Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

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.

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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.

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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.


Here's the Scoop: June 11, 2014

Father’s Day — Only For The Handy
TV shows and newspaper flyers have been filled with reminders in recent weeks — Father’s Day is right around the corner.
Let’s face it, Father’s Day takes a backseat to Mother’s Day. That’s just the way it works. I’m OK with that — children don’t need that kind of pressure within the span of little more than a month. Wives either.


Here's the Scoop: June 4, 2014

Traveling junk
Other than buying a house, purchasing a vehicle is usually among the biggest investments that people make in their lives.
I think it was writer Rick Steves who said something like, “Drive an old car and travel more.” These words of wisdom come from a fellow who has made a nice career out of globetrotting and then revealing his experiences via written word and TV shows. Good deal.


Here's the Scoop: May 28, 2014

Cupid - with a Ball & Bat
You know how life always seems to be filled with moments that leave you shaking your head and going, “If only I…” Fill in the blank with your biggest regrets.
Sometimes, though, the stars do seem to align perfectly and good fortune results. The following is a true story. Well, parts of it are true. I’ll leave it up to readers to sift through the fact and fiction.


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