are my options?

The short version: Left my laptop on a United flight. Realized it after leaving security and was unable to get anyone to do anything to retrieve it. Went through all official channels. Nothing. [more inside]
posted by neuroking on Jul 9, 2014 - 14 answers

American Presidential Quote: "Of all the imperfect forms of government"

Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
posted by Nicholas Geary on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 answers

SFO - TXl via UA

Is there any way I can put 92,000 United Mileage Plus miles toward a trip from San Francisco to Germany (preferably Berlin but Frankfurt is okay)? The trip is this June. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Mar 6, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I get a banjo onto a flight as hand-luggage?

I'm wanting to take a banjo on a (domestic) United flight to Honolulu soon. The banjo fits the letter of the law (dimensions etc) for fitting it into the overhead locker, but I'm concerned that flight crew may want us to check it. Musicians of Metafilter, what are your tips and wisdom for getting a banjo on board a United aircraft as hand-luggage?
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Dec 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Returning a car to Seatac with a lot of luggage to check.

I have more luggage than I can carry by myself. I have to return a rental car and check my luggage. Is there an easy way to do this at Seatac? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Nov 28, 2013 - 9 answers

What are the cheapest cities to fly to on United?

I'm in San Antonio. I am going to be 1,454 miles short of making platinum on United Airlines at the end of the year. I'm trying to find a site or something that would allow me to find the cheapest round trip flight that would get me another 1,500 miles I could make on a single day before the year is out. Is there anything like this? [more inside]
posted by nushustu on Nov 21, 2013 - 16 answers

need help finding a school for a 15 year old Chinese girl

my associate in China wants his daughter to study in the US, learn better English, etc. She's only 15, speaks just okay English (not great).... He wants her to study here at a high school.... but i think it will have to be a private high school... and she will have to live at the school & be supervised... Can anyone help me determine what is involved ? Does she get a foreign student temporary Visa (or something like that) ? Also, he (& I) know nothing about this process.... so i think in terms of location, anything will do.... I need to provide him with choices, locations, costs, what accommodations they can offer, etc. If you need more info., please feel free to ask... one problem about my (& his) position is because we are 'ignorant' about this whole matter, we're not even positive about what the right questions are....
posted by foodybat on Nov 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Looking for SF-based therapists: how's United Behavioral Health?

I'm looking for therapists in San Francisco and I just found out that I'm covered under United Behavioral Health. I'm wondering if people've had any experience seeing a therapist or a psychiatrist through them, and how I might go about finding someone in their provider directory who'd a good match for me. I'd also really appreciate any recommendations for therapists in SF who take UBH. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Master Degrees for getting into United Nations

Since United Nations requires a masters degree for most of their jobs, what qualifications I can upgrade to in order to secure a job with UN. [more inside]
posted by jassi on Sep 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Pick one: Delta vs. United vs. American Airlines

Due to a new job, my wife and my family will be making regular trips from Boston to northern Michigan. The closest airport to her new job is Traverse City (TVC). It looks like there are three major airlines that do this route, and usually with a stop either in Detroit or Chicago (Delta, United, American Airlines). [more inside]
posted by yet.another.boston.question on Jul 1, 2013 - 31 answers

Road Trip! Gainesville, FL to Austin, TX this fall. Suggestions, advice?

I've used AskMeFi for travel advice before and it's been invaluable. This time I'm planning a road trip from Gainesville, FL to Austin, TX around Halloween to coincide with a music festival I attend each year. I've been to the United States (NYC, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest) many times but never to the south – with the exception of Florida if that counts. Do you have any suggestions, places to definitely see, places to definitely avoid? More below if useful... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 15, 2013 - 10 answers

United Airlines says they have refunded my flight. They have not, advice

United Airlines says they have refunded my flight. They have not, advice? [more inside]
posted by audio on Jan 29, 2013 - 16 answers

What does it mean to be a Commonwealth state?

Can somebody please explain to me in very basic terms (as if I were a 5 year old) the difference between a "Commonwealth state" and a state in the United States? I have Googled this question and still don't understand the difference.
posted by Coffee Bean on Dec 26, 2012 - 16 answers

44 USC and Federal Photocopiers: Illegal?

How much in-house print and/or photocopy production can federal offices perform without violating 44 USC § 501? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Aug 14, 2012 - 3 answers

US readers: Is there a good film about your city or state?

US readers: Is there a good film about your city or state? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Jul 15, 2012 - 121 answers

Warm Worms

The US and Israel, according to all accounts, are behind the Stuxnet and Flame worms. Does the creation and deployment of these cyber espionage worms violate any treaties or international law? Does the creation and deployment of these worms violate any existing domestic law? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jun 21, 2012 - 6 answers

I don't know anything about their race, history, or culture, but I'm sure they stand for everything we stand against.

Oddball American history question: Who was the worst Secretary of State? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Apr 10, 2012 - 11 answers

How many people lived in the U.S. between 1974 and 2004?

[MathFilter] How many people were alive in the U.S. between 1974 and 2004? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Mar 20, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I swap my house in Spain for a cabin in the States?

Are there any home exchange websites specifically for rustic cabin-type dwellings? Looking to swap my place in Spain for something in the states. [more inside]
posted by maca on Mar 16, 2012 - 1 answer

What do I owe Her Majesty the Queen?

Help an American citizen with British income tax on book royalties. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me identify the most physically remote areas of the continental United States of America.

I need your assistance in helping identify the most physically remote areas of the lower 48 that have towns and a population. Examples might be Appalachia, northern Maine, west Texas, the Oregon desert, but specific towns, general areas, personal anecdotes, histories or even hearsay would be appreciated.
posted by lstanley on Nov 17, 2011 - 31 answers

U.S. military service casualties?

Is there a site that lists ALL of the names of U.S. military service personal casualties from all wars/conflicts/etc? [more inside]
posted by jca on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Why isn't Congress's Salary Paid by the States?

Can anyone explain to me the reason why the pay for members of the United States Congress is paid by the federal government and not their respective states? Was such a system ever considered and rejected and, if so, why? I recognize that the offices are federal, but their ties to their state is the very reason they are there. Wouldn't state legislatures want that control or were they happy to dump the costs onto the federal government? This seems like something that would have been debated very early in our history yet I can't find any info on it. Thanks.
posted by Jamesonian on Jul 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for a cheap, car-not-required place to live that actually has jobs.

I'm looking for a place to live in the U.S. that is a) relatively affordable (compared to Los Angeles), b) does not require a car to get around and c) does not suffer from sky-high unemployment. Does such a place exist?
posted by allseeingabstract on May 3, 2011 - 26 answers

How to illustrate U.S. public debt?

How would you illustrate the U.S. public debt of $14 trillion in a concrete way? [more inside]
posted by keijo on Apr 26, 2011 - 21 answers

Tasty

American cooking : If someone from Europe was your guest, someone with a sweet tooth, and you really wanted to treat that person to a special dish representing a genuine sample of your State's cooking, what would it be ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Apr 14, 2011 - 79 answers

Six week road trip of the U.S...what should I see and do?

I'm going to take a six week vacation, and I want to tour the United States. I'm based in Los Angeles, and I have a reliable car. I am familiar with most parts of the western and southern U.S., but I've never been to New England. I want to do this late summer (say, mid-August through mid to late September, but this is flexible). How can I make the most of the trip? What are the must-sees? Must-haves for the trip? Any tips for the road?
posted by allseeingabstract on Apr 6, 2011 - 21 answers

The Science of the Music Keeping You On Hold

After sitting on hold with United for a few hours during this latest travelpocalypse, I've become deeply curious about the science of the music used when a caller is placed on hold. For example, at United, the hold music is "Rhapsody in Blue". Rather than being a lovely full recording of the piece, it is an incredibly scratchy partial recapitulation of the main theme that sounds as if it is being played on a phonograph. It skips, stops and starts, and sounds just terrible. But I found myself wondering, is the annoyance to keep the caller on edge? Are those sometimes looong skips and stops designed to keep me paying attention? While these observations come from United, I've noticed the same thing at other companies. Is there a real reason behind this?
posted by redbeard on Feb 1, 2011 - 26 answers

No money, more problems.

US travel visa filter - Canadian musicians travelling and performing in the United States, but not getting paid. Do we still require a visa? [more inside]
posted by breakfast! on Jan 17, 2011 - 11 answers

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada?

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 16, 2010 - 21 answers

looking for a therapist in DC

DCfilter/Therapyfilter: I'm looking for a therapist in the Washington, DC area that takes United Healthcare. I also need some general advice on starting therapy-- I haven't done it in several years and my previous experience with it wasn't great. I'm being treated with medications for depression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Did the transatlantic union merger mean anything?

Two years ago the American United Steelworkers and the British UNITE merged to form what was then referred to as a transcontinental "super union". I can find all sorts of articles before and just after this occurrence, but very little follow up. This isn't particularly surprising: Labor news in the U.S. barely gets any coverage. But does anyone know how the merger turned out? [more inside]
posted by LeonBernstein on Sep 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Codeshares + baggage fees = confusing!

How are excess-baggage fees handled on this itinerary? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Aug 17, 2010 - 4 answers

What are the most popular, clichéd touristy things to do in London?

What are the most popular, clichéd touristy things to do in London? You know, like posing with the Queen's guards, taking a ride in the Eye, and eating fish and chips.
posted by nitsuj on Jul 27, 2010 - 37 answers

Should I trade my Chinese citizenship for a US one?

Should I give up my Chinese citizenship for a US one? If so, any tips or advice on going about it? Details and background inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2010 - 27 answers

How do I ship beer from the US to Canada?

Why would they want that!? How do I ship beer from the US to Canada? [more inside]
posted by thewalrusispaul on Mar 5, 2010 - 8 answers

can you spell conservative without f-u-d

i'd really like to learn more about the philosophy that seems to drive the "other half" of the united states. but i react badly to fox news and conservative talk radio. help me find a conservative writer or speaker i can trust and respect. [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Feb 21, 2010 - 42 answers

Can a Canadian work legally in the U.S. if their spouse goes to grad school there...and how?

A Canadian friend just got accepted to an American grad school (Chicago) for a 5 year Ph.D program. He'll have funding, but how would his equally Canadian wife make a living in the U.S.? Getting the basic information is not as easy as they expected. What's the skinny? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 29, 2010 - 13 answers

30% exchange rate, really? Give me a break, weight watchers!

WeightWatchers Canada vs WeightWatchers United States -- is there a difference, besides price, for the online version? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Nov 13, 2009 - 3 answers

United Way or the Highway

Has anyone held their ground against a peer-pressure United Way solicitation (specifically the "100% participation" scam?) How did you do it? How did you avoid adverse consequences, particularly where very senior people are directly soliciting subordinates? What is the "polite" way to get out of this, if any? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Nov 6, 2009 - 35 answers

Where can I find some USA-made jeans in Los Angeles?

Where can I buy jeans in Los Angeles that are made in the USA? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Gynecologists in NYC who will order a Mirena IUD

Gynecologists in NYC who will order a Mirena IUD for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 12 answers

I need a table of deaths by state due to flu in 1918!

Where can I find a state-by-state breakdown of deaths in the 1918 flu pandemic in the US? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Apr 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights?

Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights? My mother is wanting to be able to charge her laptop on a plane ride to Bejing, and wants to know if she is able to either plug her laptop in on the flight, or bring a cigarette lighter power inverter in order to charge it. Does anyone have any input on this that I can tell her?
posted by linzenoonoo on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Foods that originated in the United States?

Where can I find a list of foods that originated in the United States? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Feb 3, 2009 - 23 answers

Americans Abroad?

Where can my sister watch the election returns in Dublin? [more inside]
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice on Nov 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Which self-catering flat in York, UK?

Colleague and I are staying in York, UK for a week in October. Help us decide which flat we should rent. One is at 16 Park Crescent, just off Monkgate. The other is in a converted warehouse on Peter Lane, near High Ousegate. We want good pubs and walks nearby, and we value quiet and safety. [more inside]
posted by infodiva on Aug 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details.

Does America's religious history have a parallel in England? Give me the details. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jul 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Shipping computers across the Canada & U.S.A. border

I'm in Canada, and I need to send some computers to our office in the U.S.A. (Vermont, to be more specific). Will the hardware be inspected by customs or other security as it crosses the border? [more inside]
posted by danwalker on Jun 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Am I Eligible for Dual Citizenship?

Can I, having been born in the US to a British citizen before 1983, attain dual citizenship? [more inside]
posted by brandoniain on May 14, 2008 - 10 answers

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