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...]

Dear Crabby, Does My HOA Get a Say in My Christmas Display?

Dear Crabby, Recently, I moved into a new neighborhood and since we’ve had some pretty mild winter weather I decided to put up my outside decorations. I’m in the middle of trying to figure out what goes where when this guy saunters up and informs me that some of my decorations may not be Homeowners Association (HOA) approved. Does the HOA really have the right to dictate how I decorate? Thanks, Fred Frost Dear Fred Frost, I’m guessing you’ve never lived in an HOA-controlled area … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Tip My Delivery Person During the Holidays?

Dear Crabby, Before the first flake fell, I was seeing Amazon Prime, FedEx, and UPS vans zipping through my neighborhood. This got me wondering if there is any tipping or gifting protocol for these poor folks who have to schlep all my Cyber Monday deals to my doorstep. Thanks! Ima Giver Dear Ima Giver, Ahh, yes. Cyber Monday. The supposed reason brick-and-mortar shops are going out of business. After Thanksgiving dinner, my daughter and granddaughter were working on spreadsheets for … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Does Lagniappe Mean?

Dear Crabby, What Does Lagniappe Mean? Sincerely, Ami (with an i)   Hello Ami with an i, This Lagniappe word actually has several meanings and can mean something different for each person. For one thing, no one pronounces the word the same way, which is fun, since they will have their own version of what it means as well. I wrote about what is Lagniappe a couple years ago, and told my readers the true meaning of Lagniappe. However, mine is not the most popular take on the mystical … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will Rochester Hills Ever Have a New Mayor?

Dear Crabby, Now that Mayor Barnett has won his fourth term, I wonder, will Rochester Hills ever have a new Mayor? Sincerely, New Blood Wanted   Dear New Blood, I'm old and the mayor is young, so I might not see it in my lifetime, but others will. I only met the mayor once - they were giving away free cupcakes at some local event and he beat me to the last one (remember, I'm old and move slower than he does). I said a few things about the situation but he couldn't respond because … [Read more...]

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...]