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...]

Dear Crabby, Should college football players get paid to play?

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Dear Crabby, Earlier this year some college football players wanted to form a union. I think most of them are getting a great deal with a free education. Why on earth should they get paid to play? Sincerely, Tim Tightwad Dear Tim Tightwad, I hear what you’re saying — and you’re right! Aside from the free education aspect, college football players are getting a pretty sweet deal. They have a great ‘job’ with all sorts of perks: dorm rooms that look like five-star hotel … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do some men keep old cars?

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Dear Crabby, My boyfriend still has the car he had in high school. It doesn’t even run. It just takes up space in the garage and he talks about all the good times he had in that old thing. Why do some men keep old cars? Sincerely, Don’t Understand Dear Don’t Understand, Most men hang on to the memory rather than the car, but some of us won’t let go of the object that holds so many memories. Fifty bucks bought my first car - a 1941 Ford with suicide doors. Held together with … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Here Comes the Bride: Who Pays?

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Dear Crabby, My daughter is getting married. She’s older, established in her career, and making good money. Since she’s our only daughter we’d like to help out by contributing financially. Are the parents of the bride still expected to foot the whole bill? Thanks! Monica Motb Dear Monica Motb, Boy, do I feel your pain on this one. I have one daughter and when she got married ten years ago I thought I would need to sell a kidney on the black market to pay for it! According to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do we have an August primary?

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Dear Crabby, I don’t know about you, but my mailbox is overflowing with political flyers, I’ve stopped answering my phone because of so many calls asking if I’m voting for so-and-so, and I mute my TV every time a political ad comes on — and it’s not even November yet! Why do we need a primary in August? Can’t we just have one election in November to decide everything? Sincerely, Ron Republicrat Dear Ron Republicrat, I hear what you’re saying. All the political flyers, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can mommy get quiet time?

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Dear Crabby, I'm the parent of four very small children. I love to read. However, every time I try to sit down with a good book, I am bombarded with various interruptions. I end up reading and rereading the same two sentences over and over. I have become so frustrated that I have stopped trying to read. Is it worth trying to pursue my passion again? Sincerely, Frazzled Frannie Dear Frazzled Frannie, It seems like I have been where you are myself. I know that at times we can get so … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you like tent camping?

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Dear Crabby, My son wants me to stay overnight in a tent with him, but I just do not want to. Have you ever had this dilemma? If so what did you do to get out of it? Sincerely, Bad Dad Dear Bad Dad, Oh the joys of sleeping out in nature under the stars and being one with nature! Ya, it’s not my thing either. I have spent a few nights out there in my life, but none of my experiences made me want to do it again. The first time I stayed out was during summer camp when I was in the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do you like your eggs?

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Dear Crabby, My husband and I recently got married and I want to try to make his eggs the way he likes them. But the problem is that I can't stand the way he likes them, so I find myself making them my way and hoping he will change. Do you think it is possible for people to change, or should I just figure out how to make his eggs his way? Sincerely, New Wife Dear New Wife, I think your new hubby has as good a chance at changing his likes as you do changing yours! I mean why make the … [Read more...]