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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, 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...]

Dear Crabby, What Spring Projects will you Tackle this Year?

Dear Crabby, What Spring Projects will you Tackle this Year? Sincerely, Joe Crastinator Dear Joe, Ah, yes, it's that time of year when we all see spring as a time for rebirth, cleaning, and projects. The never ending task of getting your life organized. Planning for the future starts now ... I know Mrs. Crabby is already working on her honey-do-list for me ... I hear her jotting down tasks while mumbling something about keeping me busy and out of her hair. Dear Crabby Gives … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Will You Spend Your Stimulus Check?

Dear Crabby, How Will You Spend your Stimulus Check? Sincerely, Paycheck to Paycheck Dear Paycheck, Words are a funny thing. When used by the government, they rarely mean what you and I consider them to mean. And such is the case with the third round of stimulus checks. Let's explore those two words: stimulus and checks. Dear Crabby Gives Advice We'll start with the easy one, checks. Very few checks will actually go out, most will be direct deposits. Therefore, they really … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with Online Betting in Michigan?

Dear Crabby, I Hear and See so Many Gambling Ads Now. What's the Deal with Online Betting in Michigan? Sincerely, Kelly Criterion Dear Kelly, If you haven't heard about online betting coming to Michigan then I'll give you 2 to 1 odds that you're living under a rock. Our Governor - before she was drafting executive order after executive over - signed into law a package of gambling expansion bills to legalize online casinos, poker sites, online betting, and in person … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will there ever be a Rush Hour again?

Dear Crabby, Will there ever be a Rush Hour again? Sincerely, Slo Go Mo Dear Slo Go, Unlike the rock band or the broadcaster, gone but not forgotten, Rush Hour is sure to return ... one day, maybe sooner than we think. For the last year, we've enjoyed a few positives from the pandemic. One being less traffic on the roads - everyday was a Sunday afternoon drive. And since people have reportedly done well working from home, many may stay working from home. But is that good for … [Read more...]

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...]