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December 20, 2020

Picking Up and Learning Poker Slang

How do you pick up poker slang? Active example after the cut. [more inside]
posted by metabaroque at 11:31 PM - 7 answers

December 19, 2020

Webcomic about awesome Victorian names?

With dogs?
posted by leotrotsky at 8:15 PM - 3 answers

December 18, 2020

Classic literature depicting relationships

Hello. I am seeking references in classic or modern lit, depicting strong, bonded or light, colorful relationships. Preference for partnered or romantic. [more inside]
posted by Wichienmaat at 8:03 PM - 16 answers

Potatoes and what else?

In a world where potatoes can be sent through the mail with just an address, a return address, and postage: what else is possible with the USPS? [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 10:36 AM - 28 answers

December 17, 2020

When do you Christmas? Need a timeline!

It happens every year. I celebrate Christmas in a pretty big way and always have lots of ambitions: cards, baking, gifts, decorating - but I am reluctant to start "too early." Then I end up 10 days before Christmas in a frantic jam trying to get it all done. I need a Christmas timeline! When do you do the things? What are your deadlines for getting things done? Specific queries below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:51 AM - 21 answers

December 15, 2020

suggestions to perform the act of kindness

I recently came across this article in ap news about this wonderful lady who celebrated her birthday by doing something good for strangers. I'm not into any social media except askmetafilter though :)) I always wanted to do something like what she did.I cannot go out volunteer that much in person( not only because of pandemic but also being a parent of a special need child).I would love to do something like sending gift/cards/letters whatever I can from home to make someone happy and smile.My struggle is finding the right people in need and their addresses. How do I find these people?Any suggestions and ideas to start my journey in doing something good will be greatly appreciated.Thanks. [more inside]
posted by SunPower at 1:35 PM - 12 answers

December 14, 2020

Recommendations for Qatari activists & resources

I want to pass along some resources (things to read, organizations or people to learn from, etc) regarding Qatar and its poor record regarding homophobia, labor exploitation, women's rights, terrorism, etc. What do you recommend? (Qatar-specific preferred but regional groups are good too; anything focused on LGBTQ rights and/or sports is a plus.) [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise at 6:57 PM - 0 answers

Is buying my child a tipi shaped playhouse/tent cultural appropriation?

Would or could a tipi shaped tent be considered cultural appropriation? Is a tent shaped like a tipi only problematic if other more stereotypical clothing, costumes, art, decor, etc are involved? [more inside]
posted by indyjones at 6:00 PM - 16 answers

December 13, 2020

No One Lurks to 100

I recently learned that there's a saying in Ethiopia, "No one lives to 100". I would love other sayings that translate easily/directly to English and would still carry not just the literal meaning but also the idea of why one would say it.. [more inside]
posted by I paid money to offer this... insight? at 9:53 PM - 18 answers

Crossword clue says to "unscramble letters"

I'm new to solving crosswords. What does it mean when the clue says to "unscramble letters, [number] - [another number]"? See, for example, 16-across on the Toronto star's puzzle from 12/09/20. (I can't link directly to the specific date, so you will have to manually select the puzzle from the correct date.)
posted by tickingclock at 5:11 PM - 4 answers

How to hook up in these crazy times

Have not hooked up since my drinking days years ago. Was married and then FWB but things have dried up and really just want some body to body contact. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 7:08 AM - 10 answers

December 10, 2020

What's a great gift for your real estate agent?

I just bought my first home and the buyer's agent was kind and helpful. What should I give to him as a thank you gift? He's married with kids. I was planning to spend about $150.
posted by ponibrown at 3:19 PM - 14 answers

Need a little Merry in my Christmas

Christmas is effectively canceled, I won't be seeing friends or family, and live alone. I often find a midnight service at a church with a good choir, go to a Messiah sing-along, plus a few parties and visiting. Looking for free or affordable virtual events with good music, esp. great choirs, but other musical styles welcome. NPR will surely have some Christmas eve options, looking for more. What foods and treats are people making in small batches to make the holiday special for one or two? thanks.
posted by theora55 at 5:50 AM - 22 answers

December 9, 2020

Compare Birmingham, AL and Asheville, NC. Begin.

Have you moved from Birmingham to Asheville? How would you compare the cities? What is different better? What is different worse?
posted by John Borrowman at 12:56 PM - 6 answers

December 5, 2020

What to do when more than anything you miss making art with your friends

As it says. [more inside]
posted by Wichienmaat at 5:15 PM - 15 answers

Am I being a jerk about my boyfriend's Burning Man obsession

My new beau is a self proclaimed "Burner" he talks about it all of the time. Apparently his ex girlfriend took him a few years ago and now he seems to have made it a big part of his personality. I'd personally prefer to like travel with that time and energy, but it's important to him, so I told him although I would not go, I'd absolutely send a friend of mine who would like it, with him (I love him a lot so I want him to have a buddy that will keep him safe...he is 64 and has had two strokes) But, he does a LOT of drugs there, and I told him that I didn't think after the strokes he should do drugs again. He said I was being unreasonable and now we are in a standoff. If you don't enjoy something sober, or fear that you won't, is that just an excuse to do drugs? [more inside]
posted by lextex at 7:59 AM - 42 answers

December 4, 2020

Is a "write your own obituary" workshop worthwhile?

I'm interested in (virtually) attending a workshop in which participants write their own obituaries. I'd be interested to know if you've done this and, if so, whether you think it's a worthwhile exercise. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 1:00 PM - 11 answers

December 2, 2020

How do I not be like this?

(Content warning transphobia) I’m worried I’m turning into a TERF. No queer-friendly therapists or community available to me. Who can I talk to or how can I train my feelings to match my values. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM - 50 answers

December 1, 2020

How to find the secret location of a political event?

Republicans will be hosting an event in NYC that some local folks would like to protest. NYYRC 108th Annual Gala with Sarah Palin & James O'Keefe How can we find the location? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 11:44 AM - 9 answers

What mysterious therapy did I receive as a kid?

I received some strange traumatizing therapy as a child: what was it? I was taken into a tiny dimly-lit room where I had to lay on a mechanized table. I was given one earplug and headphones that played grating, disturbing sounds like silverware scraping and things like that. Meanwhile, the table would move in different patterns (jerking back and forth, or in a more circular pattern. I was left alone in the room until the end of the session. This was at a child's therapy center of some sort in LA in the 80s. [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse at 8:11 AM - 9 answers

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