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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

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

Getting a tattoo : how to pick a design and artist?

After years of careful consideration, I've finally decided to get a tattoo. I know what I want to get, but I don't have a specific design, and I don't know which tattoo parlor to go to. How do I find these things? I live in SF, but would be willing to travel for a really, really good artist. [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Mar 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Accurately Measuring Tree Growth.

We recently were fortunate enough to buy a house in the Berkeley Hills with panoramic Bay views of the city from the Golden Gate to the Bay bridge. Our downhill neighbor has a large beautiful redwood tree in their yard. However as beautiful as the tree is it can significantly obstruct our view if allowed to continue to grow uabated so we need a way to accurately measure its growth remotely. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Feb 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Where to buy kitchen utensils in Berkeley, California?

To be precise, I need to purchase a gift voucher (online) for a store selling kitchen utensils in Berkeley. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by wavelette on Nov 22, 2013 - 20 answers

Shave and a Haircut in the Bay Area

My father is getting married next week in Berkeley and I thought he, my brother and I could get a shave and a haircut the day before as a special wedding male bonding kinda thing. [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Sep 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Last minute SF East Bay dress shopping

Where in the San Francisco East Bay area (ideally Oakland / Berkeley) could I be almost assured to find a dress in size 12 to 14 suitable for a rehearsal dinner? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Small lovely gift that can be delivered today in Berkeley?

I just realized that a friend's birthday is TODAY, and I'd like to know if there's a way I could order something to be delivered to him in Berkeley. Yes, there are flowers, and fruity edible arrangements, and maybe even singing telegrams. But might there be anything else, something that has a bit of artsy quirky Bay Area magic to it? A teensy letter from The World's Tiniest Postal Service (thumbtackpress.com) would have been lovely if I had only a bit more time. Any ideas for something a bit unexpected and sweet? Many thanks!
posted by red_rabbit on Sep 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Free/Low Cost Therapists in Berkeley/Oakland?

A friend is in a bit of a tough spot right now and needs to talk to a therapist as soon as he possibly can. Money is a bit tight right now. I'm looking for all free/low cost therapy options in the Berkeley/Oakland area, who are familiar with depression and burnout.
posted by melodykramer on Aug 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Finding apartments in Berkeley, CA: transfer student edition

A friend is trying to find an apartment in or around Berkeley, CA - he will be transferring to grad school at Cal. He is currently not in town (wrapping up being a student elsewhere and all), and has a shoestring budget for everything, including travel. Do you have any tips for securing an apartment IN Berkeley FROM out of town? [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on Jul 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Take my couch, please!

Looking to offload (donate/sell/giveaway) some furniture in Berkeley CA this week, but don't know what's the best route. We need help! [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jun 20, 2013 - 15 answers

How to find an accessible apartment in Oakland?

Where can I find listings for wheelchair-accessible apartments in North Oakland? Sites, organizations, amenable landlords, types of buildings that are easy to make accessible...? [more inside]
posted by petery on May 25, 2013 - 5 answers

What are the best schedules for ac transit?

Google maps and 511 were inaccurate for oakland's ac transit this morning. What service should I use for an accurate schedule? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Apr 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Where should I live in the East or North Bay?

I'm relocating back to the Bay Area from NYC, and trying to figure out where to live; I work remotely, so commuting isn't an issue. I'd like to be somewhere sunny, walkable, safe (say, safe enough to walk alone at night as a woman from a BART station), and near a park or two, and to pay around $1400 for a studio or one bedroom. I know I like Rockridge, Elmwood, and North Berkeley, but I'm curious about the North Bay. What's it like in Santa Rosa, Mill Valley, etc.? I'm very liberal, vegetarian, etc., but I don't love the hippie flavor of Berkeley or all of the students. I live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, now, and love it-- just want to be closer to family, with better weather and better air, hence the Bay Area. I don't think I can afford to live in SF, and I prefer the greenery in the East Bay. Very curious about other parts of Oakland. Thanks for your advice!
posted by three_red_balloons on Apr 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Fine dining in Berkeley

Seeking nice restaurant recommendations for an anniversary dinner in Berkeley or nearby. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Mar 22, 2013 - 19 answers

ISO adult birthday party ideas in the SF Bay Area

My birthday's coming up soon and I'd like to have a party-type thing with 10-15 of my closest friends. Previous years I've done group brunches, group dinners, and a picnic at Crissy Field, but I'm kinda stumped for ideas this year. Can you recommend any awesome birthday party venues in the SF Bay Area? Details of what I'm looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Feb 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Renting or borrowing Macs - Bay Area

Is there an avenue in the Bay Area for renting or borrowing a Mac, especially for (grad) students? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Transcript not arriving in SOPHAS: am I screwed?

Grad school in public health filter: due to delays in my college sending them, my transcripts are steadfastly not registering as received in SOPHAS. My first application is due Monday. Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Where to watch election results in Berkeley?

Anybody have a good idea where to watch the election tomorrow in Berkeley or North Oakland? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 5, 2012 - 7 answers

And Step Two Three Four

I've recently seen people doing synchronized movement (dance?) on the UC Berkeley campus. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Need to finally become an Excel/Powerpoint ninja. But how?

I finally need to break down and school myself on Excel and Powerpoint. What's the best way to master them in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Sep 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find a place to live in Cambridge MA (2012 edition)

As seems to be yearly tradition, I'm asking the hivemind for help moving to the Cambridge area. I've just been offered a job at MIT that starts Oct 1, and will be moving from the west coast but leaving most everything behind. [more inside]
posted by cuetip on Aug 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Unusually Fit

What are some unusual exercise/fitness/physical activity ideas in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example House of Air or Jukari?
posted by divabat on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Rocking Out in the Bay

Recommendations for singing/vocal coaches in the SF Bay area that work well with a rock/pop/punk energetic vibe? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 12, 2012 - 3 answers

All Things Weird and Wonderful to do in the East Bay and SF

I'm spending a working sabbatical in Berkeley from July 25-August 25. I grew up there, so I have a general sense of places to go, but I'm out of it in terms of what cool organizations/spaces do cool and crazy things that I should keep tabs on while I'm in town in Berkeley, Oakland, and SF. I know about the Prelinger Archive and Southern Exposure and the Roxie in SF, but that's about it. What mailing lists and websites for different places should I be keeping my eyes on while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jul 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Is getting a B.S. in computer science worthwhile?

Which aspects of computer science are profitable and worthwhile? Help a high schooler going off to college... [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Apr 3, 2012 - 32 answers

Nasty surprises for East Bay homeowners?

What's horrible about owning a home in Berkeley, Oakland, or Albany? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Apr 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Good vascular surgeon/varicose vein doc in the Bay Area?

Does anyone know a good vascular surgeon/varicose vein specialist in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Do you know anything about City College of San Francisco's biotech/computer skills certificates?

Has anyone completed the "Genomics Technology," and "Computer Skills for Scientists" certificate programs at the City College in San Francisco? My plan is to take these classes while finishing up pre-med requirements at the City College. Then I want to find a job in genetics research while I decide between medical school/finishing my biochem education at Berkeley. Is this feasible? Is this a good plan? [more inside]
posted by sunnichka on Mar 8, 2012 - 7 answers

dog park that's not a dog park?

Would like to find a dog-friendly park that's a decent distance from Berkeley, CA. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Dec 27, 2011 - 2 answers

quirky / specific lit or art history classes in the east bay?

What cool places can I take classes, preferably accessible to public transit in the East Bay? Things like lit classes on specific subjects / authors, art history classes on specific artists / time periods, women's studies. [more inside]
posted by fireflies on Nov 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Any recourse when Berkeley parking tickets sent to collections?

In Berkeley, CA, a friend's friend accumulated a few thousand dollars in unpaid parking tickets, which were turned over to a collections agency. Any chance that the collections agency will settle for a fraction of the amount due?
posted by doncoyote on Oct 18, 2011 - 7 answers

215 in 510

Seeking a recommendation for a medical marijuana evaluation in Oakland/Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Oct 17, 2011 - 1 answer

Suggest a great therapist, por favor?

Can someone recommend a great therapist in the Berkeley / Oakland area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Masters in Creative Sexytimes

Which grad schools in the Bay Area are open to interdisciplinary approaches, especially with regards to creativity & sexuality? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 31, 2011 - 8 answers

Easy meeting place for Berkeley noobs

Where should two friends meet in Berkeley California this Saturday? Both are driving, only one has GPS but the other is kinda familiar with Berkeley. [more inside]
posted by Rash on Aug 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Getting into UC Berkeley

Can I get into UC Berkeley graduate school after a mediocre undergraduate career by applying myself most strenuously to my teaching credential program? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Aug 8, 2011 - 27 answers

Berkeley Staycation

Need Help planning a Berkeley CA/East Bay Staycation with my wife. [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Apr 17, 2011 - 27 answers

What Month and Year did the Flying Toasters first fly/toast on Macs?

What month and year did the Flying Toasters from Berkeley System's After Dark first make their appearance? [more inside]
posted by smcbride on Apr 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Berkeley Dryer Dispute

My Berkeley landlady advertised my (otherwise awesome) apartment as having a washer dryer. The dryer doesn't work, and she expects me to pay for it. Help? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Mar 30, 2011 - 38 answers

I believe I ordered the *large* cappuccino?

Best coffee shop in Berkeley, CA? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Nov 22, 2010 - 15 answers

Where is the cheapest alignment that will get the job done?

BayAreaFilter: Where can I get the cheapest alignment in Berkeley/Oakland or Mountain View, CA? [more inside]
posted by desl on Oct 18, 2010 - 1 answer

Living near busy streets in Berkeley - effect on child's long-term health?

I'm considering moving in the next few months to a fairly busy avenue in Berkeley - Ashby Avenue, between Adeline Street and Telegraph Avenue. It has two lanes of traffic - one each way - and averages about 19,000 cars a day. I'm worried after reading a few articles - including Black Lung Lofts in the LA Weekly, the Children's Health Study (skimmed it, but couldn't decipher it all) they refer to and others - that living there might have bad long-term effects on my young son's health. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by mistersix on Oct 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Accessible, affordable 2BR in Berkeley

Wheelchair accessible, affordable 2BR home or housing in Berkeley? Help me help my friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Using "the" with neighborhood names: a Bay Area thing?

Using "the" with neighborhood names: a Bay Area thing? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Aug 30, 2010 - 52 answers

Flat, smooth, carless and long bike rides in the Bay?

Bay Area-centric/Bike-centric question: I love to go for bike rides with my 7 year old. She's usually up for about 5 miles, but is interested in going farther and so am I (with breaks). She gets discouraged if there are a lot of hills or if the road is rough. So far the best routes have been on the completed chunks of the Bay Trail because they are flat, paved, pedestrian/bike only (no cars) and have nice views. Can you suggest any other spots for this kind of low-key but long-lasting bike ride in the greater Bay Area? Are there websites or books I should look to for more ideas?
posted by serazin on Jul 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Where's the border between Oakland and Berkeley?

Where's the border between Oakland and Berkeley? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Jun 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Help: where to watch the NBA finals; we don't have TV!

Where is a good place to watch the NBA finals in the Berkeley/Oakland area for unlikely sports fans? [more inside]
posted by desl on Jun 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find a place near UC Berkeley!

Help me find a place near UC Berkeley! (Difficulty: I'm in Philadelphia.) [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Apr 30, 2010 - 31 answers

Where should we look for apartments in the Bay Area?

cmchap and I intend to spend this summer in San Francisco, but we still haven't found a place to stay. We're both undergrads, so we figure looking wherever undergrads (specifically Stanford or UCBerkeley) live during summer classes and the like is a good start. The question is: where does the Stanford or UC Berkeley undergrad population that stays in off-campus apartments for the summer live? Additionally, if we can't find anything there, where should we look next? Or, more importantly, where should we avoid? Neither of our jobs are location specific, but we'd like to be near public transportation. Thanks!
posted by jdherg on Apr 20, 2010 - 14 answers

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