Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: March 25, 2015

What’s for dinner?
While humans have been complaining about The Longest Winter for quite some time, we actually have it pretty easy. Although they may be expensive and/or hard work, we have options for heating our homes. The same with eating — we head to the store and grab whatever we like. For a special treat, we get some takeout.
Deer, on the other hoof, don’t have these luxuries. Sure, they are outfitted with some pretty durable, all-natural coats, but the food and shelter aren’t automatic. Even a rugged fur coat can’t be that comfortable against sub-zero temperatures and whipping winds. I’m guessing that, in the past few years, there are plenty of deer who decided that heading south during the winter months wasn’t an idea that’s strictly for the birds.

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Here's the Scoop: March 18, 2015

Food for thought
I always think it’s a nice treat when someone brings food to the office to share with co-workers. Fattening, too.
Face it, no one would be very thrilled if their co-worker came to the office bearing a big pot of lima beans to share. Well, this might be seen as a treat by vegetarians with poor taste buds, but not for the general office population.

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Here's the Scoop: March 11, 2015

The gifts of hope
Because of “The Winter that Wouldn’t Quit,” I haven’t been feeling my usual passion for Fantasy Baseball this year. There’s now less than a month to go before our annual Fantasy Baseball draft. In a normal year, by about mid-February, I’d start counting the days until the draft and filling my nights and free minutes studying players’ statistics in an attempt to win our coveted league title. Not this year.
The record cold this season has most people thinking about firewood, not the sound of wood meeting ball with a resounding crack.

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Here's the Scoop: March 4, 2015

The spice of life
Tastes, as we all know, change. I eat things as an adult that would have received the “spit into the napkin” treatment when I was a kid.


Here's the Scoop: February 25, 2015

Warm & fuzzy
You may recall that I wrote about a real “good news, bad news” experience in a recent column. To summarize, I had found a long lost iPod inside my winter jacket. That was the good part. The not so good news was that was that playing the iPod would no longer be possible, since the coat had been laundered a number of times. “Tiny Bubbles” is the only song the device can play, at this point.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 18, 2015

Up in smoke
At the risk of offending friends and strangers, I am kind of an anti-smoking nut. No one can say they “didn’t know” the health risks. Plus, the cost of buying cigarettes is incredibly high. So, I continue my small campaign to try to encourage folks to kick the habit — despite frequently being told to “butt out.”
Are my lectures annoying? Of course. Will I stop asking people to quit smoking? Probably not.


Here's the Scoop: February 11, 2015

All together now
“Five days of Mayhem.” That may not accurately describe this experience. How about: “The Fourth Triennial Sweeney Family Reunion”? This wording doesn’t really make a great movie title, but it’s what the sign says, so I’m going with it.


Here's the Scoop: February 4, 2015

Weight of my world
I’m not sure when this happened, but I’ve noticed that I now officially haul “a lot of stuff” when I leave the house for work each day. A laptop has been part of my “don’t leave home without it,” equipment for many years. However, that doesn’t really quality as “stuff.”


Here's the Scoop: January 28, 2015

Umm...let’s try that again
Well, that was overblown. Or under blown. Predicting weather, as we all know, is an inexact science. The good news is, even if the forecast doesn’t turn out exactly as hyped, Internet weather services are still able to sell ads — that no one ever looks at — on their websites. So, all is not lost when a forecast goes awry.


Here's the Scoop: January 21, 2015

I did it again
Did you ever have one of those issues where you know, with almost 100 percent certainty, that you were not guilty of the offense in question, but you have no real proof?
You rack your brain for a reasonable explanation and still can’t quite convince your accusers — or yourself — that the crime being discussed does not bear your fingerprints. Before anybody gets the wrong idea, I’m not talking about Bill Cosby-type stuff here. No, the “incident” that I’m referring to is a lost iPod.


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