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July 11

Gift for my Oakland-based friend?
I'm getting gifts for my wedding party and I'm having trouble picking something for my friend who just moved to Oakland. Could y'all recommend good Oakland-based gifts for under $100? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by vakker around Oakland, CA at 9:00 AM - 2 answers
Where to watch the World Cup Final in Baltimore? Difficulty: Teens
I have tickets with my cousin and his kids (14/16 years old) to go to the Orioles game at 8:05pm on Sunday. But we also want to watch the World Cup Final somewhere first. Where would we be able to watch the game, with the teenagers in tow, so that we can get from there to Camden Yards easily/quickly? [more inside]
posted by gemmy around Baltimore, MD at 8:43 AM - 3 answers

Ye Olde Weekend Getaway
Heading to Staunton, VA for a little anniversary getaway/Shakespeare nerd-fest in a few weeks. Aside from a show and tour at the reconstructed Blackfriars (which I am BEYOND excited about), what should we not miss? [more inside]
posted by Dorinda around Staunton, VA at 7:30 AM - 7 answers

Overnight stay in Redwoods near San Jose
My partner and I are headed to California in August and have 2 days to ourselves. We're both very avid hikers and are interested in seeing redwoods. Help us plan an awesome 2 day hike between San Jose/Sonoma! [more inside]
posted by olya around California, CA at 6:40 AM - 7 answers

That's a lot of soda bread...
By mistake my company has booked me double baggage allowance for my flight to Dublin for a conference, so I have a capacity of 46kg. I live in London. What kind of heavy yet-hard-to-get in the UK thing should I buy to make the most of this? My only thought was a case of whisky or possibly a very large amount of Guinness. I only have one free morning (Thursday), which is also the day I fly out. Is there anything I'm not thinking of?
posted by litereally around Dublin, Ireland at 4:15 AM - 8 answers

July 10

Seattle to Newport?
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!
posted by Janey Complainy around Newport, OR at 4:51 PM - 8 answers

From the Portland Airport, to the Redwood Forest...
I need to quickly firm up planning for our August vacation in Oregon and Northern California; we have about 10 days to spend and I haven't gotten very as far in terms of specifics. Degree of Difficulty: 16yo daughter and non-drinking husband [more inside]
posted by drlith around Oregon at 10:14 AM - 8 answers

Boston Logan Rental Car Taxes!!
We go see my mom in Welfleet, Cape Cod once a year and usually spend the night in Boston after the flight, in which case we pick up a rental in Cambridge where it is hundreds of dollars cheaper a week due to airport taxes (or so I am told by the rental car agencies) [more inside]
posted by silsurf around Massachusetts at 9:38 AM - 17 answers

Last minute vacation ideas: departing from Houston edition...
Has anyone done the whole book a vacation the night before? If so, how? Is it worth it? Any special snowflakes with leaving from Houston? Where do I look? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 7:02 AM - 5 answers

July 9

Northern Nova Scotia/ Cape Breton vacation tips?
At the end of the month, my girlfriend and I are heading to Nova Scotia. We'll be staying with a friend in Pictou for a few days, then renting a car out of New Glasgow and heading off on our own. We have four days (three nights) before we fly out of Halifax...and no plans at all. Where should we go? Recommendations for nature/odd attractions/good food wanted. Particularly lovely towns? Good routes? Places to stay?
posted by neroli around Nova Scotia at 1:31 PM - 15 answers

How to make driving more comfortable/fun?
My boyfriend drives a lot for work, maybe a couple of hours a day, a few days a week. I'm looking for things that will make his drive more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by brynna at 11:31 AM - 26 answers

ISO Canadian vehicle reliability study
A year or so ago, we found a pdf online somewhere that we'd like to find again. Here are the bits of info we can remember: [more inside]
posted by nosila at 10:17 AM - 2 answers

Short trip idea. Starting point - Texas
SO and I want to take a short trip for his birthday next month (end of August). We have a few ideas, but thought I'd ask you all for some suggestions we may have missed. [more inside]
posted by monologish at 8:03 AM - 2 answers

Oslo for a geek , underground lover
I'am going to Oslo in norway for a reportage on the suscon. I'am a geek (tech guy (java , python ) , video game lover, role playing gamer) and fond of different underground (hackerspace , urbex , goth one etc ...). If you have any contacts here or place to visit i will be glad .... Regards Bussiere
posted by bussiere around Oslo, Norway at 7:57 AM - 2 answers

Pittsburgh: Bargains Along the Rail Lines?
My wife and I will be visiting the Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory during a two-day trip to Pittsburgh, and we're trying to avoid the CBD markup on hotels, parking, and restaurants. [more inside]
posted by Rykey around Pittsburgh, PA at 7:12 AM - 13 answers

where can we mini golf with puppies?
I work with an adult with disabilities in western Mass. I take him out a few times a week, and we're running out of stuff to do! Can you help us find more things to enjoy? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda around Massachusetts at 7:01 AM - 8 answers

Laptop left on United flight, no cooperation. What are my options?
The short version: Left my laptop on a United flight. Realized it after leaving security and was unable to get anyone to do anything to retrieve it. Went through all official channels. Nothing. [more inside]
posted by neuroking at 12:57 AM - 14 answers

July 8

Tourist tips for Split
We're heading to Croatia for a week at the end of August, probably staying around the Split area. Your recommendations for accommodation and sightseeing would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Jakey around Split, Croatia at 3:20 PM - 7 answers

Tell me of your homeworld, Britons
Travelling to London next week. Need advice on packing for the weather. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust around London, England at 12:48 PM - 12 answers

Somewhere to go, but how spiffed up should it be?
Is it worth making the investment of minor repairs on a 2011 Volvo XC90 AWD that's being traded in for a 2014 Mini Countryman S All4 when I already have a quoted range for the trade-in price from the Mini dealer? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 12:11 PM - 5 answers

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