Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

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.


Here's the Scoop: April 8, 2009

It’s a handful
My wife is fond of watching TV programs and reading books about different cultures. This is a good way to gain an understanding about the ways that others live their lives. She’s learned a lot of important information. And, while not among the top facts she’s picked up, she has discovered that people in many other countries favor eating with the hands.


Here's the Scoop: April 1, 2009

Enjoy the holiday, kids...
Among the growing number of things that I can never understand is why so many symbols associated with “fun” holidays are — what’s the term? — not fun. I’m reminded of this each year at this time when the Easter Bunny hops into the picture for a few weeks. Real bunnies, as a general rule, are furry and cute. And small. I think that’s the major difference between an Easter Bunny and a Non-holiday Bunny. Easter Bunnies are, more likely than not, big. Huge even.


Here's the Scoop: March 25, 2009

Taking the tour
I think it’s fairly common to live somewhere and not fully appreciate the resources that are around us. For instance, I’ll bet there are tons of people who live in New York City who have never been to the top of the Empire State Building. Likewise, I’m sure that many residents of the Catskills haven’t been to the top of Slide Mountain, the region’s highest peak.


Here's the Scoop: March 18, 2009

All over the world
Many of you are probably aware that the Catskill Mountain News is now available to anyone who has access to the World Wide Web. I’m sure that some of you are reading this column on a cold, hard computer screen.
As a longtime newspaper guy, I have mixed emotions about this whole thing.


Here's the Scoop: March 11, 2009

Will it never end?
Well, I thought we were done with all this stuff, but it turns out that eight years was not enough. GW is still keeping us in the dark.
I’m not referring to the government secrecy that was the order of the day for the last two presidential terms. No, this is something a lot less sinister (I think). I’m referring to the decision to “spring ahead” with the time change much earlier than usual. I’m sure there’s a benefit to this (somehow, I’m guess Big Oil is involved), but it’s not one that I recognize.


Here's the Scoop: March 4, 2009

Worth the wait
As we all know, things don’t always go according to plan. Because of this, I often don’t bother with making a plan. It saves on disappointment.


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