Dear Crabby, What is your Favorite TV Show?

Dear Crabby, What is your Favorite TV Show? Just Curious, George   There is that one program I watch every fall, where the Lions compete again Bears, Dolphins, Rams, Seahawks and others. We had a few more episodes this time, but as always, the season ended horribly and I swear each year I won't watch next season - but I do - just like my promise not to watch another season of 24. The program with Kiefer Sutherland. Boy that got worse with each run, so bad in fact the last one was … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Tell Me About the New Gas Tax

Dear Crabby, What's this New Gasoline Tax in Michigan all about? Sincerely, Mr. Fuming   Well, well, well ... here we go again. Both with the price of gas going up and with the question. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am not a fan of worrying about the price of gasoline. I will tell you the price goes up and down - in cycles - just as many times as a politician flip-flops his or her position on an issue. War, summer travel months, holiday weekends - it goes up. But … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is 2016 the Worst Year Ever?

Dear Crabby, This year has been crazy, but the last few days after losing George Michael and Carrie Fisher has really done it for me. Do you think 2016 could be the worst year ever? Thanks, Claude Lane-Sign Dear Mr. Lane-Sign, I think there are a lot of people out there who would share your sentiment. Someone told me that comedian Jim Gaffigan said ‘2016 was twice as long as any other year in human history.’ And there are times it certainly has felt that way. January seems so long … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is There a ‘War on Christmas?’

Dear Crabby, With Christmas almost here and falling on a Sunday, I was wondering, do you think there is a war on Christmas in the United States? Thanks, Noel Natale Dear Ms. Natale, Boy. You’re a little pot stirrer, ain’t ya? Why couldn’t you ask something simple like, ‘Is there a Santa Claus?’ But since you asked for my opinion (careful what you wish for) the ‘war’ you’re talking about exists purely in the minds of those not getting their way. Now before folks get hot under the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Brutal Will This Winter Be?

Dear Crabby, I recently moved to the Detroit area from Seattle and the snowstorm this past weekend was wicked! Is this what I can expect this winter and how should I prepare? Thanks, Stan Shivers Dear Mr. Shivers, Welcome to Michigan! We usually like to say, ‘Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes and it will change.’ However, I think the cold and snow are here to stay. ‘Alll aboard the Siberian Express!’ Apparently calling it a Polar Vortex is so 2014. Gotta love these catchy … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are You Ready for Some Commercials?

Dear Crabby, This past Saturday I settled in to spend a full afternoon and evening watching commercials. Instead, I was occasionally blasted with a few minutes of football. Where do I file a complaint? Thanks, Orville H. Dear Orville, Wait a minute. You mean you don’t want to be bombarded by male enhancement products, along with pizza, beer, and a host of other products every two minutes while watching your favorite football teams? Good thing you don’t work in advertising. But … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Would You ever use a Self-driving Car?

Dear Crabby, Would You Ever Use a Self-Driving Car? Just wondering, E.Z. Ryder   Good question E.Z. I've wondered that about myself too. To my knowledge, there are two companies making headway with this idea of driverless cars, Google and Tesla. I like to drive myself, I don't like valet parking, taxis, or public transportation. But I can see the advantage as well. Google, who already knows everything about me due to my Internet searches, would be a wonderful chauffeur. I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s on your Table for Thanksgiving?

Dear Crabby, I'm Curious about how Famous Writers like you Celebrate the Holidays, What is on your Table for Thanksgiving Dinner? Thanks, Curious George   Hi George, What ever Mrs. Crabby makes is on the table. While that's mostly true, and I love her cooking (that's mostly true too); I bet you want a better answer. Well, turkey is the main course - of course - as it should be. I love turkey, turkey sandwiches, drumsticks - any way it comes - for days of leftovers. And turkey … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is Small Business Saturday?

Dear Crabby, I usually do all my shopping online, can you please tell me what Small Business Saturday is? Sincerely, Indoor Girl   Well Hello Indoor Girl, Small Business Saturday has been around since 2010, but if you're an indoor kind of person, I can understand you not knowing about this special day to get folks into true blue American stores. For decades, the day after Thanksgiving, as most people know as Black Friday, is the start to the holiday shopping season. It's the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will the Country Unite?

Dear Crabby, Will the Country Unite? Sincerely, Bernie Supporter   Hello, Always good to hear from a Bernie supporter - you folks are so entertaining and funny, thank you for your question. Yes and no. Half of the people are angry, mad, upset, disappointed, pointing blame, and just plain frustrated right now. Eight years ago it was the other half feeling the same way. They thought President Obama would destroy our way of life, that he hated America and what we stood for, that … [Read more...]