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The Best of the Bay Area: Making the Best of '09

Edited by Nan Wiener | June 18, 2009 | Story

Ready or not, the rules for living the good life in the Bay Area have gotten simpler. Be ingenious. Go for value over glitz. Learn to share. In other words, turn lemons into lemonade. .locale{ color: #49afd3; font-weight: bold; font-size: 1.2em; }

Party like it's 1929: Memorable days and nights of self-medicating hedonism.

Blow off steam: Anger-management classes that you'll actually enjoy.

Feather your nest: Spruce-up solutions for that home you won't be leaving anytime soon.

Eat your vegetables: Easy-does-it sources of all that's good in the garden.

Sneak off the beaten track: Untrodden trails that remind you why you live here.

Write that novel: Jump-starts for the next hot career: starving artist.

Enrich thyself: The finest art at the finest prices.

Get your protein: Sustainably raised meat—in word and deed.

Be selfishly good: Volunteer efforts that give as much as they get.

Look good longer: Style gurus who can make their magic last.

Take care of your BFF: Cool new stuff for your pet project.

Travel lighter: Ways to ease your carbon footprint—and pay less—on the road.

Just chill: Ways to cultivate your inner Buddha when the layoff dragon is raging outside.

Download (or order in) your fun: Make your everyday life an entertainment zone.

Be very entertaining: Stores that make cooking for friends feel like a night out.

Purge your possessions: Generously green routes to a holistic house.

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