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September 26

Long term stays in upmarket hotels

I remember several years ago (possibly a decade or more) reading a long-form article about a guy who stayed for a year in luxury hotels at very low prices by offering to stay for long periods. Can you find the article, and does this strategy still work? [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 3:04 AM - 4 answers

What maintenance does a relatively modern, low-mileage car need?

OK, so I own a 2012 Scion XB which I bought new in 2013. Since then, I've put a grand total of 17,000 miles on it. I live in the city. I bike to work. I'm basically that grandmother who drives to the supermarket once a week. I change the oil every six months, and I've replaced the front tires once because the tread was low. Rear tires are doing fine. Given my light usage, what kind of maintenance should I be looking out for? Brake pads? Belts? Spark plugs? What am i missing? [more inside]
posted by flod at 2:12 AM - 8 answers

September 25

What were these NYC houses and are they even still there?

So about 20 years ago a friend and I went walking south from Houston and Hudson Streets in NYC and somewhere a block or two from the Hudson River, maybe down near where the WTC used to be or Century 21 still is (?), we came across a row of about three very old houses. And now I can't find them and it's making me nuts. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly around New York, NY at 8:51 PM - 16 answers

Help me deal with my first accident (and getting my car back to spec)

I'm 45 years old but have thankfully avoided car accidents my entire life. Until I got a car I love... Then, 3 months after buying it, I got broadsided. I'm trying to navigate this and get my car back to pre-broadside condition (including the CarFax). Details inside, but help needed from anyone who's been through this, or especially insurance agents and car dealers. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:04 AM - 21 answers

September 24

Running routes: Shoreline, WA edition

I'll be staying with a friend in Shoreline, WA next week and I'm looking for safe morning running routes. [more inside]
posted by kiripin around Shoreline, WA at 4:37 PM - 7 answers

Getting from JFK to Penn Station

I'm traveling to NYC. I need to get from JFK to Penn Station in less than two hours. My time window is between 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Is that doable, and if yes, what's the best way to do it?
posted by CollectiveMind around New York, NY at 12:29 PM - 11 answers

Bewildered by British speed bumps

Question from an American learning to drive in England about the right way to go over bumps in the road that you can straddle. [more inside]
posted by johngoren around England at 2:37 AM - 19 answers

September 23

What neighborhood of London to stay in?

My partner and I (M-F couple in our early 40s, no kids) are thinking about a short trip to London. Our chief interest is visiting craft cocktail bars. What parts of town should we considering staying in? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell around London, England at 1:26 PM - 8 answers

How do I pay for things in Sweden (with some constraints)

I will have to be in Stockholm for nine days in October, without credit cards or a mobile phone. How difficult is it going to be to get around/pay for things? [more inside]
posted by remembrancer around Stockholm, Sweden at 9:11 AM - 12 answers

Help us fight back after we bought a bad used car

We recently bought a 2013 Volkswagen from a Toyota dealership for $7500. We paid cash and signed an As-Is document. After driving the car for a week, the Check Engine light came on. We took the vehicle to the Volkswagen dealership across the street from the Toyota dealership, and they said there are $5800 worth of repairs needed on the car, primarily all in the engine. They also said that the repairs are extensive enough that the selling dealership had to have known about them when they sold it. [more inside]
posted by allison00 at 3:01 AM - 23 answers

September 22

How Do I Get A Sword On An Airplane?

Not carryon -- I'm glad to check it. But the stupid thing (present from an ex, too expensive to throw away, I've found a home for it) doesn't fit in my luggage (it's about a yard long and 8" across the hilt) and I don't want to buy a giant new bag for it. I was thinking I could find a giant poster tube, but searching isn't giving me anything in the right dimensions. Anyone have either a source for a 9"x38 poster tube, or a better idea?
posted by LizardBreath at 1:41 PM - 16 answers

Help me maximize our experience visiting Space Center Houston

What should I do to maximize a mid-October visit to Space Center Houston? We will be staying at a nearby hotel and using uber. I have tickets for the Level 9 VIP Tour, which includes Space Center Admission for the next day. We are interested in seeing any iconic displays, Saturn V, mission control, space shuttle, Gemini/Apollo capsules, etc, and have no interest in gimmicky ones like Galaxy Lights. The more detailed and adult-oriented space, science, and engineering content the better. [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra around Houston, TX at 1:11 PM - 3 answers

Barcelona: where to sit and work/write/read?

I find myself unexpectedly about to go to Barcelona for a week. There's work I need to do while I'm there. Are there interesting places where I can comfortably and unobtrusively sit with a laptop for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by tangerine around Barcelona, Spain at 11:58 AM - 5 answers

Going to a work convention and trying to avoid pack mule life

Where can I store a small overnight bag near the SLC airport for ~9 hours? [more inside]
posted by moons in june around Salt Lake City, UT at 10:18 AM - 7 answers

September 21

Italian lost and found - how to return item from Florence to Rome?

I was in Florence this week and my bag was stolen - it only contained a sketchbook and something with my school program name. Someone messaged the school saying they found it and wanted to know if the group was still in Florence so it could be returned or picked up at a specific police station. I am in Rome now. [more inside]
posted by cessair around Italy at 5:25 PM - 2 answers

September 20

Where to go, what to do?

Mr. DrGail and I are headed from our home in Chicago to St. Louis for the Historic Shaw Art Festival in early October. Besides spending a few days in and around the city, we're casting about for other places to go and things to do on our fall road trip. [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 8:50 AM - 8 answers

September 19

Do I replace timing belt in my used car, not knowing service history?

I just bought a used car. According to the maintenance schedule, the timing belt should have been replaced by a previous owner, but I don't know if it actually was. Should I get it replaced just to be safe? [more inside]
posted by zeri at 6:27 PM - 12 answers

September 18

Lost wallet, scheduled to fly tomorrow, help!

I can't find my wallet. I'm scheduled to fly domestically within the US tomorrow. I've read some online about providing alternative documentation for TSA and wanted to hear some firsthand experiences and advice from other MeFites! [more inside]
posted by overglow at 10:31 AM - 18 answers

September 17

Help me not hate LA?

Please don't take offense to this but I've received a wonderful job offer in LA and completely and utterly hate the city after 2 weeks. I lived in a lot of places and even places I didn't particularly like, I didn't seem to hate it. A lot of people live here and love it, so I'm missing something. Details within. [more inside]
posted by geoff. around Los Angeles, CA at 8:02 PM - 37 answers

Leaving for Antwerp and Amsterdam in early October - what to do there?

Assume I know about Amsterdam's hash culture yadda yadda yadda already. If I only get this one chance to visit Belgium and Amsterdam - I want to hear what you absolutely love about it if you live there or have extensive travel stories. And OF COURSE I want your best beer and frites rec's, please and thank you. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian around Belgium at 7:59 PM - 13 answers

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