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...]

Dear Crabby, How Often Should I Cut the Grass?

Dear Crabby, How Often Should I Cut the Grass? Sincerely, Mo Yardly   Dear Mo, My gut cut instinct is to do it as little as possible - why waste gas and time when you don't have to. You should spend your time and your gas money for something more enjoyable - unless you enjoy mowing the lawn. However, perhaps your question warrants a deeper look into the science of grass cutting. The experts tell us that you should cut once per week - I'm sure these "experts" are the same … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you go to Estate Sales?

Dear Crabby, Do you go to Estate Sales? Sincerely, Jerry Junkman   Hello Jerry, There does seem to be many, many more estate sales this year than ever before - the signs are everywhere! What I don't see are garage sales signs, not many anyway, but I have a couple ideas about why that is. First of all, with the pandemic still going on, I feel some people are skipping the garage sale adventure of hosting a sale by not having strangers rummaging around their garage and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Will Happen to all the Movies that were to be Released in 2020?

Dear Crabby, What Will Happen to all the Movies that were to be Released in 2020? Sincerely, Cindy Ma   Hello Cindy, Good question. As 2020 comes more into focus, we'll remember it as the year we want to forget. Without the cinema-hype associated with a film's release, many will go direct to DVD or online streaming services. And with that, there are sure to be some movies destined for the bargain shelves of stores that somehow stay in business. Others will survive the pandemic for a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why do we shoot off Fireworks on July Fourth?

Dear Crabby, Why do we shoot off Fireworks on July Fourth? Sincerely, Baozhu   Dear Bauzhu, To celebrate our Independence from Britain, of course. But why fireworks to celebrate such a landmark world event? Well, as with many things these days, it all started in China. The Han Dynasty would sizzle bamboo stalks until they exploded - that was around 200 B.C. Then, a few hundred years later, the Chinese started filling the bamboo stalks with gunpowder and adding metal shavings to … [Read more...]