Hi all! I'm organizing a weekend for some girl friends in the DC area; we're hoping to make this a weekend excursion to Chesapeake Bay. Would love some ideas! [more inside]
I'd like to surprise my partner with a trip SOMEWHERE for ~3-5 days from either San Francisco or Washington DC. The annoying part is his birthday is the day after Christmas. [more inside]
I want to get a better understanding of how weather works in the northeastern US. With all the talk about Hurricane Joaquin and how "this is different to a regular nor'easter", I've realized that I don't have a good gut-level understanding of basic stuff like which way weather patterns move, what a northeasterly wind means, etc. Happy to get either your explanations, or links to things I can read/watch. [more inside]
I have a few pieces of jewelry that need varying types of repairs, accumulated over the years, and I've decided I should finally just take them in and get them fixed. Having never done this before, where should I take them in Washington, DC, and what should I expect in terms of cost? [more inside]
Looking for non-permit street parking in Clarendon, VA. Is there any? Friends are visiting and just need a place to leave the car, that won't cost $20 per night or require moving it every few hours.
We're driving up for a wedding from DC to Boston, and decided to take our time on our way north! What are some fun attractions along the route that we could hit? We'll be driving on 95, past Philly, NYC, New Haven, and Providence. Our interests tend towards the foodie, the wacky, and the scenic. We're open to driving off the route for a ways. Hive mind, what are your suggestions?
I'm looking at a job in Bethesda, and I'm trying to figure out if I can afford to live in the area. I'm particularly interested in walkable, integrated or historically African-American neighborhoods. [more inside]
Where in Washington, DC, can I buy exciting beer? [more inside]
Two or three decades ago I read a comic which I've been thinking about off and on the last few years, but I haven't been able to find it again. All I can remember about it was that there was a solid black panel followed by a panel where someone explains that there had just been something like a gap (or hole?) in reality (or time?) [more inside]
I'm now working near Navy Yard in Southeast DC, and the extended commute from Northern Virginia is wearing thin on me. Outside of the area immediately near my office, I know nothing about what's going on in Southeast DC and Maryland. What neighborhoods should I be looking at? [more inside]
My little queer family is driving down to the Wilmington, NC area from the DC area and we are looking for tips for places to stop every few hours (small kids) that are also "safe" for a very visibly queer family. [more inside]
I'm looking for a chair for my bedroom desk. Requirements: white, comfortable and supportive for a person with short legs, not too office-y looking, minimal assembly required, under $650 but cheaper is better. Any tried-and-true recommendations? [more inside]
Driving from central Illinois to DC area, only have limited experience driving in the US. What's the best route and what to expect (rest stops, food, etc)? [more inside]
My mother recently had a wretched time at Reston hospital. She doesn't want to go back there, nor do the rest of us. We'd like to have a plan about a better hospital to go to the next time there is an emergency. We've looked at Yelp, etc., but would like some more filtered insight into our options in the area.
We have friends who just purchased a new home, and we'd love to get a gift certificate to a really good nursery in the DC area. She is an avid outdoor, non-edibles gardener. Can you advise where the best place for us to get the card at?
It's my girlfriend's birthday, and since I can't be there in person, I'd like to get some flower delivered to her house in Petworth. Any MeFite-approved recommendations that can do delivery?
Traveling to DC soon with Man and Boy. Have a question about getting around when the Metro isn't practical or possible. [more inside]
My cousin's kid is coming to DC with her grandfather as a high school graduation present. I would like to take them out somewhere for dinner next week, where should I go? [more inside]
I am moving cities, and need to get my stuff (small furniture and some boxes) to a city 3-4 hours drive away, but without driving it myself or asking a friend to drive me. How? [more inside]
Planning to spend a week around Christmas in Puerto Rico with my wife and two kids. Have been watching airfare from DC - has been pretty consistent at about $350 RT. Exact days are flexible, so flying in and out on Wednesday to take advantage of cheaper mid-week fares is fine. Do I pull the trigger and buy now, or do I have a reasonable chance to save significant dollars by waiting?
I’m likely relocating to Washington DC this summer and I'm looking for somewhere where I can take Linear Algebra and a few other undergraduate math and statistics classes in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 as a non-degree student. [more inside]
My rental house in DC is being sold and my fellow tenants and I are looking into exercising our TOPA rights and selling our right to purchase the house. [more inside]
My friend wants to do karaoke but is nervous. Is there a bar in DC that would be likely to provide a friendly, supportive environment for this? Difficulty level: Saturday night. [more inside]
Can you recommend Annapolis/DC area travel destinations for me? Complication: Fourth of July holiday weekend. [more inside]
My mom recently gave me a ring that she's had for a while. It's a star sapphire with 2 tiny diamonds, set in a 10k white gold band. Therein lies the problem: I have a nickel allergy, and thus can't wear 10k gold. What do I need to know/what can I expect with regard to getting the stones set in a new band? [more inside]
I'm probably going to get to go to a conference in DC in early May. The conference is at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW. Where should I stay? (Hotel block rate a little above what I hope to pay.) [more inside]
Mr. Pterodactyl and I have realized we enjoy trying and learning new things together. We especially like it if we can take a short lesson or a few short lessons first. What are some (not outrageously expensive) things we could try? [more inside]
I had a baby almost 6 weeks ago (soon she will be able to experience the world!) and I have absolutely no idea what to do with all of this time. I will be staying at home for the foreseeable future and I am struggling with a fair amount of cabin fever. [more inside]
Are there any statues, memorials, paintings, or other depictions of Columbia (the feminine symbol of freedom) in Washington, DC? [more inside]
I would like to take my family (husband, myself, toddler under 2) to visit my brother in DC this spring. Help us make it work! [more inside]
Can you suggest a Washington DC restaurant for us? [more inside]
There is a building in Woodley Park, DC that looks completely normal from the front and burnt-out and abandoned from the back. I lived a few doors down from it for about 15 months and never saw anyone go in or out of the back part of the building. Any idea what the deal is, or how I could research this? [more inside]
I need a new dining room table. I like early 20th century furniture, but I lean more "grandma's garage sale" than fine antiques. [more inside]
In May we will be taking a family trip out east by car. We plan to stop for lunch somewhere east of Indianapolis, and then for a play/running-around time somewhere between Columbus, Ohio, and Wheeling, West Virginia, on I-70. Where? (Also, where should we spend the night?) [more inside]
Please help me figure out a 4-hour sightseeing itinerary for a bus load of senior citizens (60-70 year olds) in Washington DC this February. [more inside]
So I have a few days off and just want to get away on a small budget. I have decided that I will take the bus to Washington, DC over the Christmas weekend, and will probably be staying at a hostel or maybe couchsurfing. I will probably stay for one or two nights. I don't have any friends or family in the DC area and, so far, I couldn't find anyone to travel with me, so I will be traveling alone. [more inside]
How do I pick the right therapist to help with my anxiety, stress, indecisiveness, and perfectionist tendencies? What kinds of therapy/techniques/approaches might be most helpful? How do I quickly assess whether to stick with someone or look elsewhere? What are reasonable expectations of how much I can improve in therapy and how quickly? I'm terrible at making decisions-- I need help! (Especially since we want to start trying for kids in a few months so I feel real urgency to make progress quickly to feel comfortable going ahead, for both my and the kid's sake.) DC-area, FYI. [more inside]
We are looking for a nice place to study in the mornings. Should be within a mile of the Rosslyn metro stop. Preferably they should be open by 7:00am, reasonably quiet, have wifi, and a comfortable temperature. We like Capital City Cheesecake, if that helps. Is the Plaza Branch Library decent? [more inside]
I am hoping to land my dream job in the heart of DC. The pay would be great for a single person, but as a working single mother, it won't be amazing. I am concerned about the usual: safety, quality of public schools, and commute times. Is Falls Church really that much better than Silver Spring? Is the red line as bad as I hear? [more inside]
How much should we budget for home repairs? The internet gives pretty varied advice. 1% of the purchase price per year? 4.5% of the purchase price per year? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for sex-positive, progressive, poly-friendly therapists in the Washington DC region. [more inside]
My friend and I are looking to room together in Washington, DC, and we've decided to expand our search to include larger, company-managed buildings in addition to smaller, privately-owned buildings. I've rented twice from private landlords so I know how that works just fine, but big building rentals are new for both of us. Any advice, MetaFilter? [more inside]
I'm a fat woman (US sizes like 26-28 at the moment), newishly arrived to Washington DC. Where can I buy some clothes my size, in a brick-and-mortar store where I can try them on, and if possible that's near public transportation? My job involves some physical work and can get a bit dusty/dirty; I tend to wear jeans or cords, and a button shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [more inside]
Now that there's a teeny bit of fall briskness in the air, I'm renewing my search for a gym in downtown DC with a hot tub. Google tells me this doesn't exist, but I'm hoping you all can prove Google wrong. Alternately, I'd love to find a non-skeezy other kind of place to use a hot tub now and again. [more inside]
Hi everyone! My work is sending me to DC to, you know, get that whole federal government thing straightened out. What fun things are going on on the evenings of the 16th, 17th and 18th? Or, where do I look to find such things? Thanks!
Please help me think about whether it is worth moving to a better school district. [more inside]
A couple weeks ago I went to Paseo and had a life-changing sandwich experience. Now that I'm back in the other Washington (DC), I'd like to find the next best thing. Where are these types of sandwiches available in the District? (Must be transit-accessible.) [more inside]
Several roommates and I moved out of an apartment in DC this summer that is owned by a large corporate company (coughAvalonBaycough). We’d been in the apartment for almost four years. Before we moved out, staff from the building signed off on paperwork stating that there was no visible damage. A month later we get an incredibly bogus set of damage charges from the building for nearly $1,000. We already got our security deposit back, but they’re threatening to send us to collections over these new charges. [more inside]
Can anyone explain this sign that I've seen in at least one DC Metro station? [more inside]
I think I want to try therapy again, but I'm not sure even what I should be looking for. Looking for general advice and specific recommendations in the DC area. [more inside]