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, Do you Fly the Flag on Memorial Day?

Dear Crabby, Do you Fly the Flag on Memorial Day? Sincerely, Starr White Dear Starr, Of course I do and you better do the same! You know, as proud Americans, the Crabby Family displays the flag everyday. To avoid the sunrise to sunset rule, we illuminate our US Flag at night, so it flies around the clock. But if you're a kind of part-time patriot, then you should honor our country by showing the Stars and Stripes on all National Holidays, as well as Inauguration Day, Lincoln's … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Fake News?

Dear Crabby, What is Fake News? Sincerely, Historia Falsum   Dear Historia, Quite frankly, everything you read could fall under the realm of "fake news" because of the slant most news outlets take these days. Ever since Gutenberg's printing press started to circulate publications in 1439, false news went with it. We called it "yellow journalism" in my early days, which is when a sketchy newspaper would use colorful front pages, over-the-top headlines, and lavish use of pictures … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the New Name for Riverbend Park?

Dear Crabby, I Entered the "Name That Park" Contest for Rochester Hills and I Hear they have a Winner - What is the New Name for Riverbend Park? Sincerely, Deer Crash Park Hello Dear Crash, I assume that was your entry name in the contest? That's a good one, almost as good as my suggested name of "Coyote Chomp Park." Both pay tribute to the local wildlife and brings awareness to issues many residents have. But I feel our names were too over-the-top and edgy for the naming … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who Should Celebrate Mother’s Day?

Dear Crabby, A Friend Told Me that all Mom's Should be Honored on Mother's Day, is that True? My Mom has Passed Away, so I was Wondering Who Should Celebrate Mother's Day? Thank you, Mum's the Word Hello Mum's the Word, Mother's Day is a very special day and is certainly nothing to be silent over. A day to celebrate all moms, not just your own - you're friend is correct - so start stocking up on cards and chocolate now. While it is sad you cannot be with your own mom on Mother's … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Should A Pro Athlete Retire?

Dear Crabby, I’m a huge NASCAR fan and I was bummed earlier this week when Dale Earnhardt, Jr. announced he would retire after this season. And while it’s sad to see such a legacy come to an end, I can understand him wanting to move on. But it did get me wondering about other pro athletes. Are there any that you think should retire? Thanks! Rhonda Racetrack Dear Ms. Racetrack, You pose an interesting question. No one wants to be told when he or she must retire. And I think as long … [Read more...]

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...]