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How unusual is the recent pattern of earthquakes in California?

Within the last month there's been a 6.9 off the Northern California coast which I did not feel, a 4.4 near Westwood which I felt, a 5.1 near La Habra which I felt, and a swarm of aftershocks (?) of the La Habra earthquake which I haven't felt. That seems like an unusually large number of earthquakes to me. Has anyone crunched the numbers to find out if the earth has been shaking in California more than usual?
posted by rdr on Mar 31, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Gardening for the overbooked

We've just started renting a house, so we can grow delicious things to eat! However, I need to unpack (and write, and cook, and teach, and...) rather than garden. I am willing to throw a certain amount of money at this problem. What should I look for at garden stores? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Why no alcohol content info on the wine label?

I thought that, by law, all wine bottles in the US must show their % alcohol content. But recently in California I've bought wine which doesn't display the alcohol content on either the front or back label. Am I just not looking close enough?
posted by mono blanco on Mar 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for an awesome wedding present involving preparation of cheese

My dear friend got married late last year and I'm a little behind on sending him and his new wife a wedding present. I'd like to find them something ~$50, related to cheese (like a cheese smoker or a really cool cutting board—they love cheese and will be opening a small cheese shop soon). I'm having a very hard time finding such a thing. They also like vintage, retro, rockabilly, steampunk and the like. They are in California and I am in England; sending them something from the US would be preferable but if there's something uniquely British here and not too much cost to ship I could manage that too. Any ideas for specific items to purchase would be most welcome, thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Sourcing Spanish language materials in California

I am traveling to California for the holidays, and I am slowly learning Spanish. I'd like to use this trip to motivate my learning. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Dec 9, 2013 - 5 answers

California / Southwest road trip itinerary advice

Boyfriend and I are planning a round trip (by rental car) through California and the Southwest and we'd love some input on the first rough draft of the route. We're going for 23 days in September next year and would like to stay in fairly affordable hotels and motels (no camping). [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Nov 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Surprise Weekend Trip - West Edition

I want to treat my lovely bf to a weekend getaway somewhere within a few hours flying distance from the PNW. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Prisoners as firefighters?

I am looking for information on how the California Department of Corrections' use of prisoners to fight fires works. [more inside]
posted by frimble on Aug 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to Stay in Northern CA

My son and I are heading out next week to California so he can visit UC-Berkeley and UC-Santa Cruz. What city is the best to pick a hotel in as a base point? [more inside]
posted by jazon on Aug 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Californication: A post-college year in the Golden State

Having spent my entire life doing what was expected of me when and where I was supposed to do it and clinging fairly tightly to my parents and home life, I'd like to take the next year or so to inject some vigor and excitement into my young years before I settle for the rat race to the picket fence with my . I'm thinking the most drastic and simultaneously safest way to do this would be to spend time in California. I've been there twice and loved it each time. Trouble is that, given my unique set of circumstances, that's starting to look more like a pipe dream than a feasible reality. Is there any hope of finding a good, well-developed reason to move out there own my own, at least for a year? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

"Congress created dust bowl"? What gives?

I recently drove from LA to San Francisco and back along I-5 and I noticed that there's a ton of signs along the highway that simply say "Congress Created Dust Bowl." There are a few other signs that mention Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic politicians, but it was difficult to get the full picture of what the signs were talking about. Can anyone provide some context/background to what these signs are about?
posted by averageamateur on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Where to stop between San Francisco and Sea Ranch?

My partner and I will be driving from San Francisco to Sea Ranch, California one day soon. Returning a few days later. We'd love some suggestions for places to stop along the way for coffee or lunch and for my partner to take photos. Even some side trips would be possible; we have the whole day. Please tell me what you love along that route! Thank you.
posted by BibiRose on Jul 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Event space for a (smaller) Memorial Gathering near Orange County, SoCal

My mother recently passed away and we are looking to rent out a function space to have a gathering for 25-30 friends and relatives to get together, have a little lunch, trade stories, and generally remember her. Low-key is the general idea. Looking for recommendation for locations (hotels, inns, converted barns, restaurants) around North Orange County, California — or web resources that will have good listing of the same. [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Jul 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Communities for growing older in lower Orange County, California?

I'm helping an early-older-age couple with their idea of possibly relocating from New Mexico to Southern California in the coming years. We are looking for thoughts about a region we're unfamiliar with. [more inside]
posted by methinks on Jul 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Food & Fun in Big Sur

My partner and I will be celebrating our anniversary with a weekend in Big Sur, and while the idea is mostly to just enjoy some time to ourselves, we'd also like some suggestions for stuff to do. We're particularly interested in: nice places to eat, gorgeous places to explore, and--is there swimming? Fun places to stop for food or views on the way down would be great, too, especially south of Monterey (we're familiar with the attractions up to there). We'll be staying at the Ragged Point Inn (AskMe favorite Deetjen's was booked, sadly), which on the southern edge of things, and know we'll probably have to drive a bit to get to... well, anything.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 6, 2013 - 20 answers

What is this sign, located in Venice Beach (I think?)

In Michael Palin's "Around the World in 80 Days", there's a shot of a building with an interesting sign. It says "EARTH SPACE SCIENCE ART FACT FICTION FANTASY". [more inside]
posted by dubold on May 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Paid off car, have title. Now what?

I paid off my car in December, and haven't been around. I'm now back home with the car in California, and I have the car title from the bank/company. The title says I have to notify the DMV within 10 days or something like that, but I'm obviously wayyy past that time frame now. What do I do? Google searches equally tell me to (a) transfer to my name and my name only, asap, removing the bank/company as lienholder, and (b) don't bother until I sell the car. Argh!! Which one is it? Help me, so I don't have to wait at the DMV ... and be told that I don't need to be there after all!
posted by Xere on May 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Destination request, western/northwestern US; 20th anniversary edition

We're celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer (yay!) and we're trying to find a place to stay for a week in the western/northwestern US to celebrate this milestone. The catch is that this destination needs to be some place new to us. A few other particular requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 24, 2013 - 9 answers

California Cycling Sonoma and/or Yosemite?

Planning a vacation in California in May and was thinking I would like to do some cycling and see a bit of scenery. Sonoma and Yosemite seem attractive options, but where to stay and hire bikes? How many days should I set aside for this? I could be in the San Francisco area for ten days or so. [more inside]
posted by asok on Mar 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Newbie-friendly South SF Bay area tattoo shop recommendations?

OK, so I've been mulling over the notion of getting a tattoo for nearly a decade now, and as of this week I'm finally sure of the design I want. I live in the South San Francisco Bay Area (San Jose/Santa Clara) and am finding myself a bit overwhelmed by all the Yelp reviews, etc., of local tattoo parlors. Specific shop recommendations and/or tips on identifying the most newbie-friendly establishment would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Finding a detailed history of the California Penal Code

I'm trying to find out how to find out when a particular item was added to the California Penal Code. In this particular case I'm interested in 12028.5, but I'd like to understand how to find such information in the future.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Mar 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Can I buy a car out of state (CA) without changing my driver's license?

I am a Rhode Island resident. I'm in San Francisco, CA for several months, working. I've decided to buy a car from a friend here, and today I'm going over to give him the money (I've been driving it for a week or two, since he already bought a new car and we trust each other). [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Feb 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you charge different membership fees based soley on age?

A new private restaurant/club is opening in my Santa Monica, CA neighborhood. Membership fees are $1250/yr if you are under 30, $2000/yr if you are over 30. There is no justification stated for this policy, like the way auto insurance rates justify their age-based rates. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 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

Roadblock: Who wants to get down?

Every year for our gift exchange, there's a theme. This year the theme is kind of action - adventure related, think about some of the activities on the Amazing Race. I'd like to give something more "do something" than "get something" this year, given the following parameters: I'm looking for things like zip lines, running-related, climbing activities, bungee jumping, etc. I don't live in the area so the phone / email / online part is important since I can't go down in person.
posted by curse on Dec 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Donations, anyone?

Charities in Southern California that accept appliances (a dryer) that ARE NOT the Salvation Army? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Oct 20, 2012 - 10 answers

A "Where should I live?!" question!

So. I need to move and live with my best friend. We are looking to move west in the USA. She suggested southern Arizona and I suggests Oregon. We thought Cali might be good, but are open to pretty much anywhere. [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Sep 5, 2012 - 25 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

My kingdom for some GOOD soy margarine!

Food locator question for SoCal Mefites: Where (and what brand) can I buy a soy margarine, no dairy component, that comes in sticks, that is NOT Nucoa? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Attention, San Diego: Show Us Your Dark Underbelly!

I loved the "show me the hidden side of L.A." question. But I'm gonna be visiting its mild-mannered southern cousin, San Diego. Show me the hidden side of THAT! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Should I just get a baseball bat?

Should I get a home security system? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Jul 26, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me plan my short Grand Canyon Roadtrip

Metafilter, I need a road trip reality check and suggestions. I'm going on a short road trip to the Grand Canyon from June 28-June 30, departing from Riverside County in Southern California. I think I'm set on my plan for my trip to the Grand Canyon, but I'm looking for suggestions for the trip back. [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Unique gift from California

I'm looking for unique gifts/souvenirs from California for my sisters and girlfriend (all in their 20s) and for my parents. I'm traveling the length of the state so almost any location would work. I would prefer to spend $50 or less on each gift but I have some flexibility. Local/unique items or something specific to California would be perfect! Food can work but must be nonperishable as I have lots of driving to do.
posted by Imago on May 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Northern California vacation ideas

Northern California trip planning help please! I'm attending a wedding in the Sonoma region this summer and would like to plan a week-long Northern California trip ending in Geyserville. I'll be with family and need to stay in hotels or B&Bs, (not camping or not motels.) I'd love help with itinerary ideas, especially national parks/forests that might be fun for trips in the area. If you have stayed in nice hotels or B&Bs in Northern California, please share your suggestions. Kid-friendly ideas also appreciated. I've got a full week- would like to stay in maybe 2 or 3 locations (not necessarily moving every night).
posted by gen on May 15, 2012 - 6 answers

We're going to be road tripping this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles (Disneyland, specifically) and need your best tips!

We're going to be road tripping this summer from San Francisco to Los Angeles (Disneyland, specifically) and need your best tips! [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Apr 11, 2012 - 28 answers

Should I take California or Utah to get to Texas?

Oregon to Texas Roadtrip: which is the better route, down through California/AZ/NM or through Utah/NM? [more inside]
posted by mokin on Mar 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Collecting out-of-state unemployment while living in New York

If I collected California unemployment benefits while living in New York, do I have to pay taxes to New York? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Things to see in California?

Places not to miss roughly between San Francisco and Vegas? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Mar 1, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I rationalise opening up an office in a particular neighbourhood of San Francisco? You can bet there's

Are there any maps/resources to illustrate the neighbourhoods that Silicon Valley VC/PEs and tech companies are located in? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles on Feb 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Mold? Mildew? Fungus? Pod Person?

Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me get out of this terrible living situation

How legitimate is this lease? (California) [more inside]
posted by garuda on Jan 20, 2012 - 15 answers

What do you do when you're hit by someone without a driver's license or insurance?

My car was rear ended last night and it's starting to look like the guy who hit me does not have a driver's license or insurance. So I'm not really sure what my next move is. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Nov 13, 2011 - 20 answers

What should I see on my roadtrip?

What should I stop and see while traveling between Ashland and Las Vegas via I-5, Hwy 89, Hwy 44, Susanville, CA and Reno, NV? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Oct 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Kingdom of Fungi

Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Aug 13, 2011 - 16 answers

How to swap cars with someone?

How can two people legally swap car ownership with minimum fees in California? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Aug 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Finding Web Nerds in Northern California and Oregon?

I'd like to explore the local web/tech nerd and geek scene in small cities and towns between San Francisco and Portland. How and where do I find the right folks? [more inside]
posted by polexa on Aug 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Is it worth forming an LLC and in which state?

I'd been wanting to form a corporaton for a long time. So many benefits it seems:
  • track business expenses for income-tax deductions
  • protect assets against law-suits
  • gain credibility for certain transactions
  • privacy
  • But all the gory details are getting me down... [more inside]
    posted by markhu on Jul 18, 2011 - 20 answers

    Help me sell my car!

    How to sell my car? I just moved from VA to CA and want to sell my car that still has a loan on it (though it should sell for substantially more than I owe)... how does that work? [more inside]
    posted by alaijmw on Jul 7, 2011 - 9 answers

    What to do for my birthday, during Carmageddon?

    My birthday is on the 18th and I plan on taking Monday off to make it a long weekend. But that happens to be the weekend of Carmageddon. Which, if you don’t live near Los Angeles, is when all hell will break loose because 10 miles of freeway will be closed for a Saturday and a Sunday. Truly the end of the world. [more inside]
    posted by sweetmarie on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

    Professional, non-quacky pediatric nutritionists on the Central Coast?

    A friend of mine is looking for someone (ideally a professional someone) to help deal with her 6-year-old son's eating issues. What sorts of professionals are best suited to addressing this sort of thing? Is she likely to find what she is looking for locally (she lives in central California)? [more inside]
    posted by aecorwin on Jun 30, 2011 - 7 answers

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