Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: September 10, 2014

House cleaning time
A simplified way of looking at life is that it’s filled with chapters. Like a good book, some of the chapters are terrifying, some are sweet, others are filled with impossibly boring details — much like an 800-page novel.
As time passes, it becomes a bit easier to look back and break down one’s life into different segments. That sort of nostalgia has been at the forefront for me lately as I have spent a ton of time cleaning out my childhood home and preparing the house for its next chapter of ownership.

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Here's the Scoop: September 3, 2014

Keep an eye on the job
It all seemed pretty simple. Even for me.
After many years and thousands of miles, my exercise bike started making weird noises. I’m not sure how to describe the sounds – kind of like a locomotive, according to my wife. Since it’s my humble opinion that it has rained about 75 percent of the days this summer, the “train” has been running more than the road bike this year. That’s OK with me, saves time. Plus, I don’t need to wear a helmet indoors.

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Here's the Scoop: August 27, 2014

Fancy to meat you here
I don’t always adapt easily to change. Because of this fact, Saturday was a difficult day for me.
For those of you who didn’t attend the annual Street Fair in Margaretville, let me explain that my political party of choice switched gears in a radical way. After many years of selling BBQ chicken as a fund-raiser at this event, we shifted our focus to pulled pork. Insert your own political joke here.

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Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2014

Weather or not
Some friends stopped by the other day and one of them remarked what a lovely summer it’s been.
“Oh, have you been away?” I responded.
As humans, we tend to judge life in terms of years and seasons. “Lovely” is not a word to describe recent months.
After I recovered from my momentary shock, I followed up with another question, just to reinforce my viewpoint. “What did you enjoy most — the nearly daily rainfall or the chilly temperatures that made outdoor activities a rare occurrence?”


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Horse of a different color
Someone recently asked me “What kind of animal are you?” I wasn’t wolfing down a Five Guys burger at the time, so they weren’t referring to my fast-food dining habits. Thankfully.
As it turns out, “The Animal in You” is a type of personality test (found on the Internet, naturally) that poses a handful of questions that supposedly lead to the test-taker being labeled as a certain type of animal.


Here's the Scoop: August 6, 2014

A very profitable Theory
There was a “big” announcement in the TV world this week — the lead characters in The Big Bang Theory received hefty raises to $1 million per episode. This is very good news.


Here's the Scoop: July 30, 2014

Details are fuzzy
Dryer fuzz. We’ve all seen it. There’s no use pretending it doesn’t exist.
Awhile back, I offered a bit of info about how we’ve started collecting dryer fuzz to be combined with wax and turned into “fire starters.” Sustainability at it’s finest.
What I failed to detail in that column was the source of our dryer fuzz — well, at least a large portion of this drying byproduct. It’s me.


Here's the Scoop: July 23, 2014

Fun sure beats relaxing
Vacations, as they say, are overrated.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I think the appropriate description would be more like: Vacations are hard. Even if they’re supposed to be relaxing.
I took a few days “off” last week to visit my wife’s family a couple of states south. I’m pretty good at packing for such trips. Once my small duffle bag is full, I’m equipped. Very simple. As anyone who has ever left home for more than a day knows, packing isn’t really that easy.


Here's the Scoop: July 16, 2014

It’s raining — what?
The weather, as they say, is a changing. No argument here. Still, am I the only one who is growing just a tiny bit tired of just about every forecast including words like “severe, warning, damaging,,” etc.?
Like most people, I have witnessed plenty of weather-related destruction in recent years. Things are definitely “different.” On the other hand, I think some of the forecasters may be going a bit overboard by turning every period of precipitation into a life-threatening downpour. What happened to a gentle summer rain?


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Fireworks on the Fourth
It was a wild and wacky Fourth of July weekend. Relatively speaking, of course. It’s not like I was out drag racing with Justin Bieber. Thankfully.
I usually try to keep my social calendar under control. I like to pace myself. Plus, there’s a limit to my “niceness” — it’s not something I like to hand out in large doses.


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