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LA Filter: Are there picnic tables at Placerita Canyon? If not, where?

LA Filter: Picnic Tables near Nature? 14 Corridor maybe. I'd like to spend a chunk of Saturday or Sunday at a picnic table near nature. Somewhere within about an hour or so of West LA would be ideal. I'm thinking somewhere along the 14 corridor near Santa Clarita or Aqua Dulce. Also, somewhere with a largish natural area where I could do a short hike would be nice. I was kind of thinking maybe Placerita Canyon, but I don't know if there are any picnic tables there. Vasquez Rocks is fun but I don't recall any shady picnick table area. Bonus points for (a) very few or no kids running around screaming, (b) sunny with shade, (c) wildflowers currently blooming. I definitely need a picnic table becuase of what I want to do while I'm hanging out with Nature.
posted by bluesky78987 on Mar 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Is there *really* no tipping with Uber?

I just signed up for Uber and I want to do right by the driver. A service charge is included, and the web site says "no need to tip." Is tipping really not expected? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 4, 2014 - 22 answers

What to do with a few weekdays in Los Angeles?

We'll be in L.A. for 2-3 weekdays in mid-March, and while one of our evenings is scheduled, we have no idea what to do with the rest of our time. We'll be staying in or near Hollywood, and won't have a car, but don't mind taking transit. We're especially looking for suggestions for one really very nice, splurge-y place for dinner, as well as great inexpensive places to eat. Also interested in: coffee-snob coffee; fancy cocktails; craft beer; fun/interesting/unique places to shop; anything else that seems interesting. We also really like live shows (comedy/improv/podcast/music), but most of the L.A. shows we know about are on the weekend. And I'm planning to go to Jenette Bras for a fitting, but I'd love suggestions for any other bra shops that carry sizes in the G+ range.
posted by rhiannonstone on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

things to do in LA with an 11-month old?

my 11-month old son and i are tagging along on my husband's business trip to LA. staying in seal beach and looking for things to do! [more inside]
posted by sabh on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

What's a Temecula?

Seeking: highly legible, attractive, informative map of southern California cities and counties, for use as an educational cube decoration. [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Feb 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Good Toyota shop in Los Angeles for maintenance and repairs

Recently moved to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and I am looking for a good place to take my Toyota Corolla for any maintenance and repairs it may need. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

No one walks in L.A.

I am in Torrance, C.A. I am flying out from LAX at 8pm. What can/should I do between noon, and getting to the airport at 7pm? [more inside]
posted by kellyblah on Sep 19, 2013 - 11 answers

The mustard is off the hot dog: What's in store for L.A. basketball?

Until last season I was a more-than-casual basketball fan in general and Lakers fan in particular, but for various reasons last season completely fell off my radar. Help catch me up. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 4, 2013 - 3 answers

New Hotel being built in downtown LA

There is a hotel being built in downtown LA, across the street from the JW Mariott. At the corner of Fransico Str. and W Olympic Blvd. What is the name of the hotel? [more inside]
posted by zabuni on Jul 30, 2013 - 5 answers

snapbacks & tattoos

I want to buy a cap for summer. Five panel, fitted, snapback, whatever. Something like this, this, this, or this. I'm in Los Angeles this week and Portland next week. What streetwear shops should I visit? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked. So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 29, 2013 - 60 answers

Specific Housing Search in LA

Moving in a few months within LA and need a place where music practice is tolerated - tips? neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by Red Desk on Mar 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Please help me figure out the name of this song before I self-destruct from frustration.

New or newish alternative rock song, musically interesting, featuring a male lead singer with a completely incoherent reedy voice... what isss itttt??? [more inside]
posted by Temeraria on Jan 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Interesting destinations between LA and San Fran??

What exciting things should we do/eat/see/visit on our road trip from San Francisco to LA in early january? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Dec 21, 2012 - 19 answers

It looks great but could you make it a little bigger?

I bought a print of a painting I love in the only format available: A full bleed art show poster on glossy 11"x17" bond. The painting reproduction is approximately the top half of the poster, say 10"x8". I can clearly see the grain of the canvas in the print, and it is entirely possible that the original painting is not much larger than the reprint. So my question is, is it feasible to have this print blown up to twice or thrice it's size without sacrificing quality? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Los Angeles Travel advice needed!

Visiting Los Angeles this weekend. In need of some suggestions and tips and tricks! [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Where do I go to drive through the LA River &/Or Glendale Narrows?

Where do I go to drive through the LA River &/Or Glendale Narrows? [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 on Sep 26, 2012 - 8 answers

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic (Santa Monica)?

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic in Santa Monica? Are there any specific trails or routes I should be paying attention when hunting for housing? Any specific intersections to be avoided? [more inside]
posted by minedev on Aug 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Toes-down best pedicurist in Hollywood?

Please recommend the best plan of action for a man in Hollywood, CA who has some fairly wicked ingrown toenails. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Does changing the swing on my bathroom door actually buy me any space?

What is considered good practice (but not ADA) for interior door clearance in a small residential bathroom with an outswing or pocket door? [more inside]
posted by pizzazz on Mar 29, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm sofa-king clueless on furniture (hur hur hur)

Affordable furniture in Los Angeles? What should we even look for in terms of a (moderate) quality couch? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews on Mar 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me certify a copy of my Brit passport in LA!

Which is the best way to certify a copy of my UK passport in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

What sculpture in LA looks like Chicago?

What is the large red sculpture in LA? I was watching Ruthless People and noticed the final ransom drop took place in front of a large metal sculpture. To my mind, this sculpture looks like the Flamingo sculpture in Chicago. The scene can't have been filmed in Chicago, so what's the name of this similar sculpture in LA?
posted by Monochrome on Oct 9, 2011 - 3 answers

What was that crime novel that used carmageddon as a plot point

What-was-that-book-filter: 70's or 80's (?) heist (?) novel that involved shutting down L.A. by closing a couple of freeways and the central telephone switching system. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

What is this warehouse in LA?

What is the warehouse in Los Angeles at W Bluff Creek Drive and S Campus Center Drive near Playa Vista? [more inside]
posted by sharding on Jun 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Best food bank in north San Fernando Valley?

Any suggestions for a good food bank or food pantry in the north or west San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles? We're going to see lots of grapefruit and avocado from our trees this year, and I'd like to donate it to needy folks. Google is not a big help.
posted by infinitewindow on Jun 6, 2011 - 5 answers

I am not a tourist.

In Orange Country, California for a few days. What tourist spots would be appropriate for a "right winger" tour? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Feb 18, 2011 - 19 answers

LA Steelers Bar?

LA Steelers Bar? [more inside]
posted by stubby phillips on Jan 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me plan a trip to Joshua Tree, CA

Help me plan a 3-day trip to Joshua Tree (CA). Or alternatively, suggest another really cool natural area to check out in Southern California in late January. I am in my cousin's wedding in the L.A. area and am coming with my girlfriend. We decided to take a few extra days--she's never been to California and I've only ever kept my visits to family time, usually in the OC area. We're renting a car, so we'll have transportation. Is late January a good time to go? Do you have any recommendations for gear rental (doubt I'll be able to climb, unfortunately)? I have gear at home in Michigan, but I'd like to travel light. If you have alternative suggestions--they can be around L.A.--I'd love to hear them. Thanks.
posted by SpicyMustard on Dec 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Why does this gym membership fee increase as I age?

Is there a legitimate reason for structuring membership dues (and initiation fees) of a club based on age levels beyond just the usual "student" vs "everyone else" levels? Specifically I'm speaking of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Nov 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Best Modern Art in Los Angeles?

What is the most relevatory, shocking, mindblowing modern art gallery or installation or museum in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by felix on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

How does my company find a German native speaker in LA?

How does my company find a German native speaker in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by DanielZKlein on Jul 29, 2010 - 13 answers

Half a day in LA or Santa Barbara?

Is it worth it to go into LA for a few hours and then head on to SB? Or should I just head into SB and see the sights there? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jul 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Catching up between LA and Yorba Linda?

An old friend is visiting my vast metropolitan area and we'd like to meet up for lunch tomorrow. What's a good, infant-friendly spot to grab a bite of lunch, sip a beer (maybe shoot some pool?), somewhere between Yorba Linda, CA and downtown Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jul 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Recommend a psychiastrist in L.A.?

Looking for recommendations for a psychiatrist in Los Angeles, preferably on the westside. Someone who can treat depression and anxiety. The catch is, we don't have health insurance so an MD who works on a sliding scale would be best. (Do such people even exist?) [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Jun 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Because eating raw meat isn't advised by the County Health Department...

L.A. Mefites: What time do you need to get to Dockweiler Beach to guarantee having a fire pit? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Jun 17, 2010 - 5 answers

A mayfly in LA

I have an extra day on a business trip to LA -- never been there, how do I make most of it? [more inside]
posted by gijsvs on Apr 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Audition space in L.A.?

Where can I hold auditions on the L.A. Eastside? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 8, 2010 - 1 answer

I want to dance all night in Los Angeles.

What gay bar/club should I go to in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Jan 18, 2010 - 3 answers

San Diego or La Jolla?

Travelfilter: Business trip to San Diego (La Jolla) mid-February. Should I stay in SD proper, La Jolla, or somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto on Jan 11, 2010 - 13 answers

I'm going back to cali

On my flight back form Jamaica to Hawaii I have a layover in Los Angeles from 10PM Friday night to 8AM the next morning What can I do with myself for 10 hours. [more inside]
posted by kanemano on Nov 24, 2009 - 11 answers

"Proactive? Paradigm? Aren't those just words dumb people use to sound smart?"

Where does one proactively look for software (specifically Flex) jobs these days? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there a secret furniture district or similar somewhere in Los Angeles?

Where to get a great deal on new furniture in Los Angeles (Not Ikea)? Is there a furniture district or something? Surely there must be great deals to be had in some sort of industrial part of town or something, and not just Ikea, Plummer's, garage/estate sales, and Craigslist, right? [more inside]
posted by The World Famous on Jul 17, 2009 - 19 answers

To pay or not to pay: LARSO rent registration fee

Los Angeles Filter: Should I pay the rent registration fee even though my landlord did not give me the requisite 30 days notice? [more inside]
posted by booksandwine on Jun 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Visiting Los Angeles for the First Time

Visiting Los Angeles for the first time What do I need to see and do? [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on May 18, 2009 - 52 answers

Where to find a pair of large foo dogs in Los Angeles?

Where can I buy foo dogs in LA? [more inside]
posted by hindmost on Apr 15, 2009 - 3 answers

What is HAZZOLA RESCUE?

I witnessed the oddest thing driving in Los Angeles Friday afternoon, and I wonder... could you help me figure out what happened? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 1, 2009 - 22 answers

Get me to the mouse on time, shuttle options LA - Anaheim

I am in Los Angeles (Silver Lake area) and need to get to Anaheim (Disneyland/Convention Ctr. area) for this library conference this afternoonish. Is the best way to do this to go back to the airport and grab a shuttle, or is there something simpler? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jun 27, 2008 - 14 answers

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