Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: June 17, 2009

Do I know you?
Well, I survived the second annual Sweeney Family Reunion.
The latest event was a bit different than the first. During the initial reunion, held three years ago, there were many folks who hadn’t seen each other in decades. In people years, that’s pretty long.
There were some new relatives on board this time around, but also many returning Reunion Vets. I guess that means the first reunion was a success. Or else those who attended have short memories.


Here's the Scoop: June 10, 2009

Color me green...along with everyone else
Personally, I am really pleased that the entire world has gone “green.” Evil chemicals, from all indications, are a thing of the past. At least if you believe what you read. While I’m glad that many of the disease-causing chemicals that have been forced upon society are no longer being used, the entire concept does have a troubling side.


Here's the Scoop: June 3, 2009

Welcome to my house
It was like a police interrogation. Without the dead body. Yet.
The story was told to me while I was at a gathering the other evening with some people I had just met. It didn’t matter, though, because like many people who have had a life-altering experience, they were ready to spill their guts.


Here's the Scoop: May 27, 2009

Time to Twitter
I’m running late this week. Must be I’m spending too much time on Twitter again.
OK, that may not be entirely true. In fact, I was not exactly certain what it is that Twitter is — or does — until I looked it up.


Here's the Scoop: May 20, 2009

Whistling in the dark
We hadn’t owned a pet in quite awhile before obtaining a “packaged cat” about a year-and-a-half ago for Christmas. I have detailed a few of the kitty’s exploits in this space, but have some updated observations.
I guess one thing that needs to be cleared up is the “ownership” issue. “Holly” (it’s that Christmas tie-in) is pretty much the owner of the folks who give her a warm place to reside and who feed her (when I remember).


Here's the Scoop: May 13, 2009

Tunes for sale. Cheap.
I heard some disturbing news on the radio this week. Along with all the well-documented effects of our economic Re-Pression, as I like to call it, have been some lesser known side effects.
The story I heard told how one particular shop that purchases used compact discs has been flooded with returns. Apparently the “economic downturn” has plenty of folks turning in their tunes for cash. Now that’s blues music. Or is it green music?


Here's the Scoop: May 6, 2009

That’s how I remember it. I think.
I don’t believe I’m alone when it comes to not always being able to remember things.
The fact I sometimes can’t recall something that I “learned” can be pretty annoying. For instance, I’m terrible with driving directions. Much of this is due to the laziness inspired by usually having a “navigator” during out-of-town trips.


Here's the Scoop: April 29, 2009

Turn it up. Louder.
“Progress” is a funny term. In recent years, more and more people are coming to the realization that “progress” isn’t necessarily a good thing. For instance, using a bunch of additives mixed up in a laboratory to make our food grow faster, larger and have brighter color is not necessarily beneficial.
The same with the vehicles we drive.


Here's the Scoop: April 22, 2009

What are the chances?
Some stunning news was reported this week on my Home Page. It seems that “only half the population understands what a precipitation forecast means well enough to make a fully informed answer to that tricky question of whether or not to bring an umbrella.”
That leaves half of us all wet, I guess. Or not — depening on one’s luck.


Here's the Scoop: April 15, 2009

Now who’s the dork?
For years, I have started my mornings from early spring through early fall with a review of the box scores to check the progress of my Fantasy Baseball players.


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