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, 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, Has the White House Gone to the Dogs?

Dear Crabby, I saw a blurb over the weekend that President Biden’s 13-year-old German Shepherd, Champ, had passed away. So, that got me wondering about presidential pets. Are they always dogs? Thanks! M.R. EdDear M.R. Ed, No matter your political affiliation, it’s always hard when a family loses a cherished pet. Unless it’s a goldfish. Then you just flush those suckers down the toilet and buy another before your daughter notices. But you ask an interesting question and I was … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are My Collectibles Worth Any Money?

Dear Crabby, My children recently informed me that they have no interest in inheriting my vast Precious Moments figurine collection. And frankly, I’m tired of dusting them. Do you think they would be worth selling? Thanks, Ronda Remberance Dear Ronda Remberance, First, how dare they! Secondly, my kids have pretty much told me and Mrs. Crabby the same thing. Our collections are very personal, and it hurts a bit when others don’t appreciate them the same way we do. I have half a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Does Everyone Forget About Flag Day?

Dear Crabby, Last year, I was the only person on my street to fly the Stars and Stripes for Flag Day. Do people just not know about it, or do they just not care?   Thanks,M. Erica Dear M. Erica, Well, just so no one forgets this year, Flag Day is Monday, June 14. In fact, it’s always recognized on June 14. Personally, I think the reason it isn’t on people’s radar is because it’s shoehorned between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. That and the fact, it’s not a national … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will there be any Award Shows to Watch in 2021?

Dear Crabby, It seems like recently I heard something about nominations for some award show. With cinemas closed and that pesky pandemic still around, are award shows still a thing? Thanks!Paula PresenterDear Paula Presenter, They sure are. And here’s the funniest part: there was an awards season last year too. If you missed it, don’t feel too bad. I think a lot of people did. Like you mentioned, something about a pandemic going on. If you’re a longtime reader of my column you know … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Kids Still be Allowed to Have Snow Days?

Dear Crabby, My husband and I need you to settle an argument between us and our kids. With all the virtual learning going on these days, should they still be given snow days? We say no, but the kids say, yes. What do you say?Thanks, Frita FluryDear Frita Flury, Boy did you sure pick a hot-button topic this week. If you don’t follow the Road Commission for Oakland County on social media, you really should. On Monday they posted a meme that said, “Winter is coming. The entire thing. All … [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, 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...]