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, Is Crittenton Hospital Really Changing its Name … Again?

Dear Crabby, Is Crittenton Hospital Really Changing its Name ... Again? Sincerely, John Pine   Dear Mr. Pine, It sure is. Soon, Crittenton Hospital will be called ... wait for it ... "Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital." A cumbersome name, yes. Too long, yes. Stupid idea, yes. Whatever marketing genius thought that was a good idea should check themselves into the psych ward. Seriously, I've never understood why a new owner changes a landmark name. I would think, part … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do you Keep Critters out of your Garden?

Dear Crabby, I have a Pesky Rabbit eating my Vegetables, How do you Keep Critters out of your Garden? Sincerely, Hopping Mad   Dear Hopping Mad, Ah, yes, the pesky rabbit of the garden. We all have them. They are the cute sidekick of the troublesome deer. Together, they try to rid the world of fruits and vegetables. Normally, I would get on board with this plan, but without the green stuff around it may cause the price of meat to go up ... and steaks cost enough already. But … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will you be Giving Away Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets again this Year?

Dear Crabby, Will you be Giving Away Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets again this Year? Hopeful, Lady Free Bird   Huzzah! Lady Free Bird Why yes, yes I am. And by "I" you should know I mean "we" at Rochester Media. Each year we get an amount of tickets to use as giveaways, and to encourage people like you to send in an advice question to me, your Dear Crabby friend. I've been giving away free and (if you don't mind me saying) darn good advice for a long time. And if you've … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Wrong to Refuse to Serve Someone?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the kerfuffle involving White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia. Is it ever OK to refuse to serve someone? Thanks! Patty Patriotic Dear Patty Patriotic, Normally, I wouldn’t be shy with my opinion, but this is a tricky issue that can’t be easily answered with a smart-aleck quip. In fact, I can already hear the vultures circling on this one, so I’ll proceed with caution as to not end up on the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Wanna Buy My Junk?

Dear Crabby, My wife keeps nagging me that we need to get rid of stuff around the house we don’t use anymore. What do you think – is it trash or treasure? And should we sell stuff or wait to give it away? Thanks, Peter Packrat Dear Peter Packrat, That’s the age-old sentiment, eh? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I understand where you’re coming from though. Mrs. Crabby is always after me to help her downsize. Her main argument is that we can’t leave it all for the kids to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Watch the World Cup?

Dear Crabby, With the World Cup kicking off, I find myself wondering, should I bother to watch it? Also, if I do, should I call it soccer or football? Thanks! P. Lay Dear P. Lay, Ahhh, yes. The FIFA World Cup, which in case you weren’t aware stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Like the Olympics, this global event happens every four years and brings out all the Americans pretending they care or even know anything about the game. Personally, I’m a baseball … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of ‘Roseanne’ Now?

Dear Crabby, I’m a faithful reader of yours and seem to remember a couple months back you gave your thoughts on the Roseanne reboot. Now, I wonder what you think about the show being cancelled. Thanks! L. Langford Dear L. Langford, As my grandkids would say, “Well, that escalated quickly.” I believe in the post you’re referencing that I said Roseanne the actress and character reminded me a lot of Archie Bunker because she’s loud and speaks her mind. Apparently, this time she spoke a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Difference Between Lollapalooza and Paddlepalooza?

Dear Crabby, What's the Difference Between Lollapalooza and Paddlepalooza? Sincerely, Your pal Lola Dear Lola, Seems as though you can take any event and add the ending "palooza" to it and now it's something bigger and better. In my day, we just added "o-rama" or "a-go-go" to make something sound more interesting. So, "palooza" comes from Lollapalooza, a rock concert created by some band named Jane's Addiction. Apparently, this Jane person and whatever her addiction was, wanted to tour … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you Sing or Play a Musical Instrument?

Dear Crabby, Do you Sing or Play a Musical Instrument? Sincerely, Carrie A. Tune Dear Carrie, I feel the better question would be "can you sing ..." or "should you sing ..." And to tell you the truth, yes, I do. But I refer you to my first statement. I can sing, as in the way someone sings and words come out of their mouth - but if you ask anyone that knows me, I cannot and should not sing. But that doesn't stop me! As with many people, I sing best in the shower. My dear family … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Hear, Yanny or Laurel?

Dear Crabby, What Do You Hear, Yanny or Laurel? Sincerely, Larry Yanel   Dear Larry, First of all, I'd have to be listening to hear anything. Second of all, I'd have to care. Thirdly, I would have to know what you're talking about. So, being a good journalist, I went to the internet. Yanny or Laurel? That is the question - one of those is the answer - or is it both? Well, for those of you who don't know (like I didn't know), this auditory-illusion question came up when … [Read more...]