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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!

Courting Disasters
November 4, 2002 · Comments Off on Courting Disasters

Late last night, tooling around TVGuide.com and hoping inspiration for the TWoP homepage poll would strike, I came across the following tidbit at the bottom of their "Entertainment News" section:
Fox is developing a reality show …

The Vine: November 1, 2002
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Dear Sars,
This isn't nearly as life-and-death as many of the problems you get, but I'm
curious about your opinion.The "Save Touched by an Angel from atheists
who are petitioning the FCC to remove all mention of God …

The Vine: October 31, 2002
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Ms. Sars —
It's not an original problem, but it is mine, and I hereby foist it on
you.Well, not really, but I do need help.
Issue one: I'm an extremely closeted 28-year-old possible lesbian, who
doesn't really want …

The Vine: October 30, 2002
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Dear Sars:
My best friend at work (we've shared an office for almost three years) is
getting married in a couple months in the Bahamas.They are inviting about
a hundred or so people, but aren't expecting more than …

The Vine: October 29, 2002
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After reading The Vine today I needed a cigarette real bad because Living on the Hellmouth's problem and your response hit really close to home.
J's problems are much like my own, except I'm on the …

Identity Crisis
October 28, 2002 · Comments Off on Identity Crisis

Sarah: Mflt.
Couch Baron: Oh, uh…hello?
Sarah: Hpll nn jfft mr spcffft.
Couch Baron: I…think I might have the wrong number.
Sarah: NNMRRRFFFF!
Couch Baron: …Sarah?
Sarah: Mmm hmm.
Couch Baron: Uh…are you…okay?
Sarah: Mmm…hmm!
Couch Baron: Okay, so…the hell?
Sarah: Frrrk, sfff hrrk kfffrrpp …

The Vine: October 25, 2002
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Sars,
I met a girl last July named Susan.A mutual friend of ours, Allison,
thought we would be good together and set us up.The first date was a
double-date with me and Sue, Allison, and her boyfriend.It went …

The Vine: October 24, 2002
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Hi Sars,
As I read the letter from Frigid, I kept wondering if I'd somehow written
this letter myself in my sleep or something — I have the exact same problem.
Anyway, I thought I'd pass on that …

The Vine: October 23, 2002
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Hey Sars —
This may seem too explicitly a "sex" question at
first, but it ends up being more of a mental and
relational problem.
I don't love sex.I don't dislike it, per se, but
it doesn't have the impact …

The Vine: October 22, 2002
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Dear Sars,
When you identify more with characters in Buñuel films
than with the cast of The Real World, you just might
have a problem. So here it is, and hopefully you can
help: I have real issues with …