Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Here's the Scoop: January 14, 2015

What’s the value?
Upon arrival at the News office last week, I was confronted with something disturbing — the calendar on my desk had been removed and replaced with a crisp new model. This is a normal course of events for some people, but not for me.


Here's the Scoop: January 7, 2014

Time to reflect - in a tacky way
Ah, the first column of the new year. It’s kind of like Spring Training — in the winter. Naturally, as we grind through the early part of January, New Year’s Resolutions are already in tatters. I know I can’t remember any of mine. That’s probably because I didn’t get around to making any. It’s just easier.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 31, 2014

Now hear this...again and again
Is anyone else really relieved that we can now stop listening to holiday music — until it starts again around September 15?
I have nothing against holiday tunes, but it’s true there can be too much of a good thing. In an effort to prevent such a situation, we usually limit holiday music in our household to a roughly two-week period. It just seems longer.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 24, 2014

Branching Out — Part Two
Faithful readers will recall that last week was Part 1 of what is estimated to be an 18-column series detailing everything that went wrong with this year’s Christmas tree purchase. If you missed the first installment of this riveting melodrama, please send me $1.25 and I’ll make sure to get you a copy.
To summarize: this year’s field-cut tree was, ummm, bigger than we thought. Snowier, too. Somehow my wife and I managed to lug the tree into the house — after it took the tree farm owner with a big tractor to get this monster to our car.


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