Dear Crabby, Is it Inconsiderate to Take Your Groceries to the Coffee Line at the Grocery Store?

Dear Crabby, I was out at a grocery store at lunch the other day, to get some lunch stuff for the rest of the week. I decided I should get myself a coffee as a treat. I ordered my coffee and was rung up for the coffee and about 6 frozen lunch meals, and paid. After I was done, and I was standing by waiting for my coffee, the man behind me was trying to get my attention. In short, he was irritated that I had taken up the coffee line to pay for my groceries, and wanted to let me know that … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What were your Favorite Stories of 2018?

Dear Crabby, As you Reflect on Last Year, What were your Favorite Stories of 2018? Sincerely, Remy Nisse   Hello Remy, You could have asked what were the best stories, most important, or biggest stories of 2018, but you asked me, what were my favorite stories - thank you for asking.  Well, the story that was all of the above, was certainly the story of when 13 people were trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand - remember that one? What a saga. Twelve boys and their soccer … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Have Any Predictions for 2019?

Dear Crabby, Since you seem to know a little bit about everything, I was wondering if you had any predictions for what will happen in the new year? Thanks! Hank Hora Dear Hank Hora, Predictions, eh? Well, I feel pretty confident in saying that 2019 will give us more mudslinging from the left and right in politics and the Detroit Lions will probably have another lackluster season. Oh! And that most of Michigan’s expressways will still be under construction with no end in sight. Yup. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Some Christmas Songs Outdated?

Dear Crabby, Last year I heard rumblings about people taking issue with the Christmas standard, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” This year it seems to have reached a fevered pitch with one radio station even pulling it from their holiday rotation. What do you think – are songs like this (and possibly others) outdated? Thanks, Felice N. David Dear Felice N. David, Boy. If only songwriter Frank Loesser knew what trouble the lyrics from his Academy Award-winning song were causing today. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Color Should Christmas Trees Be?

Dear Crabby, Recently, some folks were up-in-arms over the red Christmas trees the First Lady Melania Trump used to decorate the White House. So, I was wondering if you thought different colored Christmas trees are fine or if they should always be green? Thanks! Flora Foliage Dear Flora Foliage, I seem to recall reading about the hullabaloo over the White House Christmas trees. But I guess when you’re leading a country of over 300 million people, you ain’t gonna please everyone. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Did Poop Become So Popular?

Dear Crabby, Are you familiar with emojis? They’re those little images on your smartphone you can use when texting – smiley faces, hearts, etc. Well, the one that really gets me is the poop emoji. And it’s everywhere: pillows, sheets, Halloween costumes… and what I want to know is how in the world did poop become so popular? Especially as kid's toys. Thanks, Walter Closet, II Dear Mr. Walter Closet, II, It seemed like Halloween was barely over and stores were already pushing their … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Michigan Doing with the Minimum Wage?

Dear Crabby, I'm Looking for a Job and I was Wondering What is Michigan Doing with the Minimum Wage Right Now? Sincerely, Mo Money Dear Mo, The economy is so good right now, this issue is not getting much attention. But here's the quick scoop: to avoid the minimum wage increase being on the ballot in the recent election (remember the one where all the state ballots passed?), legislators approved two citizen-led initiatives in September. Now that we're passed the election, those same … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, can you please tell me why the gas prices are so high in Rochester/Rochester Hills?

Dear Crabby, can you please tell me why the gas prices are so high in Rochester/Rochester Hills when compared to neighboring communities?  I try to support community businesses but I won't buy gas here in town because of the prices. Sincerely, Lou   Dear Lou, It seems there is no rhyme or reason to gas prices. Although, there are a few stations you know are always high-priced, but for the most part it's a mystery ... or is it? Well, I chose not to drive around town … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Dessert Should I Bring to Dinner?

Dear Crabby, I've been invited to Thanksgiving Dinner at the in-laws house and they've asked me to bring dessert, what should I bring? Sincerely, New to the Family   Dear New to the Family, Fun times. I can remember, back when I had to woo Mrs. Crabby's parents. I always brought dessert - pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, cherry pie for Independence Day, apple pie for Christmas and ice cream for every meal - it was tiring. And, for several years I just got a simple half-smile and a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Best Way to Clean Gutters?

Dear Crabby, What's the Best Way to Clean Gutters? Sincerely, Leif B. Gone   Dear Leif, If you're a DIY sort of person, you're in luck because there are new gimmicky products released every year that claim they are the best of the best, revolutionary, cutting edge, modern, new age, 21st Century, the future in now, easiest, cheapest, most convenient, visionary, space age, state-of-the-art, you'll actually enjoy cleaning your gutters, patented systems that you just can't afford … [Read more...]