Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: March 2, 2011

A real eye-opener
There are some things that one never wants to hear. “Honey, the basement is filled with water,” fits into this category.

Knock wood, but I haven’t had those words spoken to me lately. I have, however, heard something equally as panic-inducing: “Dear, the coffee machine isn’t working.” On a Monday morning, no less.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 23, 2011

Do I know you?
So, there’s this thing called The Facebook, you may have heard of it? Wait a minute “The” Facebook was the original name, if you watched the movie “The Social Network” (or is it “Social Network”?) you would know this fact.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 16, 2011

Let’s hair it for Pandora
For a while now, friends have been trying to sell me on the benefits of Pandora radio. As a lover of both music and free stuff, one would think this combination would be an easy sell to me. Not so.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 9, 2011

Keeping warm...piece by piece
Last week I provided some of my thoughts about this winter’s, shall we say, winter-like weather.
That means that it’s also time for my annual Firewood Assessment Test (FAT). We have had a wood-burning device in our home for many years. I am still striving for the “Perfect Firewood Supply (PFS).


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 2, 2011

A matter of inches
The weather this winter has had a unifying effect on many folks. Complaining about the cold and snow has been more popular than “Happy Holidays” greetings in December.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 26, 2011

All that’s lost...
You win some, you lose some. That’s how the saying goes. Last week, it felt like I lost more than just some.


Here's the Scoop: Jan 19, 2011

Cat got your tongue?
Unlike some folks who visit their hairdresser or barber on a regular schedule, I basically know it’s time for a haircut because of several “natural” factors.

The first sign that it’s time for a trim is when my showers start taking much longer than usual because of prolonged hair-washing time.


Here's the Scoop: Jan 12, 2011

Time flies when you’re covering news
The Catskill Mountain News ran a story last week about Russell Schebesta marking his 30th year at Middletown town clerk. In an age when job-hopping leads to resumes longer than Black Friday lines at Walmart, holding the same position for three decades is the exception, not the rule.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 22, 2010

Holiday helper
Whew. There are few times of year busier than the holiday season. For some of us.
Apparently, this “prep work” is not always evenly divided.
Those who know me, realize that I’m hardly a chauvinist. Having said that, I feel there are perfectly logical reasons why I’m not involved with many pre-holiday tasks.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 15, 2010

Drifting away
Calling all artists — your ship has come in — I mean washed ashore. This recent story — a true one — seems to have eluded a lot of folks, so I’ll call attention to it here.


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