Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: October 31, 2012

Relief blows through the Catskills
Like millions of other east coast residents, I counted down the days until Hurricane Sandy’s arrival. I didn’t really want to spend the better part of a week obsessing over the impending doomsday, but the media left me with little choice.

Of course, I’m part of the media, but I’m more the “after the fact” segment of the profession. As a general rule, I’d say it’s better to report on what actually occurred, rather than to whip folks into frenzy over what “might” happen.


Here's the Scoop: October 24, 2012

Any minute now...
I did something last week that’s not common for me — went to see a newly released movie. A hit movie, even. In a mall, of all places.

Recovery is not quite complete.
There are many reasons why I don’t usually participate in the activities just mentioned. I don’t care much for crowds. I’m not a “blockbuster” kind of guy (I am clinging to my status as one of only three people in the U.S. who has never seen “Titanic”). My bank hates it when I skip a mortgage payment to purchase movie theater popcorn. And, well, I don’t get out much. I like that.


Here's the Scoop: October 17, 2012

Avoid a sore subject
It’s an unfortunate part of human nature that this time of year brings out strong opinions in favor of one side against another. The rivalries displayed during heated October contests can drive a wedge between even the best of friends.

I guess that’s why the old cliché warning about not discussing religion and politics should be modified to include — baseball.


Here's the Scoop: October 10, 2012

The gift of sugar
Cookies, it is a well-known fact, will make willpower crumble. Easily.
That’s why it was a case of Good News - Very Bad News when my wife arrived home last week with a large bag filled with an assortment of cookie boxes. The cookies had been a gift and well, I have always heard: “Stuff things from a gift horse in your mouth,” so I did. Often.

I realize that such actions aren’t undertaken in the best interests of health. But, these were good cookies. In all the right flavors — caramel, coconut, chocolate, ginger, almond. Did I mention coconut?


Here's the Scoop: October 3, 2012

I can do without this...and this...
I read one of those annoying online articles the other day that provided updates regarding business trends. This story was titled, “13 Things in Your Office Headed for Extinction.”