About Dear Crabby

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, Is It Too Late to Register to Vote?

Dear Crabby, My neighbor and I were commiserating the other day about the impending onslaught of campaign commercials coming our way as the elections draw closer. But she caught me off guard when she asked about the deadline for registering to vote. When is that again? Thanks! Fran Forgetful Dear Fran Forgetful, Great question! Just to get all the information out in the open, Michiganders will be voting three times this year. First up is the Presidential Primary on March 10, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do I Need to be Worried about the Coronavirus?

Dear Crabby, When news about the coronavirus first broke, I really didn’t pay that much attention. Now, it seems like I’m hearing about it daily and it sounds like the situation is becoming more dire. How worried should I be? Thanks! M. Typhoid Dear M. Typhoid, How worried should you be? That seems to be the million-dollar question these days. It’s not like these viruses and the panic they cause is anything new. There are a few ‘big’ ones that I can remember. First, there was SARS … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the Census Still Relevant?

Dear Crabby, I keep seeing reminders regarding the upcoming 2020 census. Do people really still take part in this? I guess I’ve never really understood why it was so important to participate. Can you help me out? Thanks! Noah Nombre Dear Noah Nombre, The short answer is yes. People really do still take part in the census. It’s almost as old as the United States itself. The first census was taken on August 2, 1790. And before you ask, the answer is no. No, I wasn’t around to answer … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Correct Way to Hang Toilet Paper?

Dear Crabby, What's the Correct Way to Hang Toilet Paper - Up and Over or Down and Under? Sincerely, W.C. Flushing   Dear W.C. For over 100 years people have been asking that question, at least those who could afford toilet paper and had modern flush toilets. But today, most people in the western world do, and I'm glad they do because that includes me. It can be a funny thing to talk about, as well as argue about, but really which way does the toilet paper roll go? There are two … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Can I Go Sledding?

Dear Crabby, I'm New to the Area and I Want to Get my Kids Outside this Winter, Where Can I Go Sledding? Sincerely, Yukio Neve   Dear Yukio, Great idea! Go run around in the cold for a while and work up a sweat ... is the same thing my doctor told me not to do. But for you, it may actually be a good idea. You're in luck, we have lots of hills in Rochester Hills, and besides needing a sled, having hills is the next important factor when "sledding." When I was a kid, we used to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is This Weekend’s Snow Storm a Big Deal?

Dear Crabby, I've Heard on the News that this is our First Big Snow Storm of the Season, didn't we have that in November. Is this Weekend's Snow Storm a Big Deal? Sincerely, Normal for January   Dear Normal for January, Well there goes the weather reporter again, trying to fool us. Yes, we had nearly a foot of snow in these parts back on November 11. But that was technically still "Fall" and not yet "Winter," so I guess it is this season's first. And, that was way back in 2019 ... … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who is Ricky Gervais?

Dear Crabby, Who is Ricky Gervais and Why is Everyone Talking about Him? Sincerely, M. Scott   Dear M. Scott, Well, like you, I had no idea who he was either until all the hoopla about his monologue at the recent Golden Globes. There I was, a Sunday evening, flipping TV channels with the grandkids only to come across his rant about Hollywood. Now, I don't make a habit of watching award shows - I think they're all fixed to start with and I don't care for celebrities - however, the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Bother Seeing the New Star Wars Movie?

Dear Crabby, Should I Bother Seeing the New Star Wars Movie? Sincerely, The Last Jedi Movie Sucked   Dear Last Jedi Movie Sucked, With that name, I would say "no, don't bother." But if you've seen the other eight movies in the trilogy-trilogy, then don't you have to? I've seen all the other movies, I think, I don't keep track. First I had to take the kids, now the grand kids, to see them and every other movie out there, or we'd rent them (remember that fad?). Now, we get … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Are Your Hopes for 2020?

Dear Crabby, A new year is right around the corner. Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2020? Thanks! Nancy Nuova Dear Nancy Nuova, Ahhh, yes. Here we are once again on the cusp of a new year. All that optimism is enough to make anyone gag. This week the circulars clogging our mailboxes will be filled with ads and sales to improve your health and organize your home. And let’s not forget about all the New Year’s resolutions people are going to make… and break before … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Has All The Holiday Spirit Gone?

Dear Crabby, Like a lot of people, I’m hustling around and trying to get those last-minute gifts and other holiday preparations done before Christmas. Is it just me or are people a little ruder this year? Everyone I encounter no matter where I go just seems to be in a foul mood. Where has all the cheer, goodwill, and holiday spirit gone? Thanks! Holly Hopeful Dear Holly Hopeful, Instead of singing, ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ they should change the lyrics to ‘It’s … [Read more...]