Dear Crabby, Where’s All the Road Construction?

Dear Crabby, Before life as we knew it came to a grinding halt, there was road construction everywhere. Nowadays, I occasionally see a patch crew. It seems with less traffic that now would be the perfect time to get the bulk of the road work completed. Is it not considered ‘essential?’ What am I missing here? Thanks! Arnold Autobahn Dear Arnold Autobahn, You make an excellent observation. It seems like only yesterday, that I was musing whether or not the construction in our state … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where Are the Community Gardens?

Dear Crabby, Does Rochester Hills have any community gardens? It seems like with what is happening in the world right now, they sure would come in handy as the victory gardens did during the World Wars. Thanks! George Greenthumbs Dear Mr. Greenthumbs, I remember victory gardens! Let me tell you, it was quite the sight to see all these mini gardens sprout up all over the urban landscape of Detroit. Up until then, the only ‘gardens’ I’d seen where when we traveled to Oakland county … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is the Easter Bunny an Essential Employee?

Dear Crabby, Ever since this pandemic started, our lives (and everyone else) have been turned upside down. In the midst of getting everything together to homeschool (!), I just looked at the calendar and realized this Sunday is Easter! Can we still have Easter or is now the time I fess up to the kids that my husband and I are the Easter Bunny? Thanks! Josephine Cottontail Dear Josephine Cottontail, Ahh, yes. Right about now your inbox and Facebook feed should be flooded with ads for … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Have Any Ideas For a Spring Break Staycation?

Dear Crabby, Another month and everything is still shut down. Since most of us were looking forward to spring break plans (which are now canceled) I wondered if you had any great staycation ideas we could try to alleviate the endless boredom we all feel. Thanks, Serenity Ahora Dear Serenity Ahora, Staycation? I believe you mean Coronacation. That is what all the hip kids are calling this moment in history. But lucky for you, this introvert has plenty of ideas to help you get over … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Sports are on TV Right Now?

Dear Crabby, With Everything Being Canceled, What Sports (if any) are on TV Right Now? Sincerely, Missy May Sports   Hello Missy May, I'm missing my sports too! Being locked up (so to speak) without much to watch. I'm already tired of the virus news on TV ... I know, I know ... we're a hot spot. But I just am tired of it all. The kids and grandkids can't come near me, and Mrs. Crabby keeps her distance (but that's nothing new). So what is there to do or watch? Well, if you … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine?

Dear Crabby, What Does it Mean to Self-Quarantine and How Does it Work? Sincerely, Youno Touchme   Dear Youno, Ah, yes, another coronavirus question. They just keep coming in. It's like all my readers are stuck inside without much to do. And since most of my readers are older like me, that's a normal day without a health crisis. Every new scare offers the world new terms. 2020 will be remembered as bringing us self-quarantine, self-monitor, and social distancing. But what's the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is Everyone Declaring a State of Emergency?

Dear Crabby, From Cities, to Counties and from States to the Federal Government, Why is Everyone Declaring a State of Emergency, isn't the Federal Level Enough? Sincerely, State of Over-Emergency   Dear State of Over-Emergency, As more and more people panic about the pandemic, that is the Coronavirus, it does seem that every level of government has declared a state of emergency. Like most things in life, it comes down to two things - Money and Power. When a state declares a state … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is the Promised, One Time Only, DIA Millage up for Renewal?

Dear Crabby, Why is the Promised, One Time Only, DIA Millage up for Renewal? Sincerely, Art Vote   Dear Art, Because voters are stupid and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) knows it. The one time only, 10-year millage we passed in 2012 was promised to be ONE TIME. The money they were collecting would go into a endowment to create a fund that the Detroit Institute of Arts could live off of for years and years. Well, we didn't even get to end of the 10 years did we. But that's part … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do the Girl Scout Still Sell Cookies?

Dear Crabby, Years ago my daughter sold Girl Scout cookies. We would have so many boxes, our house smelled like Thin Mints for months! But nowadays I feel like I hardly see them out selling cookies. Do you know if they’re still selling them and where I can buy them? Thanks! Tina Mints Dear Tina Mints, I hear what you’re saying, but you can trust me and my expanding waistline when I say the Girls Scouts absolutely still sell cookies. But like most everything else in our society, … [Read more...]

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...]