About Dear Crabby

Stuck in a rut? Need some biased advice from a crabby old baby-boomer? Read regularly by thousands and loved by some, Dear Crabby answers questions weekly to life's challenges. Send him a note at DearCrabby@rochestermedia.com.

Dear Crabby, Are Leggings Considered Pants?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure you heard of an incident last month where two young girls weren’t allowed to wear leggings on a flight. Since I’m single and don’t have any daughters, I never paid much attention to the legging craze. Now I see them everywhere! Are they really appropriate to wear as pants, or am I being sexist? Thanks! Donald Dunagree Dear Mr. Dungaree, I do vaguely recall the story you’re talking about. And if I’m not mistaken, they were relatives of an airline employee and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Have Kid’s Birthday Parties Gotten Out of Control?

Dear Crabby, My 8-year-old daughter was recently invited to a birthday party. I was expecting something low-key like cake and ice cream or even Chuck E. Cheese. Boy, was I wrong. The birthday girl hand-delivered a custom pillowcase for my daughter to bring with her to the birthday sleepover celebration. They slept in individual homemade tents and she even brought goodies home in the same custom pillowcase. Is it just me or is that a bit over-the-top for a kid’s party? Thanks! Faith … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who’s Your Tiger?

Dear Crabby, I am so excited for Opening Day! While I love sports in general, there’s really nothing like springtime baseball in Detroit. So, I was curious: do you like baseball? And if you are a Detroit Tigers’ fan, which player is your favorite? Thanks! Casey Cooperstown Dear Mr. Cooperstown, Of course, I’m a Detroit Tigers’ fan! Honestly. How can anyone not love this franchise? Although, with the passing of Mr. Ilitch earlier this year, it’s going to be an emotional season. I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will you Miss the Pontiac Silverdome?

Dear Crabby, I Hear They're Going to Bring in the Wrecking Ball for the Pontiac Silverdome, will you Miss it When it's Gone? Sincerely, Dee Flated Dear Dee, You know, as a sports fan I sure will. The Detroit Lions, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Express, the Michigan Panthers (finally a team that released they weren't actually in Detroit) and numerous other sporting games, championships, and tournaments took advantage of the Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium. After the 80,000 + seat … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you Think Grocery Stores Should Ask you to Give at the Register?

Dear Crabby, Do you Think Grocery Stores Should Ask you to Give at the Register? Sincerely, Joe Givings Dear Joe, Why on earth do grocery stores and other retail outlets ask you give to charity at the register - because it works - it's a great place to guilt you into making a donation. Because of my high profile in the Rochester Area, I don't get around to all the grocery stores too often anymore. If my fans saw me shopping, I'm sure it would attract attention. In fact, this one time I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Have Any Hobbies?

Dear Crabby, Do You Have Any Hobbies? Sincerely, Robbie Needs a Hobby   Dear Robbie, Yes. You're reading it. I excel at being grouchy, ill-natured and irritable - it's a gift and a curse. And this bad-tempered ability allows me to deliver to you my peevish opinions, in a blunt and cynical nature. The words I craft here, while prickly in tone and harsh to hear will make you a better person, I'm sure of it. But outside of this snappy wisdom, I do enjoy other hobby-like … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Did you Lose Power from this Big Wind Storm?

Dear Crabby, I know Power Outages are a Pet Peeve of yours, Did you Lose Power Again from this Big Wind Storm? Sincerely, Gusty Day Dear Mr. Day, Of course we did - most of Rochester seemed to have lost power. In fact, I had to drive to a nearby coffee shop and pay way too much for a Cup of Joe just to use their "free" Internet to write my weekly column. Thankfully, your question came in this morning just in time for me to vent - again - about the darn loss of power. Here we are, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Would You Ever Travel to Mars?

Dear Crabby, Please Indulge My Curiosity, Would You Ever Travel to Mars? Sincerely, Marte Rojo   Hola Marte, Some days I don't want to travel to the mailbox, let alone across space. But I will indulge your curiosity - isn't there a rover on Mars called curiosity? - I am a man for adventure after all (at least I used to be). I've always enjoyed a good road trip, so why not Mars. It's a long way, and Venus is actually closer, but we could land on and survive on Mars - unlike … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Are Your Oscar Predictions?

Dear Crabby, The Academy Awards is this Sunday, and while I know you’re not a big movie buff, I figured you’d probably have an opinion anyway. So, do you have any Oscar predictions? Thanks! Fred Noir Dear Mr. Noir, You are correct that I usually don't give two hoots about what’s playing in movie houses these days (are they even called that anymore?), but I can still give you my two cents because I never get tired of giving people my opinion. Here are my Oscar predictions. The host, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the American Dream Still Attainable?

Dear Crabby, I don’t know about you, but I was sure bummed to hear about Mike Ilitch’s passing last Friday. He did so much for Detroit. As the news broke, I was surprised to learn he was a first generation American of Macedonian descent. Considering the empire he built, it got me wondering if someone starting out in America could do the same thing today. What do you think? Thanks, Steven Brulay Dear Mr. Brulay, You ask an interesting question. Mr. Ilitch was indeed a great man who … [Read more...]