Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: Feb. 10, 2010

Nighttime makeover works wonders
When it was announced awhile back that a new company was purchasing the former A&P plaza, there was a collective sigh of relief from many local residents. The term “dump” is tossed around lightly these days, but an argument could be made that the former A&P plaza fit the description. Some things age well. Not strip malls. In fact, most strip malls never look good.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 3, 2010

Where have I seen you before?
We recently took quite a long break from movie rentals. It seemed there was always something going on for about two years and movie-watching was no longer a top priority. Or maybe it was because we moved and hadn’t unpacked the box with the TV.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 27, 2010

I swear — it was a mistake.
“Community paper.” That’s the best way to describe the Catskill Mountain News in two words or less. I’ve heard worse, of course. Especially in the past week! While providing coverage of “real stories,” the News still seeks to retain that wholesome, hometown flavor. With the exception, I guess, of the really, really bad swear word that made its way into print recently.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 20, 2010

There’s no time for shorcuts
I’m starting to think that I am not cut out to live in this current time. Call me old — you won’t be the first.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 13, 2010

Are they gone yet?
The 10-day “Period of Forgetfulness” has passed. Memories of “The Visit” are starting to fade. A bit. You see, over the holidays we hosted some friends and their young children. For two years…I mean two days. That’s 48 hours to those of you who don’t keep track of such things. It’s a very, very long time when half of the houseguests can’t tie their shoes.


Here's the Scoop: Jan. 6, 2010

Warm and cuddly feeling
When a recent conversation came around to Snuggies, I felt left out. Finally, I casually asked: “What exactly is a Snuggie?” I didn’t receive an immediate answer, but there were plenty of skeptical stares from the small group assembled. No one present, it seems, believed that I didn’t know about the wonders of Snuggies.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 30, 2009

Same old song...again and again...
How many others out there are really relieved that Christmas is over? I thought so.
I’ve got to admit it, for all the pain that the most recent recession has caused, I really did appreciate the fact that this financial meltdown erased much of the holiday season pressure. I doubt if the trend will last, but I liked the fact that presents became quite a bit less important in the past few years. Unless, of course, you were in charge of a company trying to sell useless trinkets to the masses.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 23, 2009

The way the cookies crumble
Each year I ask the question: Should there be a limit on the number of Christmas cookies that one person can consume? The civil rights activist in me responds: No way. Thankfully.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 16, 2009

On the wrong track
Like a few other people, I was not totally convinced that it was going to snow anytime soon this winter. I figured maybe a couple of inches in the middle of February. Naturally, there was no need for me to have snow tires put on our vehicles until that time.


Here's the Scoop: Dec. 9, 2009

Just follow the rules...
Holiday work parties…you’ve got to love them. I think.
At some point, these festive events have shifted focus. One of the strangest trends I’ve noticed is that the term “holiday party” has taken on a more vague meaning. I used to think that this name was inserted so that no one’s religious beliefs were offended. That’s fine.


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