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 [email protected].

Dear Crabby, Why Does Everyone Forget About Flag Day?

Dear Crabby, Last year, I was the only person on my street to fly the Stars and Stripes for Flag Day. Do people just not know about it, or do they just not care?   Thanks,M. Erica Dear M. Erica, Well, just so no one forgets this year, Flag Day is Monday, June 14. In fact, it’s always recognized on June 14. Personally, I think the reason it isn’t on people’s radar is because it’s shoehorned between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. That and the fact, it’s not a national … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Greatest TV Show of All Time?

Dear Crabby, For 10 years, you couldn’t tear me away from the television when the show “Friends” was on. Recently, I watched the reunion show and was surprised to learn how many people watched it during its run and now are discovering it in syndication. So, that got me wondering if it’s one of the greatest TV shows of all time. What do you think? Thanks, Em B. See Dear Em B. See, Well, if you asked Mrs. Crabby what the greatest TV show of all time is, she’d probably say anything … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Stock Up on Chicken?

Dear Crabby, Should I Stock Up on Chicken? Sincerely, Hot Wings Chick Dear Hot Wings, Sort of. I hear that the cold weather in the South, where many chickens live in the winter, was hard on them. And while the numbers are down, it's not as bad as the news lets on. In fact, recent reports say the numbers are pecking upwards. However, some lingering effects continue. Dear Crabby Gives Advice For example, the demand for chicken wings and breasts are super high right now - they're … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Play Golf?

Dear Crabby, Do You Play Golf? Sincerely, Ace Dear Ace, I have been known to participate in playing golf, with other people, while keeping score - but I wouldn't say that I golf, that just wouldn't be right. Golf is a four-letter-word, even for those quite familiar with the game. The idea of a long, skinny stick with a small club head on it, designed to hit a tiny, hard ball into the air for 200 yards seems outrageous to me. But you know what ... it can be done! Certainly, we see … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Buy or Lease a New Car?

Dear Crabby, Should I Buy or Lease a New Car? Sincerely, Miss Daisy Dear Miss Daisy, As with anything, you must look at the pros and cons of either option. When you lease a car, the monthly payments are lower, the warranty protection is better, and you generally always have a new vehicle. However, you have limited mileage and you'll pay more over time. If you buy a new car, you own it. You have more freedom and you can rack up as many miles as you want. The downside is that the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Retirement Communities Really That Great?

Dear Crabby, As spring (finally) starts blooming, I start thinking of all the yard work that will take up my precious weekends. Sometimes, I think I should just sell my house, downsize, and move to one of those swanky retirement communities I see popping up everywhere. What do you think? Would you ever move to one of those places? Thanks!Lee Zure Dear Lee Zure, Retirement can be a tricky thing. A lot of people, wives especially, worry that they’ll have to keep their husbands … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How are those ‘National Day’ Celebrations Chosen?

Dear Crabby, Is it just me or is there a reason to celebrate something almost every day of the month? For example, everyone knows April 1st is April Fool’s Day, but apparently, it’s also National Sourdough Bread Day. What do you think? It seems like it’s getting a bit out-of-control. And who decides these things anyway? Thanks! Annie V. Sary Dear Annie V. Sary, I know exactly what you’re talking about. Why, even now as you’re reading my deep words of wisdom, we’ll be … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of Cancel Culture?

Dear Crabby, I keep hearing the term ‘cancel culture’ on the news. Can you explain to me what it’s all about and why it makes everyone so upset? Thanks, Vernon Void Dear Vernon Void, Every December, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) waaay up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan comes out with their Banished Words List. This list includes 10 words that were overused during the year that they deem worthy to be banned from everyday use in the upcoming year. For 2021, some of the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Did the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Get Moved?

Dear Crabby, What are your thoughts about this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game getting moved from Atlanta to another city? I know you must have an opinion. Thanks!Felicia Flyball Dear Felicia Flyball, You’re in luck - I always have opinions! For those of you who have been living under a rock, or generally just don’t watch baseball, to begin with, let me fill you on the brouhaha. Good, old Atlanta, Georgia was supposed to host the 2021 MLB All-Star game at Truist … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Should I Care About the Suez Canal?

Dear Crabby, Can you tell me why everyone was fascinated by that ship stuck in the Suez Canal? I’m sure it’s not the first ship to ever be stuck, so why should I care about something happening 6,000 miles away? Thanks, Sonny Seas Dear Sonny Seas, Well, I guess whether or not you should care depends on whether or not if you care for your gas prices looking like they are a National Honor Society student’s GPA, rather than a kid who is on academic probation. Even though the ordeal is … [Read more...]