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June 3

How to organize a mail/card event for parents' 50th anniversary?

My parents' 50th wedding anniversary is in August, and my sibling and I would like to organize some kind of celebration for them via mail. We were imagining that we would contact all of our extended family/friends in late June and ask them to mail a greeting card and/or note to our parents closer to the day. Have you ever done this before? Do you have any tips? Is there something bigger and better we can do, via mail?
posted by unknowncommand at 3:03 PM - 8 answers

June 1

Decision-making when moving

We're moving! And we don't know where or what we're doing yet. We won't have any idea until after we have moved. So how do we decide what to pack? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 11:32 AM - 35 answers

May 31

Give me back my name

I'll be 30 next year and it feels like it might be the right milestone to use to make the leap and change my first name. I've considered this for a while and I think it's something that would be great for my life. First step: do Internet Strangers think my chosen new name suits me? [more inside]
posted by Balthamos at 1:27 AM - 65 answers

May 30

You can thank me later!

What things do you do to make things easier for future you? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 3:54 PM - 62 answers

May 28

Entering the US from Toronto?

I am a Canadian citizen currently living and working in the US. I need to leave the US and then re-enter for work visa activation. It's tricky, and I'd love any resources/advice/anecdata you might be able to point me to. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 2:57 PM - 6 answers

Confusion on planning/remodeling process - California

I am interested in adding a small rooftop deck to my home. From previous questions in the green, I anticipate this to be a complex undertaking which could get very expensive very fast. Who would be a person I could consult with to think through how this project could be safely and cost-effectively accomplished (or, someone to break the news to me that that's not going to happen)? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 1:22 PM - 11 answers

Help me write a sign

We want to put a sign up that will deter trucks/vans from getting stuck on our street, and I need some help wording it - what works that is short enough but like... "yes, you will get stuck. Trucks get stuck all the time" enough that it will be read & heeded? [more inside]
posted by brainmouse at 12:16 PM - 21 answers

How old is this cardboard box?

My local shop sells sticky labels. They keep them in an old cardboard box. This box is advertising candy cigarettes for 1p. Is there any way of figuring out the approximate age? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:44 AM - 16 answers

May 27

Low-mobility friendly suburban or semi-rural activities during COVID

One of us is in Boston, one near Greenfield, MA. We liked to meet up in the towns in between to do things together. Now we've agreed to share risk and are limiting our contact with other people, so being within six feet of each other is ok again. But our go-to activities, like lunch out and a movie, are still out of the question. What could we be doing instead? Bonus challenge: Hiking and even town-center strolling are out, since of us can only walk a limited distance without pain and does not use a wheelchair. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:13 AM - 8 answers

May 26

Seattle Tattoo Recommendation

Pretty straightforward: looking for a recommendation for an artist for a specific tattoo design [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 2:10 PM - 3 answers

May 25

Books for a really smart, imaginative 8 year old boy?

My nephew's birthday is coming up. He LOVES to read and I want to get him a few books that are appropriate for his age group. He already loves the Zombie Goldfish series. Any suggestions for similar series that he might enjoy?
posted by koolaidnovel at 4:39 PM - 25 answers

What meme am I thinking of?

I am trying to find a meme or Tweet along the lines of explaining how voting is not about choosing the perfect candidate, but rather that you choose the candidate who you could most successfully challenge and fight to better represent your values. My search terms are getting me nowhere so I'm hoping the green might know where to point me. Thanks!
posted by Neely O'Hara at 2:27 PM - 3 answers

Community Lego sorter?

This morning I was telling a couple socially distanced friends about how I was trying to find new Lego projects/ideas for my kids to build, and we ended up commiserating around Lego storage/organization and the inertia of building when you can't find that one part.. Then I told them about my late night search for an affordable Lego sorter (why yes, likely inspired by the Adam Savage video a couple days ago) help me figure out how this could become a community resource! [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues at 12:30 PM - 6 answers

Is there a specific name for when a banner is unfurled dramatically?

I'm looking for examples of when a big physical banner is unrolled to reveal something but can't seem to find many examples. Am I looking for it under the wrong name? Is there a specific name for this?
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:21 AM - 10 answers

May 22

(Social) Name Change Checklist?

I'm 35 and it's time to give myself a new name, first and last. I'm not in a hurry to change it legally. My current plan is to change it on Facebook/my email account, and introduce myself that way. What else? [more inside]
posted by itesser at 7:32 PM - 11 answers

Scat-a-gories ...toddler poop smearing - help!

My 24-month old daughter has been playing with her poop during naptime for about 6-months. We have a poop disaster requiring bathing, washing all bedding, the walls and the cursed unfinished Ikea crib on average, once a week. It's a nightmare. Ideas for practical solutions, please! [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 1:48 PM - 11 answers

May 21

I would like a good mask please

I want a mask with pleats or multiple layers of effective cloth that has a filter pocket and elastic straps for behind the head to make it fit snugly, also a metal bendable form-fitting nose piece. I would like effective filters to go in this mask. Got any leads? [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 5:30 PM - 15 answers

May 19

Phone Exchange Name Query

I'm trying to find the phone exchange name for Taylorsville-Bennion (Utah) in the '50s/'60s? I've tried the Library of Congress to no avail. And the Taylorsville Historical Society search was just as fruitless. Any ideas?
posted by longhaultrucker at 3:24 PM - 9 answers

May 18

Beanplating here: how to close an email thread with customer support?

Imagine you buy something on the Internets, but shipping is delayed, and your receipt indicates that you should reach out to customer support to get an updated ship date. You do that and they send you an email (or emails) sorting things out. Do you (or should you?) close out the thread by following up with another email, just to say thank you? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 2:21 PM - 11 answers

From zero to cat video

Asking for a friend: how do I get started making home made cat videos? I have zero knowledge about equipment, procedure, and technique. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 6:12 AM - 1 answers

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