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Christmas in the Bay Area

My family likes to do Christmas-time together, and a critical mass of us are in the Bay Area now. Where should we go and what should we do within a few hours of here? [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Sep 25, 2016 - 5 answers

What's the best option for a tiny move in the SF Bay Area?

I have to move some stuff to a new (furnished) place on short notice, but I'm thinking that hiring movers would be overkill. Can't drive, so can't rent a truck, and my friend who could do it has to go out of town on the move-in date - what other options do I have? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Sep 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Reassure me that I can get a CA driver's license

I have just moved to San Francisco after living overseas for 4 years. My old US license (Massachusetts) expired two weeks ago. I am required to get a CA license within 10 days, and I need a US license anyway for things like Scoot, which I'll be relying on for commuting. Please reassure me that I will be able to prove residency despite a "soft landing" housing situation meaning I don't have a lot of the traditional documentation. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Big birthday: How to celebrate solo?

A milestone birthday is coming up. Would appreciate hive mind advice on celebrating solo. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Aug 12, 2016 - 12 answers

ISO divorce lawyer in the SF Bay Area

Can anyone recommend a great divorce lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area? (The couple involved have been married for 20 years and have no children, if that matters.)
posted by désoeuvrée on May 25, 2016 - 1 answer

Beef Wellington near North Oakland

Where should we go to have Beef Wellington? Accessibility to North Oakland (walking, BART, and driving are all viable options) and price are factors.
posted by clorox on Apr 22, 2016 - 1 answer

Sex therapist in Bay Area - specialty in vaginal pain/arousal?

I'm looking for recommendations for a sex therapist in the Bay Area who specializes in female arousal and painful sex. Any recommendations?
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Bay Area accountant/tax prep recommendations

Next year I want to get my taxes prepared by a new accountant. Looking for recommendations in the Bay Area! [more inside]
posted by phatkitten on Mar 25, 2016 - 3 answers

CSA (Community-supported agriculture) in the Bay Area

I've been half-assedly looking into joining a CSA/getting a box of produce weekly for a while now and really haven't made much head way on deciding. I'd love to hear personal recommendations or warning about being over-produced from Mefites. Worth it? What's your favorite farms or providers? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Mar 10, 2016 - 16 answers

Entering the Stop Motion industry

What are the options for someone who wants to break into the stop motion industry. [more inside]
posted by asra on Mar 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Is there a short story set on the Golden Gate bridge?

I'm trying to remember the author and title of a story (at least, I think it's a story). All I really remember is a parent, I think a dad but I could be wrong, sitting in traffic on a bridge. I believe there are at least two kids in the car, and there might be some kind of accident or disaster ongoing or impending, hence the traffic. Possibly earthquake related because I think it's in the Bay Area? I'm pretty sure it's the Golden Gate bridge? But it might just be a generic/elsewhere bridge and I made it the Golden Gate in my mind. It could also be an opening/early scene in a novel? But I feel pretty sure about the short story part, at least. I wish I remembered more, but I know this exists and it's driving me crazy. Short story with parent(s) in car with kid(s) on bridge, possibly set in the Bay Area: ringing any bells?
posted by adastra on Feb 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Affordable last-minute weekend vacation options near the SF Bay?

I want to go on a nice trip next weekend (March 4-6) with the person I'm dating, but I'm having trouble finding affordable, appealing, not-already-booked places that are within a 3-4 hour drive. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 23, 2016 - 14 answers

What's going on with 511 and Caltrain?

[Bay Area Public Transit Filter]. When I ask 511.org to show me transit from Palo Alto to Millbrae, it will not show me any Caltrains until Feb. 6th -- instead it will only show me buses. For example, here's it showing me only buses on Feb. 5th, whereas on Feb. 12 it shows me the right Caltrains. Has Caltrain screwed up its electronic schedule for the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Jan 30, 2016 - 2 answers

Your favorite kayak spots in the Bay Area

My friend and I want to kayak this Sunday. What are your favorite Bay Area kayak spots? [more inside]
posted by blueberrypuffin on Jan 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Getting from Millbrae to Palo Alto before Caltrain is running

I don't have a car. I need to get to Palo Alto from the East Bay by 8:30 in the morning on a Saturday. I would prefer not to ride buses and trains for four hours. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick on Jan 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Lawyer for a divorce, Bay Area (peninsula ideal)

A friend needs a good lawyer. [more inside]
posted by tangerine on Jan 8, 2016 - 5 answers

How rich do you have to be to move to the East Bay?

I'm rich. Am I rich enough to live in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2015 - 32 answers

Can I walk to Oracle Arena in Oakland?

I'm going to a Golden State Warriors game next week. Ideally I want to stay at hotel nearby, hopefully park the rental car, and walk to the arena. Google Maps suggests this would not be a fun or plausible walk. Asking for local knowledge to confirm or deny... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Dec 23, 2015 - 24 answers

Do you remember this three person acting troupe in the Bay Area, c 2006?

Super vagueness coming up but would be so worth it if anyone knew the answer. About 10(?) years ago, my husband took me to see a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, in Oakland. The troupe - or possibly just the way was written? - had only 3 actors, who did all the different characters. The actor who played Richard was a black man. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Nov 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me get some forest time!

I live in the SF Bay area and I might be getting some last minute time off to take a break. My ideal destination is somewhere where my husband and I can stay in a cabin with our two kids (2 years and 6 months) and take long walks through the forest. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on Oct 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Like a rave, but for old boring people?

So, at the relatively advanced age of 36, I've realized I really enjoy (several subgenres of) electronic dance music, and that I also really enjoy dancing now that I'm actually bothering to learn. Where can a non-drug-using, generally introverted (but not shy) person go to indulge this newfound enthusiasm? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Sep 15, 2015 - 11 answers

Seeking boudoir photographer in the Bay Area

Seeking recommendations for a boudoir photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Peninsula preferred but SF fine, too. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Sep 8, 2015 - 3 answers

If you had one year in the San Jose area, what would you do?

There are lots of good "what to do if you have one day/one week in San Jose/San Francisco" questions, but what if you have one year? [more inside]
posted by reventlov on Sep 7, 2015 - 33 answers

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 - 7 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

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