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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: January 12, 2007
January 12, 2007 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
I am putting the finishing touches on the yearly All-Company Meeting in Denver, CO, at the end of this month. One of the last things I have to do is put together the music …

The Vine: January 11, 2007
January 11, 2007 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
Well, I don't know how reliable it is, but according to this site, "the phrases 'Broken Arrow' and 'Bottle of Rain' are Native American expressions, meaning (respectively) 'Peaceful End of Conflict' and 'Good Prospects/Good …

The Vine: January 10, 2007
January 10, 2007 · No Comment

The song is indeed called "Walking." The name of the band is Pocket Size and they're British.
This song came out when I was big into buying whole albums just for one single and I have …

The Vine: January 9, 2007
January 9, 2007 · No Comment

Come on, too easy! The two songs from my graduation year (we voted on a class song) that divided the cool kids from the popular kids: "These Are Days" by 10,000 Maniacs and "So Hard …

Made To Be Broken
January 8, 2007 · No Comment

Moving house sucks, no question, but the silver lining to the whole agonizing, cuticle-ravaging process is that, every time you move, you get to start over. You get to launch a hundred grand organizational and …

The Vine: January 5, 2007
January 5, 2007 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I'm looking to make a Mix CD for my upcoming high school graduation. I've found a couple of good songs ("Time of Your Life" by Green Day, "Graduation" by Vitamin C, et cetera) but …

The Vine: January 4, 2007
January 4, 2007 · No Comment

A dryer sheet works wonders on static hair, and it's easy to carry in your purse or pocket. Just rub the sheet over your hair, it leaves no residue, and it tames the flyaways.K

The Vine: January 3, 2007
January 3, 2007 · No Comment

Dear Sars —
I don't know of any diners specifically in Chinatown, but there are a couple of fabulous ones that are definitely within 30 minutes. The Waverly (6th Ave. between Waverly Place and 8th Street) …

The Vine: January 2, 2007
January 2, 2007 · No Comment

Happy holiday, Sars!
An easy, quick and not too boring way to speed up typing is the game TyperShark. This can be found on Yahoo Games and other sites, I believe.

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

I'd like advice on hair products to tame static.I'm a wash-and-go kinda girl with baby fine hair, and I don't use any product on a daily basis, but I am willing to add a minute …