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April 23

Winter itinerary for South Africa
I'll be spending two weeks in South Africa at the end of August. Where should I go besides Cape Town and Johannesburg? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals around South Africa at 7:39 PM - 4 answers
Selling a car on installments to a private party.
What would be the most practical way to do this, that would leave us least on the hook if this all goes pear shaped assuming we are fine with taking a hit if the guy turns out to be a flake and doesn't pay as we were going to donate the car to a charity for tax write off before he made an offer? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 4:32 PM - 7 answers

Auto accident insurance question and diminished value
Auto accident insurance question and diminished value [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 3 answers

How dangerous is the walk in NYC from Lincoln Center Port Authority Bus?
My 18 year old son is going to take a bus from Boston to NYC to see the opera. Is it dangerous for him to walk to the Port Authority? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA around New York, NY at 9:24 AM - 42 answers

Do you have any advice on living in State College for the summer?
I'm going to be working in State College for two months this summer. Tell me about where to live and where to hang out! [more inside]
posted by vakker around State College, PA at 7:56 AM - 4 answers

Avoiding molluscs in Italian food
I'm allergic to molluscs: scallops, mussels, clams, squid, oysters, whelks, etc. I'll be spending some time in Venice and the Cinque Terre area soon. Is there anything I should look out for to avoid accidentally eating molluscs? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn around Italy at 1:12 AM - 11 answers

April 22

What can I do about soft brakes on my car?
I have a newly acquired 2007 Lexus ES350 sedan. It was my dad's, it is in excellent shape, has been well maintained, and has 50,000 miles on it. I drove a 2003 Lexus before this and had a similar issue to the one I'm having on the 2007, which is that the brakes are just too soft for my tastes. It seems it is part of Lexus' "feel" to keep the ride smooth but I really dislike that I have to press so far and so early to get a good stop. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 5:29 PM - 5 answers

Can you help me predict Orange County traffic?
How long will it take me to drive from LAX to Irvine/Newport Beach at 4pm on a Friday? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 9:36 AM - 23 answers

Tips for a pair of 22 year olds travelling around Europe in the summer?
I’m searching for tips for my girlfriend and I (male) while we spend 3 months travelling around Europe this summer. Details over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango at 8:58 AM - 20 answers

Lovely bed and breakfast in the lower Hudson Valley?
I'd like to treat my parents to a night/weekend at a bed and breakfast, somewhere within an hour of the New Paltz/Kingston area of upstate NY. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue around Rosendale, NY at 8:28 AM - 6 answers

Adventure, but not too much adventure
I am planning on going to Turkey at the end of November for just shy of two weeks and am looking for a couple of pieces of advice: Is a side trip to Cairo alone for two days a terrible decision? And are there lodgings in Istanbul where it is easy to meet other travelers that don't involve giant dorms and drunken twenty somethings? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop at 8:04 AM - 2 answers

April 21

Moving a Step-van Pt. 2
I need recommendations for a vehicle shipping company, with some snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 10:02 AM - 6 answers

Tips on scoring an exit row seat?
I'm flying to Hawaii for work at the end of May (yay) and work booked my ticket for me. My four USAirways flights (Milwaukee to Phoenix and Phoenix to Hawaii and then reverse) have ZERO exit row seats available online. I even had to pay $89 for their "ChoiceSeat" on one flight because it was the *only* aisle seat available (which have no more legroom than a regular seat, just allows you to board before the rest of the passengers). At 6'6", this is troubling. I called USAirways today and was first told they had exit row seats for purchase (at roughly $90/flight) but that she was having trouble getting them to work on her system so she had to transfer me to their "online helpdesk". That person told me that there were no exit row seats available at all, full stop. I can't rebook to another flight because my arrival is being timed with other coworkers. So, are there any tips/tricks/secret handshakes I can use at the airport to try to get a seat with a little more room? I'm extremely grateful that I get to go to Hawaii on someone else's dime but am anticipating agony the whole way there and back.
posted by Twicketface at 9:02 AM - 12 answers

Relaxing Beachfront vacation in New England
I'm looking for a great hotel/inn/motel on the beach in New England. I'm in Central Massachusetts and would like it to be within a 3 hour drive. We'd be doing the trip July 10-13. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 7:39 AM - 5 answers

April 20

Let's go away for a while, you and I, to a strange and distant land
Mr. Jeoc and I want to take a vacation this summer, but we're running out of time to make plans and are stumped on where to go. I will tell you about us and the places we've enjoyed, and perhaps you can tell us where we should plan to go. [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 4:53 PM - 7 answers

Traveling to and in Los Angeles on a budget and can't drive.
I am trying to figure out how to get to Los Angeles on a small budget, to visit a doctor for a chronic condition. The condition itself causes difficulty getting around. I need some suggestions on how to make this "work". [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] around Los Angeles, CA at 7:53 AM - 22 answers

April 18

Google My Maps on iPhone
Can anyone update the answers to this question about viewing the Google maps I've created (My Maps, My Places, or whatever it's called now) on an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 7:32 PM - 4 answers

I want my European vacation more brutal!
My husband and I love pictures of old modern and brutalist weird architecture in Eastern Europe. We'd love to see it. But travel agents and tours focus on blue waters and quaint villages. Is there a "show me the concrete weirdness" travel option I'm missing for two people who don't like the traditional postcards, but both almost failed college Russian? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 5:19 PM - 10 answers

Good Nevada brothel for couples?
I'm a straight man, wife is bi. Married over a decade, but have had some fun group sex experiences together in the past. However sexy single females ("unicorns") are hard to come by so we're looking at a Vegas trip for some naughty fun. Need information. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM - 1 answers

Kentucky-Tennessee-North Carolina road trip
We're planning about a week long road trip from Louisville to Mammoth Cave, south towards Nashville, east towards Great Smokies and ending up in Asheville NC. Looking for your suggestions for places to eat, places to stay, things to do along the way. [more inside]
posted by sararah around Kentucky at 11:25 AM - 15 answers

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