Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

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.


Here's the Scoop: Oct. 28, 2009

Keep a lid on it
When I returned home from the transfer station the other day, I lamented the fact that “We finally have plenty of garbage cans…but far fewer lids than cans.” Aside from leaving the cans outside during really breezy weather, I’m not sure how this happens.


Here's the Scoop: Oct. 14, 2009

Disappearing mystery
It had to be here. Without a doubt. Triple pinky swear.
My memory is not always so great. But, in this case, I knew with certainty that I had brought the item in question home. If only I could find it.


Here's the Scoop: Oct. 7, 2009

Sweet turns sour
I read something truly disturbing this week. And I quote, “According to a new study, kids who eat too many treats at a young age risk becoming violent in adulthood.”
This story made me so mad I wanted to…whoa…wait a second.


Here's the Scoop: Sept. 30, 2009

The road less traveled. Much less
I went to a dinner party the other night with a mix of people. I knew some of the guests a bit and others I just met that evening.

Such situations can be good. Or bad. Fortunately, this one turned out well. Everyone got along fine and enjoyed each other’s company.


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