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: February 8, 2012

I can see it now...almost
Perhaps it’s caused by a steady accumulation of birthdays, but I have issues with manufacturers’ fascination with making everything as tiny as possible.

I guess the ability of make small, yet very powerful, computer chips has led to this state of Smaller is Better. Sure, a lot of products on the market are “Jetsons come to life,” and I admire the innovation taking place. But, most of it hurts my eyes.
Apparently, not everyone in my age bracket feels the same way.


Here's the Scoop: February 1, 2012

Spinning a yarn
It didn’t happen overnight. No, this was a gradual trend.

At first, I would occasionally ask my wife: “Do you know where all my socks are?”
Then, for a change of pace, I’d mix things up by inquiring: “Have you seen any of my handkerchiefs?”
My questions were usually met with shrugs or a return question that started: “Have you looked in the (fill in the blank)?”


Here's the Scoop: January 25, 2012

A new holiday classic
Since we’re barely a month into winter, I think it’s still OK to write about Christmas Past. But not Christmas Presents.

For years, my favorite Christmas TV show was the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Sure, the book was nice, but nothing could top all the Whos down in Whoville joyfully singing, despite the lack of holiday loot. My guess is they had read the book and knew about the happy ending, so they weren’t too concerned about not getting any gifts. But, I’m a skeptic at heart.


Here's the Scoop: January 18, 2012

Good to have a hobby
Dryer lint. Friend or foe? If allowed to pile up unchecked so that it creates a fire hazard, dryer lint is definitely an enemy.

But there’s a “burning use” for dryer lint that falls squarely into the “friend” category, as well. I’ll admit, I wasn’t aware of the positive aspect of dryer lint until Christmas. That’s when I carefully opened a gift box (after being warned numerous times that the package was fragile) and discovered a pile of fire-starters.


Here's the Scoop: January 11, 2012

Spring is late this year
By now, you have probably seen TV or Internet footage of the young Australian lady who went bungee jumping in her homeland on New Year’s Day — and got a bit of a surprise when the anticipated “bounce back” was replaced by a snapped cord. And a freefall.
Remarkably, Erin Langworthy survived the drop into the river below, suffering bruises and a fractured collar bone.