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?


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...]

Dear Crabby, At what age should I let my daughter date?

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Dear Crabby, My teenage daughter is starting to talk about boys and dating. I know she has to grow up eventually, but I’m having trouble with picking an age to let her start dating, what do you suggest? Sincerely, Nervous Dad Dear Nervous Dad, You better be nervous. All dads go through this and it’s just part of the parenting thing. Boys are easier – you can get them to believe in cooties for a long time. But girls, they’re another story altogether. They’re smarter than you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Separate Checks or One?

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Dear Crabby, When I go out to lunch with my friends, the servers always ask: "Separate checks, or one?” This causes some immediate embarrassment because each person is mentally thinking whether he or she should offer to pay, or maybe it is even my turn to pay. How would you suggest handling this delicate social situation? Sincerely, Bewildered in Macomb County Dear Bewildered, My policy is that it’s always the other person’s turn to buy. Of course, people start to catch on … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why does the road commission work on adjacent roads concurrently?

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Dear Crabby, Work is being done on Tienken and Avon roads, so there is no easy access east to west. It makes travel very frustrating. I know these roads need to be fixed, but why not put all the manpower on different segments of one road, repair it, and open the road quickly to the public? Sincerely, Dizzy Driver Dear Dizzy Driver, In Michigan the joke has always been that we have five seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter… and construction. And after the hard winter we had, our … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the difference between Memorial and Labor Day?

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Dear Crabby, I am a proud American and always do my best to properly observe our national holidays. But recently a Canadian friend asked me what the difference is between Memorial Day and Labor Day; and you know what? I was kind of at a loss for words. Can you help me out? Sincerely, Pete Patriot Dear Mr. Patriot, Don’t fret. I have a feeling you’re not alone in this. My bet is that a lot of Americans are so used to celebrating these holidays that they’ve long forgotten how … [Read more...]