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Stuck in a rut? Need some biased advice from a crabby old baby-boomer? Read regularly by thousands and loved by some, Dear Crabby answers questions weekly to life's challenges. Send him a note at DearCrabby@rochestermedia.com.

Dear Crabby, Will Michigan Ever Drop Daylight Savings Time?

Dear Crabby, I enjoyed your response to the movement of Hallows Eve. My question is whether you think the state of Michigan will ever make the shift not to keep changing our clocks to and from Daylight Savings Time? Thank you in advance for your insight. Pavel Dear Pavel, It’s always nice to hear from a fan and know that at least one person besides Mrs. Crabby is reading my column. I’ve actually written about Daylight Savings Time (DST) before, but it’s been almost 10 years ago, so … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of Zipper Merging?

Dear Crabby, Just when I think I have the construction patterns down – bam! More are added to the mix. Between the new segment of I-75 starting soon and the work on Baldwin extending into 2020, I’m seeing more articles reminding drivers to zipper merge. But does it work and why should I let a car in at the last minute when I’ve been waiting in traffic forever? Thanks, Cyndy Sideswipe Dear Cyndy Sideswipe, Why should you indeed? I know our roads are in bad shape and need to be … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Halloween be Moved?

Dear Crabby, Normally, I would have waited another three months before I asked this question, but there’s already fall decorations on store shelves and even those delicious Reese’s pumpkin-shaped chocolates are out!  So, my question is, what do you think about the recent petition to get Halloween moved to the last Saturday in October? Thanks, Charlene Confection Dear Charlene Confection, Ahh, yes. I’ve been reading about this petition. Last I heard it had over 100,000 signatures. It … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can Some People Smell Rain Coming?

Dear Crabby, How can some people smell rain coming? Is it true they can smell it before it even gets to their location? Wonderingly, Super Sniffer   Dear Super Sniffer, You may have to retrain that sniffer of yours, because it's true, some people can smell the rain's a comin'. Call it intuition or an old farmer's trick, when the right weather conditions exist, anyone's nose can become a weather predictor ... at least for rain. But how does it work? A few things can happen … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Did We Really Go To The Moon?

Dear Crabby, It's Been 50 Years and I Still Wonder, Did We Really Go To The Moon? Sincerely, Luna   Dear Luna, Ah, a skeptic? I like that. But in this case I'll say you'd be better off believing we went. Don't get me wrong, I distrust a lot of things The Government says, and I'm sure we don't know the whole story on many things, but I'm pretty sure we went - it was a big deal 50 year ago. For one thing, the other space-going nations would have called our bluff - after all, it … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What do you Think about Women’s Soccer?

Dear Crabby, What do you Think about Women's Soccer? Curious Cat   Dear Curious, I don't. I mean I try not too. For two reasons. One, it's soccer, and two, it's women playing soccer. We didn't have soccer when I was in school - we played real sports - football, baseball, basketball. However, most of my grandchildren play soccer - it's great for them - all that running, back-and-forth, and running, and more running ... it really wears them out. But why watch it? I get it. Most … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Story with Those Flag Shoes?

Dear Crabby, What's the Story with Those Flag Shoes that Nike was Selling and Now They're Not? Sincerely, Pat Triotic   Dear Pat, Yes, all over the news we've heard about the latest way Mr. Kaepernick is showing his true colors ... and they're not Red, White & Blue. I've talked about this gimmicky person before - you know  - the guy who can't stand during the national anthem. I'm not going to rehash what's right and what's a right, and what's wrong. But this guy (and probably … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Did Selling Lemonade Become a Crime?

Dear Crabby, Whew. It looks like summer has finally found us. I have so many fond memories of playing with the neighborhood kids from daylight to dusk. You know, running through sprinklers, playing tag, and not so patiently waiting for the ice cream truck to arrive. That’s why I was so surprised to learn that kids today apparently can’t have lemonade stands without the proper paperwork. When did trying to make a few extra bucks turn into a crime? Thanks, Saffron Limón Dear Saffron … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Has Hollywood Run Out of Original Ideas?

Dear Crabby, When I was watching the Tony Awards®, I noticed a number of the musicals are based off movies. For example, “Mean Girls,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Tootsie.” That got me thinking about how it seems recently there are more and more remakes happening in TV and movies. It seems to be everywhere. So, are the folks in Hollywood just lazy or have they run out of original ideas? Thanks! Chanel Changer Dear Chanel Changer, I was asked something similar last year and at the time I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do People Still Give Graduation Gifts?

Dear Crabby, Just the other day I went to my mailbox and was besieged with at least a half dozen graduation announcement/open house invitations. It’s been ages since I went to one of these things. Do people still give gifts? And what is preferred - money or an actual gift? Thanks! Alice Alumna Dear Alice Alumna, Ah, yes. I remember those days when all your valuable summer weekends were occupied with schlepping from one potato salad-filled party to another. Now that I think of it, … [Read more...]