Dear Crabby, When Did Poop Become So Popular?

Dear Crabby, Are you familiar with emojis? They’re those little images on your smartphone you can use when texting – smiley faces, hearts, etc. Well, the one that really gets me is the poop emoji. And it’s everywhere: pillows, sheets, Halloween costumes… and what I want to know is how in the world did poop become so popular? Especially as kid's toys. Thanks, Walter Closet, II Dear Mr. Walter Closet, II, It seemed like Halloween was barely over and stores were already pushing their … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Have you Ever Been BOOed?

  Dear Crabby, Halloween is almost upon us and I’m hearing a lot of talk about BOOing people in your neighborhood. I’m told this is a good thing. Have you heard about it and if so, what do you think? Thanks, Frank N. Stein Dear Mr. Stein, I’ll admit, I wasn’t aware of this BOOing business. At first, I thought maybe people were supposed to stand on their neighbor’s lawn and boo their lack of (or just plain awful) Halloween decorations. Or maybe you were supposed to boo … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Smart Homes a Good Idea?

  Dear Crabby, It seems everyone I know these days has one of those smart devices—Dot, Echo, etc. Some are even going as far to connect their entire homes to be ‘smart.’ But I wonder if it’s safe. What do you think? Thanks! Lance Luddite Dear Lance Luddite, Because I’m such a hip guy I know exactly what you’re talking about. And you’re right. Those smart devices have gone from the palm of our hands to taking over our homes. In fact, I just read that the number of smart homes … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of Haunted Houses?

  Dear Crabby, Now that there’s sort of a fall feeling in the air, I wanted to do something fun like a corn maze, hayride, or maybe even a haunted house. Would you ever consider going to one? Thanks! Stan Scary Dear Stan Scary, If I’m reading your question right you’re asking if I’d ever visit a haunted house. Well, the short version of my answer would be… ummm, no. Go to a haunted house – are you kidding me? I find daily life scary enough as it is. Between politics and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Wrong to Refuse to Serve Someone?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the kerfuffle involving White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia. Is it ever OK to refuse to serve someone? Thanks! Patty Patriotic Dear Patty Patriotic, Normally, I wouldn’t be shy with my opinion, but this is a tricky issue that can’t be easily answered with a smart-aleck quip. In fact, I can already hear the vultures circling on this one, so I’ll proceed with caution as to not end up on the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with Free-Range Parenting?

Dear Crabby, I was scrolling through the stories on my homepage recently and an article about free-range parenting caught my eye. Do states really need to pass laws for this sort of thing? Love to know what you think. Thanks, Henrietta C. Dear Henrietta C., You wouldn’t think we’d need to pass laws like this, but since common sense isn’t a flower that grows in everyone’s garden, here we are. For those of you living under a rock lately and think free-range actually has something … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are We Going to the Dogs?

Dear Crabby, Our family has been talking about adopting a pet for some time now and my wife suggested we go looking before involving the kids. Well, color me surprised when she didn’t suggest we head to our nearest local shelter, but rather a… dog café! Have you heard of these? Thanks, Ned Newfie Dear Ned Newfie, First of all, let me congratulate you on deciding to get a dog. Nothing really compares to man’s best friend. That is of course unless your wife insists you get one of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Point of Trick-or-Treating?

Dear Crabby, I don’t know where October has gone, but my calendar tells me that next week is Halloween. So, now I need to go out and buy candy for the neighborhood rugrats. Remind me: what's the purpose of trick-or-treating? Thanks! Samantha Sucre Dear Samantha Sucre, What’s the point of trick-or-treating? Pretty sure it’s the fact that kids get a pillowcase full of candy that weighs more than them, and for one night only, their moms and dads don’t seem to care. As a parent, the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are People Obsessed with ‘Fixer Upper?’

Dear Crabby, My wife is obsessed with the home improvement show Fixer Upper. So, you can imagine how devastated she was when she heard the news it’s ending after this season. Of course, I have no idea why she’s taking it so personally. I mean it’s not like we’re friends with Joanna and Chip Gaines. Can you figure it out? Thanks! Luke Lumbersome Dear Luke Lumbersome, A less, ahem, cultured man than myself would have no clue what you’re talking about, but thanks to Mrs. Crabby and my … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where’s the Best Cider Mill in Southeast Michigan?

Dear Crabby, Now that fall sorta feels like it’s here, I was wondering if you have a favorite cider mill you could recommend. Thanks, Paul Pomme Dear Paul Pomme, Gee, pal. Are you looking to get me into trouble? Michiganders take their cider mills pretty seriously and showing favoritism could cost me some fans. Then again, when have I ever cared what people think about me? While I haven’t been to every cider mill in southeast Michigan, I will tell you where you go all comes down to … [Read more...]