Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the scoop: October 23, 2013

A colorful season
The colors at this time of year are a crazy mix — the greens, yellows, reds — and the blacks, whites and blues. Especially the blues! They’re all out there. It’s quite spectacular — in an odd sort of way.
The funny thing is one day there’s no color at all and the next, this unnatural kaleidoscope dominates the landscape. How all these wild political signs appear so quickly is anyone’s guess?


Here's the Scoop: October 2, 2013

Looking for an escapse claws
From time to time, I have mentioned how our cat, Holly, is a such a big part of our family. She dominates, really, in her own quiet, feline way.
Holly has a few dog-like traits, including loyalty. Even better, she doesn’t bark or drool. And there’s no need for a pooper-scooper. I believe that I may have noted previously, Holly also enjoys watching baseball with her father. She’s a cool cat, as they say.


Here's the scoop: September 18, 2013

Sinking my teeth into it. Or not
Quite a few years back, I had an “accident” that left me with one front tooth about half the size of its neighbor. Naturally, of all the teeth that someone can break, the front ones are pretty darn noticeable.
Back when this tooth was first chipped, there was a relatively new bonding procedure in dentistry that could repair such problems. So, I had a dentist bail me out of my picket fence look with some bonding. The patch would last for years, I was told.


Here's the scoop: September 11, 2013

Something is sprouting
If you’re a baseball fan (and who isn’t), you no doubt have noticed a trend in the past few years — many players now have beards.


Here's the scoop: September 4, 2013

They call me Mr. Social
Misery loves company. Or is it: Company creates misery? Both, I guess.
Personally, I like company. In moderation.
We seem to go in spurts where we have a lot of visitors over a short period of time. Who knew that sitting on the porch enjoying an icy beverage could be so exhausting?


Here's the Scoop: August 28, 2013

All in the family
You know how it’s said that people begin to resemble their pets? That’s just weird. But how about couples beginning to take on each other’s traits? Normal, I’d say.
My wife happened to mention that topic to me the other day. I guess, in reality, it makes sense. Still, I had to ask her for some examples.
“Remember when we met and you had a typical ‘bachelor pad’ for an apartment?” she asked. “I think you’ve become much neater around the house since those days.”


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.


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