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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: April 8, 2005
April 8, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
There's a guy in my class at school — I'm the
equivalent of a senior — who I'll call Bob. We're in a lot of classes
together, and up until maybe two years ago I didn't …

The Vine: April 7, 2005
April 7, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
My problem is my life. I am 23 years old and just finished a post-graduate
teaching qualification. I don't have a job yet but plan on doing supply
until the right one (when a school says …

The Vine: April 6, 2005
April 6, 2005 · No Comment

Hi there,
When I went to school for my Bachelor Degree in journalism (Carleton
University, Ottawa), we were taught by a veeery particular professor
to go with this option when verbally indicating a quotation:
"The defendant stated quote I …

The Juice Is Loose
April 4, 2005 · No Comment

When spring training started, so did the emails, asking if I planned to write about steroids in baseball. I didn't plan to; I didn't want to. Like many baseball fans, I didn't want to think …

The Vine: April 1, 2005
April 1, 2005 · No Comment

Here's the deal: I've been going to a particular waxer, at a particular
spa, for over a year now. The prices are a bit steep, but honestly, this
particular waxer is worth it; if you've dabbled in …

The Vine: March 31, 2005
March 31, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars —
I'm getting married in about nine months (which is great!), and I have a sticky question about wedding guest etiquette. Unfortunately, the question also involves some screwy family politics.
My older brother is mentally …

The Vine: March 30, 2005
March 30, 2005 · One Comment

Hey Sars,
Love reading The Vine, and I'm always glad I don't have something so tragic
as to have to ask advice.
Anyway, I am a certified test counselor for HIV in Michigan, and I had a
thought after …

The Vine: March 29, 2005
March 29, 2005 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
After an exhaustive internet search, my friend and I have been unable to find the origin of the saying "Jinx! Buy me a Coke."
Any ideas?
Phrase origination challenged

Waking Up Is Hard To Do
March 28, 2005 · No Comment

Everyone has his or her own system of prying the old carcass out of bed in the morning. Mine involves careful placement of the alarm clock — not right next to the bed, but not …

The Vine: March 25, 2005
March 25, 2005 · No Comment

Some friends and I translate anime into English as a hobby, and being the
sticklers we are, we like to make sure that everything we do is as close
to being perfect as possible without going too …