Dear Crabby, Do Minimalists have Junk Drawers?

Dear Crabby, I want to downsize my life and be more like a Minimalist, but how far do they go, do Minimalists have junk drawers? Thanks, Libby Small   Dear Ms. Small, I remember when being a minimalist meant creating art that was to-the-point, by reducing unnecessary detail; and it used simple materials and geometric shapes. It also described the idea of simple living, slow to change, slow growth in the economy, and a simple idea of faith - think Gandhi. More and more, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Snapchat?

Dear Crabby, What is Snapchat? Sincerely, Pop Crackle   Dear Pop, When I first heard about Snapchat, I thought it was a form of communication where people would "snap" their fingers to talk back and forth. But that wasn't it. Then, I heard that young people were using it - so I thought it meant a quick conversation that didn't say much - I was getting closer. As it turns out, Snapchat is a social media application for use with smartphones. It's primary use is to share … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is the U.S. Postal Service the only ones allowed to use our Mailbox?

Dear Crabby, If we have to Buy and Install a Mailbox, why is the U.S. Postal Service the only ones allowed to use it? Sincerely, Mark Ed Tier   Dear Mark, I love this question. I've wondered the same thing. After all, you're right, we do all the hard work putting a mailbox up - we buy it - yet they own it. It's because our wonderful government loves the free market, except when it affects their profit margin. Only the U.S. Post Office should be allowed to send junk mail and make … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do we have to Stop using the Word ‘Man’?

Dear Crabby, I heard Purdue University put out New Writing Guidelines, do we have to stop using the word 'Man' now? Sincerely, Guy Buchman   Dear Guy, Man Alive! Have you really asked such a question? This is a funny topic to me - as a writer - because our language does evolve. And, Oh Boy! can this get someone's undies in a bunch. One common use of the word 'man' means mankind or humanity - really, it refers to all people. It comes from 'wermann' meaning man (wer) at the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are the Potholes Worse This Year?

Dear Crabby, I know we live in Michigan and potholes are to be expected, but is it just me or they extra bad this year? Thanks, Rod Rumble Dear Rod Rumble, It’s definitely not just you. In fact, I saw someone recently post one of those memes on Facebook that read, “In England they drive on the left side of the road. In Michigan they drive on what’s left of the road.” Ain’t that the truth! I see vehicles bobbing and weaving down a road all the time. Now an outsider might think the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with the Russian Olympic Uniforms?

Dear Crabby, Normally, I can’t tell the difference between a luge and a skeleton. But every four years, thanks to the Winter Olympics, I become an expert (like most Americans). But I admit to being a little confused when it comes to the Russian Olympic team this time around. I thought they weren’t allowed to compete and yet there they were at the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony last Friday. Do you know what’s going on? Thanks, Sam Speed   Dear Sam Speed, So, you noticed that … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are We Going to the Dogs?

Dear Crabby, Our family has been talking about adopting a pet for some time now and my wife suggested we go looking before involving the kids. Well, color me surprised when she didn’t suggest we head to our nearest local shelter, but rather a… dog café! Have you heard of these? Thanks, Ned Newfie Dear Ned Newfie, First of all, let me congratulate you on deciding to get a dog. Nothing really compares to man’s best friend. That is of course unless your wife insists you get one of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will the Halftime Show at Super Bowl LII Be Good?

Dear Crabby, It’s time again for the Super Bowl circus. My wife is losing her mind over the fact Justin Timberlake is performing during halftime. Do people actually watch the halftime shows? If so, what do you think about this year’s choice? Thanks! Fred Fumble Dear Fred Fumble, I think two years ago, I mentioned that the Super Bowl halftime shows of yore were nothing more than a hodgepodge of marching bands, majorettes, and a drill team. Now of course they are large-scale … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Was that the Shortest Government Shutdown Ever?

Dear Crabby, Was that the Shortest Government Shutdown Ever, Seems Like it Ended Before it got Started? Curious George   Dear George, It did seem to end quickly, and since it was over a weekend, almost no one noticed. Personally, I love it when the government shuts down - who needs them anyway? - they don't do much and when they do it upsets a lot of people. However, during a shutdown, most of the government keeps working, including the presidents. Although, President Bill … [Read more...]

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 one 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...]