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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, Do We Need to Worry about More Meteors?

Dear Crabby, Do We Need to Worry about More Meteors? Sincerely, Sky Rock   Dear Sky, Yes and no. They could fall anytime, space has all kinds of ice and rocks and icy rocks shooting around the cosmos, and once in a while they fall to earth. Most times, the experts tell us, they break up and burn up in the atmosphere. Apparently, this last on Tuesday was big enough to get through the atmosphere and go "BOOM" over Southeast Michigan. I heard it and felt it. It shook the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Hasn’t the U.S. Switched to the Metric System?

Dear Crabby, Why Hasn't the U.S. Switched to the Metric System? Thanks, Graham Stone   Dear Graham, Well, we kind of have made the switch ... sort of. We've been inching our into the metric system for a long time. Basically, we started with it ... at least with our money. Thomas Jefferson was given the task of deciding what weights and measurements our new country would use. America was the first nation to use a fully decimal form of measurement for currency - our dollar is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Happened to Global Warming, I’m freezing

Dear Crabby, What Happened to Global Warming ... I'm freezing! Sincerely, Bianca Frost   Dear Ms. Frost, Well, the global warming folks changed the name to "climate change" a few years ago because the planet was not warming as they had warned. During the 1970s, the same folks were warning us the next ice age was coming - deep, heavy snow falls seemed to validate their concerns. So now, the climate change people warn that some areas of the world will warm while others will … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Final Word for 2017?

Dear Crabby, Since you’re an illustrious wordsmith, I wondered what you thought of 2017’s Word of the Year? Thanks, Paul Philology Dear Paul Philology, Well, I guess that would depend on which source you believe. For example, the folks over at Merriam-Webster picked ‘feminism’ because it got used so much during the year. All I know is that what encompasses feminism varies for many and as a man, I’m staying out of the line of fire. Next up is Dictionary.com who chose ‘complicit’ as the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Net Neutrality?

Dear Crabby, I’m not very computer savvy, but I understand a lot of people are up in arms about Net Neutrality. What is it and why does it matter? Thanks, W.W. Webb   Dear W.W. Webb I know what you mean. Until I began my illustrious blogging career, if anyone had mentioned ‘the net’ to me I would have assumed they meant fishing or basketball. Of course, I now know ‘the net’ is short for the Internet, which has become just as important as breathing for a lot of people. As … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About Elf on a Shelf?

Dear Crabby, My Facebook feed is being flooded with images of friends’ Elf on the Shelf antics. Do you think this is a great holiday tradition or just more trouble than it’s worth? Thanks! Kris Claus Dear Kris Claus, Sadly, I know exactly what you are talking about. And if you can believe it that little rascal has been around for 13 years. Now, I’m sure the idea behind it all started out innocently enough, but now it seems to be all about selling more Elves (and everything that goes … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Are Your Thoughts on the Silverdome Implosion?

Dear Crabby, I know you must have an opinion about the Pontiac Silverdome snafu on Sunday. So, go ahead and lay it on me! Thanks, Stan Safety Dear Mr. Safety, You betcha I have an opinion! The implosion actually reminded me a lot of what it’s like to be a Detroit Lions’ fan: Great expectations with a disappointing payoff. First of all, let me remind those who might not be regular readers that I’m going to miss the Silverdome. That old girl and I have shared a lot of memories … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Bitcoin?

Dear Crabby, What is Bitcoin? Sincerely, Molly Money Dear Molly, Bitcoin is digital currency. It is not something you can touch, roll around in, or put under your mattress. There is no bank, no government, no fees and it works on idea of faith. Just like the dollar, there is no real value, you just trust it's worth something. Bitcoins can be used to purchase goods and services online. It's traded online, that's where you can buy it. For the most part, right now, it's a commodity that is … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Was it Rude for Me to Leave Early from Our Thanksgiving Gathering to Go Shopping?

Dear Crabby, Was it Rude for Me to Leave Early from Our Thanksgiving Gathering to Go Shopping? Sincerely, Needa Deal   Well, well, well, here we go again Needa. Yes, it was rude and your invitation should be lost in the mail next year. I am sick and tired of people leaving a special holiday to go shopping or go to work. I realize some go to work because their place of employment plans to open for the holiday, or to open really early for Black Friday, however, you are just flaming … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Lagniappe?

Dear Crabby, What is Lagniappe? Thanks, Holly Day Good question Ms. Day, It means, "where can I take a nap?" At least that's what I always thought it meant. When Mrs. Crabby would go shopping during the holidays, it would make me sleepy, and I needed a nap. Furniture stores were the best - beds, couches, recliners - to find a place to nap. As long as she came back for me before the store closed, I was good ... "just testing the bed," I would say when the sales person asked if I needed … [Read more...]