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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!

April 1, 2002 · No Comment

On this day seventeen years ago, my father's company transferred him to a satellite office in Peru.
Okay, not really, but check it out.
After my parents "broke the bad news to me at the breakfast table," …

Nips of the Living Dead
March 29, 2002 · No Comment

A long time ago, in the days of underage drinking and roses, Maria José and The Resident Alien and I used to hang out with an annoying group of guys, partly because The Resident Alien …

The Vine: March 28, 2002
March 28, 2002 · No Comment

Maybe you can help me with this, because I can't seem to decide what to do. I've got a friend named Ann whom I've been friends with for about five years. We met our freshman …

The Vine: March 27, 2002
March 27, 2002 · No Comment

I have lived with Boy for a year now. We have been together for about six months longer than that. I have known him for three years now, literally since moments after he graduated high …

The Vine: March 26, 2002
March 26, 2002 · No Comment

My first thought on reading Going for Family Gold's letter was that she isn't so much concerned about her in-laws' treatment of her (which has been going on for years now), but of their grandchild. …

The Vine: March 21, 2002
March 21, 2002 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
I have a guy friend that has been around since childhood. Dude is a lovely person, but he is sucking the life out of me. He is fairly depressed and rarely leaves the house. …

The Vine: March 20, 2002
March 20, 2002 · No Comment

Hi Sars,
Just wanted to add my two pennies' worth regarding the woman who is hurt by the indifference of her in-laws. I know what she's dealing with, because I have felt it as well — …

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

Since you've proven yourself consistently wiser and more knowledgeable about these sorts of things than I, I'm dropping this ettiquette question your way.
I was invited to the wedding of two friends of mine from grad …

Head Case
March 18, 2002 · No Comment

In college, we spent a lot of time on the theoretical. Part of that derived from our classes — although, if I recall correctly, I greeted my PHI 101 preceptor's question about the possibility that …

The Vine: March 15, 2002
March 15, 2002 · No Comment

Ms. Bunting,
I have some insight into Clueless's problem. I meandered through various jobs and majors to wind up as a very unhappy chemist. So, one summer I came across a book called Where Do I …