Dear Crabby, Will American Pharoah win the Triple Crown?

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Dear Crabby, Will American Pharoah win the Triple Crown, and why is his name spelled wrong? Sincerely, Bill Monte. Hi Bill, Well, if I were a betting man, I would bet against American Pharoah. Not that I don’t think he can do it, and not that I’m in opposition to this three-year-old colt winning, but because history says the odds are against him. It’s been 37 years since the last Triple Crown winner—Affirmed in 1978—there have been only 12 Triple Crowns winners in total since … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Did you watch the last David Letterman show?

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Dear Crabby, Did you watch the last David Letterman show? Sincerely, Nate Owl   Well Nate, Sure I did. That kid has been hosting the Late Show for over twenty years on CBS alone. I started watching him before he was funny—now he’s retiring—I’m still waiting for him to be funny. Oh sure, I laughed at the show, but mostly for what happened, not the jokes. David Letterman racked up some impressive numbers over the years. He hosted 6,028 episodes with nearly 20,000 total … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation?

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Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation? Thanks, Summer Thyme Dear Ms. Thyme, Seems as though this question comes up in one form or another every summer, and boy are you getting a jump on it. Usually, half way into summer vacation, parents are frazzled and kids are driving them crazy. I’m a firm believer that if you have children, you must accept 18 years of frazzlement and craziness. Perhaps you’re a planner and just need good advice. You are correct … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Should I Have a Garage Sale?

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Dear Crabby, When Should I Have a Garage Sale? Sincerely, Sally Sales   Ms. Sales, Here in Michigan, the best time is now! Spring, that is. People are sick and tired of being stuck inside and are looking for any reason to get out and about. As students finish classes and lawn mowers start mowing, folks are ready to clear out their junk and make a few bucks to go buy more junk. The trick is to get that sale going before there’s too much competition. Granted, you want some … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with ‘Convenience Fees?’

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Dear Crabby, I’m a lifelong music fan, but lately when I’ve gone to buy tickets I have sticker shock by all the extra ‘convenience fees’ added to the price! What are they for and why are they so much? Thanks, Regina Rocknroll Dear Regina Rocknroll, Hmmm. The last concert I got dragged to was an anniversary present for Mrs. Crabby and I. Usually, I try to avoid going to concerts since crowds (and people in general) annoy me, but it was our 50th anniversary and our kids wanted … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are We So ‘Selfie’ Obsessed?

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Dear Crabby, Every time I turn around, everyone from teens to senior citizens are taking ‘selfies’ with their smartphones. When did we become so obsessed with documenting our lives like this? Thanks, Nancy Narcissist Dear Nancy Narcissist, Oh, you’ve noticed that too, eh? Just the other day some whippersnapper nearly knocked me off my feet because she was backing up (not paying attention, of course) all while trying to get just the right angle for her selfie! She didn’t even … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Let My Teenager Go on a Senior Trip?

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Dear Crabby, My teenage daughter wants to go on her school’s senior trip. She says it’s a rite of passage and the last time she’ll get to be with her friends before they head off in different directions. I think it sounds like a big expense and a chance to get in trouble. What would you do? Thanks, Dave Doubtful Dear Dave Doubtful, I remember my senior trip. It was on the steamboat, the SS South American. We went from Detroit to Niagara Falls and it cost $35.00 – and that … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s So Great About Michigan?

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Dear Crabby, I’m planning my summer vacation and want to visit some new places. A friend suggested I look at Michigan, but I recently heard Madonna badmouth her former home state. Is visiting Michigan worth spending my hard-earned money and vacation time? Thanks, Wendy Wanderer Dear Wendy Wanderer, Yep. It’s true. Madonna probably won’t be starring in any Pure Michigan ads in the near future… or ever… but that’s her loss because Michigan is definitely worth visiting. Our … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Did the Easter Bunny Become Chocolate?

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Dear Crabby, My wife and I have been busy buying stuff for the grandkids Easter baskets and she insists that they each get a chocolate bunny. Have these little guys always been around or are they relatively new? According to the Mrs. you can’t have Easter without one. Thanks, Fred Sweets Dear Mr. Sweets, Now that I think about it, it does seem like chocolate Easter bunnies have been around for a long time. I know I remember my siblings and I getting one in our baskets. Aside from … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Coffee Good For You?

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Dear Crabby, Some say yes and others say no, but I want to know if coffee is good for you? Thanks, Joe Brewer Dear Mr. Brewer, One day coffee is good for you and the next it’s bad for you. Back-and-forth goes the debate, the true never-ending story. The Crabby Household usually has a pot of coffee going. My first doctor tried to get me to quit, but he died. I kept drinking coffee. My second doctor demanded I quit the black nectar roast, he died too. I told this to my current doctor, … [Read more...]