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Rather than buy an under desk treadmill (expensive) I’d like to buy a used treadmill and remove the handlebars to use it under a desk. I don’t know which treadmill brands or models are the best for this use case.
My daughter is scheduled to start at FIDM in LA this October and is looking for an apartment in Santa Monica or near FIDM in LA (less so)... [more inside]
I’m teaching my partner to drive stick and am looking for suggestions of places to practice in Seattle. [more inside]
I'm interested in using self-hypnosis to improve my attention, reduce procrastination, increase confidence, and so forth. [more inside]
My youngest turned two. Only three weeks ago. Twice now she has escaped from her crib at night. We found her asleep in the rocking chair in her room this morning. I don't know how she's getting out. It doesn't seem to be with the help of other objects in the room. I'm sure this will lead to all kinds of shenannigans. It seems like we will now have to transition her to a bed. Advice? [more inside]
My bilingual son is doing some interesting things with language. Parents of bilingual kids, is this something that you saw? [more inside]
I wrote a short story about a (fictional) pretentious artist making a new installation which relies heavily on extreme UV light. Only I didn't quite realize that the room would be dark, not bright. Oops. Trying to fix this. More below the fold. [more inside]
I don't have a middle name. For years, I have toyed with legally adding my mother's maiden name to my name, but have never gone through with it due to complications. Can you help me think this through and identity the pros and cons? [more inside]
We have these placemats from Ikea. The other illustrations are pretty clear--pear, bell pepper, avocado, etc. What the heck is this thing in the middle?
Got a couple of tweens (11- and 13-years old) hanging around the house this summer. Though we have a basic daily plan, we could use some prompts to inspire self-directed "learning" of a carefree, summery sort. [more inside]
So I'm trying to get to the bottom of UK garden allotments. According to wikipedia (HERE) "Each plot cannot exceed forty square rods (1000 m2) and must be used for the production of fruit or vegetables for consumption by the plot-holder and their family (1922), or of flowers for use by the plot-holder and their family." So you can't sell the extra at a farmer's market?
I live in the UK, and recently procured a US-made small guitar amp, wired for US use. I am horribly ignorant about electrical currents. I presume I need some sort of converter (beyond the basic US/UK plug converter) so I can rock out without blowing up my apartment. But which one do I need? Amp is a Harmony Model H510. Specs are 117V 60Hz 22 Amp. Any tips really appreciated!
When costumes from TV shows are labelled 'Hero' by the wardrobe department, what does it mean? [more inside]
Still questioning my gender and sexuality in my 30s. Help me figure it out? [more inside]
I am looking for goofy observations and non sequiturs specifically about pregnancy, babies and parenting. Think Shower Thoughts or Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. I've found a few online but I bet you could come up with some even better ones! [more inside]
As a boy, I devoted my allowance money to rocks, minerals, and gemstones. The resulting collection fills a medium-sized tackle box, and includes some cut gemstones and large crystals. I'd like to sell it, but I have no idea how to find a buyer, nor how to choose a fair price once I do find someone. I don't even remember what most of the objects in this collection are, making it very hard for me to just scour ebay or whatever. Any tips? [more inside]
I’m updating a training I wrote several years ago in a past job. Handouts include a booklet for parents on identifying symptoms of kid depression and seeking treatment. I think it’s outdated, but what do I replace it with? [more inside]
Is this "silver ion" sanitizer I just received from China useful for anything? I ordered it months ago, it just arrived, and it turns out it contains no alcohol. I think I should probably discard it, but I wondered if anyone has information on it or an alternative use for "gel" [more inside]
While recently clearing out a shed which has been there at least the 30 years in our family, found this "Alligators" "sign". Can you help identify? [more inside]
Well, maybe not literally. But sometimes I feel as if I'm walking on air. I'll explain what I'm talking about inside. [more inside]