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October 19

Perilous Portland Parking Predicament: Price & Position?

I've recently committed to getting a car, but don't have anywhere to put it. I live in the limbo that is Portland, Oregon's dreaded Zone N, the result of which is that I am apparently not eligible for any street permit parking. Worse still, all the lot/garage options I've been able to find even semi-nearby are upwards of $75–150 a month. This… isn't workable. How/where do people who live in inner SE park affordably? [more inside]
posted by caliche around Portland, OR at 10:54 AM - 6 answers

October 18

Advice Needed on Travel from Ontario to See Elderly Mother in Missouri

How can I safely travel from Ontario to Missouri this winter to help my 83-year old mother? The Air Canada flight I booked for December to February has been cancelled, leaving me unsure of my options. [more inside]
posted by prairiecatherine around United States at 8:13 PM - 14 answers

I need to kill someone in Bennington Vermont....

....for a mystery story I'm writing. Is there a mountain or escarpment that someone could "accidentally" fall off. The victim is fairly well off, so I'm picturing a big house near some dangerous plunges.
posted by storybored around Vermont at 10:59 AM - 13 answers has best

October 16

Where to stay with dog near First Hill (Seattle)

Where should I stay with my (small, clean, very good) dog near the First Hill Surgery Center in Seattle? He is super excitable around traffic so I need someplace calmish. Airbnb is fine but what neighborhood am I looking for? No more than say 20 minutes away very early on a weekday morning. Thanks!
posted by HotToddy around Seattle, WA at 5:30 PM - 5 answers

October 15

Anyone have a Prius mechanic in the bay area, reliable?

It’s probably about a 2009 Prius, it’s a grinding noise when starting up. Or shortly after starting up. Looking for a reliable mechanic south of the Bay Area, closer to San Jose or Cupertino. [more inside]
posted by tilde around San Jose, CA at 8:55 AM - 8 answers has best

October 13

Help me map out driving difficulty levels in San Francisco

I'm currently stuck at advanced beginner driving and trying to map out what are intermediary steps between my current skills and my goal, with some anxiety complicating the matter. [more inside]
posted by internet of pillows around San Francisco, CA at 8:44 PM - 15 answers has best

September 30

A week in Tennessee

My adult son and I are headed to TN (from VA) in a couple of weeks to spend a week exploring civil war battlefields (he is a historian and civil war nerd). We'll be camping in Chattanooga for 2 nights, Shiloh for 2 nights, and Murfreesboro for 1 night. What shouldn't we miss in those areas, outside the obvious battlefields? [more inside]
posted by COD around Tennessee at 5:04 PM - 9 answers

September 23

Washington DC logistics for paying respects to RBG Thursday 9/24

A friend and I will be driving from NYC to DC tomorrow (Thursday, September 24) to pay our respects to RBG at the Supreme Court building. I'm looking for suggestions specific to DC driving/parking/public transportation for how best to navigate once we arrive. [more inside]
posted by Majorita around Washington, DC at 5:56 PM - 5 answers has best

September 22

Hotels in SF area that are open and have windows that open?

Looking for a hotel in SF area that is open and has windows that open or--even better--terrace space.
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em around San Francisco, CA at 8:37 AM - 7 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 has best

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 has best

September 11

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 - 27 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 1

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 answer

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

August 23

Kid-friendly beaches in Cape Cod

We will be on Cape Cod in Sandwich, MA with 3yo and 4yo kids for a low-key week of going to the beach and (cautious, socially distanced) exploring the cape. My understanding is that cape-side beaches are better for kids due to smaller waves and more tidal pools to explore. Any recommendations for specific beaches and/or other activities that are reasonably kid friendly and less likely to be super crowded? We will be there Monday-Friday so hopefully mid-week crowds will be more reasonable.
posted by jpdoane around Massachusetts at 7:11 AM - 11 answers has best

August 19

Safe to ride Bay Area Rapid Transit in the Covid-era?

I have a dentist appointment in SF (near our mostly-shuttered office) coming up, and I'll have to come in from the East Bay where I've been working from home. I'm hoping not to deal with $$ garages (which could be full anyway) or 1-hour street parking, so I was just wondering if it'd be relatively safe (i.e. not a Covid hot-zone) to ride BART at the moment. (The office is on Sansome a few blocks from Market, if that helps).
posted by gtrwolf around San Francisco Bay Area, CA at 12:08 PM - 8 answers

August 10

One day in Yellowstone, with kids, out of Cody

Later this week I'll be in Cody WY with the kiddos (7 & 11) and I want to take them to Yellowstone for a day, probably Friday. I haven't been there since I was 7 myself. I need a plan. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky around Yellowstone National Park, WY at 4:27 PM - 5 answers

August 7

Yellowstone, pandemic style

I've never been to Yellowstone and have little idea what the experience is like. Haven't had a vacation in over eight years and am not going into a pandemic-riddled Midwest winter without some kind of minimalist trip. (If you feel judgey about that, please keep moving and don't harsh my squee.) [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves around United States at 9:56 AM - 8 answers