Dear Crabby, Why Should I Care about Iowa and New Hampshire?


Dear Crabby, Last week, everyone was all about the Iowa Caucus and this week people can’t seem to shut up about the New Hampshire Primary. What I want to know is why are these two states so important during a presidential election? Thanks! Beatrix Bipartisan Dear Ms. Bipartisan, Excellent question! And honestly… I have no idea. But ain’t it a kick in the head to watch? I bet some of these candidates couldn’t even find these two states on a map before they started campaigning … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are You Watching Super Bowl 50?


Dear Crabby, This Sunday is the Super Bowl and I was wondering if you’ll be watching like millions of others or if you could give two hoots about all the hoopla. Thanks, Gary Gridiron Dear Mr. Gridiron, ‘Two hoots’ – ha! You’re a pretty funny fella. And I’m fella that enjoys watching the ol’ pigskin getting tossed around on a Sunday afternoon. Of course I found the game more enjoyable back in the day when the players basically wore nothing but a plastic helmet and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you Believe in Aliens?


Dear Crabby, I'm Hooked on the Return of The X-Files TV show and I was wondering if you Believe in Aliens? Sincerely, Susie Skeptic   Dear Susie, I don't watch much television with that kind of nonsense. However, I did see a few of their programs back in the 1990s that did not revolve around the UFO stories that the show was famous for. I think they called them "Monster of the Week" episodes, where a "monster" - not an alien - was proven to be nothing more than a human with … [Read more...]

A Billion and a Half Dollars, the Winners and the Losers


When hear people talking about it being $1.5 Billion, what are they talking about? The Powerball Jackpot - WINNER Worldwide Revue from the new Star Wars movie - WINNER The cost to fix the Flint Water Crisis - LOSER All of the above The answer is all of the above. Each one of those items has a dollar amount of $1.5 Billion attached to it. A local non-profit takes bottled water to help get clean drinking water to the residents who are facing a devastating situation. Are you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What will you do if you win the Powerball?


Dear Crabby, What will you do if you win the Powerball game? Sincerely, Justin Curious   Dear Mr. Curious, Many Americans this Thursday will be checking their tickets to see if we won any part of the record-breaking jackpot of the Powerball game. Of course, we"re all dreaming of the grand prize of over $1.5 Billion! Paying off debt, buying a new car, becoming a world traveler, and giving to charity are some of the many options people are thinking about. Reminds me of this … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Was Your Favorite Story from 2015?


Dear Crabby, I'm a loyal reader of your column and I was wondering out of all the topics you wrote about this past year, which one was your favorite? Thanks! Dave Devotée Dear Mr. Devotée, First, thanks for reading my column. You have excellent taste in reading material. Of course I think everyone should be reading it because clearly I'm the go-to authority on pretty much everything. My grandkids will tell you that's because I'm older than dirt, but I like to think it's because … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What on Earth is a TARDIS?


Dear Crabby, On Christmas Day, after all the presents are opened and I’ve eaten my weight in Christmas dinner, the only thing I want to do is kick back and channel surf all the bowl games. But I was just informed by my wife our kid is having friends over to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special? I don’t even know that that is. Do you? Thanks! Frank Festivus Dear Mr. Festivus, Thanks for your question… I have no clue. Or rather, I didn’t know what you were talking about … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are There Other December Holidays I Can Celebrate?


Dear Crabby, I know everyone is high on holiday spirit, but I don’t celebrate Channakuh, Christmas, or any of the other so-called traditional holidays. So, what are my other options in December? Thanks, Frank Felicitations Dear Mr. Felicitations, I hear what you’re saying. My holiday spirit usually lasts until the first person pushes me in Target trying to get to a bright, shiny something or other. In the Crabby household we do celebrate Christmas, but between you and me, I think … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do We Need More Gun Control?


Dear Crabby, It seems like every time I turn on the news there’s another shooting. Do you think more gun control in this country is needed? Thanks, Peter Paz Dear Mr. Paz, You certainly ask a loaded question (pun intended) and I wish I had an easy answer. Let me first start by saying I grew up with guns. My dad, uncles, and grandpas all hunted and we kids relished the day when we were old enough to join them. It was a rite of passage for us. That being said, much like that kid … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Many Christmas Lights are Too Many?

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Dear Crabby, My family and I were in Downtown Rochester when they flipped the switch on The Big, Bright Light Show. And that got me wondering… is there such over a thing as too many Christmas lights? Thanks, Bill Luminous Dear Mr. Luminous, You pose an interesting question there, sir. While all those thousands of lights are pretty neat, there’s a difference between having that many lights on buildings and having that many lights on your house. It seems like nowadays, there’s a … [Read more...]