Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2013

Feeling Berry Blue
Every year is different when it comes to “crop production.” It seems there’s no such thing as average anymore. The growing season either yields a lot of certain fruits and vegetables — or not much at all.
The weather, naturally, is the factor that determines these yields. This year, blueberry fans are very happy. Apple lovers, too.


Here's the Scoop: August 7, 2013

Still hooked on fish sticks
Every once in awhile, I think it’s healthy to slow life down and reminisce about times that were spent at a more leisurely pace. In reality, the periods being fondly recalled were almost certainly filled with their share of stress — it’s just not as vivid, thanks to the fuzzy blurring provided by the passing of time. Still, whether memories are 100 percent accurate or not, there are some that stand out boldly from the rest. The truth about these recollections is for others to decide.


Here's the Scoop: July 31, 2013

Getting a jump
It was inevitable. Once the early July heat wave broke, things have cooled off considerably. Air conditioner sales have chilled. Folks are again out “doing things.”
Suddenly, temperatures are struggling to escape the 70s during the daytime and are downright cool at night.
“You know, I hate to say it,” my wife commented, “but it feels like fall.”
“No, I don’t feel like going to the mall,” I responded immediately.
She began to repeat her statement, but quickly realized I was using a defense mechanism to ward off her comment.


Here's the Scoop: July 24, 2013

Just like old times...
As a general rule, I don’t “time travel” when it comes to my musical listening experiences. On occasion, I will make an exception. Such was the case over the weekend when I attended the Doobie Brothers show at the Belleayre Music Festival.


Here's the Scoop: July 17, 2013

Need snooze control
There are few things in life more personal than a pillow. In theory, you spend one-third of your day (or night) in close proximity to a pillow. In reality, five or six hours isn’t bad.

When staying overnight in a hotel or at a friend’s house, it’s common to take note regarding the comfort level provided by the pillow. At the former, a “bad pillow” can be almost as annoying as that $6 bottle of water that seemed so tempting the night before, but caused you to choke when it showed up on your final bill.


Here's the Scoop: July 10, 2013

History is in the bag
“What about this?” There’s not usually an easy response when my wife asks me this question.
You see the “this” referred to above was the well-worn Pro-Keds duffel bag she was delicately clutching while trying to conceal her mild disgust with the status of this piece of my athletic history. As you may have guessed, the question referred to whether or not I was OK with her throwing out this way-past-its-prime apparatus.


Here's the Scoop: July 3, 2013

Too many choices
Ordinarily, I don’t write about personal grooming in this space, but I can’t resist this week. You see, I finally broke down and bought a “real” razor and can’t wait to tell the world. Or you.


Here's the Scoop: June 26, 2013

A Very Solid Experience
As luck would have it, I drew the assignment of covering Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival last weekend. When I say “luck,” I refer to the “good” kind.

I say this because I just happen to be the only staff member at the News who is a fan of this band. For that matter, I’m the only one who has ever heard Wilco or heard of the band. That’s OK, I prefer it that way.


Here's the scoop: June 19, 2013

That time of year
High school graduation is an exciting occasion. It’s filled with Pomp. Circumstance, too.
This time of year is special for graduates and their families. For the rest of us, it sort of makes us feel, well, old(er).


Here's the scoop: June 12, 2013

Google the comparisons
I haven’t seen the new movie “The Internship,” but the story apparently revolves around two older fellows who get an internship at Google. If you want to learn more, try Googling this film.


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