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Hi All, I work in industrial real estate: we basically build and lease warehouses, distribution centers, and the like, but I am on the marketing side. I'm looking for really fun, creative ideas for a broker event we are planning to host this March. The purpose of the event will be to promote a large warehouse / distribution center we have for lease that is currently vacant. Audience-wise, the typical industrial real estate broker is - you guessed it - male, so we typically go with more manly type themes, which can be really fun!In the past, we've done a "Fishing" theme event that went well. We brought in a large fishing pond, stocked fish in it, handed out prizes for catches, provided fly fishing instructors and big give-aways, like a deep-sea fishing trip for four. We also had a gourmet southern buffet and menu we custom-designed, complete with all of the netting and fishing decor. It was really fun to add in the details for that event - like doing a Whiskey chocolate mousse with oreo crumbs on top and a little gummy worm in a little galvanized steel pail labeled "Bait." Other themes I've seen done that went over well: Oktoberfest - with our very own brand-labeled beer and hostesses dressed up like "Olga" in braids and suspenders handing them out. Since we are in industrial real estate, I would personally love to have a "Truck Stop" themed party with big rigs we can drive around the property (like the Georgia-Florida Line video "This is how we roll.") Another idea we've tossed around is renting exotic cars to drive around the property and into the warehouse to tour (instead of walking). Any fun manly-kinda themed ideas that would appeal to the industrial real estate broker community would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

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Seeking Bluetooth in-ear headphones that are durable and have a good form-factor for running/bouncing up and down. Audio quality not as important, I mostly listen to podcasts.I moved to BT because I got sick of all my wired eat buds losing sound in one ear after 2 months of use. My new, admittedly cheap, BT ear buds just lost sound in one ear after 2 months of use. I have a Visa gift card from Christmas. Help me use it wisely.

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Excel experts: How can I filter this range so that I only pull records with red cells (these were originally blank)? This is a pivot table that I converted back into a range. Alternatively, is there a way I can filter my original pivot table so that it only displays records with blank entries? Thanks in advance!

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My partner (M, late 30s) is chronically tired, and I'm wondering if it could be sleep apnea. He never gasps or struggles during sleep, although he does snore very softly on occasion, usually right after drifting off. However, several times when I've had my hand on his side in a spooning-type position, I've noticed that the depth of his breathing during sleep is inconsistent.He takes deep breaths that cause clear movement in his ribcage for 1-2 minutes, then progressively shallower/smaller ones, to the point where for 10-15 seconds I can't say for sure whether he's taken a breath at all. He then returns to normal/deep breathing without any apparent gasping or distress. Is this kind of variation in breathing during sleep normal, or is it worth having a sleep study done? Additional info: he's normal weight, no health issues, no medications, doesn't smoke, and had not consumed any alcohol on the occasions I've noticed this. I realize random internet people can't diagnose sleep apnea and a sleep study is the only way to really figure this out, but he is very doctor-adverse and I have to choose my battles...

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So, subsequent to my previous question, I ended up leasing a 2015 Prius, and so far it's been great. The lease is almost up, and I'm thinking of buying the car, but have a question.The only real downside to having a Prius in Toronto is that I have to use the heat a fair bit in the winter. I keep the heat on 18 degrees with a low fan setting most of the time, but it still gets a lot of use, and this puts a strain on my fuel efficiency. I usually get about 5L/100km when it's above freezing, but in the last month it's been closer to 7L because of the frigid temperatures we've had. My question -- are newer Prius models any better in terms of heat affecting fuel efficiency? My current model has pretty low mileage so it might be a good deal to buy it but if a newer one gets more per litre, I might consider getting a new lease.

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I need to move from Portland, OR to the Bay Area. I'm moving from a houseshare to a houseshare, and have only one small bedroom's worth of stuff (it'll fit in a U-Haul cargo van). At the same time, I also have a car to move, and as a nervous driver, I don't relish driving a rental van all the way down there. I'm considering hiring someone to help. This can't be that unusual of a situation -- how do people handle this?My new job isn't giving me money to move. Let's say I have a budget of $1000 at the outside. I've thought of ditching my furniture, moving the rest in the car, and replacing the furniture down there, but the stuff I have is painstakingly collected vintage and I don't really want to do that. The only exception is my cheap Amazon bed, in case the bed is the sticking point in your cunning scheme. Thanks! Signed, a brand-new archivist who just got their first professional job that requires moving, and is a little bit lost.

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I'm about to adopt a cat (or two). In general, I'm planning to give them the run of the house. I'm a little worried about nighttime though. I know cats are active at night, and I'm a light sleeper. Detailed questions below.I'm particularly worried about yowling if I shut them out of my bedroom. What actions should I take to prevent this? I'd like to let them in the bedroom most of the time, and then kick them out if they are keeping me up. Is this a terrible idea? Would it be better to make the bedroom off limits from the start? If it doesn't work to just kick them out of the room when I'm trying to sleep, would it be better to let them roam the rest of the house, or should they have a cat "bedroom." I have an empty bedroom that I'm planning to set up as a cat room with scratch towers, sleep pads, litter box, etc. I'll have these things elsewhere too, but I thought they would like to have a place of their own on occasion. I could try to get them in the habit of sleeping in that room. Is that a good idea? (I had cats as a kid, but that was a long time ago, so I'm essentially new to this.)

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My kindergartner has decided most of the books we own are now 'boring'. He still likes books with pictures on every other page. (It doesn't have to be at his reading level, we have plenty of simple books to practice with. This is for bed time.) Minecraft is currently a big hit (building etc) and he enjoys telling elaborate stories. Taking him to the library is also on the list, but sometimes favorites don't have cool covers.

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Meet five large (Canadian) men and the little dogs they love.

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Would an unseated video card be enough to fry the logic board on my monitor? Or did it happen to go bad at the same time?Earlier this month, I found that the monitor on my seldom-used-directly-but-always-on-for-remote-needs desktop computer wasn't working. After unsuccessfully trying another screen (our smart TV) and worrying that the video card or MB was bad, I noticed the connector on the PC was a little wobbly and discovered that the video card had actually popped halfway out of its MB slot. (Stupid me for forgetting to screw it in last time.) So, after re-seating the card and re-testing components, I confirmed that it's the monitor that's the point of failure. My question is mainly around what might have happened. Could the video card coming unseated have killed the monitor somehow? I can't imagine this is much different than just disconnecting the cable? This is my second mid-range Samsung that has gone bad in 3 years, and if it coincidentally went bad at the same time the card popped out (or within a couple weeks since it was last known to be working) I plan to re-brand for its replacement. But if it's reasonable to assume this was a result of the card popping out then I'll accept blame and consider giving Samsung another chance because I do like the clarity and color. What say you, PC gurus? Is there enough voltage flowing across the cable to have done this? It's an HDMI connection, if it matters.

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Someone I know is getting surgery to remove a cataract in one eye. She tells me that, because her pupil has trouble dilating, the surgery will be more complicated than usual, taking about an hour rather than 5-10 minutes. She has had trouble getting in touch with the doctor to ask questions about details and the name of her condition, so I'm finding it hard to research how unusual this is, whether recovery will be different from recovering from normal cataract removal (e.g., longer), and what to particularly watch out for during recovery. Help?She has cataracts in both eyes, but the doctor suggested removing one at a time, so she has sight in one eye while the other heals. I'm assuming that the unusual thing about the procedure is that they'll surgically dilate her eye, but (a) I might be wrong, and (b) even if I'm right, I am having a tough time web-searching to learn how that ought to modify usual cataract-surgery-related advice. Thanks, all.

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"Worker centers—a catchall term for a broad array of local groups across the country—sprung up in the void left by the collapse of unions. They are a sort of one-stop shop of last resort for the problems of the working class. They organize campaigns for worker rights, wrangle with bad bosses, and more. And because worker centers have been at least somewhat effective in mitigating the horrors of life among the working poor, pro-business forces have long been anxious to undermine them." Walking The Floor of the Great Minnesota Activist Factory, Hamilton Nolan - Splinter.

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I live in the Raleigh/Durham area. I am interested in receiving the NY Times Delivery to my address. I am not interested in delivery by mail. Who delivers the NY Times in areas such as Raleigh? Is it private contractors? The same people who deliver the local papers? The reason I ask is I tried to get delivery of the local daily paper and they could rarely get a paper to my door. I don't think it is people stealing the paper and my address is right in the middle of the Triangle so I am not in a rural area. If it's the same people delivering the local paper I don't even want to bother.

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I'd like to find a way to communicate with groups of friends/workmates/acquaintances about upcoming potential trips/meetings/etc.. Would like to avoid many email forths and backs, and not interested in using facebook or other such. These would be along the lines of "we're thinking about a soup and bread potluck on a Sunday afternoon in Feb. Are you interested? (and maybe "how interested are you?"), and which one would work for you?" Not a Meetup, but similar. Doodle seems most like what we're looking for, but what else have you?

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I recently said in the context of conversion that it was important to me to "keep a Jewish home" but then when I was pressed for what that meant, I realized that there was not one universal definition even though it seemed very obvious and self-evident in my head. I'm interested in hearing yours. If you "keep a Jewish home," what does that mean to you?Examples, things you do and don't do, decisions you have made with your family or significant other, etc. I'm super interested in the different ways this is defined. For some people it is "no pork in the house," and for others it is "we only celebrate Jewish holidays in the house and no Christian ones," or even "we try to make sure our menorah is more prominently placed than our Christmas tree." Or, "we have mezuzot on all our doors." If you're willing, please also include your age/ish, sex, where in the world you live, and whether you were raised Jewish-religious, Jewish-secular, etc.

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As Macron says 'non' to a financial services deal and Boris tries to distract everyone with his bridge here's Everything you need to know about the Brexit endgame in five minutes

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Following on to my question last week, I want to ask about Canine Massage. I am thinking of getting certified in this as another part of the business.I've found the schools and organizations below. 1. Do you have any knowledge or experience with these? I lean towards the Rocky Mountain School if only because of proximity. 2. I'm looking for, but cannot find, an Animal (Canine) massage ListServ or Google group. Somewhere with discussion by people working in this field. Do you know of anything? 3. Any other comments welcome. Northwest School of Animal Massage (Washington State) https://www.nwsam.com/ Brandenburg Massage Therapy (West Virginia) https://www.horseanddogtherapy.com/ Bancroft School of Massage Therapy (Worcester, MA) https://www.horseanddogmassage.com/about/pages/contact_bancroft_school_massage_therapy.cfm?id=50 Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (Franktown, CO) http://www.rmsaam.com/ And 2 organizations: NBCAMM http://www.nbcaam.org/ International Association of Animal Massage https://iaamb.org/

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Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective by Shane Balkowitsch, the only wet plate collodion artist in North Dakota. Here's a quick and dirty intro to modern wet plate photography.

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What is a day in Britain like? A day in the life of an average American (visualised) Everyday life around the world on Instagram

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The Morgan Map of 1682 vs today. Compare London of 1682 with aerial imagery from today, street by street. On Sunday the 2nd of September 1666, the Great Fire of London began reducing most of the capital to ashes. Among the devastation and the losses were many maps of the city itself. The Morgan Map of 1682 was the first to show the whole of the City of London after the fire. Produced by William Morgan and his dedicated team of Surveyors and Cartographers it took 6 years to produce, and displayed a brighter perspective on city life for a population still mourning their loved ones, possessions, and homes. But how much of this symbolised vision of a hoped-for ideal city remains today? What now lies on the lush green fields to the south of the river Thames? And how have the river's banks been eaten into by the insatiable appetite of urban development?

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I know there are onforwarding services that will receive parcels from backwards American companies that only ship to the USA / NAFTA, but would prefer to help out a fellow MeFite first, if that appeals...So I bought these cool Star Wars battle drones for me & lil' Ubu for xmas. Only, the batteries last just 7 minutes before you have to spend 30 minutes recharging them. I tried to buy extra batteries from the supplier, but they only ship to USA / Canada. I might have antagonised their customer service a bit, because after a first email went unanswered for a couple of days asking why it's impossible for me to buy spares when they sell their drones in major retail outlets down under... ...in the second email I had a bit of a rant that if they want to MAGA maybe instead of building walls to keep Mexicans out, maybe they should demolish the walls that prevent people wanting to buy their products from overseas, from actually buying their products. Land of business acumen & entrepreneurialism, not. Anyway...I know that because 90% of USian businesses have this insular view that the only market in the world is in North America, there are services that will receive your parcel, and then send it on to you. But if anybody here is interested in some kind of tit-for-tat exchange, if you could be the "customer" then I could send you something in return. Suitable for: - homesick Aussies wanting Tim Tams - people who want to gift their Republican uncle some Vegemite as a prank, by telling him that it's a kind of herbal Viagra - any other suggestions The batteries are small and weigh very little. Like, maybe 100g for the lot, which I think equates to a quarter of a pound or a 16th of a volumetric cubit times a nautical dram. Would just need to be taken to USPS.

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I've been dropping more and more stuff lately. Utensils, plastic cups (I don't trust myself with glass) and car keys. I dropped them in a parking lot the other day, and miraculously they didn't fall into the sewer but balanced on the grate. Any thing to be done about this? I'm almost 60, been tested by a neurologist and he found nothing. It's not horrible (yet) but I can see bigger problems in the future.

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I want to be less clumsy with numbers / be more fluid with maths - are there any games / websites / drills that could help with that?I am quite interested in working for the financial sector in a few years time, and I am really concerned about my quantitative skills. I'm okay with tricky mathematical concepts, but currently I need to write everything down and go through each step visually to get accurate answers. I'm worried about this looking bad in interviews, and want to be quick in the way that consultants and bankers are quick with maths - so for now I am interested in the more practical types of maths than say the more theoretical stuff. Are there any exercises / workbooks / games / apps / websites / drills I could spend e.g. 10 minutes on each day which would help me become better at arithmetic or just generally become more graceful with numbers? Thank you!!

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INSTANT KARMA bear gets hit in the nuts for messing with my water tank [SLYT]

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absentfriends2.whiti.es It keeps looping. Unstably coded.

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