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Kayakity Yak (Don't Talk Back)

Where are the best areas in the Southern California region for a new kayak owner to become familiar with kayaking? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Jul 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Things To Do In Los Angeles When You're Twelve

Family -- including my preteen cousin -- is coming to visit me in Los Angeles and I'm not sure where to bring them. Special personality snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Mountain Biking between Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

I'm having brunch in Santa Barbara this weekend, and then driving back to Los Angeles where I live. After brunch I'd like to drive for a while into the wilderness, park my car, and then ride my rigid frame mountain bike on some scenic single track (or fire roads, sure) for a few hours before heading home. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Winter, we're coming

My wife has accepted a post-doc position in the University of Wisconsin system with duration of around two years. Where exactly in Wisconsin is slightly up in the air, but no matter where we end up, we have a host of questions to ask about moving there and Wisconsin life in general. Once we know where we're actually going, we may have more questions about the area, but right now I think our biggest concern is winter. [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Apr 29, 2014 - 78 answers

What's a Temecula?

Seeking: highly legible, attractive, informative map of southern California cities and counties, for use as an educational cube decoration. [more inside]
posted by samthemander on Feb 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Christmas vacation places in Southern CA.

Hi! Since most of our family is traveling for the holidays, and we haven’t yet taken our honeymoon (we got married in October), we thought we’d take a trip ourselves. But we could use some recommendations for someplace to go. [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL on Dec 18, 2013 - 5 answers

SoCal Costal Hotels for Overnight Getaway?

My girlfriend and I both have some time off between Christmas and New Years Day. We'd like to take a one-day roadtrip somewhere along the southern California coast, get a hotel, hang out on the beach a while, sleep, come home the next afternoon. We're located in Santa Monica, and on a pretty tight budget. Ideas for great little spots/hotels? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Nerdy field guides for California/Baja?

I am a biologist moving to San Diego. My work will take me all over the state, including SoCal deserts and Baja California. There are a million natural history books out there - which ones are worth the money? I want a good plant book for sure. But I would also love recommendations for geology, herps, birds, general natural history and anything else an outdoorsy gal might find interesting.
posted by intoxicate on Nov 27, 2013 - 11 answers

What can I do to improve my old school gas-fired floor furnaces?

Are there improvements that can be done to them to improve their efficiency and safety? Are there retrofits? Would I be able to purchase something more modern that would directly replace the existing units? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Nov 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Trips tips for weekend visit to LA and Huntington Beach

I'm flying down to SoCal on Saturday morning and flying back back Sunday evening after spending Saturday evening visiting with some friends in HB. I'll be flying into LAX, picking up a rental, then head south to Huntington Beach. On Sunday, I'll head north to catch the plane flight back. How can I make this easy to do, where can I stay, and what beaches might I visit along the way with the short time I have planned? [more inside]
posted by diode on Nov 21, 2013 - 5 answers

No one walks in L.A.

I am in Torrance, C.A. I am flying out from LAX at 8pm. What can/should I do between noon, and getting to the airport at 7pm? [more inside]
posted by kellyblah on Sep 19, 2013 - 11 answers

California Housing - why spend $750K on a starter home?

I live in Southern California, and the housing market in my area is insane. "Starter" homes here cost between $600K-1M, and these are mostly old tract homes that have 2 bedrooms, are less than 1000 square feet, are on less than 1/6 of an acre, and need ample renovations. I'm having a hard time seeing how buying one of these at that price could ever be a good investment, or something to feel good about - even though I know this is where the market is, I can't help but think that is a huge ripoff. But people are buying, and even bidding above asking price. My question is - why does anyone think it's a good idea to spend so much to get so little? Am I just out of touch and is $750K not that much money anymore?
posted by emily37 on Aug 4, 2013 - 35 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

Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked. So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 29, 2013 - 60 answers

I want to know the history of the city without a history

Please recommend some books about the history of Southern California. I'm specifically interested in the evolution of car culture and the L.A. area as a cultural incubator. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 9, 2013 - 36 answers

Help identifying two Southern CA trees?

These two trees are in my friend's new Los Angeles backyard. Any idea what they are? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

seeking weird, wild & wonderful

What are some quirky and/or beautiful destinations within a 2 or 3 hour drive of San Diego? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jan 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Missing. Please Help.

My sister's husband has probably had a psychotic break in Southern California and has gone missing. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Oct 22, 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

One town forward, two towns back

My colleagues in New Jersey often refer to places as "the next town over" or "two towns down from me." I get the general idea, but as life-long Southern Californian, I feel like I'm not getting the full, nuanced meaning. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Jan 26, 2012 - 27 answers

Doc recommendations in San Diego

Hello So Cal! I need doctor recommendations in the San Diego area. [more inside]
posted by Opal on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

What is the best way to test the air quality in my house?

For the past three years, my wife has been sick. constant respiratory issues that have grown into asthma and whatnot. We have been dealing with it for sometime, and it dawned on us, that it started right around when we moved into our current house ( I know, we are a bit dense). [more inside]
posted by brent_h on Jan 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Where can I get my cowboy on in OC?

Where can I get my cowboy on in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene on Dec 29, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for secluded getaway between L.A. and San Diego, via train and bicycle.

I'm looking for a secluded, peaceful cabin or hotel within cycling distance of any of the Amtrak Surfliner stations south of Los Angeles (Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, Solana Beach, San Diego). It's for a short December getaway. Any recommendations?
posted by Conductor71 on Nov 28, 2011 - 2 answers

On Such a Winter's Day

I need a day trip from Los Angeles this upcoming (rainy) weekend. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 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

A romantic weekend from LA?

What's a great weekend getaway from Los Angeles at a resonable price? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on May 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Yelp sort by New Listing - or how to find NEW restuarants?

Yelp.com (or other review site): sorting by newest restaurant in an area? Or: where do you go to find recently *opened* restaurants in Southern California (inland empire etc). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jan 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Socal Weekend Camping

Where, within a two-hour drive of Torrance, California, can I camp for one or two nights? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Sep 12, 2010 - 5 answers

En danseuse jusqu'au sommet / Pedaler en grand braquet.

SoCal Cycling: What's the best way to continue through Palos Verdes from Torrance Beach? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on May 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Sober(ish) Bachelor Party in So Cal. I need help generating awesome ideas.

Sober(ish) Bachelor Party in So Cal. I need help generating awesome ideas. [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 on Dec 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Can I get roux taste and thickening without flour?

Has anyone ever made Gumbo without a roux? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn on Nov 11, 2009 - 22 answers

This indecision's bugging me....

I've got some doubts about our current SoCal real estate agent. At first, there didn't seem to be a problem. But recent events have made me wonder if we're wasting his time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2009 - 15 answers

California beach camping?

Beach camping in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jul 21, 2009 - 16 answers

Itinerary for camping and photography trip in southern california

Help me with an itinerary for a 3-day camping/photo tour of Southern California. [more inside]
posted by mamessner on Apr 13, 2009 - 4 answers

SoCal bird places

Looking for avian resources -- vets, toy stores, etc -- in SoCal! [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Mar 23, 2009 - 3 answers

No one loves me- help me get out of town.

Where can I go camping within a day's drive of L.A. this coming weekend? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Feb 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Keep Me Hangin' On

Where can an adult get the "kid-on-the-monkey-bars experience" without getting arrested? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Nov 17, 2008 - 15 answers

Best route from SoCal to Washington?

I'll be driving from Los Angeles to the Seattle area in a few weeks. I don't want to endure the dreariness of I-5 all the way up, but I also don't want to spend too much time on the trip. Three days would probably be ideal; four would be acceptable. What route will provide the best balance of beauty/points of interest and expediency? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jul 29, 2008 - 15 answers

What's an affordable conference center in Southern California?

Affordable conference/retreat facilities in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jul 22, 2008 - 2 answers

Where can I find people who like to know 'how stuff works' in socal?

Where around socal can I meet other aspiring electronic do-it-yourselfers? [backyard imagineering] [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Jul 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Best economical 4WD car?

What's the best 1-2 yr old 4WD-capable car? Best for us means: fuel economy, reliability, non-behemoth-SUV-ness, aesthetic and reasonable cost (<$25k). Also: any knowledge about Subaru Outbacks and SoCal 4WD dealers. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Apr 29, 2008 - 26 answers

L.A.-area picnic spot?

what's an awesome picnic spot in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jan 10, 2008 - 14 answers

Age, Sex, Loc... er, American Sign Language

Baby signing classes in Socal next week? [more inside]
posted by msittig on Sep 25, 2007 - 0 answers

She just wants to pay cash for a new car.

Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash? Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour, insists on signing a loan agreement?!? Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Aug 22, 2007 - 29 answers

where can I stay in Santa Barbara?

where can I stay in Santa Barbara? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 20, 2007 - 14 answers

How to get the most out of driving a car regularly?

How do you deal with or adapt to Car Culture? Tips on driving, things to do in/with the car, strategies to deal with traffic, autos, parking, life-on-the-road in general please. Also: any specific Southern California driving/car advice. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jul 19, 2007 - 30 answers

My kingdom for a horse: Trustworthy SoCal car dealers/mechanics

Buying-a-used-Car in SoCal-filter : I'm looking for good used car dealerships in the Pomona / Inland Empire / greater LA area. Also, for good independent mechanics to examine a prospective used car. Also: Examples of dealers/mechanics to avoid and general advice. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 12, 2007 - 7 answers

San Diego, tell me more

Does anyone know how/ where to have fun in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by Belle O'Cosity on Apr 11, 2007 - 15 answers

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