Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: July 20, 2011

The sights and scents of summer
Almost everyone will agree that summer has many benefits. No heating bills. No getting the kids on the school bus. And the only “ice” problems occur when cubes melt too quickly in a glass filled with a cooling beverage.

not to say summer doesn’t have drawbacks. Bugs can be unpleasant. Lawn mowing gets to be a burden. There’s also the issue of “food freshness.” Or non-freshness. This brings us to the topic of “summer smells.”


Here's the Scoop: July 13, 2011

Fall comes early
“Make sure you lean against a wall and practice,” I was advised.

This didn’t seem like bad advice, but I was a little surprised. After all, this task was just like riding a bike. Only different. Quite a bit different, as it turns out.


Here's the Scoop: July 6, 2011

So much extra energy!
I may have missed something, but I’m not certain where the fascination with “energy drinks” originated. Still, every time you turn on the TV, open a magazine or stand in line at the store, I am faced with “energy-boosting” products.

It’s pretty obvious that this stuff is selling briskly. Well, I guess it’s apparent because so many companies are offering these products. Personally, I haven’t really noticed a great “boost” taking place in the general population.


Here's the Scoop: June 29, 2011

Staying linked with the world
Are you Linkedin yet? I thought so. We’re probably connected.
In case you’re not familiar with Linkedin, it’s sort of a “business Facebook.” I know I made fun of Facebook in this column awhile back, so it’s only fair that Linkedin gets its turn.
Unlike Facebook, Linkedin does not make you feel sweaty and jittery if you fail to post “news” to your “friends” that you just had the most interesting breakfast featuring bacon and eggs. Juice, too. Did I mention salt? And pepper?


Here's the Scoop: June 22, 2011

It’s frying season
Like many folks, I always look forward to summer. It’s the best season, in my book.
So, you can imagine my delight when I recently learned about something that promises to make Summer 2011 finger-licking memorable: Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Balls.


Here's the Scoop: June 15, 2011

The long and winding roads
Sometimes, it’s necessary to “get away from it all.” I’m not referring to the Hudson Valley Mall. I mean far, far away. Italy, to be exact.

Through a series of events — some good and some sad — we were determined to make such an excursion to mark our 20th anniversary.

I had not been to Italy since the age of five and, I must admit, my memories of that trip were foggy. Like college. So, I considered this my first “real” excursion to that country.


Here's the Scoop: May 25, 2011

Survival of the carnivores
My love for meals from Five Guys Burgers and Fries is not a secret. It’s been mentioned more than once in this space. This week, I have no choice but to bring up this scrumptious topic again.
I know that my taste for Five Guys meals (“fast-food” seems like an inappropriate description) is shared by many others. More often than not, when I hit the Kingston location, I run into diners from this area. Unfortunately, they never offer to buy my meal. That’s OK, because the food is worth the price.


Here's the Scoop: May 18, 2011

Tidal wave of support
If an athlete is termed a “competitor,” it’s a compliment. On the other hand, being tagged “competitive,” is not really a flattering term. I’m somewhere in between.

I’d prefer not to go into great detail over this, on advice from my attorney, but I’ll provide an outline. Let’s just say I entered a home renovation project into a contest. The rules of the contest were simple: the most votes from the public wins.


Here's the Scoop: May 11, 2011

It’s Pippa-watching season
Like so many others, I’ve had trouble thinking about much of anything other than “Pippa” for the past couple of weeks.

My days are filled with “Google alerts” pouring in for all things “Pippa.” The good news is that I don’t get many things that aren’t related to Pippa Middleton, because there just ain’t that many of them around. Pippa Middleton is not the only person with that name, but she’s probably the only one who is simply known by one name. Like Madonna. Or Tarzan.


Here's the Scoop: May 4, 2011

Order up
I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve become a sort of “lunch specialist.” The term applies to both eating and preparation.

In reality, my fascination with making lunch probably started taking shape when The Great Recession was strengthening its grip on the world. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy grabbing an occasional take-out lunch. It’s just that I don’t always feel like parting with the cash necessary to obtain lunch provided by others. So, I don’t buy my noon meal as often as I did in the past.


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