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...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Really Spring?

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Dear Crabby, Is spring finally coming this weekend? Thanks, Shirley Springer Dear Ms. Springer, Why yes, according to my At-A-Glance Calendar my wife got me so I wouldn't forget doctor appointments and plans with the grandkids, spring starts on Friday, March 20. Of course, as we all know, in Michigan the weather could change quickly and we could lapse back into Winter. The snow is all but gone here in the Rochester Area. Only small piles left from snow plows seem to be lingering. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Kiss Me I’m Irish

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Dear Crabby, What is all the fuss about being Irish and having that being a reason to be kissed? Sincerely, Smooch McGivney   Dear Smooch, In the 1970s, non-serious t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers were a big deal. St. Patrick’s Day, of course, has been a big deal for some time. It is funny how many people are Irish on March 17. Visitors to Ireland go see the ruined Blarney Castle just outside of Cork. At the top, they are to bend over backwards and kiss a block of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Difference between the Auto Show and Autorama?

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Dear Crabby, What’s the difference between the Auto Show and the Autorama? Sincerely, J. Walker Dear J. Walker, If you’re from the Detroit area, then you should know. Cars are our thing. We don’t walk – we drive! But since both events are held at Cobo Hall in the winter and begin with “auto,” I can understand the confusion. The simplest way to remember is the Auto Show is NEW cars – think showcase, as in what’s new and hot now. The Autorama is OLD cars – sing the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Deal with a Troubled Relative?

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Dear Crabby, For over 20 years my mother-in-law has been neglecting her son (my husband) and grandchildren in favor of her other son who has multiple addiction problems. It seems like he gets all the attention, while we get ignored, but are expected to drop everything and help out—no questions asked. Needless to say this really irks me. Should I stay silent or do you think I should say something to her for the sake of my family? I know this question is a little heavier than what you usually … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who is the ‘Academy’ and Why Do People Keep Thanking Them?

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Dear Crabby, I was a little disappointed with some of the Oscar nominations this year. It seemed like a number of good films and performances were overlooked. And that got me thinking about acceptance speeches: nearly every winner starts out their speech with some form of, ‘I’d like to thank the Academy.’ Just who are these people and why do they have so much say in who gets nominated and wins? Thanks, Cindy Cinematic Dear Cindy Cinematic, I don’t get to the movies as much as … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Big Deal About ‘Fat Tuesday?’

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Dear Crabby, I just moved from Oklahoma to Detroit and nearly every morning on my way to work I stop by the local bakeshop for coffee and a muffin. The other day I noticed the owner put out a big sign that read, ‘Order your paczkis today!’ Can you tell me what a ‘paczki’ is, because I’ve never heard of them, but they sound like they are a big deal around these parts. Thanks, Sally Sooner Dear Sally Sooner, Paczkis sound like they’re a big deal? Try a HUGE deal! The reason … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Dear Crabby, My wife just flipped over the calendar to February and I immediately noticed the 14th square has a big red heart around it. Guess that’s her not-so-subtle way of reminding me that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I feel like this day has gotten out of hand and men are pressured into making grand (and expensive) overtures of their faithfulness and undying love. What are your thoughts on this holiday? Thanks, Lawrence Lovelorn Dear Lawrence Lovelorn, All this hype … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Does it Matter if the Groundhog Sees his Shadow?

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Dear Crabby, Does it Matter if the Groundhog Sees his Shadow? Thanks, April Spring Dear April Spring, Punxsutawney Phil is just a large rat with a great life. The Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle claim Phil is 100% correct, every time. He’s been doing this weather forecasting thing for almost 130 years and it’s a wonder he can do anything at that age. Most hogs of the ground live seven to eight years. Nevertheless, these people feed Phil something called the “elixir of life,” a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why are there so many Michigan License Plates?

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Dear Crabby, Why does Michigan have so many different kinds of License Plates? Sincerely, Art O’Revenue Dear Art O’Revenue, The job of government is to make things more complicated and more confusing; and to generate more money. We had it easy back in the day. The State of Michigan started requiring license plates in 1910. Each year you would go to the Secretary of State, wait in line for hours, and get a new aluminum plate. Well, you’d get two, one for the front and one for … [Read more...]