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...]

Dear Crabby, Do Essential Workers Need, or even Want, Free Tuition?

Dear Crabby, Do Essential Workers Need, or even Want, Free Tuition? Sincerely, Libby Scholae Dear Libby, Great question. I started wondering about this too. Don't most of these folks already have a degree? And if they don't, do they want to quit their jobs to take online classes at a community college? Dear Crabby Gives Advice Michigan, under the guidance of Governor Whitmer, plans to use $24 million from the Cares Act to send 650,00 essential workers back to school to get a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, 20 Questions?

Dear Crabby, Can you Answer these 20 Questions? Over the years, we take in a lot of questions and many do not warrant a full column for my readers - some would be very short answers - so, this week's column will be a collection of some of those quick-answer questions. Dear Crabby Gives Advice Dear Crabby, Where is the best place to get air for my tires? Marathon Gas Stations offer free air, like the one at Tienken and Rochester Roads. It's funny, I often see people pumping quarters … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Happened to Customer Service?

Dear Crabby, Have you noticed lately how bad customer service has become. I know we’re all tired from the ups and downs of this year, but is there no commitment to standing behind a product or service anymore? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks, T. Chad Dear T. Chad, You would think with the limited face-to-face interaction these days that stores and companies would try to go the extra mile when it comes to customer service. But much like everything else about … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Miss Going to Canada?

Dear Crabby, One of my favorite summertime Michigan memories was all the random road trips we’d take. Not only did we cruise around Michigan, but we also ventured into Canada. But now that the border is closed, I really miss having that option. I wonder if you or any of your other readers miss going to Canada as well? Thanks, C. Mountie Dear C. Mountie, We are rather spoiled having another country so close we can drive there pretty much any time we please. Shoot. I remember … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is TikTok Dangerous?

Dear Crabby, Like a lot of people right now my family and I are addicted to watching TikTok videos. But recently I’ve heard on the news that it’s dangerous and that we shouldn’t use it. What do you think? Thanks! Alex A. Dear Alex A., You know when I first heard the term ‘TikTok’ I couldn’t help but think of Captain Hook and that darn crocodile who ate his hand watch and all. But I guess that’s more of a 'tick-tock.' Then I heard the term ‘viral’ being thrown around and since we’re … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is a Kraken?

Dear Crabby, One of the things I’ve really been missing during this pandemic is live, televised sporting events, so I was thrilled when hockey started up again. And then Seattle announced its new team name for the 2021–22 season – Kraken. Is this a joke? It has to be one of the silliest names in sports. What do you think? Thanks! B. Barnburner Dear B. Barnburner, Personally, I’m more of a baseball man and so far the Detroit Tigers aren’t doing half bad. Maybe we need to have a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Do Some People Wear a Face Mask While Driving?

Dear Crabby, I see people in cars, mostly solo drivers, wearing masks, why do some people wear a face mask while driving? Sincerely, Minnie Van Driver   Dear Minnie, I guess some folks just want to be as safe as possible ... or that after 160 executive orders from the governor that ranged from don't wear a mask, to donate masks to those that need them, and from saying you should wear homemade mask when in public, to wear one or else! Some people have resorted to wearing them all the … [Read more...]