Dear Crabby, Should I Welcome My Neighbor’s Swimming Dogs?

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Dear Crabby, I have a neighbor with three dogs. The dogs joined my dog and I for a swim—everyone was having fun—until the neighbor woman called her dogs home and didn’t seem too happy over the situation. Oddly, her ex-husband cares for her dogs and she doesn’t seem to at all. What should I do if the dogs return? Sincerely, Love my neighbor's dogs   Dear Neighbor Dog Lover, Why do you want to swim with a bunch of dogs? You call that fun? I love animals too, but it … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is there no Holiday in August?

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Dear Crabby, I want to take a long weekend next month and looking at the calendar I noticed August is free of any holidays, why? Sincerely, Augustus Looking   Mr. Looking, You don’t say. I’ve never noticed. In fact, I thought you had to be pulling my leg. With all the religious holidays, national holidays and made-up Hallmark Holidays, I figured every month was covered in them. Looking at my trusty “Puppies in Baskets” calendar one of my grandkids bought me for Christmas … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

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Dear Crabby, What’s your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Sincerely, Ben N. Jerry   Hello Mr. Jerry, My all-time favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla. That cool, milky dessert and I go way back. Although, I like most ice cream flavors—vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, cookie dough, mint chocolate chip, and even Superman—ice cream really goes with everything. Did you know that Sunday is National Ice Cream Day? July is National Ice Cream month—hot month, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Should I Ask You?

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Dear Crabby, Why should I ask you for your opinion about my life's questions? Justin Wondering Well Mr. Wondering, The short answer is I have a weekly column and you don’t. But perhaps you meant what qualifies me to answer questions about life? Then I would have to say because I come from the Silent Generation—that slice of the 20th Century squeezed between the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers. That group of listeners grew up in a tough time—the Great Depression—we heard it … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should we travel this Fourth of July?

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Dear Crabby, Should we be nervous to travel this Fourth of July? Sincerely, Pat Triotic Dear Mr. Triotic, I get the feeling you’re talking about the government warnings about heightened security threats that seem to come every Fourth of July weekend since 9/11. I am a person that feels strongly about keeping his family safe—I’m from that era—it’s the man’s job and that sort of thing. Therefore, I understand that “stay close to home” feeling of security. However, if an … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do I Do About the Wedding Budget Blues?

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Dear Crabby, My wife and I just received an invitation to her college roommate’s wedding. Right away she starts talking about coming up with a budget to cover the showers, parties, gifts, and travel out of state. Is this normal, and how much is this gonna set me back? Thanks, Patrick Pauper Dear Mr. Pauper, Holy cow! A budget for attending a wedding? Just when I think I’ve heard it all. I thought this sounded crazy, so I made one of my grandkids go on the computer and do that … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Survive Fatherhood?

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Dear Crabby, My wife and I just had a baby girl two months ago, so this is going to be my first Father’s Day. Do you have any advice for a new dad? And most importantly, will I ever catch up on my sleep? Thanks! Paul Padre Dear Mr. Padre, The short answer to your sleep question is, ‘Ahahahahaha… no.’ You will never get a full night’s sleep again. In fact, you’ll become skilled in the art of catching a few winks whenever you can, wherever you are. And don’t think it … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Story Behind Flag Day?

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Dear Crabby, I know we just celebrated Memorial Day, but now my calendar says Flag Day is this Sunday. What’s its significance and what is the proper way to observe it? Thanks! Pete Patriotic Dear Mr. Patriotic, You ask a good question. And I’m sure it’s one that a lot of people have wondered in passing, but have never given much thought to. I know when I was a kid, I’d watch my dad get out the flag that he always kept folded military style -- ya know in that neat triangle … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Entertain My Family on a Budget?

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Dear Crabby, With all the construction going on, well, everywhere, my husband and I have decided to stick pretty close to home this summer. Now all we need to do is find something to keep the family entertained on a budget. Do you have any great ideas? Thanks! Helen Homebody Dear Mrs. Homebody, Ahh, yes. I had another reader recently with a conundrum similar to yours. Although I got the sense she was really trying to figure out how to keep her kids busy and out of her hair for the … [Read more...]

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...]