Dear Crabby, What’s the difference between Memorial and Labor Day?

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Dear Crabby, I am a proud American and always do my best to properly observe our national holidays. But recently a Canadian friend asked me what the difference is between Memorial Day and Labor Day; and you know what? I was kind of at a loss for words. Can you help me out? Sincerely, Pete Patriot Dear Mr. Patriot, Don’t fret. I have a feeling you’re not alone in this. My bet is that a lot of Americans are so used to celebrating these holidays that they’ve long forgotten how … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should college football players get paid to play?

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Dear Crabby, Earlier this year some college football players wanted to form a union. I think most of them are getting a great deal with a free education. Why on earth should they get paid to play? Sincerely, Tim Tightwad Dear Tim Tightwad, I hear what you’re saying — and you’re right! Aside from the free education aspect, college football players are getting a pretty sweet deal. They have a great ‘job’ with all sorts of perks: dorm rooms that look like five-star hotel … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do some men keep old cars?

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Dear Crabby, My boyfriend still has the car he had in high school. It doesn’t even run. It just takes up space in the garage and he talks about all the good times he had in that old thing. Why do some men keep old cars? Sincerely, Don’t Understand Dear Don’t Understand, Most men hang on to the memory rather than the car, but some of us won’t let go of the object that holds so many memories. Fifty bucks bought my first car - a 1941 Ford with suicide doors. Held together with … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Here Comes the Bride: Who Pays?

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Dear Crabby, My daughter is getting married. She’s older, established in her career, and making good money. Since she’s our only daughter we’d like to help out by contributing financially. Are the parents of the bride still expected to foot the whole bill? Thanks! Monica Motb Dear Monica Motb, Boy, do I feel your pain on this one. I have one daughter and when she got married ten years ago I thought I would need to sell a kidney on the black market to pay for it! According to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do we have an August primary?

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Dear Crabby, I don’t know about you, but my mailbox is overflowing with political flyers, I’ve stopped answering my phone because of so many calls asking if I’m voting for so-and-so, and I mute my TV every time a political ad comes on — and it’s not even November yet! Why do we need a primary in August? Can’t we just have one election in November to decide everything? Sincerely, Ron Republicrat Dear Ron Republicrat, I hear what you’re saying. All the political flyers, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do men hold doors open but then cut us off in the parking lot?

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Dear Crabby, Why is it that men will hold a door open for a woman, but will then cut them off in the parking lot to get the better parking spot? Doesn't this seem hypocritical? I mean are these men for real or what? Sincerely, Sick and Tired Dear Sick and Tired, Well, I have been on both sides of this coin. I was always raised to open doors for ladies and to be a gentleman. However, I was also raised to be competitive and to seek to get the best parking spot. I cannot always tell if … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can mommy get quiet time?

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Dear Crabby, I'm the parent of four very small children. I love to read. However, every time I try to sit down with a good book, I am bombarded with various interruptions. I end up reading and rereading the same two sentences over and over. I have become so frustrated that I have stopped trying to read. Is it worth trying to pursue my passion again? Sincerely, Frazzled Frannie Dear Frazzled Frannie, It seems like I have been where you are myself. I know that at times we can get so … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you like tent camping?

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Dear Crabby, My son wants me to stay overnight in a tent with him, but I just do not want to. Have you ever had this dilemma? If so what did you do to get out of it? Sincerely, Bad Dad Dear Bad Dad, Oh the joys of sleeping out in nature under the stars and being one with nature! Ya, it’s not my thing either. I have spent a few nights out there in my life, but none of my experiences made me want to do it again. The first time I stayed out was during summer camp when I was in the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do you like your eggs?

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Dear Crabby, My husband and I recently got married and I want to try to make his eggs the way he likes them. But the problem is that I can't stand the way he likes them, so I find myself making them my way and hoping he will change. Do you think it is possible for people to change, or should I just figure out how to make his eggs his way? Sincerely, New Wife Dear New Wife, I think your new hubby has as good a chance at changing his likes as you do changing yours! I mean why make the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are toilets clean?

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Dear Crabby, A family member of mine does not feel like any toilet is clean. They will not use public restrooms and they do not even like to use other people's bathrooms when visiting. Do you think toilets are really that dirty or can I convince my relative that they are safe? Sincerely, Clean Slate Dear Clean Slate, I know that your relative is not alone in this feeling. I have encountered many people who feel the same way about toilets in general. It is a place that deals with a … [Read more...]