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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, Why is Thanksgiving Late this Year?

Dear Crabby, Why is Thanksgiving Late this Year? Sincerely, Holly Day   Dear Holly, A little known fact is that Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November, while most people assume it's the last Thursday of the month. Normally, the fourth Thursday and the last Thursday are one in the same. But when you have five Thursdays in a month, it throws off the whole system. You may recall that Turkey Day seemed early last year ... and it was. Still falling on the fourth Thursday, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can a City Have Too Much Growth?

Dear Crabby, By far my favorite season is fall! The crisp air, cozy fires, and the annual trip to the cider mill. But what I especially love is looking at the color on the trees. But lately, as I’ve driven around Rochester and Rochester Hills, I’ve noticed a lot of have been cut down for development projects. And I’m wondering, do you think there can be too much growth in a city? Thanks! Fran Foliage Dear Fran Foliage, I agree with you about the fall. Too many people these days are … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who Will Win the World Series?

Dear Crabby, I know you’re a huge baseball fan—particularly The Detroit Tigers. Even though they aren’t competing in the World Series, I wondered if you had any predictions on which team will win: the Houston Astros or the Washington Nationals. Thanks! Ace Fireman Dear Ace Fireman, You are absolutely correct that I am a baseball fanatic. Ahhh. The crack of the bat. It’s one of my favorite springtime sounds. And I do love the Tigers. In fact, I wrote about who my favorite Tiger is a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Watch Scary Movies?

Dear Crabby, Every October, the Freeform channel does ’31 Nights of Halloween.’ The movies shown are pretty tame: The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, you get the idea. Do you watch Halloween movies? And if you do are they the really scary ones like Nightmare on Elm Street? Thanks! Gwen Gothic Dear Gwen Gothic, Last year a reader asked what I thought about haunted houses. I told this person that I find daily life scary enough and I don’t need to fork over my hard-earned … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do You Feel About Women’s Soccer Coming to Detroit?

Dear Crabby, I recently learned Detroit has a professional soccer team. It is called the Detroit City Football Club. Just as I was digesting that info I learned women’s soccer is coming to Detroit in 2020. I know years ago Detroit had a WNBA team, so do you think a women’s soccer team will work? Thanks! Alexi Futbol, Dear Alexi Futbol, Oh, boy. Here we go again. Back in July, I was asked what I thought about women’s soccer in general. Let’s just say not everyone appreciated my … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Still Listen to Records?

Dear Crabby, I see this year’s theme for Rochester Posed is “Album Covers.” Since the graphic includes a record, it got me wondering if you’re a fan of vinyl. Records seem to be all the rage these days. Thanks! Gary Gramophone Dear Gary Gramophone, Ain’t it funny how things become popular again? Shoot. I can remember when CDs were the ‘it’ thing in the late 1980s. Throw away your records! You want this smaller, newer fandangled thing. And I’ll admit, CDs were pretty cool. A lot … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How far North is “Up North?”

Dear Crabby, How far North is "Up North?" Sincerely, Angie   Dear Angie, Ah, a long-standing question for so many. When does "Up North" begin ... is it Holly, Flint, or Gaylord, or the Mackinac Bridge? Every region, state, and country has an "Up North," but the question is, where is the line designating you've left the South and are now in the North? Well, a long, long time ago, when I was a kid, my parents would pack us up in the car to go "Up North," to Lake Orion! Yes, … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Longest Running Business in Rochester or Rochester Hills?

Dear Crabby, What is the Longest Running Business in the Rochester or Rochester Hills? Sincerely, Kathleen Novetsky   Dear Kathleen, A better question for our historical writer, Deborah J. Larsen ... but I'll have a go at. You're really asking two questions in one, and you also don't say "still operating," but I'll assume that's what you mean. For Rochester Hills, it could be a tie with many businesses. When Rochester Hills became a city, any existing businesses in Avon Township … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When will Livernois Road Construction be Finished?

Dear Crabby, When is the road construction on Livernois Road by Rochester High School scheduled to be finished, or at least enough so southbound Livernois can be reopened? Sincerely, Arlene Kay   Dear Arlene, According to the Road Commission for Oakland County, Livernois Road construction will be completed by "late fall" - I assume they mean this year - but you never know. They started way back in June. Throughout the entire project, Northbound traffic is to remain open … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What do you Like about September?

Dear Crabby, What do you Like about September? Sincerely, Autumn S. Cummings   Dear Autumn, It's a great time of year, as the kids go back to school I'm reminded of a column I wrote about that, What Does 'Back to School' Mean for you? And all that still holds true - I miss the grandkids already. September also means Giving Away Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets, as I do every time this year. The event runs through the end of the month, and if you hurry, I can still answer … [Read more...]