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: Oct. 15, 2008

Government trimming
At this time of year, my normal obsession with keeping the grass cut and weeds whacked begins to fade. Oddly enough, I’m not terribly concerned about a lawn full of leaves.
This year, I am trying even harder than usual not to get too crazy as I prepare for my annual State of the Lawn address. There are several reasons for my newfound, laidback attitude. Despite the “bargain” gas prices we’ve been experiencing in the past weeks, I am still not happy when I can no longer fill the five-gallon gas can with the crumpled bills I find in the bottom of the washing machine. (P.S. – While I appreciate gas at “only” $3.32 per gallon, I really like it at $1.90.)


Here's the Scoop: Oct. 8, 2008

30-year-old gas sippers
I remember — barely — back in the early ’80s when I was shopping for my first new car. Sure, it was sad to trade in the old Pontiac Ventura that had been handed down to me. But I wanted new wheels.
Even back then, I was, what’s the word? Cheap.


Here's the Scoop: Oct. 1, 2008

Spotting some trouble
At first, I thought it was a practical joke. Two co-workers asked at the same time, “What’s on your shirt?” Naturally, that’s never a question anyone likes to hear. It ranks just below, “Ewww….what’s that on your face?”
My confusion was magnified by the fact that, when I looked down, I didn’t see anything wrong with my shirt. Still, they persisted and I began to realize that a punch line was not going to follow.


Here's the Scoop: September 24, 2008

High “Five”
First of all, I think it’s important to make the point that I am not some meat-craving freak who needs a hefty supply of beef or pork at every meal. In fact, I can really take or leave meat at most meals, as long as there’s something tasty on the plate. The other thing that I’d like to clear up early in this column is that I’m not a paid sponsor for the company about which I’m going to write. Yet. If they offer me some buck — or food — I’ll certainly listen.
Which leads to my topic: Five Guys Burgers and Fries.


Here's the Scoop: September 17, 2008

A real turnoff
It’s no secret that I’m cheap. Wait, that’s not entirely true. When it comes to investing in “quality products,” I am usually willing to spend the extra dollars to prevent hassles down the line. So, I guess it’s more accurate to say that I “save where I can.” One of those areas is in use of devices powered by electricity.