Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: June 22, 2011

It’s frying season
Like many folks, I always look forward to summer. It’s the best season, in my book.
So, you can imagine my delight when I recently learned about something that promises to make Summer 2011 finger-licking memorable: Deep-Fried Kool-Aid Balls.


Here's the Scoop: June 15, 2011

The long and winding roads
Sometimes, it’s necessary to “get away from it all.” I’m not referring to the Hudson Valley Mall. I mean far, far away. Italy, to be exact.

Through a series of events — some good and some sad — we were determined to make such an excursion to mark our 20th anniversary.

I had not been to Italy since the age of five and, I must admit, my memories of that trip were foggy. Like college. So, I considered this my first “real” excursion to that country.


Here's the Scoop: May 25, 2011

Survival of the carnivores
My love for meals from Five Guys Burgers and Fries is not a secret. It’s been mentioned more than once in this space. This week, I have no choice but to bring up this scrumptious topic again.
I know that my taste for Five Guys meals (“fast-food” seems like an inappropriate description) is shared by many others. More often than not, when I hit the Kingston location, I run into diners from this area. Unfortunately, they never offer to buy my meal. That’s OK, because the food is worth the price.


Here's the Scoop: May 18, 2011

Tidal wave of support
If an athlete is termed a “competitor,” it’s a compliment. On the other hand, being tagged “competitive,” is not really a flattering term. I’m somewhere in between.

I’d prefer not to go into great detail over this, on advice from my attorney, but I’ll provide an outline. Let’s just say I entered a home renovation project into a contest. The rules of the contest were simple: the most votes from the public wins.


Here's the Scoop: May 11, 2011

It’s Pippa-watching season
Like so many others, I’ve had trouble thinking about much of anything other than “Pippa” for the past couple of weeks.

My days are filled with “Google alerts” pouring in for all things “Pippa.” The good news is that I don’t get many things that aren’t related to Pippa Middleton, because there just ain’t that many of them around. Pippa Middleton is not the only person with that name, but she’s probably the only one who is simply known by one name. Like Madonna. Or Tarzan.


Here's the Scoop: May 4, 2011

Order up
I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve become a sort of “lunch specialist.” The term applies to both eating and preparation.

In reality, my fascination with making lunch probably started taking shape when The Great Recession was strengthening its grip on the world. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy grabbing an occasional take-out lunch. It’s just that I don’t always feel like parting with the cash necessary to obtain lunch provided by others. So, I don’t buy my noon meal as often as I did in the past.


Here's the Scoop: April 27, 2011

Games are for the birds
This falls under the heading of “Why didn’t I think of that?” Actually, I did. But there was a good TV show on and I forgot about my great concept.

That’s not exactly true. But, for years, when I saw people waiting around on line for something, I always had the notion that these folks needed something to do to help them pass the time. A game would be good, I figured. That was the end of my concept, unfortunately.


Here's the Scoop: April 20, 2011

Are you questioning me?
In recent years, a number of news stories have revealed that some journalists either “borrowed” the works they offered as their own or they “enhanced” the subject matter of their “non-fiction” pieces.

Such a story broke again this week when charges were leveled on “60 Minutes” that Greg Mortenson, author of the hit book Three Cups of Tea, may have applied some slight exaggeration to his retelling of his work to establish a series of schools in Pakistan.


Here's the Scoop: April 13, 2011

Common denominator
I walked in on an interesting office discussion the other day. It seems several staff members were debating the pros and cons of certain brands of toilet paper (TP). I’m sure it was a work-related topic, in case you were wondering.

As the conversation progressed, I felt obligated to put in my two cents. Surprisingly, no one told me to butt out. This was apparently an area where the staff felt I had some expertise.


Here's the Scoop: April 6, 2011

I did it, OK?
Let me get this out of the way up front: I did take steroids. Imagine all the expense and ridicule a simple statement like that would have saved for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens?

My steroid use was the result of the allergic reaction detailed in this space last week. I’m pleased to report that I did not have to undergo secretive shots in my butt or naval as part of an effort to boost my home run hitting and/or pitching efforts. Just a few days’ worth of little pills to put my body back on track.


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