Dear Crabby, Do You Shop on Black Friday?

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Dear Crabby, Do You Shop on Black Friday? Sincerely, Hunter Diels Dear Hunter Diels, Seems like the holidays bring out the shopping questions all too much. I’ve tried shopping on Black Friday, it was horrible, and I’ll never do that again. All that yelling and running – I mean people have died trying to get in a store – no bargain or deal is worth that. I’ve tried buying gifts on the Internet, something called Cyber Monday. That too was a disaster. Shopping is just a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Size Turkey Should I Buy?

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Dear Crabby, What size turkey should I roast for Thanksgiving Dinner? Thanks, Birdy Day Dear Birdy Day, The bigger, the better, I always say. When it comes to Thanksgiving, America’s first holiday, go big! Leftovers are one of the best things about the noble bird. Now that I’m retired, it lends itself to turkey leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner – for days – until it is gone. They say one and half pounds per person. I say plan on five pounds per person. I convince Mrs. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Happend to Fall?

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Dear Crabby, The first day of winter is still six weeks away, what happened to fall? Sincerely, Seasonally Confused Dear Seasonally Confused, Just a couple weeks ago, I was giving advice on how to enjoy fall. I was basing that advice on the premise that fall would be here. Of course, you can still partake in those activities, but it does seem we lost fall somewhere. Perhaps Halloween scared it away. On the other hand, maybe winter paid fall off so winter could come early. The best … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is it too soon for Christmas Music?

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Dear Crabby, Once we pass Halloween, it seems like Christmas music starts playing everywhere, why so soon? Sincerely, Kris Musaksoon Dear Kris, What they need is Thanksgiving music to fill the month of November. However, as far as I know, there is only one Thanksgiving song that gets airplay; and that is the song, "Alice’s Restaurant." Almost every radio station will play it on Thanksgiving Day – only on Thanksgiving – and that’s it. Most folks enjoy Arlo Guthrie and his 18 … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s There to do in November?

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Dear Crabby, Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. October is all about cider mills, football, and of course, Halloween. November is still fall, but I feel like it gets ignored because people are already focusing on Christmas. Can you give me any ideas of what there is to do around town in November to keep that fun fall feeling going? Thanks, Feeling Fall-bulous Dear Feeling Fall-bulous, Oh, so you’ve noticed that, too? Just last week I was in Rite Aid picking up my bunion … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Make Halloween Less Scary?

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Dear Crabby, I don’t mean to a spoilsport, but I’m a little nervous about letting my kids go out trick-or-treating this year. Lately there are so many stories on the news about missing children and don’t even get me started on the costume options—especially for young girls. Do you think I’m overreacting? Thanks! Nervous Nelly Dear Nervous Nelly, I may be an old curmudgeon, but I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say Halloween ain’t what it used to be. Back in my … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with Roundabouts?

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Dear Crabby, Years ago I visited England for work and had my first exposure to roundabouts. I remember being so thankful that my guide was doing the driving and not me, and that we didn’t have these silly things in the United States. Fast-forward to the present and roundabouts are popping up all over Oakland County! They’re supposed to ease congestion, but all I see are a lot of angry motorists. What do you think about them? Thanks, Driving in Circles Dear Driving in … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Do We Celebrate Columbus Day?

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Dear Crabby, I received an ‘urgent’ call from my daughter the other day saying my husband and I have to come to our granddaughter’s Christopher Columbus school play. Now I know Columbus discovered America, and that’s great, but since when did he warrant having an afternoon dedicated to children singing and reciting in his honor? And the more I think about it I wonder, just why do we celebrate Columbus Day anyway? Thanks! Patriotically Confused Dear Patriotically … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Hunting Deer Unethical?

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Dear Crabby, The wife and I were driving around this past weekend enjoying all the beautiful fall colors when we saw a family of deer dart across the road. Of course my wife was worried they wouldn’t make it across safely and screamed at me to slow down. I, on the other hand remembered that bow-hunting season for deer starts this week. So I need you to settle an argument between my wife and I. She says in this day and age deer hunting is barbaric, while I say it is all part of life’s … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can You Suggest a First Date Idea?

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Dear Crabby, I just met a girl at college here in Rochester and I want to ask her out. I’m not from the area; can you recommend a first date idea that will knock her socks off? Sincerely, Need a Good Plan Dear Need a Good Plan, First of all, socks should not be coming off until at least the third date and then, only to give her a foot massage. But I know you didn’t mean that literally. You’re in luck, back in the day I was king of first dates, not so much second dates, but … [Read more...]