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Own an SUV?
As gas prices rise, the value of SUVs is dropping. We're looking for SUV owners who've found the trade-in value of their SUV is less than expected. E-mail abelson@globe.com to discuss.
Text message lingo
Do you find instant message abbreviations or text message lingo seeping into formal writing? E-mail cjohnson@globe.com.
Hard economic times and spring break
Are hard economic times forcing you to forgo Disneyworld with your kids this spring break? Please tell us about your closer-to-home spring break plans. Send emails to schweitzer@globe.com.
Taking money from your 401(k)?
Have you had to make a ''hardship withdrawal'' from your 401(k) retirement savings account? Globe reporter Ross Kerber would like to hear about your experience — email him at kerber@globe.com.
Beijing Olympics
Are you planning a trip to the Beijing Olympics? Are you going only for the sports - or any personal reasons? Please tell us about your plans at wen@globe.com.
Retired but still working?
Are you retired from a corporate job and now working some place else -- like at a Home Depot or Borders -- because you want or need to continue working? Contact mpothier@globe.com to tell us about it.
Men who read
Do you belong to a men's book club? Contact aucoin@globe.com to tell us about it.
Credit crunch got you down?
Having trouble getting a mortgage or refinancing? Email blanton@globe.com to tell us your story
Have a consumer question you want answered?
Want to know if an extended warranty is worth it? Wondering what to do if a dry cleaner ruins your clothes? We want to find answers for you in an upcoming feature. Email questions to business@globe.com with "consumer" in the subject line.
Ever been solicited?
Have you been approached by a prostitute or call girl while attending any major conventions or sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, PGA, US Open, or World Series? If so, please email silvio@globe.com.
Do you gamble?
Are you a regular at casinos? Would you let a photographer and reporter hang around on a visit and interview you at home? Let us know at richman@globe.com.
Curious Jobs
What are the quirky, odd, or just plain interesting jobs in Massachusetts? Tell us about someone whose job makes you envious, inspired, or perplexed.
Miss Conduct
Have a quandary? Share it, and your question and Miss Conduct's answer may appear in an issue of the Globe Magazine. Submit a question.
Tales from the City
The Globe Magazine is seeking anecdotes about life in Boston. They can be simple, funny, touching, baffling -- anything, really. If you have one, please share your tale.
Business etiquette
Do you have a business etiquette question? Submit it to Business Columnist Peter Post.
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