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There are two AskMe threads that I think are good intros to this topic - Cutting Costs without Feeling the Pinch - What Else Can I Stop Doing Both of these have a lot of people giving advice from the practical "quit paying for cable and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

it'll probably be at least 2 years before the divorce is finalized due to logistical reasons (financial complications). This sounds murky and weird. I am a divorced person and I am dating someone who was in a complicated relationship… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

He also doesn't think there's anything I can do to make it up to him. He sounds like he's someone managing his stress poorly. You guys had a miscommunication (both of you, not just you, both of you). You shouldn't have to cancel going to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Great friends are people who - remember your preferences for food/drink stuff and always make your coffee the way you like it - send you little fun stuff in the mail for no reason - remember things that are going on in your life and ask you… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Will she still be around? Absolutely. I'll write up a longer personal thing a bit later but this is literally just "I am moving on in my professional life." MetaFilter remains my online home.... MetaTalk comment - favorited 496 times… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

You can also think over the questions ALL DAY if it helps you. Some people are bad at snap answers. I have to grind them out a lot of the time, trying to jog my memory by going down the alphabet "Does her name start with A? B? C?...?" [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I'm not a big seafood eater and I think one of the reasons was from watching Ackroyd eating the salmon when his santa beard kept getting in the way and I always think of it as being ... stiff and fuzzy. [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I don't feel like it's too much heavy-lifting but it might be borderline but Richerd Powers sometimes does this for me and The Gold Bug Variations might do it for you. The Time Traveler's Wife, if you haven't read it, is good for that full-heart… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

The first book that really pulled out my heart and stomped on it was The Changeling by Zilpha Snyder. I just read that book a few months ago and ... wow, yeah. So good but so sharp in some ways too. I also loved We Have Always Lived in… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I don't feel comfortable asking friend to help pay for this vet bill, but I feel like if I were in their shoes, I would absolutely offer to help. That would be the better etiquette move, even a token, but it's not how everyone would… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I took Amtrak from Boston to Chicago back in the 90s I did this too! They had those All Aboard America tickets and for $250 you could get a trip that lasted up to a month with a bunch of stops and sort of hop on and off. I went from… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Well sounds like there are two separate issues 1. Is colleague actually allowed to hire interns? Like, I am unclear if the issue is they did this without your okay (not cool but that's an internal issue you work out with coworker) or if they did… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

"Thanks for your follow up emails. You've asked good questions, ones that we covered already during our initial interview. The first thing in this email needs to be an apology for the screw up and a very very clear outline that there… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago


I work the polls in my town, get paid to do so, and I think everyone should be able to vote all the time, so that is where I am coming from. However, elections cost money, staffing polling areas costs money. The big thing is whether you feel the… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Hey I am home, almost exactly 7 hours after the bus was supposed to get here. Thanks for all the support everyone, it was nice to get to share my goofy story with people [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

We're on a bus! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

GODDAMNIT I AM STILL ON THIS TRAIN. I mean, I am on my way back from NYC and we had a few small delays and now there is this freight train sort of broken down on the line ahead of us and I guess there is a thing with its air where you have to ..… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

They gave us cheddar goldfish and dried fruit and cookies for free but anything else you have to buy from the cafe car which I do not feel like doing on principle at this point. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

For people who are already in LL, I'd like to suggest also poking around in the forums where there is a lot of nerdy discussion about trivia and match days. Also consider signing up to be a tester for other people's one day specials and minileagues… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

We've had a few guests in the past including ColdChef, mothershock, kokogiak and the new mods when they came on. I agree, more guests would be a good thing. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

WestJ, recently demoted to Memorial E League, still enjoying it! If someone knows me IRL-sh and wants to be referred, please drop me a note. I am really serious about making sure you won't cheap and won't forfeit. An hour? That feels like too… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I'm worried that my tastes in particular are incongruent with those of a supposedly smart person. I have this problem! And at some level the issue comes down to "according to whom?" Like, culture is basically some sort of… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago


I'm really curious about that shop vac on a timer. Me too, like what the fuck Dad? And it really made a huge crazy noise. There are x-10 switches in the basement that we still haven't figured out. You have to press some buttons randomly… [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I am not much of a drinker (and definitely not a scotch drinker) but I would have two (2) beers for a podcast if cortex would edit out the bathroom breaks. Would LOVE to have pb on and talk about the beaming ray of pure sunshine he has become since… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Alanon will be very, very helpful for you. Concur. I had an alcoholic parent and everything medusa said rings true for me. It's a natural thing for people to minimize the drinking problems of those they love. It may be helpful to you to… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

My friend cannot handle silence. She cannot last more than 4 seconds without filling the space between us with words. Much of it is noise. Many people are this way and that is fine. I am more like you. I find people who just sort of talk… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

We're definitely a little goofier if we do the podcast later in the day, all other variables nonwithstanding.. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

those of use on dialup or satellite internet or low volume metered accounts appreciate the warning. 25% of the US doesn't have broadband at home. Many people have metered data plans on their phones. Large mystery PDFs don't often… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Jessamyn, isn't the word "merci" in the name of the "Merci Train" used in the sense of "thank you"? Yes, it totally is! You mean I was pronouncing it wrong? And I have to go to Woonsocket sometime. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

Oh bless you. Jim and I sat through the entire thing just hoping it would never end. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I'm sure there's still a lot to like about it, but for me: He started interviewing a bunch of musicians, which I was less interested in. And Maron's underdog schtick really only works if he's not one of the most popular podcasters with his own TV… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

I'm a huge fan of cash. I even have a checkbook which I use to pay for some things. I have credit cards and pay them off at the end of every month. As long as you feel like you know where your money's going and you are not unduly inconvenienced, cash… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

As a counterpoint, I have a bank that refunds my ATM fees which can be helpful for this sort of thing. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

My thoughts went straight to Under Armor tank tops. They have a masculine look, they are snug but not binding. They're not specifically for swimming but have a fitness gear look that wouldn't be out of place in the water. This is their… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Was everyone a foundling found in the library?? JUST ME THEN? [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

An oldie but a goodie is Over the Next Hill: An Ethnography of RVing Seniors in North America by Dorothy Ayers Counts. I just finished reading Full-Time RVing: A Complete Guide to Life on the Open Road by Bill and Jan Moeller who have written a… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

my SO told me he’s sad when I get up while he's still sleeping. He’d rather have me stay in bed and wake up with me at his side… when I comply there is something screaming inside, I am antsy and usually end up angry, in addition to guilty and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

Bottom: spinach Top: roasted corn, black beans, roasted red peppers dressing: chipotle something Bottom: spinach Top: strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese Dressing: balsamic something Bottom: mixed greens Top: Roasted chicken, sliced toasted… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

*wonders how many times she re-rolled to get that title* You can REROLL? I just assumed my character was pre-loaded or something. I mean "found in a library"? C'mon.... [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

MLKSHK shut down this weekend. We had a lot of notice and there's an active group of maybe 200-ish nerds all trying to get up a new post-MLKSHK site (code name: MLTSHP). It was a goofy image-sharing site and it was one of my short list of internet… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

My parents feel that, whether or not they are paying for something, they should be allowed to veto anything they dislike, and that planning our wedding without them being allowed to weigh in on every decision has been disrespectful. Hey,… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

update from the OP So, before I posted, I was totally ready to get on the phone to Mr Anonymous and make an idiot of myself by apologizing for being fat. And I was convinced that he wouldn't want me. How COULD he? I'm FAT. And ugly. Who in their… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

follow-up from the OP Thank you so much everyone for your insight and also for your kindness. I actually got all teary reading all the nice things everyone wrote. It's so easy to get trapped inside my head and just see things from one rigid… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

[Seriously folks maybe don't continue to harp on the "this is dangerous for kids" stuff after a couple comments. Everyone is dead, we know it's not safe.] [more]
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MeFi comment - 3 months ago

I cast the Silence All of Life spell! [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

*glares* Hey glaring is my skill! along with poetry and link-farming [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

First: is apnea being dealt with? No counting backwards from anything or standing on one leg, please. How about vigorous exercise? That is what helped me. I was one of those "Stay awake basically all night, drinking to shut my… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

what podcasts (or other media, I guess) everyone consumes that are on topics about which they have no underlying interest. I really like reading books about sports much more than I like being any other parts of sports culture. The science… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 3 months ago

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