Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: Nov. 3, 2010

Ironing out some problems
I’ve recently added a new wrinkle to my life. Actually, quite a few of them.

You see, our iron has stopped working. Well, that’s not entirely true. When my wife plugs in the iron, it works — gets hot, steam — the whole bit.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 27, 2010

Letter imperfect
I’m feeling a bit keyed up this week as I write “Here’s The Soop.” Or is it keyed down?
Readers with eagle eyes will think they just spotted a typo — they didn’t. It’s just that the fourth key from the left, two rows from the bottom last week said: see ya!
Or is that “c” ya?

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 20, 2010

Party time
I went to West Virginia last week. On purpose.

Just kidding about that. Honestly, I think every state gets a bad reputation for something or other. Heck, some folks think that New York is half-filled with a bunch of obnoxious idiots. That’s obviously a pessimistic point of view. An optimist would note that half of New York’s residents are not obnoxious idiots.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 13, 2010

Taking early retirement
Normally, when we have a paid day off from the newspaper, I like to take some time to sit back and contemplate the true meaning of the holiday being celebrated.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 29, 2010

Sweet and salty
Watching a little baseball the other night, I noticed about five commercials for a new fast-food “treat.” I believe the primary ingredients included two slabs of chicken, a couple of hunks of cheese and a heaping helping of bacon.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 22, 2010

Two and counting
When it comes to the Census, you can count me in. Many, many times.

I completely understand the need to undertake a Census — otherwise how would TV people know the number of reality shows to create?

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 15, 2010

A grain of truth
One thing I didn’t fit to in last week’s column was the topic of how beach vacations have changed since I was a kid.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 8, 2010

No such thing as a free trip

I recently returned from an “emergency vacation.” Normally, I’m not a fan of vacations, they interrupt my job stress. But in this case, my reluctance to “get away from it all” was sweetened by the “f” word.

“It’s FREE, you jerk!” I think was the wording used to make me see the error of my thinking. Ah, free. Count me in.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 1, 2010

Living forever
“Never put it in writing,” is a famous warning. My guess is this philosophy pays handsome dividends for folks who prefer to lie their way out of sticky situations.

For anyone who has dealt with the type of people referred to above, there’s the companion warning: “Always get it in writing.”

Here's the Scoop: Aug. 25, 2010

Stolen word of advice
Imagine my surprise the other day when I came across a story that stated, “The bookworms behind the Oxford Dictionary of English recently released a list of 2,000 or so new words that will be added to their next edition. Some of the new words include staycation, social media and the groan-inducing chillax.”

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