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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: August 1, 2002
August 1, 2002 · No Comment

An interesting (if by "interesting" I mean "infuriating and rage-inducing") situation blindsided me yesterday, and I thought I'd run it past you.
Two of my closest friends are getting married in August (as in marrying each …

The Vine: July 31, 2002
July 31, 2002 · No Comment

Hey there Sars —
I have a problem that I'm pretty sure has never been covered in your illustrious column. See, my otherwise lovely and well-behaved husband is a compulsive talker.
And when I say "compulsive," I …

The Vine: July 30, 2002
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Sars —
Generally your advice is spot-on, but your comments to Closet Case resemble pretty much what most non-gay people seem to think is the best advice for people who are still in the closet: reassurance …

Moving Pictures
July 29, 2002 · No Comment

I recently received a rather acidic email from a reader, demanding to know how I could "review" the AFI's 100 Greatest Movies if I hadn't seen half the films on the list. Well, I'll tell …

The Vine: July 26, 2002
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Hey Sars,
I had a cat that also loved nothing more than peeing and/or crapping on the bathmat, but the bathmat ONLY. The vet remarked that the rubber backing on bathmats smells like ammonia to cats, …

The Vine: July 25, 2002
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Dear Sars,
I love The Vine. Your responses are consistently perceptive, on target and entertaining. I have yet to disagree with any advice you've given, so I feel rather strange writing in to add to a …

The Vine: July 24, 2002
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Dear Sars,
I have been thinking about writing for quite some time and am not sure I am doing the right thing, but I am kind of stuck on someone and it is hard to figure …

The Vine: July 23, 2002
July 23, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I've been reading The Vine for months, and now I have a question I know you can help me with.
I was having a discussion with a friend of mine the other day about homographs. …

Testing My Patience
July 22, 2002 · No Comment

You've gone to the post office to mail eighteen boxes of various shapes and sizes to a friend in Belgium. When should you fill out the customs forms?
a. At home, before you come to the …

The Vine: July 19, 2002
July 19, 2002 · No Comment

Dear Sars,
I don't particularly condone Ms. Edgar Allan Poe's actions, but it occurs to me that a semi-easy way to clear the air with her friend would be to call her friend and say that …