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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, What’s Going on with Christmas Music on the Radio?

Dear Crabby, What's Going on with Christmas Music on the Radio? Sincerely, Kristin Jingle Dear Kristin, As it stands we have one radio station playing holiday music 24/7 leading up to the night that the fat man in red drops in and drops off the presents. He brings them, but I still get the bill somehow. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Anyway, last year and part of this year, we had two - count them, two - Detroit radio stations doing holiday music from just after Halloween until … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you like Caramel Apples?

Dear Crabby, Fall brings so many yummy treats and I was wondering if you like caramel apples? Sincerely, Jonathan MacIntosh Dear Jonathan, I love all sweets and treats. Chocolate, caramel, cookies, and s'mores. Keep 'em coming! So sure, I like caramel apples - I remember when they were invented! Dear Crabby Gives Advice It was the 1950s and I was just a kid. I remember my father talking about this new treat that Kraft Foods had put together. It's said that they were looking for … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will There be a Recount?

Dear Crabby, Will There be a Recount? Sincerely, Chad Hanging Dear Chad, Well, don't we all want to revisit the Florida fun recount of 2000. Of course there will be a recount - there is in every election to some degree. From the sounds the president is making, I'd say he wants a full county-wide recount (at least in the blue states), if not a complete redo of the election. Dear Crabby Gives Advice The individual states all have their own rules and procedures to allow a recount to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is it Safe for My Kids to Go Trick-or-Treating?

Dear Crabby, I’ve heard what all the experts have said about whether or not I should send my kids out trick-or-treating, but I know you won’t sugarcoat it. What are your thoughts? Thanks!I. CraneDear I Crane, Just last year we were talking about whether or not Halloween, well trick-or-treating, should get moved to Saturday so parents like yourself didn’t lose what is left of your minds trying to rush home to get your ghosts and goblins ready for running around to collect a pillowcase … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are You Ready for Big Ten Football?

Dear Crabby, I can hardly contain my excitement that Big Ten football kicks off this weekend. Are you excited too? Which teams do you think will do well? Thanks! Tony Touchdown Dear Tony Touchdown, Yes. I am pretty happy that college football will now be added back to my weekend viewing. Not only does it get me out of raking the stupid leaves in my yard, but it finally feels like fall in Michigan. All that back-and-forth of ‘will they or won’t play’ was starting to give me a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Have Any Unpopular Opinions?

Dear Crabby, As we get closer to the election all the yelling, name-calling, and finger-pointing have reached epic levels and I for one am sick and tired of it all. So, instead of adding to the stress, I thought it would be fun to ask you about any unpopular, nonpolitical opinion you might have. You know, something that lots of people love, but you don’t and maybe have never told anyone. I can’t wait to read your response! Thanks, Pam Partisan Dear Pam Partisan, Do I have any … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are Cinemas Gone for Good?

Dear Crabby, Governor Whitmer’s announcement that movie theaters are allowed to open back up on October 9 has me pretty excited. I really missed being able to kick back in those comfy reclining seats and get lost in a story for a couple of hours. But now I’m hearing that some movies are getting pushed back and some cinemas might not open back up at all. Is this the end of the movies as we know it? Thanks!E. BertDear E. Bert, Yes. It’s great that movie theaters in Michigan can reopen … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Visit a Corn Maze or a Pumpkin Patch?

Dear Crabby, Now that the weather is starting to turn a bit cooler, I can’t wait to do some of my favorite fall activities. I thought I'd try a corn maze or head to a pumpkin patch. What do you think? Thanks, Gala Gourd Dear Gala Gourd, I was enjoying the sunny temperatures we had last weekend, but it’s hard to beat fall in Michigan. The changing colors of the leaves, watching football on the weekend… there are just so many reasons why fall in Michigan makes it worth living here. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why is the Rochester Hills Public Library Located in Downtown Rochester?

Dear Crabby, Why is the Rochester Hills Public Library Located in Downtown Rochester? Sincerely, Eva W. Hill Hello Eva, The library has a long history and someone should write a book about it. But not me. This question comes up a lot in conversation, especially from out of town visitors and from folks who just moved to the area. And to make things even harder to understand, the library serves Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township equally. So again. people ask, why does the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are the Cider Mills Open as Usual?

Dear Crabby, Are the Cider Mills Open as Usual? Sincerely, Johnny A. Hi Johnny, Well yes they are! And they are busy! If you like lines, go on the weekend. However, if you're like me and cannot stand a line for any reason (unless it's for something free) then go through the week and go to a smaller cider mill, such as Rochester Cider Mill or Goodison Cider Mill. But the Rochester area has four great mills and you should hit them all at least once this season. Dear Crabby Gives … [Read more...]