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September 18

resetting my brain in Vermont

Thinking about taking a sublet in Burlington, Vermont for October. The best options seem to be on Craigslist, which of course sets off alarm bells. I'm currently in California and will have to secure the sublet before I arrive. Any ideas on how I can make sure these places aren't scams? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:47 AM - 5 answers

September 16

Hit me with your best simulacra

I love a specific kind of kitsch: fake versions of other stuff. Think Vegas casinos made to look like Roman ruins under a false sky, or themed hotel rooms where you sleep in a UFO. Help me fantasy-travel by telling me about the faux real in your neck of the woods. [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 10:23 PM - 49 answers

September 15

bike trespassing?

I was waiting for a signal to turn on what was technically the parking lot of private property. Is there any technical case for this to be called trespass? [more inside]
posted by diode at 6:37 PM - 9 answers

If not Washington, then where?

I recently posted an ask mefi question about moving to Washington State. After reading through all the responses, and breaking out in a nervous sweat, I'm back with a second question: Any recommendations for locations that are not Washington? [more inside]
posted by quiet_musings at 6:19 PM - 17 answers

Solo weekend in Lille - any Covid safe tips?

I'm going to be in Lille, northern France, and totally free of commitments from Friday lunchtime until Sunday lunchtime. How can I amuse myself while social distancing? Also, I'm quite anxious about going to restaurants or hanging out in a bar solo, can anyone set my mind at rest? [more inside]
posted by doornoise around Lille, France at 7:05 AM - 7 answers

Long weekend around Philadelphia?

I would like to go somewhere for a long weekend that fits these criteria: 1) No more than a 4 hour drive from Philadelphia 2) Cabin or house in the woods where I can't see another house 3) Allows a dog 4) Has a fireplace or wood stove 5) No TV/internet/cell service desirable, but not required 6) $150 per night or less Having trouble! Thanks in advance.
posted by Automocar at 6:38 AM - 4 answers

September 14

Bay Area Semi-Staycation

I desperately need a vacation, and I want to get out of town for a few days. Where can I go within ~3-4 hours distance of San Francisco for some smoke-; fire-; and covid- free R&R? [more inside]
posted by wym at 6:11 PM - 17 answers

September 13

How dangerous is Washington State, actually?

Earthquakes and volcanoes and tsunamis, oh my! Also wildfires. My husband and I have absolutely fallen in love with the state of Washington. We are seriously considering moving to the greater Seattle region. However, the more research I do, the more I keep reading about the potential for earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wildfires. I'm having difficulty finding resources regarding how serious a threat these things actually are. Please help me understand if these things are serious risks that should legitimately dissuade us from moving to the region! [more inside]
posted by quiet_musings around Washington at 10:56 AM - 23 answers

September 12

Finding a way home to deck the Christmas Cactus

I am planning to drive from Seattle to Tucson for Christmas, to see my family. Please help me plan a route optimized for natural beauty, safer winter driving, and good stopping points to camp each night. [more inside]
posted by cnidaria around California at 12:23 PM - 5 answers

September 11

Need a new charger my VW E-Golf, difficulty: multiple apocalypses

Okay, so there’s a lot going on. This morning I found out that the charger that came with my 2016 Volkswagen E-Golf was stolen. Trying to figure out how to replace while navigating not having Internet at home or at the friend’s house I’m staying at right now to get a break from the terrible smoke. (I’m in PDX.) Lots [more inside]
posted by overglow at 1:00 PM - 8 answers

Seattle Photography walk?

If I was going to go on a walk in the next couple of weeks, in or around Seattle, where should I go to take photos? [more inside]
posted by baptismal around Seattle, WA at 9:39 AM - 8 answers

Is Gary, Indiana a safe city to visit?

If we can go to the US next year, I'd like to check out Gary, Indiana. But the reputation of the city precedes it. Is it as bad as people say? [more inside]
posted by mippy around Gary, IN at 8:36 AM - 26 answers

September 7

Wildfire smoke on Amtrak?

I'm considering taking Amtrak on an unavoidable trip. I'd be on the California Zephyr leaving from Emeryville, and I'm worried about the smoke from all of the wildfires, both in California and in Colorado. It's been really bothering me in my apartment. How well do the trains filter outside air? I wanted to avoid flying for a variety of reasons, but will fly if I have to. I was planning to get an individual bedroom on the train. If you haven't been on Amtrak near a fire, can you recommend a train forum where I could post this question?
posted by pinochiette at 8:58 PM - 4 answers

September 6

CarFilter: Should we buy a used plug in hybrid in the UK?

We want a car primarily for city driving, but that can also get us and our two kids from Edinburgh to Mid Wales a couple of times a year. Snowflakes inside, looking for sensible advice and encouragement. (my husband wrote this question, we'll both be reading the answers!) [more inside]
posted by cpatterson at 2:35 AM - 5 answers

September 4

A question about places to see + stuff to do in upstate NY.

What would you recommend to do in upstate NY, anywhere within a three hour drive of Hunter, NY. Open to anything available during coronavirus, but specific interests include modern/contemporary art, socialism/anarchism/antifascism/leftism, government/civics, (vegetarian) food, animals, factory/food tours (learning about how anything is made), architecture, nature, urban/abandoned exploring.
posted by andoatnp around New York, NY at 1:36 PM - 13 answers

September 2

West to East Coast Roadtrip

A family member is driving from LA to DC. Any advice on the itinerary? Are these cities safe to stop in for a person of color? Any fun sights to see or eat at without adding time? [more inside]
posted by inevitability at 7:07 PM - 22 answers

September 1

How safe does private room/long distance train travel seem these days?

I'm not actually considering traveling any time soon. I've been on the cautious end of the spectrum since March. But I'm wondering if people are edging back into long-distance train travel (or perhaps if people have been doing it more than I imagine) and how safe or unsafe it seems to the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by less of course at 6:55 PM - 12 answers

What was it like at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Cafe?

I lived in Rochester, NY for a while. I always meant to visit Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Cafe and didn't ever get there before they closed. What songs would have regularly been in rotation there? (I'm generally familiar with the concept of the Great American Songbook and that "standards" exist. I'm looking for specifics where possible.) Are there other establishments like this, a cross between a piano bar, a participatory experience, and a time machine?
posted by knile around Rochester, NY at 1:05 PM - 1 answers

Where to stop with kids on drive from Liverpool to London?

We are driving from Liverpool to North London on Friday with our two small kids! We'd love to stop once or twice to stretch our legs and get something to eat. Any thoughts? (Bonus: breakfast ideas in Liverpoool?) [more inside]
posted by caoimhe around Mexicali, Mexico at 5:33 AM - 6 answers

August 30

Favorite Blue Ridge Parkway stops?

Next week my wife and I will be spending Labor Day week working our way down the Blue Ridge Parkway, north to south. What are the can't miss stops? [more inside]
posted by COD around United States at 6:24 PM - 8 answers

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