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Published: Fri, 06 Mar 2009 13:38:30 -0800

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Help me with my dirty 30.

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 13:38:30 -0800

Plan my 30th birthday in NYC. Dizzying amount of parameters within. For my 30th b-day I'd like to have a pretty special night out in NYC. I already spend a decent amount of time in the City as it is, so I'd like to find some extra dynamite destinations. I am looking for interesting, eclectic, fun places to spend the night and here is what I have in mind for the whole event:

1. Go on a 5ish mile run with a couple friends. Do you have a favorite route?

2. Get pre dinner cocktails.

3. Eat a delicious dinner (Outstanding, interesting, eclectic sushi preferred. Otherwise, exceptional other kinds of restaurants are great, too. Just not Ethiopian).

4. Hang out in a bar after dinner with friends.

My only real restrictions are geography and that things are fairly affordable. On the geography front, I'd like to be in either Manhattan or Astoria, Queens for the whole event.

Moneywise, we're all willing to splurge somewhat, but as a barometer, bars that offers only $15 cocktails and restaurants with main courses upwards of ~$25 ain't happening. At the pre-dinner bar I'd like to be able to sit, relax, and get decent whiskey/bourbon and/or interesting cocktails. The after-dinner bar, as long as a group of 8ish can fit, sit and hear ourselves talk, divey is totally fine, if not preferred.

I realize I'm asking a bunch of things in one question, which may not be kosher. If you have suggestions for any of the four above, that's cool, you don't need to craft my whole b-day package or anything.


Help me push this hobby even further into the pathology zone.

Mon, 12 May 2008 13:22:11 -0800

What's a good magazine subscription for a 30-something guy who is really into watches and pens? My brother is young, hip dude who is super into (obsessed with, really) collecting and repairing and tinkering with old, antique and collectible watches and pens/ink. What are some cool publications for a collector like him? I'm especially interested in anything slightly less popular and a bit more off the beaten path (that he's less likely to have already stumbled upon).

I'm sure I can just google around for titles but I was hoping for feedback about quality of specific publications.

You know what I need; you know what I want; or maybe you don't; gimme some money!

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 16:25:27 -0800

Anyone have information and firsthand experience with ShoreBank for a High Yield Savings Account? I have been doing some research on HYSA and the only thing stopping me from doing an ING account is that ShoreBank is supposedly a socially conscious, community-focused corporation. I'd love to do business with a company that has a conscience but I'd also love hear about them the great things I've heard about ING (great customer service!! fantastic/very useable web interface!! etc.!!) before I really decide.

Any firsthand experience would be appreciated.

Wordpress/website/internet novice seeks bailout.

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 17:35:12 -0800

Can I get some basic Wordpress help? So out of my depth here. I'm in way over my head here. I am helping a friend set up her organization's website. I have Wordpress all installed. Is there any way I can make the homepage not be a blog? I know I've seen other "Wordpress-powered" sites that don't have blogs as the main page. Am I seriously mistaken? How the heck can I do this? I looked through WP's documentation and couldn't make heads or tails of it. I'm using BlueHost, if it matters. If Wordpress isn't the thing for me, what is? I'm an utter novice, in case you haven't noticed.

Anyone who cares to walk me through it, shoot me a MeMail! Thanks a million.

Thunderbird woes.

Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:30:48 -0800

Thunderbird is messing up my outgoing attachments. Please help. When I send Word attachments (hasn't happened with .ppt or .pdf) the recipient gets a "binary file" attachment they cannot open. When I look at my sent mail, the attachments show as files with no extension and either a blank white square or a picture of a jack in the box (I know, wtf?). I am on a Mac, os 10.5.2, Thunderbird and am IMAP'd to my Gmail account. This is driving me bananas. I read a bunch of threads including this one and did everything they suggested, to no avail.

I can open attachments I receive, although if it's a Word doc, I have to go through the whole song and dance of selecting Microsoft Word from my apps-- the attachment doesn't look like a Word app and T'bird doesn't recognize it as such. The icon is a picture of a jack in the box.

Least incensiest incense ever?

Sat, 02 Feb 2008 13:09:41 -0800

What's that incense I've smelled at Zen centers and where can I find it? When I've been in Korean Zen centers or meditation areas used by Zen practitioners, there's been incense on the altar that has a very subtle aroma. It's not terribly fragrant or remotely perfume-y. It's extremely mild. They're usually shorter sticks than your regular incense and I think they might be a Japanese brand.

I've googled around and found different kinds associated with meditation but I want to be sure I'm getting something not so aromatic that's it's distracting before I bite the bullet and buy. Brands, names, and links are awesome and appreciated. Thank you!

Name a blog!

Wed, 02 Jan 2008 07:33:23 -0800

BuffyFilter! I need a name for a blog about Buffy. Calling all Buffy fans. Please suspend any and all criticism of how this may have already been done to death (because I know it has), but, let's say two friends were going to start a blog of episode reviews, critiques and random chatter about Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the television series, NOT the movie) and possibly Angel. It plans to be smart, interesting, fun and not take itself too seriously. It would also be a kind of point-counterpoint, which each contributer offering his/her opinions (rather than two people writing in one unified voice if you catch me).

What names would you suggest for the blog? Ideally it would be a play on a Buffyism. That said, we would think about something totally unrelated to a Buffyism if it was a rad idea. (Although a play on a quote, plotline, character or something else from the Buffyverse seems to be where we're headed).

We'd love any ideas that that would also be sort of descriptive of the blog, of criticism, of writing, etc. For example, "Strangely Literal," is a phrase taken from a line of dialog that fits well with the medium of blogging or with the idea of thinking about/critiquing a t.v. show. I don't know if that really gets the idea across. If it totally doesn't let me know and I will pipe in again.

I'm not sure if people would want credit for their idea if its used, but I don't see why that would be a problem.

I know this is a tall order so anything and everything is very appreciated.

Vegans do it without animal products.

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:11:05 -0800

I need some tried and true delicious vegan recipes. I am going to an office party tomorrow and I'd some really yummy recipes for vegan stuff. I'm an omnivore so I'm a bit at sea trying to suss out which recipes will be really truly delish. I can't decide if I want appetizery stuff, entree type stuff or desserty type stuff so whatever you know, please send it my way. I already reviewed the existing AskMe threads and do have some potential contenders but I would like a few more options, especially since I haven't decided what "genre" of food to bring yet.

Please tell me what couch will fit in our building!

Mon, 08 Oct 2007 14:21:20 -0800

What couch will fit in our apartment building? Not the specific apartment, mind you, just in the front door and around the stairwell's odd and narrow corners. We recently bought a good-sized couch. I don't have exact measurements, but 3 people could squeeze relatively comfortably. It wasn't unreasonably huge, but big and awkwardly-dimensioned enough that it just couldn't be shoved into the door and around our apartment building's strange corners. The delivery guy recommended couches that "come apart." I can't really figure out what he means other than buying a few sectionals. My question is are there any specific couches you can recommend that can get into a tight space because they a) come apart, b) are sectionals (if those two things are different) c) is economical space-wise even though it seats 3 people? Oh, our budget is modest. This one we got was $380 with tax. Obviously we are willing to do floor models and clearance stuff. The paradox here is that our actual apartment is huge so we can have a football field-sized couch if we could get it through the door. Are there couches that...fold? Or something?


Sun, 16 Sep 2007 05:43:54 -0800

Help me, a very picky consumer, find the perfect lotion. Neutrogena used to make Rainbath Moisturizing Body Mist (not in any way like the other Rainbath products they still make). They discontinued it in 2002 and I can't find it anywhere. I have tried pretty much everything, including calling Neutrogena, to get my hands on it and no dice. I have come to realize that I just need to find a new product. Being totally set in my ways and adverse to change, I basically want as close to the exact same thing as I can possibly get.
- was a spray.
- was very light and not at all greasy. You couldn't feel it on your hands at all once your rubbed it in just a little bit. At the same time, it was very moisturizing.
- smelled amazing. Not perfumey, but just fresh and clean.

I can compromise on the spray part. And, fyi, I have already eliminated the Bath and Body Works lotions that contain silk. Wasn't quite right.