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April 22, 2010 – 9:36 AM | 55 Comments

“Hap-py anniversary! Hap-py ann-i-versary to you!” (That will get stuck in your head now. Sorry.) (Sort of.)
I realized yesterday that The Vine is ten years old. It appeared for the first time on April 20, …

The Vine: April 21, 2010
April 21, 2010 – 1:58 PM | 99 Comments
The Vine: April 21, 2010

Hi Sars!
So, here’s the thing about…they’re kinda hoity-toity over there. I mean, I’ve personally only been to one wedding (out of probably 50) in my life that had a sit-down dinner at the reception. …

The Vine: April 16, 2010
April 16, 2010 – 9:15 AM | 129 Comments
The Vine: April 16, 2010

Hi Sars,
So, I have a question for you and your readers. Here’s the background:
Last year, during a period of unemployment, I moved back home with my parents.Luckily, I’m employed again and have saved up enough …

The Vine: April 14, 2010
April 14, 2010 – 8:53 AM | 53 Comments
The Vine: April 14, 2010

Sars, knower of things,
This is a workplace sort of thing, and it’s a wee bit tangle-y.
About eight months ago, there was a managerial shake-up at my store (which is a small cog in a …

The Vine: April 9, 2010
April 9, 2010 – 9:33 AM | 27 Comments
The Vine: April 9, 2010

Hi, Sars! Hi, Nation!
Got an Ask-The-Readers twofer. Both of the things I seek are incredibly nerdy.
The first is a standup comedian I remember seeing on a 1990s cable comedy hour — Caroline’s, or Evening at …

A few scheduling notes
April 9, 2010 – 8:07 AM | 9 Comments
A few scheduling notes

Hello, friends. I’ve returned to Brooklyn airspace; it’s time to let you know about some upcoming content and scheduling.
The Vine. Another fest will appear later today. I’ve been heavy on Ask The Readers entries of …

The Vine: April 7, 2010
April 7, 2010 – 2:02 PM | 23 Comments
The Vine: April 7, 2010

Dear Sars,
Here’s another mystery for you and the Nation. I’m racking my brain trying to remember the title of a play that I read maybe ten or so years ago. I don’t remember the playwright’s …

The Vine: March 31, 2010
March 31, 2010 – 2:57 PM | 19 Comments
The Vine: March 31, 2010

It’s another on-the-road Ask The Readers; today’s theme is missing songs. Go!
Hoping one your readers can help.
Years ago I was a nanny — the kids had a great cassette tape (this proves it was years …

The Vine: March 25, 2010
March 25, 2010 – 8:35 AM | 19 Comments

Hello Sarah and readers!
I once came across a very good cover, by Badly Drawn Boy, of “Come On Eileen.” I found it here. Listen to it! It’s very good. And then please tell me where …

The Vine: March 19, 2010
March 19, 2010 – 9:56 AM | 27 Comments

Dear Sars,
A few months ago, I remember hearing (on NPR?) about a newish website which allowed users to rent/put up for rent rarely used appliances and household items to help others and make some extra …