Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: Jan. 6, 2010

Warm and cuddly feeling
When a recent conversation came around to Snuggies, I felt left out. Finally, I casually asked: “What exactly is a Snuggie?” I didn’t receive an immediate answer, but there were plenty of skeptical stares from the small group assembled. No one present, it seems, believed that I didn’t know about the wonders of Snuggies.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 30, 2009

Same old song...again and again...
How many others out there are really relieved that Christmas is over? I thought so.
I’ve got to admit it, for all the pain that the most recent recession has caused, I really did appreciate the fact that this financial meltdown erased much of the holiday season pressure. I doubt if the trend will last, but I liked the fact that presents became quite a bit less important in the past few years. Unless, of course, you were in charge of a company trying to sell useless trinkets to the masses.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 23, 2009

The way the cookies crumble
Each year I ask the question: Should there be a limit on the number of Christmas cookies that one person can consume? The civil rights activist in me responds: No way. Thankfully.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 16, 2009

On the wrong track
Like a few other people, I was not totally convinced that it was going to snow anytime soon this winter. I figured maybe a couple of inches in the middle of February. Naturally, there was no need for me to have snow tires put on our vehicles until that time.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 9, 2009

Just follow the rules...
Holiday work parties…you’ve got to love them. I think.
At some point, these festive events have shifted focus. One of the strangest trends I’ve noticed is that the term “holiday party” has taken on a more vague meaning. I used to think that this name was inserted so that no one’s religious beliefs were offended. That’s fine.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 2, 2009

A far out visit
Hey, man, we checked out The Museum at Bethel Woods – the Story of the Sixties and Woodstock over the holiday weekend. It was, as they say, really groovy.
For you non-hippies, that means we liked it.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 25, 2009

Name of the game
Since Baseball Season ended, Reading Season kicked off for me. I’m not always really choosy about what I read. I like a good mystery or an interesting sale catalog.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 18, 2009

For the first time in well, ever, I have our firewood supply ready long before snow is piled porch-high. Yup, the wood is all split and neatly stacked. OK, truth in firewood reporting here: “neatly” may not be the appropriate term to apply in this instance. If I were a romance novelist given to flowery descriptive passages, I would probably have referred to the pile as something like: “The winter’s fuel was carefully placed for optimum drying atmosphere in a sturdy, yet serpentine pattern.”


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 11, 2009

It’s the end of the world...and I feel fine
“The sky is falling!” How many times have we heard that one? Quite a few. Apparently, it’s going to fall permanently in 2012. Again. This news is certainly making a lot of folks quite anxious.


Here's the Scoop: Nov. 4, 2009

Vote for your elders
Election Day in a small town. There’s nothing like a little mud-slinging to get one’s heart racing and make you feel alive! Here in Middletown, the whole thing has been pretty low-key this year. Ask most people who is on the ballot this year and often you’ll get blank stares.


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