I live in a 1911 Craftsman in Seattle. The heating situation is... pretty weird. (See the "more inside".) My 42-year-old oil furnace still works like a champ, but the oil company folks say they won't service it any more and it has to be replaced. I have been searching and searching to try to figure out the best way to deal with this before it gets cold out, but I am not finding what I need. Should I change my heating method and can people recommend whom I might call for this? [more inside]
My first half marathon ever is in Seattle area. I'd like my trip to be amazing. Can you work your magic again? [more inside]
I am planning on running a marathon sometime between spring 2015 and August 2016 with lots of flexibility in time frame. I need to choose a marathon and it must be ithin driving distance of Seattle. This will be my first marathon so I do want some support - I want a timing chip - and I want a photographer. I'm not sure what else I want in terms of crowds, etc. If you have experience with marathons in this area that you can share, please do.
What should I know before buying a house in Seattle? We have a pretty good sense for the neighborhoods (leaning toward Queen Anne or Magnolia) but... How does one find a good real estate agent? (How important is that?) Are there some months that are much better/worse? (We can rent a while before we buy.) Other stuff?
After my last ask, I am feeling I am definitely being given the runaround by school officials and need to get an education attorney. What should I look for and what is the best way to find a good one?
I want to get rid of a houseful of stuff, but I don't have the time or energy to sell it on Craigslist or hold a garage sale. Are there services that will pick up & sell things for me? Location: Seattle. [more inside]
I need to find a place to live in the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhoods of Seattle for a move in mid-September -- like, really soon -- but I live a few states away and I might not be able to visit before the move! [more inside]
Specifically, which stores, if any, are open on the Eastside? [more inside]
One of the things I miss about living in the big city is access to a Penzeys spice store. The other thing I miss is having enough money to afford to shop there. I am looking for any good resources on where to buy spices, either online, or within a few hours of Seattle, which is now my nearest metropolis. "The spice must flow!" [more inside]
We are driving from Seattle to Las Vegas in early September. I'm looking for sights along the way and places to stay - unique or just a hotel but no camping. [more inside]
I visit some friends in Seattle every year right around Halloween — sometime in the last week of October/first week-and-change of November. My travel buddy and I have in previous years traveled to other cities near Seattle as part of the vacation. We've been to Portland, Vancouver, and San Francisco. Where should we go this year? [more inside]
I'm in Seattle with my girlfriend for a wedding. It's her hometown, but she hasn't lived here in about eight years. We unexpectedly have some free time for lunch tomorrow (Sunday) in or near downtown Seattle. I'd love to take her somewhere fun, with great, interesting and/or memorable food - surprise her with something. Any recommendations for a last minute Sunday lunch? We eat everything and any price is fine. Thanks!
There's a couple of apartment complexes that I've been looking at, but they're income restricted - you have to be making less than $36,960 for one person to qualify. I don't know if I qualify, even though my income is lower than that, because I'd also be going to school part time at a local community college for the next year or so. Here's an example of an apartment complex that I'd like to check out: Addison on Fourth. [more inside]
I'm looking to get Lasik surgery. I have a few questions. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations on where to do some back-country/wilderness camping in the Seattle/Portland area from around Aug. 31 through Sept. 3. Details inside. [more inside]
Suggestions wanted for a Seattle-area getaway for mom and toddler, this weekend, with a pool? [more inside]
Can you recommend songs about Washington and/or Seattle that portray it in a non-negative light? [more inside]
We are considering a move to Seattle from the Bay Area. Last year we took ourselves out of the house-hunting game down here due to the crazy market here. What can we expect from Seattle? [more inside]
We (spouse, myself, and 2.5 year old toddler) are on a vacation in the Northwest US. What cool place can we stay this Saturday that is somewhere (more or less) on the way from Portland to Seattle? [more inside]
Moving in two weeks, and we've got a bit more information. The listings online have us a little worried, so I'm asking for some more guidance. [more inside]
My husband and I want to spent this Friday and Saturday night in a nice-ish hotel in Seattle, but we aren't sure what neighborhoods we should even be looking in. I don't know the city very well, so I could use some guidance! [more inside]
I’m driving from Seattle, WA, to Newport, OR (on the coast). Would it be better to take I-5 all the way down to Corvallis and then US20 over to Newport, or should I leave I-5 at Olympia and take 101 down the coast? I’ll be hitting Olympia around 4pm on a Monday, and I’ll hear arguments for both efficiency and pleasantness. Thank you!
Another where in Seattle should we live question. We are a family of three, one person working downtown, the other working likely in SLU or at the UW + a baby with daycare downtown, but who long term will be going into the Seattle school system. Where do we want to live? [more inside]
Road trip filter! We're spending today (and tonight) in Portland and want to be in Seattle by mid-afternoon tomorrow. On the way, we'd like to visit a volcanic (or geological) outdoorsy spot. The original idea was to hike the Ape Cave lava tube, but looking at a map, it may be too far out of the way if we want to leave Portland at 9am and reach Seattle by 4. Any good alternatives?
I'm planning to move to Seattle in the fall and hope to work with the international/refugee population there, specifically Somalis. Which organizations are the best for international/ESL/refugee education or support for women and children? [more inside]
So, the hubster is actively looking for work in the Seattle area and we have a few leads. We're definitely looking to move there soon. I've lived in the PNW before, but on the other side of the Sound. I have no idea what the area on the Seattle side is like and am looking for guidance. [more inside]
I'll be living in Seattle for the summer. I'm looking for suggestions of things to do and places to go, both tourist-y and everyday, as well as general resources for someone new to the city. More about me and my interests inside [more inside]
I'm visiting a new city for the first time with the idea that I might move there within the next year or two. What should I be sure to check out/consider to be sure I get the information I need to make a good decision? I've only moved for jobs, and have wound up in a city that stresses me out. How do I pick a better one? [more inside]
I'm in Seattle for a few days, and I purchased a small amount of pot. Where can I legally smoke it? Preferably near Belltown.
Any suggestions for a good apartment plant? Minimal light and minimal fuss preferred. [more inside]
What interesting/unusual things can we do for a weekend in Seattle? Looking for something outside of shopping and the typical tourist stuff. [more inside]
My kids (3 & 5) both love to hear about space and space travel. But living in Seattle means they rarely see any stars. In the spring and summer it's light past their bedtime. In the fall and winter it's often cloudy, and when it isn't, there's tons of light pollution. I want to take them on a trip where they can see the night sky in all its glory. [more inside]
We're moving to Seattle, hooray! Now we don't have childcare for our infant daughter, and we need care starting in about 8 weeks. [more inside]
I'm going to be having DSL for the first time in many years and need a recommendation on a modem. [more inside]
We're moving in a month or so and beginning to look at rental houses in Seattle. I'm a bit rusty, but what is the general procedure for establishing the person you're speaking with is the actual home owner and everything is on the up-and-up? [more inside]
Rent a car on the island? Ferry, then rent a car stateside? Looking for low cost, shortest transit time from Nanaimo/Victoria to Seattle. Don't want to fly. [more inside]
I am a freelance video editor/assistant editor working in advertising in New York City. Career-wise I am doing pretty well and working consistently, but I have recently been thinking of relocating to Seattle. Is there enough post-production work in the Seattle area to keep me fed? [more inside]
We are moving to Seattle in August. I'm looking for recommendations for "quintessentially Seattle" attire to get my husband for his birthday. [more inside]
My son is great at pogoing. He's outgrown his last pogo stick, the Flybar Foam Master -- he's tall and the handle is too low for him to jump comfortably. He tried the Flybar Super Pogo but it left him with bruises on his knees (and mine, as well, from the little I did on it). Is there some great pogo stick out there we should know about? If there's some pogo superstore in the Seattle area we could go to, that also would be great.
We're looking to switch to a new CSA this year, after a few years of using Nash's Organic Produce. Looking for recommendations, and reviews of a few specific ones that we're interested in. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
What are some fun things I can do in Seattle tonight/Friday/this weekend by myself, ideally without being on my feet the whole time? [more inside]
I'd like to take up trail running, or in my case, probably trail-light jogging. I am not a runner, I have never been a runner, I have always hated running and avoided it. What do I need to know? [more inside]
My cousin is getting married in a couple of weeks on the east coast. I'm traveling there from Seattle. Both bride and groom (my cousin is the groom, if that matters) are active musicians in the Boston scene. I don't know them very well. They're in their mid 30s and were impressionable teenagers when grunge was just becoming an enormous deal. I was thinking they might appreciate a small wedding gift that had something to do with Seattle's musical history, but I myself am not very familiar with it all, with what's actually cool and what's just tourist junk. My budget is less than $50 (less would be better) and I need to be able to fit it in my suitcase and have it be modest looking at the wedding itself. My cousin plays guitar, drums, is a lead singer, and writes lyrics as well as music. His genre, as far as I can tell, goes around a central pillar of "rock". I'm looking for a token kind of gift. They have a registry but also stipulate they don't need or require gifts multiple times, it's going to be a super small wedding and I'm not sure I'm even going to be at the ceremony itself. Just something that will make them go "cool! I never would have asked for this but it's a neat thing to have!" Do you have any ideas?
Will my planned Seattle vacation rental be in the construction zone for the Alaskan Way? [more inside]
I've reached middle age, lost a ton of weight, and need to re-do my wardrobe. Where does a middle aged man shop for clothing in America? [more inside]
Why should I move to Seattle from the east coast? [more inside]
I want to get a soda charge holder today. This place is in Seattle but not open today. I want to get it in person because I'm not sure the measurements are the same. I have an older iSi soda siphon and want to bring it in to make sure the charge holder fits. Can anyone think of a place in Seattle that sells seltzer bottle parts or even new seltzer bottles and is open today?
My wife and I rent a house in Seattle and our 12-month lease ended in February. We're now month to month. The issue is, we paid the last months rent when we signed the lease... then also paid rent the last month of our lease. [more inside]
I had a failed root canal (my second!) and need an endodontist recommendation. I'm looking for a highly-meticulous specialist who will communicate thoroughly with me and won't treat me like an idiot. [more inside]
My wife and I are considering moving to Snohomish (county), WA for work. She recently got a postgraduate degree in Library Science and is having trouble finding work where we currently live on the East coast (too many qualified people, too few jobs of the sort she's looking for). Pertinent details: I'm white, my wife is black, and we currently live and work in a very racially diverse urban area where couples like us are a common sight. We currently have no children but plan on starting a family in the next few years. [more inside]