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: Sept. 16, 2009

Itching to tackle a project
Like most people, I really look forward to weekends. In particular, I like it best when I don’t have anything planned. No friends coming over. No place to go. Just time to relax…and do loads and loads of work around the house.


Here's the Scoop: Sept. 9, 2009

Rock ‘n’ roll high school
School’s in. I think. The Back-to-School sales. The fashions for the new year. The calls to the principal’s office for shooting spit-wads. These things mean nothing to me these days…even if I do long for those bygone spit-wad days. I often got an “A” in spit-wad accuracy. My parents weren’t all that impressed, though.


Here's the Scoop: Sept. 2, 2009

Used chicken salesman
It took awhile, but I think I may have found my true calling: chicken sales. I honestly had no idea.
Stranger things have happened, I guess. It all started out very innocently. I was asked by “my people” to assist with the “chicken booth” at the Margaretville Street Fair. Those of you who attended this event know that it was “fowl” weather — you’d think it would be perfect for selling some chickens.


Here's the Scoop: August 26, 2009

Cashing in on a trend
Well, the “Cash for Clunkers” program is winding down. Whew. Apparently the program that paid for folks to trade in their old, fuel inefficient vehicles for new, more efficient ones was a huge hit. The plan reportedly had some flaws, but was beneficial overall.


Here's the Scoop: August 19, 2009

Follow the granola crumbs
A few weeks back I wrote about how my wife and I have turned leisurely bicycle riding into a spectator sport. This was not meant in a mean-spirited way. Basically, having a “rating” system for other riders, helps one keep their mind off the idea the tiny size of the bike seat you’re perched upon.