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, Are There Any Alternatives to Elf on a Shelf?

Dear Crabby, My kids are getting to the age when a lot of their friends are doing Elf on a Shelf. Personally, I’m not a fan, but I’d love to still do something fun. Do you have any suggestions for alternative ideas?Thanks!Elfie Noëlle Dear Elfie Noëlle, I looked over my vast vault of posts, thinking I’d already answered this question. But it turns out, another reader wanted to know what I thought of the little devil, I mean, Elf. Can you tell I think it’s a whole lotta hype for nothing? … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why are Charcuterie Boards Suddenly So Popular?

Dear Crabby, Last Friday, a bunch of couples got together for Friendsgiving and the hostess had an entire kitchen table covered in a labyrinth of meats and cheeses. All the women ‘oooh-ed’ and ‘ahh-ed’ over this display, which I guess is called a charcuterie board. Have you heard of these and if so, what do you think about them?Thanks!Chet Mixx Dear Chet Mixx, Unfortunately, I have heard of charcuterie boards. In fact, Mrs. Crabby is insisting we have one in the place of Christmas … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is there a Christmas Tree Shortage this Year?

Dear Crabby, With the Pandemic, Supply Chain Problems, and a Labor Shortage, I was Wondering, will there be a Christmas Tree Shortage as well? Sincerely, Douglas Noble Dear Douglas, Well, my neighbors still have lots of good size evergreen trees that may work well for you. Not to mention, the local parks are pretty well stocked. While that option may lead to spending the holiday in the slammer, it's still an option ... just saying. But if you're the type of person to follow … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do you Winterize a Car?

Dear Crabby, I'm from the South and I've Heard about Michigan Winters. How do you Winterize a Car? Charmed, I'm Sure, Belle of the South Well Belle, Let me tell you. You are definitely charmed to know me. And even more charmed to have me answer your question. Our winters can be mild or severe, and sometimes both in one week. You need to be ready! You could take your vehicle to a service station and let them check it for you, but they're so busy right now it may take days to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Was Your Worst Wardrobe Mistake?

Dear Crabby, What Was Your Worst Wardrobe Mistake? Sincerely, Happy Colors Dear Happy, If there was a wardrobe mistake to make, I've made it. From flip-flops to Chelsea boots and from two-toned Oxfords shoes to boat shoes, I've tried it all. But my mistakes weren't just in foot wear. I've had Zoot suits, leisure suits, and double-breasted suits, as well as, high-waisted trousers and low-waisted pants. I've wore floral print shirts and flannel shirts (still do actually). I've had … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Often Should I Replace My Bath Towels?

Dear Crabby, How Often Should I Replace My Bath Towels? Sincerely, Jordan Loo Dear Jordan, Why would you want to replace bath towels, you're only drying clean parts of your body, right? That's a typical response from a man, isn't it, but I've learned better over the years. It's true, you are drying - for the most part - a clean body. However, since you're drying a clean body, don't you want the cleanest towel around - yes, yes you do. You see, towels hold moisture and that can … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will the Spartans or the Wolverines Win This Saturday?

Dear Crabby, It’s that time of the year again – time for the Michigan-Michigan State football game! Which school do you think will win? And who are you rooting for? Thanks!Bucky Brutus Dear Bucky Brutus, Hmmm. I have family and friends who attended both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, so I don’t really have more of an allegiance to one over the other. Although, I do enjoy watching and listening to all the trash-talking that goes on between the fans. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About Space Travel?

Dear Crabby, I’m old enough to remember when going to space was a big deal. Lately, it seems like anyone with enough cash can take the trip and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Would you ever travel to space?Thanks!Dr. LazarusDear Dr. Lazarus, You’re old enough to remember? I’m so old that I remember when the mere suggestion of going into space seemed preposterous. Those pioneers in the early days of space travel were brave. Shoot. They were basically agreeing to be strapped to a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Where is the Best Place to See Michigan’s Beautiful Fall Colors?

Dear Crabby, Lately, the weather has been wacky. Are there still places where I can drive to see the leaves changing or have I missed my chance?Thanks!Greta GreeneryDear Greta Greenery, Good news - you’re in luck! Typically, toward the end of September is when the trees start to turn, but the warmer weather has delayed the process a bit. So, while there is still time to catch the color-changing happening around our beautiful state, I wouldn’t wait too long, though. Especially, if you plan … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are People So Obsessed with Disney?

Dear Crabby, Disney World celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 1. All the images of people waiting in Black Friday-type lines to snag the anniversary merchandise and the photos of the crowds were insane! I guess I don’t understand this level of obsession. Do you? Thanks!H.J. PotterDear H.J. Potter, I’ve come to the conclusion that when it comes to Disney there are three groups of people. Those who hate anything Disney-related, those who like Disney, and Disnerds. The last group is … [Read more...]