What are your favorite hikes in Shasta Trinity National Forest? [more inside]
Health insurance for a 40 year old male freelancer in Los Angeles. Help me Obi-Wan-Ask-Metafilter, you're my only hope. [more inside]
Charities in Southern California that accept appliances (a dryer) that ARE NOT the Salvation Army? [more inside]
A few months ago, I booked an incredible deal on a flight to spend 4 days next week in or around San Francisco. Life got busy, and I still haven't made any actual plans for what we're going to do, or where we're going to stay. We've been to SF a few times before, and want to rent a car and explore the area surrounding the city this time around -- particularly to the North. Any budget-friendly suggestions? [more inside]
Help me understand California prop 31 on state budget reform [more inside]
Moving back after 10 years: what to watch out for? [more inside]
What are some songs about escaping or getting away (specifically to California)? [more inside]
Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California. [more inside]
My wife is considering a job change, and the new one would no longer provide health insurance for me and our son. I'm an independent consultant. What are our best options for health insurance in California? [more inside]
I'm looking for an apartment in Mountain View. Any tips or tricks? [more inside]
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]
Yet another "Where should we move?" question, unique to my family of course. [more inside]
Roadtrip advice needed: Portland and other areas! [more inside]
Is there a place in this world for a picky Chicagoland girl to move? [more inside]
(L.A. Filter) Introduce me to Silver Lake, CA and environs, please. [more inside]
Northern California and Oregon Coast road trip questions: specifically a place to stay on the coast within 2 hours North of San Francisco, advice on Sonoma and where to camp on South and Central Oregon Coast! [more inside]
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]
In California, I got a fix-it ticket because my license plate had some of the reflective sheen scraped off. I have since sold the car without getting the fix-it ticket signed off. My appearance date is in a couple of weeks. I don't have the car anymore, so I can't get it signed off. What do I do now? [more inside]
What are the most creative and cool honey moon ideas for southern california? [more inside]
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]
Asking for a friend- Who is responsible for the cost of repairs after a house fire? I am renting the house. I have renters insurance. The fire report said no negligence on my part. I'm located in California. [more inside]
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]
What are some unusual exercise/fitness/physical activity ideas in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example House of Air or Jukari?
Should I get a home security system? [more inside]
I’ve been charged with misdemeanor drug possession (11377) in California after accidentally going through airport security with .7 grams of meth on my person. My arraignment is next week; what can I expect and/or how should I prepare? [more inside]
One month work assignment, need a place to stay: Chino or Ontario, CA? [more inside]
I know that a holding deposit prevents the landlord from renting the unit to anyone else. What does it guarantee in the case that the tenant currently living in the unit decides to stay? (California) [more inside]
I really need help registering my car in CA. I realize questions like this have been asked before, but I would really appreciate guidance about what to do in my (not very snowflakey) circumstance. [more inside]
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]
I'm writing a series of time travel novels. Since my first one is scheduled to be published in November, I've been debating what my next one should be. One idea I have is for a young woman in San Francisco or Los Angeles to find herself 100 years in the future (in 2110 or so), but I need some help imagining a realistic future. [more inside]
Costco Health Insurance? I'm comparing health plans for a small company (three eligible people). So far I've spoken to an insurance agent, but in my research I came across this site. Does anyone have any experience with Costco insurance - positive or negative, from either employer or employee perspective? [more inside]
Where should I go/stay/see in Southern California from mid-December to mid-January? I will not have a car since I want to promote low-carbon travel. [more inside]
Looking for camping and hiking spots in the Sierras and foothills where I can take our 4.5-year-old son and/or our dog. [more inside]
I'm looking for the cheapest options for shipping <20kg of personal effects from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Southern California. [more inside]
Moving to California in a few months. Central Coast, maybe? Any ideas, opinions, etc? See explanation... [more inside]
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.
I'll be visiting Monterey, CA for a weekend getaway soon (most likely the end of June), and I'd love some suggestions for what to do. I've been countless times with visiting relatives so have already done all the basic touristy stuff and chain restaurants, but don't know what else the area has to offer. [more inside]
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).
We are going on a trip to the Northern California Coast and Oregon. I want to stop in Walla Walla Washington on the way to Portland because of the onions and wine tasting bars downtown. Is there any other local food worth a detour on a road trip vacation? [more inside]
Traveling in California for five weeks--but without a car. Where should/can I go and what cities/places should I absolutely not miss? I'll be starting in Northern California and working my way down. [more inside]
Non-American who occasionally travels to America wants a Southern California phone number (Los Angeles area) that has data and that my friends can text to. My phone works on all USA carriers. What's the cheapest permanent solution? A web-based (or other non-cell) solution is also welcome as long as people can text to the number. [more inside]
We are selling our condo in California, and we got an offer at our asking price, we emailed our agent and said that we wanted to have another open house to see if we got any other offers. She agreed, and then emailed us a contract accepting the the bid with the message "sign this", which my wife did. As far as we can tell this means we have now sold our place, and cannot accept any other offers. Is that correct? If so, is what she did bad practice or something else, or are we just missing something here? Do we have any recourse? (There was another open house yesterday, and an agent tour tomorrow).
My employment history is a crazy jumbled mess. Help me file for unemployment, Hive Mind! [more inside]
San Francisco Bay Area (and CA) - can you think of any mysterious, or interesting or secret places? Legends/myths? Strange rewards for a bit of driving, or walking, or an ExpeditionTM of Discovery, etc? Difficulty: not looking for woo, or establishments of commerce, no-matter how good hole-in-the-wall-food may be :) Examples inside... [more inside]
Best BOTTLED beers for a beer newbie in California? [more inside]
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]
Do you have experience getting a California teaching credential as a private school teacher? How different is it from the typical university-based credential path? Any pitfalls to watch out for? How easy/hard is it? [more inside]
Going out of town for 4 days. Can any cat owners living in Oakland, CA recommend a good cat-sitting service?
I'm going out of town next month for about 4 days for a work trip. I'm doing some research on pet sitters who can come over to look after my kitty. [more inside]
L.A. Mefites, I have only a couple of hours in your city. What should I do? [more inside]