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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, 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...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Safe to Fly?

Dear Crabby, I have an overseas business trip coming up, but with all the recent news about travel bans and the ensuing pandemonium at airports, do you think it’s safe to fly right now? Thanks, Tara Takeoff Dear Ms. Takeoff, I assume you mean the ban that isn’t a ban? Hahaha. It’s a joke people. Relax. It’s still OK to laugh. Anyway, I think people may be throwing the baby out with the bathwater on this subject, so let’s see if we can keep the hysteria to a minimum. So, President … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Does the Super Bowl Use Roman Numerals?

Dear Crabby, Man. I sure thought it was going to be the Detroit Lions year—that we’d finally make a triumphant return to the Super Bowl. I still plan on watching the game, but it won’t be as much fun. Hey. Do you happen to know in why the heck they use Roman numerals? Thanks, Sid Sideline Dear Mr. Sideline, I know what you mean. If the Chicago Cubs can win a World Series after a 108-year drought, why can’t the Detroit Lions win a Super Bowl? Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. And … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Statehood Day?

Dear Crabby, What is Statehood Day? Sincerely, Robin Bird   Dear Robin, In short, Happy Birthday to Michigan! Our beautiful state celebrates turning 180 today, which is Michigan's Statehood Day. I'm sure other states have these celebrations, but none is more important than the one in which you live. Michigan, founded on January 26, 1837, is the 26th state in our union - putting us roughly at the halfway point of reaching a total of 50 marvelous states - Michigan being the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s up with this Warm Weather?

Dear Crabby, What's up with this Warm Weather, it's supposed to be Winter, right? Sincerely, Sonny Dey   Good Day Mr. Dey, Who's complaining? Sure, there are some winter-lovers out there who may be griping about the warmer-than-usual temps hitting the Midwest these days, but I don't know too many. You've got guys who love ice-fishing - but they just fish the local rivers. You've got your skiers and snowboarders - but all the local hills made a ton of snow and they're still using … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is your Favorite TV Show?

Dear Crabby, What is your Favorite TV Show? Just Curious, George   There is that one program I watch every fall, where the Lions compete again Bears, Dolphins, Rams, Seahawks and others. We had a few more episodes this time, but as always, the season ended horribly and I swear each year I won't watch next season - but I do - just like my promise not to watch another season of 24. The program with Kiefer Sutherland. Boy that got worse with each run, so bad in fact the last one was … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Tell Me About the New Gas Tax

Dear Crabby, What's this New Gasoline Tax in Michigan all about? Sincerely, Mr. Fuming   Well, well, well ... here we go again. Both with the price of gas going up and with the question. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am not a fan of worrying about the price of gasoline. I will tell you the price goes up and down - in cycles - just as many times as a politician flip-flops his or her position on an issue. War, summer travel months, holiday weekends - it goes up. But … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is 2016 the Worst Year Ever?

Dear Crabby, This year has been crazy, but the last few days after losing George Michael and Carrie Fisher has really done it for me. Do you think 2016 could be the worst year ever? Thanks, Claude Lane-Sign Dear Mr. Lane-Sign, I think there are a lot of people out there who would share your sentiment. Someone told me that comedian Jim Gaffigan said ‘2016 was twice as long as any other year in human history.’ And there are times it certainly has felt that way. January seems so long … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is There a ‘War on Christmas?’

Dear Crabby, With Christmas almost here and falling on a Sunday, I was wondering, do you think there is a war on Christmas in the United States? Thanks, Noel Natale Dear Ms. Natale, Boy. You’re a little pot stirrer, ain’t ya? Why couldn’t you ask something simple like, ‘Is there a Santa Claus?’ But since you asked for my opinion (careful what you wish for) the ‘war’ you’re talking about exists purely in the minds of those not getting their way. Now before folks get hot under the … [Read more...]