Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2014

Weather or not
Some friends stopped by the other day and one of them remarked what a lovely summer it’s been.
“Oh, have you been away?” I responded.
As humans, we tend to judge life in terms of years and seasons. “Lovely” is not a word to describe recent months.
After I recovered from my momentary shock, I followed up with another question, just to reinforce my viewpoint. “What did you enjoy most — the nearly daily rainfall or the chilly temperatures that made outdoor activities a rare occurrence?”

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Horse of a different color
Someone recently asked me “What kind of animal are you?” I wasn’t wolfing down a Five Guys burger at the time, so they weren’t referring to my fast-food dining habits. Thankfully.
As it turns out, “The Animal in You” is a type of personality test (found on the Internet, naturally) that poses a handful of questions that supposedly lead to the test-taker being labeled as a certain type of animal.

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Here's the Scoop: August 6, 2014

A very profitable Theory
There was a “big” announcement in the TV world this week — the lead characters in The Big Bang Theory received hefty raises to $1 million per episode. This is very good news.

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Here's the Scoop: July 30, 2014

Details are fuzzy
Dryer fuzz. We’ve all seen it. There’s no use pretending it doesn’t exist.
Awhile back, I offered a bit of info about how we’ve started collecting dryer fuzz to be combined with wax and turned into “fire starters.” Sustainability at it’s finest.
What I failed to detail in that column was the source of our dryer fuzz — well, at least a large portion of this drying byproduct. It’s me.


Here's the Scoop: July 23, 2014

Fun sure beats relaxing
Vacations, as they say, are overrated.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I think the appropriate description would be more like: Vacations are hard. Even if they’re supposed to be relaxing.
I took a few days “off” last week to visit my wife’s family a couple of states south. I’m pretty good at packing for such trips. Once my small duffle bag is full, I’m equipped. Very simple. As anyone who has ever left home for more than a day knows, packing isn’t really that easy.


Here's the Scoop: July 16, 2014

It’s raining — what?
The weather, as they say, is a changing. No argument here. Still, am I the only one who is growing just a tiny bit tired of just about every forecast including words like “severe, warning, damaging,,” etc.?
Like most people, I have witnessed plenty of weather-related destruction in recent years. Things are definitely “different.” On the other hand, I think some of the forecasters may be going a bit overboard by turning every period of precipitation into a life-threatening downpour. What happened to a gentle summer rain?


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Fireworks on the Fourth
It was a wild and wacky Fourth of July weekend. Relatively speaking, of course. It’s not like I was out drag racing with Justin Bieber. Thankfully.
I usually try to keep my social calendar under control. I like to pace myself. Plus, there’s a limit to my “niceness” — it’s not something I like to hand out in large doses.


Here's the Scoop: July 2, 2014

Chew on this
This has been a big year for wildlife. That last sentence probably has you all excited to learn what’s been up with my “pet” bear this week. Sorry, no “Three Bears” tales allowed — publisher’s orders. However, he said nothing about chipmunks.
Chipmunks, as we all know, are much smaller than bears. That’s probably why you don’t go into many hunting lodges and gaze upon an impressive chipmunk rug. I’m thinking that even a whole bunch of chipmunks sewn together wouldn’t make a very impressive room ornament — too many clashing stripes.


Here's the Scoop: June 25, 2014

Still can’t bear it
By popular demand, I’m going to continue my bear tale this week. The fact that I’m around to write about the bear again should be a clue that nothing too bad has happened. Yet.


Here's The Scoop: June 18, 2014

Nearly Unbearable
Are bears becoming the new deer? Maybe.
Bear sightings in the Catskills are not nearly as rare as they once were. “Common,” might even be a good description. Or, maybe Facebook postings just make it feel that way.
A bruin who is clearly disgusted by my failure to include him in my Five Guys burger run.A bruin who is clearly disgusted by my failure to include him in my Five Guys burger run.


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