Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: November 9, 2011

Guess who’s coming to your birthday?
When folks reach “milestone” birthdays, it’s customary to throw them a party. Often, the parties are the “surprise” version. At least, they are supposed to be surprises.

Ironically, the older someone gets, the harder it becomes to pull off a super duper secret birthday bash. This is especially true when surprise parties have become common. In fact, many people would probably be surprised (and likely disappointed) if they didn’t have a party thrown on their behalf.

Here's the Scoop: November 2, 2011

What’s the hurry? Apparently, nothing
Slow down. Enjoy life. These seem like words of wisdom — unless taken to extreme.

I’m sure that “Sunday drivers” have existed as long as vehicles have been driven. Before that, these “people of leisure” probably spent lots of time clogging walking paths.

In many ways, I admire folks who have the ability to enjoy life at their own pace. On the other hand, these people can be more than a little annoying to those of us who have places to go, people to see and things to do — on a tight schedule.

Here's the Scoop: October 26, 2011

Let’s debate that point
I attended my first political debate last night. It was quite an interesting show.

For probably the first time in history, the Town of Middletown has four candidates running for supervisor. This fact in itself is quite odd because it’s a position that, when someone tells others that they are running, the typical response is: “Why in the world would you want that job?”
A very good question, indeed.

The thing that makes local political races so interesting is that the participants are usually well-known.

Here's the Scoop: October 19, 2011

Back in black
Much has been written about Apple genius Steve Jobs since his recent death. A longtime Apple fanatic, I was among those saddened by his passing.

As with the death of anyone famous, the stories coming out have covered pretty much every aspect of Steve’s life — the good, the bad and the “Why does anyone care about this?”

Here's the Scoop: October 12, 2011

If the hat doesn’t fit...
OK, I’ll admit to not always being on the cutting edge of trendiness. So, when I do venture out of my self-imposed seclusion, I’m often a bit shocked at what I’ve been missing. Or not missing.
For instance, last week I went to see one of my favorite musicians, Nicole Atkins. Because I prefer musicians who are “on the way up,” the venue was not large. But, the place was packed with beer/music lovers.

And guys with tiny hats.

Here's the Scoop: October 5, 2011

A chip off the old block
I don’t always pay attention when famous people pass away, but I became quite melancholy with the recent news that Arch West had died.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, this should help: he was the inventor of Doritos. I knew that would help.

Here's the Scoop: September 21, 2011

Catching some porch time
“How was your weekend?” It’s a common pleasantry, designed to take the edge off the back-to-work grind of a Monday morning.

The question, of course, is not meant to probe. It’s more of a greeting.
Grouchy on Mondays by nature, I usually respond that my weekend was lousy. That’s not usually the case, but it makes me feel better about being relegated to an office for the next eight hours. I’m not a confinement kind of guy. Must be my tendency towards claustrophobia.

Here's the Scoop: September 14, 2011

Out of the loop
The passage of time has taken a tiny bit of the sting away following the August 28 flood that created unprecedented destruction in many local communities. With enough distance having passed since the flood, it’s even possible to recall a few lighthearted moments in the events that followed the flooding.

Here's the Scoop: September 7, 2011

Storm clouds still linger
When I awoke last Tuesday, I realized that we were running low on some of the staples in the food department — chips, cheese, seltzer, coffee, bagels. My plans for the day ran through my head, trying to figure out a good time to drop into Freshtown to pick up these items.

Here's the Scoop: August 24, 2011

You can’t wear that!
I guess it’s simply a difficult Situation. Especially if you’re the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F).

The news broke last week that A&F has offered to pay Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino to not wear its clothing on the “hit” show “Jersey Shore.” In a day when “product placement” is so highly sought after, this is a very unusual move indeed.

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