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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 [email protected].

Dear Crabby, Will there be any Award Shows to Watch in 2021?

Dear Crabby, It seems like recently I heard something about nominations for some award show. With cinemas closed and that pesky pandemic still around, are award shows still a thing? Thanks!Paula PresenterDear Paula Presenter, They sure are. And here’s the funniest part: there was an awards season last year too. If you missed it, don’t feel too bad. I think a lot of people did. Like you mentioned, something about a pandemic going on. If you’re a longtime reader of my column you know … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Kids Still be Allowed to Have Snow Days?

Dear Crabby, My husband and I need you to settle an argument between us and our kids. With all the virtual learning going on these days, should they still be given snow days? We say no, but the kids say, yes. What do you say?Thanks, Frita FluryDear Frita Flury, Boy did you sure pick a hot-button topic this week. If you don’t follow the Road Commission for Oakland County on social media, you really should. On Monday they posted a meme that said, “Winter is coming. The entire thing. All … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is 2021 the Year We Finally Get a New Face on the $20 Bill?

Dear Crabby, Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the $20 bill supposed to get a facelift at some point? Thanks,Phil Plastic Dear Phil Plastic, Join me in my time machine as we travel all the way back to 2016. A time of innocence, where Corona was still a beer and not a virus. That’s the last time I remember a discussion about changing whose mug appears on money; specifically, as you mentioned, the $20 bill. Dear Crabby Gives Advice I imagine most folks would consider it quite … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are People Calling Tom Brady a Goat?

Dear Crabby, When it comes to sports, I’ll admit that I’m not the sharpest hockey stick in the bullpen. I do however know that Tom Brady fella is going to the Super Bowl … again. What I don’t understand is why everyone keeps saying he’s a goat. Can you help me out? Thanks!Frida Fumble Dear Frida Fumble,  You are correct. Quarterback Tom Brady is going to another Super Bowl. In fact, Super Bowl LV will Brady’s 10th appearance. Going into Sunday’s game, he’s won the Vince Lombardi … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Better, Skiing or Snowboarding?

Dear Crabby, After hearing that the Ski Resorts were open I thought I should go, but what's better, Skiing or Snowboarding? Sincerely, Cindy Slidski Dear Cindy, Ah, one of those age-old questions that comes up every winter, and even more so this year since winter sports are some of the few things people are allowed to do right now. People are flocking to ski resorts every weekend in Michigan ... and you want to be one of them? Dear Crabby Gives Advice Okay then. Personally, I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Did you Win the Mega Millions Lottery?

Dear Crabby, I heard on the news that someone from Michigan won the Mega Millions, was it you? Sincerely, Long Lost Relative Dear Relative, I would not be spending valuable time answering dumb questions from people I don't really know if I had won. Or would I? Dear Crabby Gives Advice You see, when someone wins the lottery, their life changes. And when someone wins a big one, like this recent one, it really changes. They can never go home again after they go public with the win. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is it Illegal to Sneak Food into a Movie Theater?

Dear Crabby, With the ban on concession sales right now, I'm curious, is it illegal to sneak food into a movie theater? Sincerely, Mike and Ike Twizzler Dear Mike and Ike, That's a big question right now. I'm not sure if it is technically "illegal" anywhere, but it certainly is not allowed at most theaters. Dear Crabby Gives Advice The theaters being allowed to reopen was good news, however guests are still required to mask up for the entire show. Food and drink will not be … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are the Ski Resorts Open?

Dear Crabby, With so many businesses closed or restricted, I was wondering if ski resorts are open? Sincerely, Susie Slalom Dear Susie, Why yes they are. And all reports say they are very, very busy! It seems everyone and anyone who ever wanted to ski, used to ski, or is a skier, are skiing at the local hills. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Back when I learned to ski, it was only skiing. Now they have snowboarding too - skater kids who found a way to skateboard in the winter. Most … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will 2021 be Better than This Year?

Dear Crabby, I am almost too afraid to ask this question, but what do you think the New Year will bring us?Thanks, Rita RenaissanceDear Rita Renaissance, You are indeed a brave soul for even asking. My longtime readers know that I usually use my last December post to talk about the year that was, so here goes: toilet paper, hand sanitizer, Zoom, masks, quarantine, and vaccine. That about sums it up. Happy New Year, everyone!  Does that answer your question? OK. I’ll keep talking … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will Southeast Michigan Have a White Christmas?

Dear Crabby, This week is Christmas and what I really want to know right now is whether or not it’s going to be a White Christmas for those of us living in southeastern Michigan. What are your old bones telling you?Thanks! Irv B. Lin Dear Irv B. Lin, First of all, whippersnapper, ease up on the ‘old bones’ talk. Second, you bet your Bing Crosby it’s going to be a White Christmas! Well, sort of. Let me explain. Dear Crabby Gives Advice I have a feeling what you and many other … [Read more...]