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, What do you Think about Women’s Soccer?

Dear Crabby, What do you Think about Women's Soccer? Curious Cat,   Dear Curious, I don't. I mean I try not too. For two reasons. One, it's soccer, and two, it's women playing soccer. We didn't have soccer when I was in school - we played real sports - football, baseball, basketball. However, most of my grandchildren play soccer - it's great for them - all that running, back-and-forth, and running, and more running ... it really wears them out. But why watch it? I get it. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Story with Those Flag Shoes?

Dear Crabby, What's the Story with Those Flag Shoes that Nike was Selling and Now They're Not? Sincerely, Pat Triotic   Dear Pat, Yes, all over the news we've heard about the latest way Mr. Kaepernick is showing his true colors ... and they're not Red, White & Blue. I've talked about this gimmicky person before - you know  - the guy who can't stand during the national anthem. I'm not going to rehash what's right and what's a right, and what's wrong. But this guy (and probably … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Did Selling Lemonade Become a Crime?

Dear Crabby, Whew. It looks like summer has finally found us. I have so many fond memories of playing with the neighborhood kids from daylight to dusk. You know, running through sprinklers, playing tag, and not so patiently waiting for the ice cream truck to arrive. That’s why I was so surprised to learn that kids today apparently can’t have lemonade stands without the proper paperwork. When did trying to make a few extra bucks turn into a crime? Thanks, Saffron Limón Dear Saffron … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Has Hollywood Run Out of Original Ideas?

Dear Crabby, When I was watching the Tony Awards®, I noticed a number of the musicals are based off movies. For example, “Mean Girls,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Tootsie.” That got me thinking about how it seems recently there are more and more remakes happening in TV and movies. It seems to be everywhere. So, are the folks in Hollywood just lazy or have they run out of original ideas? Thanks! Chanel Changer Dear Chanel Changer, I was asked something similar last year and at the time I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do People Still Give Graduation Gifts?

Dear Crabby, Just the other day I went to my mailbox and was besieged with at least a half dozen graduation announcement/open house invitations. It’s been ages since I went to one of these things. Do people still give gifts? And what is preferred - money or an actual gift? Thanks! Alice Alumna Dear Alice Alumna, Ah, yes. I remember those days when all your valuable summer weekends were occupied with schlepping from one potato salad-filled party to another. Now that I think of it, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will All This Construction Ever End?

Dear Crabby, I know we Michiganders have complained about construction in the past, but seriously. So far it seems like this is the worst it has been in years. Am I right? It feels like it will never end. Please tell me I’m wrong. Thanks! Patience Paver Dear Patience Paver, I hate to be the bearer of bad news… who am I kidding – I love it! The construction will eventually end, but until that time driving around is going to feel like getting a tooth pulled without the aid of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should the Tobacco Age be Raised to 21?

Dear Crabby, Should the Tobacco Age be Raised to 21? Sincerely, Virginia Slim   Dear Ms. Slim, Sure, why not, it won't bother me none, I'm well past 21. That's a common answer I'm sure from old people like me. But is it fair? Well, we've decided it's fair to have the drinking age be 21. Because drinking is bad for your health and younger people are more affected by the hazards of drinking alcohol. In addition, drinking while driving can harm more than just the user. And there's just … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What was your First Column about?

Dear Crabby, What was your First Column about? Sincerely, New Reader   Dear New Reader, I assume you mean you're a new reader to my column and not a new reader in general, but if you are, you're in luck because I don't use big words and my grammar is atrocious (oops, there's a big word). Either way, you've come to the right place to get all the news you really need - at least that's how I feel - here at The Community Edge (my column being number one!). I had to do some … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Did My Trash Pick-Up Fees Increase So Much?

Dear Crabby, Why Did My Trash Pick-Up Fees Increase So Much in Rochester Hills? Sincerely, Carrie McCann   Dear Carrie, Well, well, well ... are you really surprised the cost of trash removal went up? All prices go up. But to better answer your question, I dug up the dirt on the new Green for Life deal. You may remember that our previous solid waste removal company sold the contract to GFL Environmental (Green for Life) in 2017. They took over the remainder of the contract. So, this … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Happened in the Kentucky Derby?

Dear Crabby, For the First Time Ever the Winner in the Kentucky Derby was Disqualified, What Happened? Sincerely, Holden Al Tickets   Dear Mr. Tickets, And down the stretch they come ... there can be only one winner ... but not necessarily. For the first time in 145 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner, Maximum Security, was disqualified - otherwise known as a DQ. It's actually a surprise that this is the first time in all those years this has happened. This kind of … [Read more...]