Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: October 29, 2014

Personal shopping list
Some chores in life provide certain advantages. For instance, volunteering to do the dishes for someone who has been hard at work mixing up cookie dough will almost certainly result in the “reward” of getting to lick the batter from the bowl. Who needs baking?

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Here's The Scoop: October 22, 2014

Orange you glad it’s Halloween
Despite the lack of leaves on trees and a tendency toward “grayness,” there are a few bright spots this time of year. Orange, to be exact.
I love pumpkins. They look cool sitting on porches and adorning fence posts. Pumpkins also taste great all ground up as a primary pie ingredient. Pumpkins are fun to grow, as well. That last point is up to debate.

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Here's the Scoop: October 15, 2014

Never too early
Each year, the drama builds. I wait as long as possible — delaying the inevitable.
In all honesty, the first fire of the year usually occurs much earlier than it did this season. That’s kind of odd, since I was tempted to “take the chill off” the house about half the nights during the summer. Since fall rolled around, my thinking is a bit different.

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Here's the Scoop: October 8, 2014

Just an inkling
I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not always the fastest when it comes to trendiness. In fact, I often miss a trend completely and have to rely on others to let me know that a trend had occurred. In the long run, I’m guessing this saves me money, because it’s often hard to keep pace with the world.
One trend that I do know about is tattoos. Everybody has them. Somewhere. Even if some of those tattooed places have access that is, rightfully, limited.


Here's the Scoop: October 1, 2014

Along for the ride
It’s pretty common for people to take their dogs just about anywhere these days. Dogs are often seen at offices, out jogging with their owners and riding along in vehicles. When vacation time rolls around, the family canine(s) is often in on the action.
Cats, on the other hand, are not normally looked upon as such constant companions. Our cat (readers with good memories will already know her as Holly) is a bit different. Some would say she’s spoiled. Others might call her “dog-like” in her willingness to always be in the middle of the action. Or, maybe she just enjoys having her head scratched.


Here's the Scoop: Sept. 24, 2014

Stick ’em up
Driving comes with its share of dangers. Paying attention to what’s happening when you’re behind the wheel is a very serious matter. Despite this fact, it’s pretty easy to get distracted from the task at hand.


Here's the Scoop: September 10, 2014

House cleaning time
A simplified way of looking at life is that it’s filled with chapters. Like a good book, some of the chapters are terrifying, some are sweet, others are filled with impossibly boring details — much like an 800-page novel.
As time passes, it becomes a bit easier to look back and break down one’s life into different segments. That sort of nostalgia has been at the forefront for me lately as I have spent a ton of time cleaning out my childhood home and preparing the house for its next chapter of ownership.


Here's the Scoop: September 3, 2014

Keep an eye on the job
It all seemed pretty simple. Even for me.
After many years and thousands of miles, my exercise bike started making weird noises. I’m not sure how to describe the sounds – kind of like a locomotive, according to my wife. Since it’s my humble opinion that it has rained about 75 percent of the days this summer, the “train” has been running more than the road bike this year. That’s OK with me, saves time. Plus, I don’t need to wear a helmet indoors.


Here's the Scoop: August 27, 2014

Fancy to meat you here
I don’t always adapt easily to change. Because of this fact, Saturday was a difficult day for me.
For those of you who didn’t attend the annual Street Fair in Margaretville, let me explain that my political party of choice switched gears in a radical way. After many years of selling BBQ chicken as a fund-raiser at this event, we shifted our focus to pulled pork. Insert your own political joke here.


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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