Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: March 3, 2010

So nice to see you... again... and again...
This is the beginning of a multi-part column. My storm observations will continue until I run out of things to write about “The Event” or until it melts. I’m betting on the latter happening first.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 24, 2010

A mystery to me
So far this winter, I’ve read 112 books where the plot is something like this: hero is a grizzled (yet sensitive) war veteran who now spends his time chasing down bad guys. In several of these books, this work was done without the benefit of a paycheck — talk about a plot hole.


Here's the Scoop: Feb. 17, 2010

Hung out to dry
It’s become a cliché to state, “You don’t appreciate things until you no longer have them.” The fact is, it’s true. I guess that’s why it’s a cliché.


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.


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