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ITEM: The public transportation agency in Portland, Oregon, TriMet, avoids using the word “old” with a hokey euphemism Crabby Old Lady had not heard before moving here. As they explain on their website: "'Honored Citizen' is how TriMet identifies seniors... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at TIME GOES BY
You could say that Crabby Old Lady is on a tear this week, what might be called a bitch roll. First Komen, then White House communication and today, awareness junk – the ribbons, car magnets, wristbands and other trinkets that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at TIME GOES BY
Here we go again. Remember when Crabby Old Lady told you about a letter emailed from her house to the White House? And then, a few days later, the pro forma reply that bore not a single reference to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at TIME GOES BY
The first thing Crabby Old Lady did last week when she read about Susan G. Komen For the Cure withdrawing their grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings was send a donation to Planned Parenthood. Apparently, she was not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at TIME GOES BY
Last week, Crabby Old Lady's internet and television provider, Comcast, sent a letter with a big bold telephone number and headline asking, Are You Getting the Best Value? In November, when the company raised her monthly fee again (as they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at TIME GOES BY
The Iowa Republican Caucuses, being held tomorrow, are giving Crabby Old Lady heartburn. What a rotten, miserable event for the first big thing of a brand new year. Crabby can no longer recall a time when, natural disasters aside, Iowa... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at TIME GOES BY
ATTENTION AIRLINES: If you insist on reducing the width of the aisle on the plane to 14 inches, it is not discriminatory to require your flight attendants' backsides to be narrower than 18 or 20 inches. The attendant of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at TIME GOES BY
It started in the early morning as Crabby Old Lady was brushing her hair. Although she has been trying to ignore it, there is no denying that the top of her head is looking remarkably like a balding man's bad... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at TIME GOES BY
It's been going on for a long time, but since the oldest baby boomers started turning 65 last month, there has been a steady uptick in references to boomers as the definition of old – and it's got Crabby Old... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at TIME GOES BY
Tomorrow, Tuesday, President Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address in which he will outline his goals for the nation for the coming year and beyond. Over the weekend, he posted an online preview video. It's only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at TIME GOES BY
Yesterday, The New York Times - being the paper of record and all – relegated Crabby Old Lady to the “old fogey” category. Signs of that status, they say, are “You still watch movies on a VCR, listen to vinyl... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
In the greater scheme of things - such as what Monday's test vote in the Senate portends for the future of Social Security - Facebook doesn't matter and Crabby Old Lady feels slightly foolish bringing it up right now. Nevertheless,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
In ruminating on the election, Crabby Old Lady finds herself appalled that so many politicians are nothing better than embarrassing. Can't we just say it. Christine O'Donnell – still a girl at 41 – has the intellectual underpinnings of a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
UPDATE: 8AM TODAY: Late last evening, Crabby took another shot at getting her new Kindle to work. Not believing the Amazon rep who said her ISP was at fault, she deduced that the fix needed was probably a router setting.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
[EDITORIAL NOTE: Ronni here. This is Crabby Old Lady's post today, but I want to direct you to a story in EasyReader by Robb Fulcher who interviewed me for it last week. It's titled Fab at 50 and a nice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
About ten years ago, on the evening before an airplane flight, Crabby Old Lady ate a bad oyster. Not that she knew it right away. She attended a meeting in San Francisco the next morning and then boarded her noon... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
For a good while, Crabby Old Lady has sensed that some of the media has stopped talking to old people – not in general (although a case could be made for that), but about their own important life events. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
When Crabby Old Lady was younger – way younger – it was common among her crowd to remark, when they had partied too hard the night before, that they'd had a preview in the morning mirror of what they would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
Crabby Old Lady is aware that this is an unpopular stand, but someone's got to say it: bicyclists are a worse menace that automobile drivers. A couple of days ago, while driving her car on a local street at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
According to an Australian researcher who studies human emotions, grumpy people think more clearly and are better able to cope with demanding situations than cheerful people. “In contrast to those annoying happy types,” reported, “miserable people are better at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at TIME GOES BY
The internet has gone all to hell. It is so painful to try to read these days that Crabby Old Lady has cut her online time in half and will undoubtedly withdraw further. Here are some of the reasons: •... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2009 at TIME GOES BY