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Clara Hogan is the Northern California correspondent for Time Out US. Based in the Bay Area, Hogan also writes for the Guardian, VICE, Oakland Magazine, 7x7 Bay Area and the East Bay Express

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The most beautiful cemeteries in the U.S.

The most beautiful cemeteries in the U.S.

Some people consider cemeteries eerie places to visit, but in reality, they are often quite the opposite: serene and full of subtle beauty. Taking in a moment of zen on these sacred grounds is a welcome departure from the busyness of everyday life. Across America, the most beautiful cemeteries are also cultural and historical landmarks, drawing in visitors who come to appreciate the natural surroundings and prominent individuals resting beneath. In the Northeast, you can encounter some of the nation's oldest modern cemeteries that are the final resting places for American historical figures. Down south, take in enchanting moss-covered landscapes, like Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery. And in the Midwest, stroll expansive sites such as Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, an urban forest with over 130 tree species. Each cemetery on our list has its own unique charm and beauty. Of course, these cemeteries can also be a bit spooky. Looking for more creepy fun? Whether it’s Halloween season or not, we recommend the best haunted Airbnbs and haunted hotels to fuel your nightmares—that is, if you can get to sleep—and for creepy ghost towns filled with the spirits of days gone by. 

The best Halloween events in San Francisco

The best Halloween events in San Francisco

Halloween in San Francisco is a festive affair. Houses across the city go all out with decorations, making for a spooky scene, especially as the fog rolls through the city's iconic hills. Truly, when October arrives, the area transforms into spooky celebrations everywhere you look, from fun-filled pumpkin patches to chilling escape rooms to iconic neighborhoods perfect for trick-or-treating. The city also hosts a range of Halloween events that appeal to everyone. This year, Halloween events in San Francisco range from a Titantic-themed masquerade part to a must-see dog costume contest to a lively pub crawl. Whether you're seeking spine-tingling thrills, family-friendly fun, or a night of masquerade and mystery, we'll take you on a tour of the most bewitching and entertaining Halloween events San Francisco has to offer. Still want more? Check out a corn maze, a local haunted spot IRL or stay in to watch one of the best horror movies.  

Where to trick or treat in San Francisco

Where to trick or treat in San Francisco

October can be a whirlwind, packing in all the spooky and fall-festive activities, including visiting haunted spots, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. But the main event is at the very end: Halloween. As October 31 approaches, and if you have kiddos in your life, it's essential to have a plan of attack to make the most out of your trick-or-treating adventure.  Thankfully, Halloween in San Francisco is taken seriously, with plenty of festive and picturesque neighborhoods that go all out to ensure the kids have a Halloween they'll remember—and enough candy to last them until Thanksgiving.  We've compiled the best places to trick or treat in San Francisco. From the stately mansions of Presidio Heights to Sea Cliff to the communal vibes of the Mission to the big Halloween bash in Nopa, you're sure to find the perfect neighborhood for your family on our list. Just make sure to bring a bag big enough to hold all of your loot: Most of these neighborhoods are known to be quite generous! If you are after more adult-friendly Halloween ideas, don't miss our round-up of Halloween events in San Francisco.

10 outrageous Halloween events in the U.S.

10 outrageous Halloween events in the U.S.

When it comes to Halloween, countries celebrate the day (or similarly inspired holidays) in various ways around the world. But in America, when October 31 hits, you can sum up the festivities in three words: candy, costumes and pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins.  However, it’s not just the day of Halloween that brings the action—the U.S. goes big the entire month of October. The best and biggest Halloween events across the country range from family-friendly activities like the massive Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan that draws more than 50,000 "costumed participants" (and 2 million spectators!) to a stunning Hot Air Balloon Festival in Scottsdale, AZ. Other events will have you staring at seven thousand jack-o-lanterns, dressing up as a zombie or learning about witches of the past. No matter which one you choose, these October Halloween in the U.S. have one thing in common: they're a bit outrageous in the best way. 

Entrepreneur Miriam Haart is on a quest to shake up tech

Entrepreneur Miriam Haart is on a quest to shake up tech

At age 16, most teenagers are still navigating the complexities of high school, but for Miriam Haart, the West Coast was calling. After graduating two years early, she moved across the country from Monsey, NY to San Francisco, CA to learn computer science. Haart joined Make School, a Y Combinator-backed college, where she learned engineering skills that landed her a job as a product engineer at an AI company. At 18, she was accepted into Stanford University. Photograph: Jon Premosch Since graduating college last year, Haart has founded multiple businesses, works as an engineer for a fashion start-up, runs a podcast called “Faking It,” and advises several female-founded companies—all while being a tech/queer/female-empowerment content creator. On top of juggling those ventures, the 23-year-old also appears in the Netflix show My Unorthodox Life. The show documents the life of her mom, Julia Haart, a fashion mogul and former member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and her family as they navigate forging their lives outside of their ultra-religious upbringing. Haart’s ultimate dream is to start a venture fund that invests in female and queer founders.  “As much as I want to do it for the social good, I also want to do it because I think it is a great investment opportunity,” she said. “Take Spanx, which couldn't get investment for years because men didn't understand what shapewear was. I want to start a fund that really listens and invests in those groups of people.”  P

The best winter train rides in the USA

The best winter train rides in the USA

What could be better than a train ride through a beautiful landscape? The answer: A train ride through a beautiful landscape—in the winter. Seriously, do us a favor: imagine yourself cozied up inside a classic railcar, warm beverage (or red wine) in hand as you traverse the wintery terrain by rail, listening to the rhythmic chugging of the locomotive and steam pumping into the frosty air. It's an experience worthy of your bucket list, no doubt. Luckily, no matter where you’re situated or visiting in America, you’ll have an option to hop on one of the best winter train rides in the USA. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies on the Polar Express out of Utica, New York, or hop on a vintage train that rolls through mountains out of Durango, Colorado. If you want to go all out, head north for an unforgettable trek through the Alaskan backcountry.  Whether you're looking for family-friendly fun, a romantic voyage or a solo day of escaping reality, there's something special about a magical winter train ride. All aboard! RECOMMENDED: The best fall foliage train rides in the U.S. for beautiful autumn colors

The best ski resorts in the U.S. for epic slopes

The best ski resorts in the U.S. for epic slopes

Whether you’re in it for the challenge, scenic beauty, or adrenaline rush, skiing offers those who partake all of those benefits and more. There’s nothing like the thrill of gliding down a mountain, the wind on your face, or the satisfaction of conquering a run. Plus, après-ski drinks in a cozy lodge after a day of shredding the slopes aren’t a bad perk, either.  From East to West Coasts, America boasts some of the world's most breathtaking ski resorts. Northeastern states like Vermont, New Hampshire and New York are big ski destinations, with classic resorts like historic Stowe Mountain in Vermont that offer New England charm and a rich history of winter sports. However, most of the heavy-hitters go to ski in the West. Aspen, Colorado, is a picturesque winter wonderland known for its four distinct ski areas, luxurious accommodations and buzzy après-ski scene. In Lake Tahoe, on the border of California and Nevada, skiers and snowboarders can take in stunning alpine views from a huge diversity of slopes. Whether you're a novice or black diamond pro, you'll find a good choice for your next ski trip at one of the best ski resorts in the US.  Looking for more winter travel inspiration? Check out the best winter vacations in the U.S..

The best snowboarding places to go snowboarding in the U.S.

The best snowboarding places to go snowboarding in the U.S.

When it comes to the best resorts for hitting the slopes this winter, snowboarders and skiers will look for similar features: good snow conditions, updated facilities, and beautiful views, to name a few. But snowboarders also tend to have a few unique preferences. For example, snowboarders often want to experience creative terrain with various jumps, rails, boxes and halfpipes. More expansive runs are also preferred over groomed slopes, with more space for wide turns down the mountain. It’s also more fun to go to a resort with a strong snowboard culture, where not the only snowboarder in the place.  All this to say, the best ski resorts in the U.S. aren’t necessarily the best places to go snowboarding. So we've rounded up the best destinations across the U.S. that novice to pro boarders from around the world flock to, from Vail, Colorado to Taos, New Mexico to Mammoth Mountain in California. If snowboarding is just one of the activities you plan for this season, check out our best winter vacation and family vacation ideas for other ideal destinations. 

The most haunted places in the Bay Area

The most haunted places in the Bay Area

Halloween is finally quickly approaching, and things are getting spooky in the Bay Area. After all, SF herself is known for some scary sightings. The legend goes that SF has been home to paranormal activity and ghost sightings since its inception, but to be honest, we also just know how to celebrate.  So for kid-friendly activities, get yourself to one of the Bay’s spooky corn mazes or pumpkin patches, but for something even more terrifying, why not check out one of its spooky haunted places? From Alcatraz to ghostly theatres, you’ll find everything you need here for a ghostly day or night out. Here are the most haunted places in the Bay Area.  RECOMMENDED:🌀 The best corn mazes in the Bay Area🎃 The best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area👻 The most haunted places in the US🏘️ The most haunted Airbnbs in the US Clara Hogan is a California-based Time Out writer and editor. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The most haunted places in America for ghost hunters

The most haunted places in America for ghost hunters

From Halloween enthusiasts to thrill-seekers to history buffs, people of all kinds love visiting haunted places. For some, it's the draw of the adrenaline rush—that heart-pounding, hair-raising feeling when something spooky lay around the corner. For others, it’s the gripping backstory or the social aspect of braving a visit (after all, nothing bonds a group together quite like intrigue—or terror).  Lucky for adrenaline junkies and ghostbusters alike, America has no shortage of haunted places, from centuries-old cemeteries to abandoned Gold Rush towns to spooky, ghost-filled houses. While some let you wander through on your own, it’s often a good idea to book a ghost tour to get the full story—and an extra set of eyes (just in case).  So grab your EMF meter, a sack of salt and your crew—things are about to get ghastly at the most haunted places in America.  

The best corn mazes in the Bay Area this fall

The best corn mazes in the Bay Area this fall

Everybody stay calm. It’s officially fall, and that means only one thing: Halloween season is finally here. Whatever your age, this is one of the silliest and most magical times of year, and the Bay Area knows how to do it properly, with pumpkin patches and corn mazes in abundance.  Here, you’ll find everything from massive mazes with impressive designs and towering stalks to more manageable ones for little’uns. You’ll find decorative gourds, pumpkin-spiced treats, and fields of cut corn to get lost in for hours and hours. Whatever your skill set, here are the best corn mazes in the Bay Area right now, open throughout October. Happy exploring.  RECOMMENDED:🎃 The best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area👻 The eeriest ghost towns to visit in the US🏘️ The most haunted Airbnbs in the US📍 The best things to do in the Bay Area Clara Hogan is a California-based Time Out writer and editor. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area right now

The best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area right now

The scary season is finally upon us, and whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s nothing better than a good ol’ pumpkin patch. And if you’re based in the Bay Area (or you’re visiting this month), you couldn’t be in a better spot for all the fun.  For corn mazes, jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkin carving and more, you’re never short of options here. Most of the Bay Area’s best spooky spots open in late September and run through to the end of October, and all of them are within an hour or two drive from San Francisco. Here are the best pumpkin patches in the Bay Area right now.  RECOMMENDED:🌀 The best corn mazes in the Bay Area👻 The eeriest ghost towns to visit in the US🏘️ The most haunted Airbnbs in the US📍 The best things to do in the Bay Area Clara Hogan is a California-based Time Out writer and editor. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

You can hear the Napa Valley Wine Train before you see it. Starting in Downtown Napa at the McKinstry Street Station, the train rumbles through towns like Yountville and iconic vineyards like V. Sattui on a 36-mile round trip journey to St. Helena and back. The cavalcade of railroad cars were built in 1951 by the Pullman Standard Company and  refurbished for the modern era with details nodding to the original time period such as plush booths and mahogany paneling. Passengers can choose from a variety of dining journeys, including the Gourmet Express (a multi-course meal), Romance on the Rails (dinner and wine in a private booth on the train's Vista Dome) and Murder Mystery (a murder-mystery– themed dinner). One of the most intimate option is the Champagne Vista Dome experience, which guarantees you a private table. This car features curved glass windows in the observation-style dining car that give even more expansive views of Napa's lush countryside.  The three-hour lunch and two-hour dinner rides generally stick to the rails, but if getting off and exploring the vineyards is more of your thing, opt for one of the winery tours; most go to a few wineries and include lunch or dinner on the train.

The French Laundry

The French Laundry

5 out of 5 stars

Since 1994, the old stone cottage in the heart of wine country that houses the French Laundry has stood among the holiest of holy grails not only for destination diners, but aspiring industry pros around the world. Chef Thomas Keller’s influence on the culinary world is inestimable; without him, there’d be no Noma, Alinea, Benu or Frasca Food and Wine, to name just a few iconic restaurants his mentees have gone on to open. The pilgrimage to this intimate, 17-table Napa Valley institution remains at the very top of foodies’ bucket lists. Reservations open a month in advance, with seatings occurring daily from 4pm to 8:15pm. Every meal begins with a crisp salmon tartare cornet paired with a glass of champagne. From there, diners select one of the two prix fixe menus (one for meat eaters and one for vegetarians) and are then promptly taken on a three-to-four hour culinary journey. Dishes consist of classic and refined, yet unstuffy, French cuisine that showcase California-fresh produce sourced from the culinary garden across the street. The French Laundry has served as the pinnacle of fine dining for 25 years, with hospitality as unwaveringly pristine as the food. The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin stars every year since the first Michelin guide to the San Francisco Bay Area was issued in 2007, making Keller the only American chef to have two three-star restaurants at the same time (the other being Per Se in New York.)  The restaurant recently underwent a stunning $1

Crawloween Pub Crawl

Crawloween Pub Crawl

Think of San Francisco’s largest Halloween pub crawl as trick-or-treating for adults. Thousands of costumed revelers take over Polk Street for drinks, music and dancing, and costume contests. This year, whether you show up on foot or via the San Francisco Party Bus, you’re sure to be in spooktacular company at 20 haunted watering holes including Mayes, Nick's Crispy Tacos, Del Mar, and Wonder SF. It’s free to join the festivities.     

BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley

Napa Valley’s BottleRock festival is back this year for its first “normal” event since 2019. The festival was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 and, in 2021, it was delayed until the fall and had pandemic precautions in place. This year, BottleRock is back in all its glory in its usual slot, Memorial Day weekend, with big-name headlining artists from Pink to Metallica and Luke Combs. Other performers include Twenty One Pilots, Kygo, Pitbull, Alessia Cara, Vance Joy, and Amos Lee. The event will also host a slew of other activities from famous chefs and celebrities on the culinary stage to an impressive food and drink line-up and a series of more intimate performances outside of the main event.  We’ve rounded up answers to all of your questions to give you everything you need to know about BottleRock 2022. We also have you covered on where to go, eat, and sleep in Napa Valley should you want to explore more.  What is BottleRock?BottleRock Napa Valley, presented by JaM Cellars, is a three-day music, wine, craft brew and culinary festival that started in 2013.  When is BottleRock? BottleRock 2022 will run Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, in downtown Napa at the Napa Valley Expo fairgrounds. How do I buy BottleRock tickets? Three-day tickets are sold out, but one-day general admission tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available through the BottleRock website. You can also still buy sold-out passes through the official ticket exchange Lyte. How much are BottleRock tickets?

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The best cities in the US for coffee

The best cities in the US for coffee

The local coffee scene across American cities has exploded in recent years — but which city loves its coffee the most? That would be the City by the Bay, at least according to one recent report. San Francisco is the number one coffee city in America, ranked by a survey from the personal-finance website WalletHub. The calculation compared the 100 most populous cities across the US using 12 key metrics, including the average spending on coffee per household, the share of homes with coffee makers, the number of coffee shops and manufacturers per capita, and the number of coffee-centric events.  After San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando, Honolulu, and Portland rounded out the top five coffee cities.  Source: WalletHub Coffee has played an important role in San Francisco's history: the first cup of restaurant coffee in the West was served there, large coffee brands such as Hills Brothers and Folgers started in the city, and the Italian espresso houses of North Beach were popular meeting spots for famous Beat poets. Today, the "third wave" of coffee shops has meant a coffee boom.  San Francisco's top coffee shops are independent, full of local personality, and spread throughout the city. Favorites include Ritual Coffee, Andytown Coffee Roasters, and Farley's. A few of the factors for SF's number one rating — it had both the highest number of affordable coffee shops and cafes rated 4.5 stars or above per capita, as well as the highest number of manufacturers. It also ranked number on

Tunnel Tops, San Francisco's version of The High Line, just opened to the public

Tunnel Tops, San Francisco's version of The High Line, just opened to the public

Add another must-do to your San Francisco bucket list: the Presidio Tunnel Tops, a project 30 years in the making. The new federal parkland is now officially open, offering 14 acres of space to play along the bay and take in stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Tunnel Tops, located within the Presidio, a national park formed out of a former military outpost, debuted on July 17 to an outpouring of crowds eager to see the city's newest national park destination. It is a creative solution to creating usable green space in a densely packed city, located on top of the busy Presidio Parkway highway tunnels and connecting the center of the Presidio to the park’s Crissy Field waterfront. The unique design feat was a perfect fit for James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind New York City's High Line, which also found ways to connect urban streets to more peaceful, nature-focused settings.  The park is already a hit with locals and visitors alike, featuring picnic sites, a campfire circle, trails, native plant gardens as well as the Outpost, a sprawling two-acre, nature-inspired play area for children.    Photograph Courtesy of the Trust for the PresidioTunnel Tops   Getting to the Tunnel Tops is easy from most places in the city. Several of the city’s MUNI lines stop at the nearby transit center and there's a free PresidiGo shuttle from downtown.  If you get hungry, you can count on a variety of food trucks and carts nearby, in addition to a slew of eateries offered with

世界で最もLGBTQ+の人々に友好的な都市はレイキャビック

世界で最もLGBTQ+の人々に友好的な都市はレイキャビック

イギリスの金融商品比較サイト、Money.co.ukは新しい分析調査を実施し、LGBTQ+コミュニティーに最も友好的な世界の都市ランキング『The most LGBTQ+ accepting cities』を発表した。 分析に使われたのは、さまざまなデータ。例えばSocial Progressから入手した各国の受容度に関する世界的な指標、人口10万人当たりのLGBTQ+施設の数を示すTripadvisorのデータといったもの。出生証明書や運転免許証の性別表示変更が州相当レベルでどれだけ容易か、成人におけるLGBTQ+自認の割合、子育てをしている25歳以上のLGBTQ+成人数なども含まれている。 その結果、世界で最もLGBTQ+の人々を受け入れていのは、アイスランドのレイキャビクとなった。同地のLGBTQ+受容度スコアは満点の10ポイント。LGBTQ+専用のバーやクラブが最も多くあり、それらの質も高いことが結果に反映されたようだ。 2位、3位はオランダのアムステルダム、ロッテルダムが続いた。アムステルダムは、惜しくもレイキャビックにトップの座を譲ったが、スコアの差はほとんどない。受容度も9.8ポイントと非常に高く、ナイトライフについても数、質ともに大差がなかった。ロッテルダムは、LGBTQ+向けの施設の数が上位2都市に比べると少ないため、この順位になったようだ。 4位に入ったのが、アメリカのサンフランシスコ(アメリカの都市として1位)。同地は、人口10万人当たりのLGBTQ+施設の数が全都市中2番目に多く、それらのTripadvisorの平均評価も星4.2つと高い。サンフランシスコが高順位になったことは、この都市がLGBTQ+コミュニティーにとってリベラルで進歩的な避難所であるという長年の評判や、LGBTQ+運動の歴史を考えると大きな驚きではないだろう。 このランキングのトップ20を見てみると、、アメリカからはボストン(11位)、シアトル(12位)、ロサンゼルス(16位)、シカゴ(17位)の5都市がランクインしている。 ただ、同時発表されたアメリカの州別ランキングで1位になったのは、カリフォルニア州ではなく、ハワイ州だった。同州では人口の4.6%がLGBTQ+を自認。労働安全や出生証明書の性別表記を変更する手続きなどでも高い評価を受け、LGBTQ+コミュニティーで子育てをしている割合が30%と、上位5州の中で最も多い。ハワイに続く2位にはメイン州、3位にはバーモント州がランクイン。カリフォルニア州は4位となった。 ランキングと分析内容は、Money.co.ukの公式サイトで確認できる。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『ブライダル大手が同性婚のためのウエディングプランを紹介』 『東京、学びのクィアスポット6選』 『日本のジェンダー観や婚姻制度のあれこれ、もう一度社会の前提を疑おう』 『ニューヨーク歴史協会がLGBTQ+博物館の設立を発表』 『6年で日本は「ジェンダー平等」に近づいたのか、公平な制度の実現へ』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら

This is the most accepting city in the US for LGBTQ+ people

This is the most accepting city in the US for LGBTQ+ people

A new study shows which cities around the world are the most friendly toward the LGBTQ+ community, and we're not that surprised at the winners.  The study, conducted by Money.co.uk, analyzed cities based on a variety of criteria, including a worldwide indicator sourced from Social Progress on the level of acceptance in each country, Tripadvisor data showing the number of LGBTQ+ establishments per 100,000 people, as well as how easy it is at the state level to change the gender marker on your birth certificate and driver's license, the percentage of adults who identify as LGBTQ+, and how many LGBTQ+ adults over 25 are raising children, among other factors.  In the United States, San Francisco came out on top as the number one most accepting city in America, and fourth in the world. The city has the second-highest number of LGBTQ+ establishments per 100,000 people and has an average rating of 4.2 stars.  San Francisco coming in the first place isn't a huge surprise, given the city's long reputation as a liberal and progressive haven for the LGBTQ+ community and its history of LGBTQ+ activism. Out of the top 20 most accepting cities, five are based in the US: Boston ranked 11th; Seattle ranked 12th, Los Angeles placed 16th and Chicago came in at 17th. At the worldwide level, Reykjavik, Iceland was number one. That was followed by Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.  In terms of states in the US though, California wasn't number one. It came in fourth. Hawaii actually cam

This murder-mystery train ride through Napa is perfect for Harry Potter fans

This murder-mystery train ride through Napa is perfect for Harry Potter fans

Napa Valley is a bucket-list destination for every wine lover – the rolling vineyard hills, award-winning wineries, and gourmet California cuisine make it a foodie mecca that people around the world flock to. And one of the most magical ways to take in all that wine country has to offer is aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.  The wine train is an iconic piece of Napa that’s been operating for more than 30 years, running directly through the valley on a rail line originally built in 1864. It was on a long hiatus during Covid, but officially re-opened in May. And now it's bringing back its popular Murder Mystery rides starting this month through October. The themed rides include 'Crime and Punishment,' 'Death of a Gangster' and a 'Wizards and Witches' tour that sounds perfect for Harry Potter fans (wizarding robes and hats are highly encouraged).  Photograph: Courtesy Napa Valley Wine Train While aboard the refurbished 1951 Pullman coaches, guests will have two hours to solve a murder (all while being served a multi-course fine-dining experience). On the Wizards and Witches tour – which takes place October 2, 9, and 16 – feel free to dress up as your favorite Hogwarts character and imagine you're aboard the Hogwarts Express!  Not into dress-up? The train offers a variety of other tours. Choose from various experiences and times, including daytime and evening rides, an intimate meal in the Champagne Dome, as well as those that includes stops at wineries and special ones like j