Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: June 16, 2010

I hear you, fans
While I certainly admire the remarkable skills of professional soccer players, I am not what you’d call a soccer fan. It probably has something to do with me having “two left feet” — with neither of them particularly skilled at making a round ball go in an intended direction.
I suppose that if were to sit down and watch an entire game of the current World Cup that I might gain some enthusiasm for the “world’s most watched event.” But I won’t be joining in the with the soccer couch potato crowd.


Here's the Scoop: June 9, 2010

Time for Lawn-spansion
When is a lawn not a lawn? If this sounds like the type of mind-twisting puzzle uttered by Batman’s foe, The Riddler, well, it’s not. It’s a real question for homeowners. Because The Riddler is not around to provide a solution, let me help: When it’s supposed to be a forest.


Here's the Scoop: June 2, 2010

Patching things up
Five months from now, I’ll be glad I made this effort. Right now, it’s just a pain in the….neck, arms, back and probably a few additional places. But when Halloween rolls around, I will proudly display the pumpkins I grew. Hopefully.


Here's the Scoop: May 26, 2010

Necessity is the mother of invention
Those of you who are easily grossed out (I fit that bill) should stop reading here. I learned this week that a Roxbury resident has become a star on the Internet because of a blanket he invented. This isn’t your everyday blanket. And it’s apparently not going to replace the Snuggie (another great concept that I wrote about awhile back) in homes across America.


Here's the Scoop: May 19, 2010

You don’t say...
When I go online, it’s sometimes interesting to click on the stories that the Home Page folks have deemed important. Just last week, there was a headline that screamed out at me: “The Worst Words to Say at Work.”
I naturally figured that I knew all of these — and a few more.


Here's the Scoop: May 12, 2010

Hot dog! That’s a great idea
As a general rule, I hate Internet advertising. These ads are a little too “in your face” for me. Plus, there’s the indisputable fact that newspaper ads are the only ones that work.


Here's the Scoop: May 5, 2010

Blasts from the past
I’m not really a Classic Rock kinda guy. To me, Classic Rock equals Nostalgia which equals Old. I have my knees to give me the age message, I don’t need my ears echoing this reality.
As a result, I have a stereo cabinet filled with discs that I have played countless times, but most of which I no longer load into the disc player.


Here's the Scoop: April 28, 2010

Seedy neighborhood
On occasion, I have updated fascinated readers with The Bird Situation at our house. Since many of you have written to me seeking the latest news, I felt obligated to include another installment.
I suppose, if I were a cool tech-head, I could merely go on Twitter and “Tweet” about these bird-related events — it seems that would be very appropriate indeed. But I can’t get paid for that type of communication, so the latest news will appear here.


Here's the Scoop: April 21, 2010

Read the fine print...if you have time


Here's the Scoop: April 14, 2010

Pick it up
Walking and Stalking Season is now officially open. Before you get the wrong idea, I should clarify, that the “Stalking” I’m referring to is not the fun type that eventually leads to restraining orders and movie-of-the-week subject matter.


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