The Vine: February 22, 2013
I'm looking to buy a new swimsuit, mine is all stretched out. Here's the particulars: I live in SoCal, so I can and do swim pretty much year-round. The pool at my apartment is chlorinated as opposed to salt-water and I need a plus-size one-piece suit.
I've been looking at Lands' End and I like the styles but I've never purchased anything from them. Are the sizes on the size chart true sizes? For example, the size 18W is 46-40-48 on their chart. Does the 18W really fit those measurements? How does the suit itself hold up under repeated use, does the elastic break down quickly, does it sag?
Any info the Nation can give me on the experience with Lands' End or other sites with good plus-size swimwear would greatly appreciated.
I'm about to float out of my suit
I've had good luck with their suits; my skirted tankini is still going strong after several years. You may find that it's a bit snug on first wearing, but like jeans with stretch, Lands' End suits settle into the right size pretty quickly.
I recall their site as helpful on finding good suits for your particular body type and intended use, and you could always call them for more assistance; trying to take the agita out of swimsuit shopping is, like, their trademark.
I'm looking for a book I read in the early '90s, although it was likely written somewhere from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. I unfortunately don't remember much of the plot, but I know the protagonist was a boy around 13 with a mouth full of braces and some serious anxiety. The one scene I remember clearly is that the kid is at the orthodontist's office when a thunderstorm kicks up, the power goes out, and he takes off due to a deep-seated fear of either storms or the dark. He ends up at an ice-cream parlor (as you do) and decides to spend a Susan B. Anthony dollar on some ice cream.
Other pertinent information:
– There was something of an antagonist in another boy who also had braces; the two kids usually called each other "Train Tracks" and "Metal Mouth."
– I'm pretty sure the author was somewhat popular with several published books, possibly all set in the same universe, although that might be imaginary on my part. There seem to have been a lot of similar authors in the '70s and '80s.
– In this book, or another by the same author, a foreign family or foreign exchange student come to live with the protagonist's family. I'm somewhat positive that had to do with the actual plot of the book, but I only remember it for teaching me how to pronounce the name "Ng."
I'm really hoping I'm not crazy and that this book actually existed. The Nation seems to be made up exclusively of smart and well-read people, so I'm hoping they'll be able to help.
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