Dear Crabby, Have you ever been to a Dark Sky Park?

Dear Crabby, Have you ever been to a Dark Sky Park? If so, which ones do you recommend?  Sincerely, Celestial Observer Dear Celestial Observer, I barely go to parks in the day time, why would I go at night. Parks are packed with wild things and the scary ones come out at night -- bears, coyotes, wolves, bats, snakes, mosquitoes, and hippies -- who wants to deal with all that. However, you know what else comes out at night ... stars! I believe that may be the point to your … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Would you consider getting a Self-Driving Car?

Dear Crabby, Would you consider getting a Self-Driving Car? Thank you, Barb B. Dear Barb, That's a good question. A scary and an intriguing question. I like to drive and five years ago I answered a similar question sent in, but has my answer changed. I've tinkered with cars my whole life -- swapping out carburetors, changing plugs, replacing brakes, adding do-dads, and updating the gizmos -- it's fun, dirty, and time-consuming. But today, it's almost impossible with these new … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Labor Day Weekend Really the End of Summer?

Dear Crabby, Is Labor Day Weekend Really the End of Summer? Sincerely, Autumn Waits Dear Autumn, Hardly. Officially, Fall begins on September 22. And besides having nearly three more weeks of summer on the calendar, we've got a ton of outdoor activities going on that will keep the whole family busy ... if you want. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Labor Day and the start of school signals cooler weather, the fall harvest, and suggests the fun is over. Is that really the case? Of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Hate Visiting the Dentist?

Dear Crabby, My wife keeps nagging me to get into the dentist for a cleaning and checkup. I’m not scared, but I just don’t get what the big deal is. Do you hate going to the dentist too? Thanks!P. Sherman Dear P. Sherman, Dear Crabby Gives Advice First of all, no one loves visiting the dentist. There are all sorts of weird smells and sounds. Plus, the toothpaste they use to clean your teeth is always so gritty and yucky tasting. Usually, when it comes to visiting the dentist, most … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Type of Music Makes You Happy?

Dear Crabby, Now that live music has started again, I was curious what sort of music do you like? And do you plan on attending a concert soon? Thanks, Hattie Harmony Dear Hattie Harmony, Years ago, someone asked me if I sing or play an instrument. Personally, I think the acoustics in my shower is wonderful and therefore, make me sound like Bing Crosby. My family, on the other hand, is less appreciative of my talents. Once, when someone asked Mrs. Crabby what part I sing, she … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why are Halloween Tchotchkes Suddenly Everywhere?

Dear Crabby, My sister and I went out this past weekend for a little retail therapy in the hopes of scoring some great end-of-the-summer deals. Do you know what we found instead? Halloween! Nearly every store we walked into had full-blown Halloween and fall displays. Is it just me or is it too early for all this? Thanks,Mindy Midsummer Dear Mindy Midsummer, Ugh. I’d really love to know what sort of calendar retailers are working off from. It has to be different from what I have … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are You Excited About the Canadian Border Reopening?

Dear Crabby, Did you hear the news? After more than a year of having the U.S.--Canadian border closed, it’s finally opening back up! I’m so excited! Will you be visiting Canada anytime soon? Thanks! Luc Loonie Dear Luc Loonie, Slow your maple syrup there, buddy. That poutine ain’t going anywhere and don’t forget we have Tim Hortons on this side as well. Anyway, it was announced in July that Canada plans to reopen the border with the United States to all nonessential, fully … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s your Favorite Word?

Dear Crabby, What's your Favorite Word? Sincerely, Verbo Smith Dear Verbo, Well, I have words that I say a lot, words I like to hear, and words I don't like to hear. There are overused words that make me cringe and old school words that make me look twice when someone utters them. Then there are the words that I hear too often, but don't want to hear - those are the same words I mutter to myself when I stub my toe. I say no quite a bit. Usually to questions: Dear Crabby Gives … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you have a Morning Ritual?

Dear Crabby, Do you have a Morning Ritual? Sincerely, Susie Sunshine Dear Susie, I go to sleep with only one plan for the morning -- to wake up! And ever since I was born, that plan has worked. Once I'm up and realize I'm alive (that may take a few moments), I do start to fall into a simple routine. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Way back when, when the kids were in school and I had a full time job, things were different. There was an alarm clock that I never needed -- my internal … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Super Power would you want?

Dear Crabby, If you could have just one, what Super Power would you want to have? Sincerely, Lainie Lane Dear Lainie, Just one ... um? Well, to pick just one we should look at a few of the popular ones, such as super human strength, flight, super speed, x-ray vision, invisibility, telekinesis, telepathy, and the power to control the elements. Of course, there are all kinds of super powers, but the famous ones are always the conversational powers. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Super … [Read more...]