Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

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.


Here's the scoop: June 4, 2013

The thrill of the grill
It’s nearly (if you ignore last week’s below-freezing nights) summer, so that means it’s time for hot dogs. Or not dogs.

Actually, Not Dogs are a brand name for an a vegetarian hot dog made with organic tofu and other items not generally association with mouthwatering goodness. Maybe they taste great, but that’s for others to judge.


Here's the scoop: May 28, 2013

Sticky, sweet goodness
With all of the TV shows dedicated to food these days, it seems like there’s always someone taking credit for “inventing” certain dishes. Often these concoctions are wild combinations of foods that most people would never dream of pairing.

Personally, I’m more of a fan of foods that aren’t fancy, but simply taste good — can’t get enough peanut butter and jelly. While I appreciate creative dishes, my palate is pretty easy to please. My stomach, too.


Here's the scoop: May 15, 2013

Take me out to the ballgame...
You’re probably familiar with the term, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That may be true, but you can sure instruct a middle-aged cat to do some neat stuff. For instance, watching baseball.


Here's the scoop: April 24, 2013

We’ll see about that...or not
Did you ever have one of those moments where you anxiously think, “Did I just do that?”
You’ve probably guessed that this recently happened to me. You’re right. Yesterday, after dropping off my car for snow tire removal (call me an optimist!), and hitching a lift to work, as my chauffer drove away, I thought, “I wonder if the case with my glasses in it is in the pile of stuff I just removed from the car?”


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