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SF - Oakland Labor Day traffic mess HELP

Calling Bay Area residents, how effed up is traffic going to be this weekend? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Sep 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Bars/music venues with acoustic pianos in the SF Bay Area

What are the bars/live music venues in San Francisco and Oakland that have real, acoustic pianos on their stages? [more inside]
posted by DrAmerica on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

tomorrow, you swim with the fishes

places to swim in the bay area? with some caveats. [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Aug 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Short getaway options 2-3 hours (driving only) from the South Bay Area?

My partner and I (30s, no kids, both geeky/arty introverts) have a couple vacation days coming up. We'd like to take a short, low-hassle overnight trip somewhere, but we've done the Monterey thing multiple times, we don't want to go to San Francisco, and we aren't really into wine tasting. What else can we do that doesn't require a ton of advance planning or more than around 3 hours sitting in the car? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Is 511 Rideshare a useful transit option in the SF Bay Area?

I've got a job offer in San Rafael. Great! I live in San Francisco without a car. Boo! Since public transit outside of SF proper is a nightmare and buying a car is a deal-breaker for me, is 511 Rideshare a reliable option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Where to host a small poetry reading in the Bay Area?

I'm publishing a chapbook of poems this month, and I'd like to do a short reading when I visit the SF Bay Area at the beginning of August. I'm looking for a small, intimate venue where I can host this public event. [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm on Jul 20, 2015 - 4 answers

I need a doctor

I had a really hard week with being really fatigued and I want to go to a doc and get my thyroid checked again, plus I will need to re-up my Synthroid prescription soon anyway. I have a bunch of questions about process for this and also, are there methods for staying awake that I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jun 19, 2015 - 10 answers

Tech job; bay area vs Chicago?

What feels different between applying for tech jobs in San Francisco/Bay Area versus applying for tech jobs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

N Cal camp sites with facilities and a short hike in?

My kids have expressed interest in camping, so I checked out a car camping site today, and I'm pretty sure won't work for us. (Specifically, there was loud music being played on car stereos; in general, it seemed like the very low barrier-to-entry of car camping led to a lot of noise and general trashiness.) But my girls are hiking lightweights, and honestly I'm no hero either. Where could I take them camping somewhere with (at least!) toilet facilities, and, ideally, shower facilities, that requires a hike of around an hour to get to? Special super bonus - somewhere within an hour or two of Silicon Valley? Ideally in the redwoods? Thanks!!
posted by fingersandtoes on May 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Optimal time for Bay Area apt hunting for a July 1 move-in?

I'll be flying out for 7-10 days in June to help my fiance find an apartment for us in the Bay Area, most likely Mountain View-ish. We're hoping for a July 1 lease, although we have enough flexibility to go a few days in either direction. Does it make more sense for me to be there May 29 - June 8 (last weekend of May and first weekend of June) or June 4 - June 15 (first two weekends of June) or some other set of dates? [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on May 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Bay Area Casual Party Venue

We're looking for somewhere to host ~60 people with catered food in early August. Nothing too fancy -- think more like a company picnic and less like a full-out gala. Preferably on the Peninsula or in South Bay. [more inside]
posted by tinymegalo on May 15, 2015 - 4 answers

booking sex-related work as a woman

How does one navigate sex work or sexological bodywork as a female client in the United States? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Living alone in SF. Difficulty level: postdoc

Is it possible to find a studio in SF proper for ≤$1650/mo? Where (and how) should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Apr 30, 2015 - 25 answers

How much should a junior engineer at a startup/consultancy in SF make?

I just graduated from a web development bootcamp and am starting to look for my first job in the field in the Bay Area. I'm getting wildly different advice about how much money I should try to get paid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Palo Alto without a car

I will be moving to Palo Alto pretty soon -- likely living on or near Stanford campus. I can't drive and do not plan to have a car. How will that impact my lifestyle, and what should I do to mitigate the impact? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Apr 19, 2015 - 19 answers

Bay Area Om Nom Nom?

Awesome food in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Mar 26, 2015 - 38 answers

Insurance companies for small business liability policies (SF bay area)

I want to investigate the cost of getting a small business liability policy, which is necessary for me to rent classroom space at nearby universities and local school districts. The requirement is usually a $1million policy with the school as an additional insured. I assume it will make the most sense to just get an annual policy, rather than event by event. Can you recommend reputable companies I should contact for quotes? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Mar 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Make me presentable in San Francisco - Beard and Haircut?

In a few weeks I'm going to be in San Francisco for about 12 hours for a connecting flight. It will be just after a long no-shave camping trip and just before a set of client meetings that I have to be presentable for. At the moment I'm thinking about keeping the beard, so I'm looking for recommendations on shops (and specific barbers) who can take something from "just walked down from a mountain" scraggly to presentable without taking it all off. Flexible on location - anywhere from San Francisco down to Palo Alto. [more inside]
posted by true on Mar 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Refurbishing the CV - how to do it from MS IT Hardware Ops/Engineering?

I've been at a Microsoft Enterprise Stack Ops position for 8 years. And while I'm good there and have solid credentials and experience, (1) I have relocated to the SF Bay Area where Microsoft isn't so popular and (2) I'm tired of Operations and the on-call responsibility. I would like to move on to other roles and career possibilities. Please share with me ideas and especially experience of doing that yourself! [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Mar 18, 2015 - 1 answer

How do I Bay Area?

I'm going to be hanging out in the Bay Area for 5-6 days in late April/early May, for a mix of seeing family in Menlo Park and fun/touristing. I will probably stay with said family for 1-2 nights, but I want to be in closer to city things and public transit the rest of the time. Where should I stay, and while you're at it, what other activities should I consider? More about what I hope to do under the fold. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Mar 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Miss Spiteful and Pipeworks brewing in Chicago, how can I ship them?

I moved to the Bay Area a year ago and have no complaints about the weather thus far. On the other hand I really miss the Chicago breweries that aren't available in stores out here. I'd love to get my hands on some of their new releases, particularly their stouts and porters. Anyone know if it's legal and possible to ship beer to CA for personal consumption and how to go about it?
posted by Carillon on Mar 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Affordable, cute, unique wedding venue in SF Bay Area?

Yay! I'm getting gay married! We're looking for a venue that is, as stated above, affordable, and ideally unique (not super generic). I've looked at some previous questions and been asking around but hoping to get more ideas. We live in Oakland but would probably have a range from Marin to Santa Cruz to, I don't know, Livermore? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Which Bay Area artists remind you of P.J. Harvey?

I'm looking for artists reminiscent of P.J. Harvey, Shannon Wright, or Cat Power who regularly tour the Bay Area. Feel free to be as loose as you want with the comparison.
posted by nominal on Feb 7, 2015 - 8 answers

Best public transit route from Berkeley to Menlo Park, CA

I'm in Berkeley right now (near the Ashby BART station) and am headed down to Menlo Park this afternoon/early evening (today, Friday). It looks like there are two ways I can go: through San Francisco via rail the whole way, or along the East Bay via rail and then via bus across the Dumbarton Bridge. What's the easiest and/or quickest way? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 30, 2015 - 10 answers

How do you get a non-tech job in the Bay Area that isn't miserable?

I'm asking this on behalf of my wife. We moved to the Bay Area (East Bay) a few months ago because I got a job here in the tech industry. Given our costs, it's not really enough to support both of us on, but my wife is having trouble finding employment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2015 - 19 answers

Sleep studies: (teaching) hospital vs. independent "sleep center"?

Due to some longstanding issues with sleep and fatigue that I think could be related to sleep apnea, I'd like to have a sleep study. What are the differences/pros and cons of doing that at a hospital versus an unaffiliated "sleep center"? Experiences/thoughts on specific places to go in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jan 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Is it safe to drive to Daly City tomorrow?

We were planning to go to Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace tomorrow, but...y'know, Stormageddon happened. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Dec 12, 2014 - 6 answers

What car, and from where - East Bay edition

In January we (family of 3) are moving to the East Bay area and need to buy a car. Our budget is ideally around $10,000 but we could stretch. What cars should we be focussing our search on? Should we be buying new (obviously more than $10,000 - is the expense justified?), a manufacturer certified second hand vehicle, second hand on Craigslist, or ...? Is having a warranty important? [more inside]
posted by ogorki on Nov 26, 2014 - 20 answers

How to relocate with less-than-sexy skills?

I want to move from the South to the Bay Area, but I'm an administrative assistant. Is anyone going to hire someone like me who has to relocate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2014 - 14 answers

San Fransisco Corgi.

My girlfriend's birthday is next weekend, and I'd love to surprise her with an hour or two or seven of playing with a corgi in a park, somewhere in SF. [more inside]
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? on Nov 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Finding a (Bay Area) tech job with a degree and no experience

Asking for a friend: how does one find an entry-level job as a software engineer--in supposedly the "best" market in the US, the Bay Area--without prior internship experience? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Nov 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Bay Area clothing store for 80-year-old mom

My mother is visiting Berkeley and would like to shop for clothing. She is 80 and her taste runs to Koret and Coldwater Creek but both of those have become online only. Can you recommend a brick and mortar clothing store where she might enjoy shopping for herself? She would be interested in a chain store or an interesting boutique.
posted by drdanger on Nov 15, 2014 - 9 answers

A Bay Area DIY writer's retreat on the cheap?

Help me discover a place in the greater Bay Area I can go for a few days to focus on a writing project. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 29, 2014 - 6 answers

recs for vets accessible by public transport?

So I am about to adopt my first cat (specifically this one, yay Mefi!). I'm looking for a vet for regular wellness checks in my area (Emeryville, CA, near Ashby Bart) - the catch is that I'm reliant on public transport, and I don't have a ton of money. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for the Goldilocks of Prii

The stars have aligned and I am looking to purchase a new car in the Bay Area. I am drawn to the Toyota Prius, but am confused by all of the different options and models (all the while being distracted by other cars). I've read a lot of reviews and write-ups, but would appreciate an updated ask.me on the Prius! [more inside]
posted by sums on Sep 17, 2014 - 16 answers

My new building requires renters insurance: pls advise me on the basics

I'm a relentless optimizer and usually do tons of research before making decisions, but I am shuddering at the thought of wading through endless legal and sales verbiage on insurance sites, or even worse, of enduring verbal sales pitches from agents/brokers. Please help me short-cut through the tedium of getting this done. A few extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Aug 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Math-related field trip destinations for Bay Area HS students?

I teach math to high schoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'd like to get them out of the classroom on a field trip to a local math-themed destination. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Aug 12, 2014 - 11 answers

What gift should I get for my wife?

I'll be spending a few days in the San Francisco Bay Area this coming weekend. My wife will be remaining at home. What gift should I get for her? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 7, 2014 - 23 answers

Any recommendations for a naturopath in the Bay Area?

I'd like to give a naturopath a try for my ulcerative colitis. I'm in San Francisco, and could potentially go elsewhere in the Bay Area but only if it's BARTable. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Aug 5, 2014 - 0 answers

What is the best way to find housing in the South Bay area?

My husband has a job in Campbell, CA, and we've been looking at Craigslist and Zillow and Realtor.com for places to live. We've already had an attempted scam via CL and I don't want to waste time with other useless sites. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lysdexic on Aug 3, 2014 - 9 answers

I'll take Palo Alto in the early 90s, Alex

It's been well over 20 years since I lived in the Bay Area, and my memory is hazy, at best. I'm looking for the names of two specific establishments that I can vaguely remember from the early 1990s. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Aug 3, 2014 - 7 answers

I need a cross between a financial advisor and a therapist.

Having lived in the Bay Area "bubble" for many years, being reasonably (but not enormously) successful, and coming into middle age, I find myself more and more confused by the economic and social realities of how things are. I need a guide. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Going to the SF CA DMV without an appointment.

My out-of-state driver's license expires mid-August. I'd like to a get a new one before then, but the "next available appointment" on the DMV website is at the end of August. How likely am I, in San Francisco, California, to be able to get this done without an appointment? What times should I go, to maximize this likelihood? [more inside]
posted by wayland on Jul 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Creative writing field trips in the Bay Area

I am a 2nd-grade teacher at school in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our teaching team is looking to add a field trip for the whole grade this year that has to do with creative writing. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Find me the Binny's of the West (Coast)

I moved to the Bay Area recently (San Mateo) and one of the things I've missed most from Chicago has been the amazing beer selection I was able to find at the local liquor chain Binny's. I've tried a couple of BevMo's and some smaller momandpop type places but I've yet to find a place with 4 rows of different beer plus coolers etc. which I could find in Chicago. I miss my selection! Does a place like this exist? Is there a secret bottle shop that I don't know about? Let me know where I can get my beer selection on!
posted by Carillon on Jul 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Moving to the Bay Area -- where to live?

My spouse is about to be offered a new job that splits time between Emeryville (most of the time) and Redwood City. Where should we look for a house? Bonus earthquake question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 - 23 answers

Gift for my Oakland-based friend?

I'm getting gifts for my wedding party and I'm having trouble picking something for my friend who just moved to Oakland. Could y'all recommend good Oakland-based gifts for under $100? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by vakker on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Where to live in Bay Area - couple w/ commutes to Redwood City & Oakland

My boyfriend currently pays $1500/month for a studio in a less than stellar area of San Francisco (his car has been broken into 5+ times in the past year), and works in Redwood City. For various reasons now, he's sick of the city and wants to move. The idea is that eventually we would move in together. Since I work in Oakland, we're having trouble imagining where we might live that would make commuting at least not soul-sucking for both of us. [more inside]
posted by girasol on Jul 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Fun stuff to do on a Sunday night in the San Francisco Bay Area

I'll soon be flying to the Bay Area in order to attend a memorial service. My schedule is pretty structured for that weekend, but I'll have about five hours of free time (by myself) on a Sunday night. What's the best way to spend those hours? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Jun 26, 2014 - 7 answers

How to organize seismic retrofit and various renovations

We bought a 1920 bungalow in Berkeley and need to get various things done. We're hiring an engineer to look at the foundation + retrofit and make plans. After that, should we hire a general contractor, or should we go with organizing everything by ourselves? [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Jun 23, 2014 - 8 answers

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