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July 29

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 at 4:25 PM - 13 answers
Kayakity Yak (Don't Talk Back)
Where are the best areas in the Southern California region for a new kayak owner to become familiar with kayaking? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 3:46 PM - 10 answers

Please suggest a good bike for commuting: Iowa edition.
I am shopping for a new bike which I will use for a daily commute in Iowa City, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:21 AM - 10 answers

Electronic-only European gift-giving ideas
I am in the US. My brother is in Europe on business, his first time out of the US, and will be there for about another six months. Right now he's in Germany, but the list of additional countries he'll go to later doesn't seem to be finalized. His birthday is coming up, and I want to send him a gift that won't generate logistical problems for him. [more inside]
posted by Bentobox Humperdinck at 8:46 AM - 10 answers

July 28

Best Route from Billings to Eugene?
My husband is going to be traveling from Billings, MT to Eugene, OR and is still trying to determine the best route to take. He will be towing a small trailer with a Ford Ranger and he's not very familiar with mountain driving, so would like the easiest route, time is less important. Any suggestions, or even general tips I can pass along?
posted by Quizzical Hamster at 7:00 PM - 7 answers

July 27

What's a nice dinner date spot in Budapest?
What's a good dinner (first-)date spot in Budapest for a couple of twenty-somethings? I'm 25, they're 28. I'd prefer Pest side, something not too loud, not super expensive by Budapest-ian standards.
posted by yaymukund around Budapest, Hungary at 11:46 PM - 4 answers

Are we spending too much on bus fare in Sydney?
Currently my partner commutes to work from Enmore to Lane Cove. It is costing around $12 per day, I've googled around for cheaper ways but come up with nothing - are we missing some way to cut the cost or do we have to suck it up? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday around Sydney, Australia at 7:56 PM - 4 answers

Take me to St. Louis -- with my husband and child
I just got funding to travel to St. Louis to do an oral history project. Yay! Where should I stay and how should I travel? And what should my husband/infant do during the day? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy around St. Louis, MO at 1:30 PM - 6 answers

Most flexible travel website?
Looking for a website that will let me look at multi-leg international travel that's also flexible about dates so I can poke around for best fare options. [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 12:25 PM - 4 answers

What kind of car is in this political advertisement?
What is the car in this political advertisement? I believe it says Chevrolet on the front, but I'm not sure. Please limit discussion to identifying the car and not the people or politics in the ad - thanks.
posted by Seeking Direction at 10:40 AM - 7 answers

Orient me to Montclair / Bloomfield, NJ
We are moving to New Jersey on the Bloomfield / Montclair border. I know nothing about the neighborhoods except their reputations. Help me hit the ground running with things I should know, especially best coffee, food, shopping, parks, health services, business services and other things that wikipedia has left out. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by safetyfork around Montclair, NJ at 7:45 AM - 7 answers

Lost credit and debit cards abroad. How do I get new ones?
Backpacking Europe and lost my wallet, which held my debit and credit cards. I still have a backup stash, my US passport, and a friend who will lend me money. In about three weeks I plan on traveling alone. Canceled all my cards, now I need new ones. My card issuers can send by mail at varying speeds. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 1:35 AM - 5 answers

July 26

Places outside the US that have a "gym culture" similar to the US
Almost anywhere in the US, I can find a gym (24 hour fitness, YMCA) within a short drive. Is there anyplace else in the world where this is true? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 8:22 PM - 22 answers

B&Bs or Inns in Charleston, SC?
My wife and I are looking to spend an October weekend in Charleston, SC. Any B&B or inn recommendations in the old town/historic parts of the city?
posted by NoMich around Charleston, SC at 6:58 PM - 1 answers

Run away from a used car that's barely been driven in years?
I'm in the market for a used car, and I know that it's bad news when a car isn't driven regularly. I've found one that's otherwise good for me. I don't know how little driving is too little, whether the kinds of problems that result could be checked by a mechanic's pre-purchase inspection, and whether my own tough driving patterns make any difference. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:53 PM - 7 answers

Mechanicfilter - Ford Focus edition
Hi folks, had a low-speed collision in my 2012 Ford Focus. The lady in the car infront of me stopped unexpectedly in the middle of a roundabout and my front end went into her rear bumper (phrasing). Nobody was hurt, no obvious damage, everybody went on their way. However, ever since there has been a small amount of dried fluid appearing on my front bumper. Before I take it to the garage, mechanics of metafilter, can you help me name that fluid? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson at 9:11 AM - 5 answers

Idiotic car badge question: Volvo edition
Yes, I know this is a truly silly question, but what does Volvo's logo represent? It looks like a pair of manicure or embroidery sissors! [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 7:48 AM - 10 answers

How dangerous is East Palo Alto?
I'm a single male in my late 20s, currently living elsewhere in the Bay Area. EPA has the following attractive features for me: However, it also has a reputation as a dangerous city. [more inside]
posted by pzad at 1:30 AM - 9 answers

July 25

Mission to Molokai
Travel gurus: I need to get a family of five, without a lot of money, from Anchorage to Molokai for the middle two weeks of December. I am not a travel guru. What is the cheapest way to do this? I mean, flying, obviously. But where do I look? SO MANY TRAVEL SITES!
posted by Alaska Jack at 7:30 PM - 7 answers

Honeymoon in Charlottesville
Dearest Metafilter, If you were going to Charlottesville, VA for your honeymoon, where would you stay? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy around Charlottesville, VA at 5:40 PM - 6 answers

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