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The Vine

The Tomato Nation advice column addresses your questions on etiquette, grammar, romance, and pet misbehavior. Ask The Readers about books or fashion today!

The Vine: September 29, 2006
September 29, 2006 · No Comment

Oh wise Sars (and all her Vine-contributing wise friends)!
I'm happy to start by saying this is NOT a relationship question. That
aside, here's my dilemma. I'm a 25-year-old bartender and thoroughly
enjoy working in the food/beverage industry. …

The Vine: September 28, 2006
September 28, 2006 · No Comment

The Treo line is well worth checking out…full keyboard, huge
screen, perfect for the uses that Cing is looking for. With an
unlimited data plan, it also works well for web browsing, email,
downloading and reading e-books, and …

The Vine: September 27, 2006
September 27, 2006 · No Comment

Not sure they'll have exactly what she's looking for but I'm a huge fan of Gap Body.The styles aren't frou-fy and the fabrics are always soft.

Dear S,
Thanks!More recommendations below; if I got it more than …

The Vine: September 26, 2006
September 26, 2006 · No Comment

The only thing I've ever gotten to work is Selsun Blue's moisturizing
formula with aloe.Now if I could find a shampoo that would protect my
black shirts from cat hair…
I'm plenty flaky on my own, thanks

Dear Flaky,
Thanks …

Postseason Blues
September 26, 2006 · No Comment

Sunday night, coming off a pointlessly protracted border crossing that added an hour and a half to what's already an eight-hour drive in the best-case scenario, I started stabbing the radio console in the car, …

The Vine: September 22, 2006
September 22, 2006 · No Comment

Hey Sars,
I'm wondering if you or your readers have any good remedies for an itchy, flaky scalp. I've tried Head and Shoulders and Garnier anti-dandruff shampoo/conditioner, as well as Neutrogena T-Gel (both the regular bottle …

The Vine: September 21, 2006
September 21, 2006 · No Comment

I asked my mom who's a college english professor, and she suggested Billy Collins' "Picnic, Lightning."She said she didn't think it was about suicide, but it does start out with a death by lightning.

The only …

The Vine: September 20, 2006
September 20, 2006 · No Comment

I'm a somewhat regular bike commuter to my new job and the trick I've discovered is to simply bike in with my hair wet.That way, since I don't have access to a shower, I can …

The Vine: September 19, 2006
September 19, 2006 · No Comment

I agree with you for the most part [about resubmitting an ms.], but I wanted to chime in on just
one thing, speaking from experience as an editor who reads a lot of
unagented material.
See, I probably …

Classic Moments
September 18, 2006 · No Comment

Flipping through the digital-cable programming guide, trying to find something to tidy up the apartment by, I settled on VH-1 Classic, the existence of which I had utterly forgotten despite various friends of mine extolling …