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March 1

How do I move my worldly goods across the Atlantic?

I have recently acquired and accepted an exciting job opportunity in Sweden -- a two-year postdoctoral research post. It's great! I'm excited! I ... don't want to sublet other people's houses for two years. So I need to move my furniture (and a whole bunch of academic reference books, without which the postdoc isn't going to go so well) from their current location across the Atlantic. How do I best do this? Difficulty: I'm an American and me and all my objects are currently in semi-rural Canada. And I can't drive. [more inside]
posted by byzantienne at 5:59 PM - 15 answers

Who might be able to authenticate some scrap wood from the Spruce Goose?

I have a box full of the blocks I used to play with as a kid. My grandfather told me that he picked them up off of the Spruce Goose floor when he worked at Hughes Aircraft and cut them into blocks for my mom to play with. He and my grandmother are deceased, so there's no way to get more details. The wood is a pretty distinctive laminate so maybe someone could authenticate it? Could it be worth anything? I'm trying to pare down my crap and I don't know anything about this sort of thing.
posted by Huck500 at 4:37 PM - 4 answers

How dangerous is Mexico really?

I have heard many horror stories from friends, about narcos, ransom, murder, beheading etc. I would be visiting family in Guerrero and Morelos for 2 weeks in March for spring break. What are my chances of getting kidnapped or murder? If it was 1 in a million or greater, I probably wouldn't go. FWIW I am a white skinned half Mexican 32 year old guy, and my Spanish is good but I definitely have an American accent.
posted by crawltopslow around Mexico at 12:42 PM - 15 answers

How much fork could a bike fork fork, if a bike fork could fork bikes?

I'm building my dream bike, and I need help understanding forks, specifically fork rake and axle-to-crown distance, and how those variables will change the bike's handling for better or worse. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 10:31 AM - 2 answers

Passport? We don't need no stinkin' passport. Oh wait, we do.

Fastest way to get a U.S. passport renewed for a child under 18? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 7:59 AM - 10 answers

Quick shipping of personal items to India from US?

Mrs. procrastination is traveling for work in India and has arranged to stay a few extra days to tour. In the rush to get her out the door, we forgot to pack our very nice camera, which she had hoped to use. I would like to ship it to her. She has a few days in a high-end hotel, so I am confident that there is a safe place to receive it. Does anyone have experience with this type of shipping? What can I do to keep it from being caught in customs? Will there be unforseen customs charges? Anything else I should be thinking about? I would have to send it out tomorrow morning.
posted by procrastination around India at 6:12 AM - 8 answers

February 26

What should I check out while I'm in Austin?

I'll be in Austin in mid-March (for SXSW). What places, shops, and things should I check out? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet around Austin, TX at 12:36 PM - 18 answers

Best (least treacherous) driving route over the Rockies?

Driving from Cincinnati to Portland near the end of March. Bit concerned about the mountain passes in late winter. The basic options are I-80 to Salt Lake, then on to I-84. Or a more northern route through S. Dakota and Montana on I-90 into Washington before heading southwest. Both drives would be ~34-35 hours—any compelling reasons to choose one over the other?
posted by cramer around Portland, OR at 7:45 AM - 15 answers

Oshkosh? Oh gosh

I'm traveling to Oshkosh, WI from DC in mid-April for a business trip and will potentially have some time to kill before flying home. What fun stuff might I be able to do while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by capricorn around Oshkosh, WI at 7:00 AM - 4 answers

February 25

Dealing with threats on public transit

A few days ago I had one of the worst experiences of my life on public transit, and would like to get some feedback on how I should have handled it, and what other people have done in similar situations. [more inside]
posted by aerotive around Los Angeles, CA at 5:13 PM - 27 answers

LES to LGA

On Friday evening at 8pm I have a flight at LaGuardia. I will be coming from the Lower East Side. What time should I leave LES to make my 8pm flight? no bags to check.
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 3:03 PM - 15 answers

Advice on brighter car headlights?

I just replaced my 1995 300zx turbo's burned-out headlights with some cheap factory 9006 bulbs and can barely see anything at night. I don't want to get HIDs but would like to find a headlight that actually illuminates the road and makes driving safer. I've narrowed it down to three options: Philips X-treme Vision, Philips HIR2 9012, or Sylvania SilverStar Ultra (which I may rule out, because apparently they burn out really quickly). Does anyone have any advice on these, or any other suggestions? I do plan to clean out the headlights as well, if there's anything to clean out.
posted by roxie110 at 10:14 AM - 5 answers

Affordable, cute, unique wedding venue in SF Bay Area?

Yay! I'm getting gay married! We're looking for a venue that is, as stated above, affordable, and ideally unique (not super generic). I've looked at some previous questions and been asking around but hoping to get more ideas. We live in Oakland but would probably have a range from Marin to Santa Cruz to, I don't know, Livermore? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 9:12 AM - 17 answers

Clueless and need to register a car in PA

I will try to list all the main points to my question. I am getting confused as to what steps I need to take and which forms I need to complete. My parents own a car in NY. They want to give me the car as a gift. I live in Pennsylvania. I am trying to make sense of the title transfer paperwork and the affidvait of gift form. Has anyone done this before? If so, can you walk me through which forms I need to fill out? Do I need proof of insurance before I attempt to register the car? The car is currently insured through my parent's and I am listed on their policy. This is my first time registering a car and I don't have much experience with PennDOT. Not sure if this matters but I have a PA driver's license. Thank you!
posted by allthingsconsidered at 8:01 AM - 4 answers

February 24

Warmer climates, jobs, and cultural fit - where to consider moving?

My wife and I currently live in Boston, but I want to live in a warmer climate and she (Industrial Engineering MS) wants to find a job. Which places should we consider moving to? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 7:02 PM - 18 answers

Bike stolen in San Francisco - worth it to check flea markets?

Nice bike stolen in San Francisco - where to try to find it? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 4:14 PM - 17 answers

Where to stay on Vieques?

Mr Bellastella & I are going to visit Vieques this fall. We had a lovely experience in Culebra two years ago, stayed at a small guesthouse and loved it! Vieques looks like a place we will really enjoy, and we like the idea of a room or casita, or guesthouse. We're looking at Esperanza, but that's not written in ink yet. [more inside]
posted by LaBellaStella around Vieques, PR at 4:00 PM - 4 answers

February 23

Know any communication hacks to communicate with non-English speakers?

I'm traveling to some countries where I won't know the native language. I'm terrible at learning languages so I wanted to see if y'all know any quick hacks for communicating. e.g. one method is to carry a phrasebook and point to the relevant lines in it, then hand the book to the other person and have them point out their reply. (Hopefully its in the book :). Another: when on a bus and unsure whether it's the right one: Point forwards, say the destination in an interrogative tone, lift eyebrows.
posted by storybored at 7:28 PM - 12 answers

60 miles of driving before smog test?

Today I took my car in for a smog test. Apparently it was passing all of the steps, but one of the final ones (maybe the final one?) kept malfunctioning. [more inside]
posted by tan_coul at 7:23 PM - 6 answers

Amazing trip, party of one!

Where should I go as a solo female traveler?... with some specifics within [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 4:00 PM - 28 answers

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