Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 2, 2009

Used chicken salesman
It took awhile, but I think I may have found my true calling: chicken sales. I honestly had no idea.
Stranger things have happened, I guess. It all started out very innocently. I was asked by “my people” to assist with the “chicken booth” at the Margaretville Street Fair. Those of you who attended this event know that it was “fowl” weather — you’d think it would be perfect for selling some chickens.


Here's the Scoop: August 26, 2009

Cashing in on a trend
Well, the “Cash for Clunkers” program is winding down. Whew. Apparently the program that paid for folks to trade in their old, fuel inefficient vehicles for new, more efficient ones was a huge hit. The plan reportedly had some flaws, but was beneficial overall.


Here's the Scoop: August 19, 2009

Follow the granola crumbs
A few weeks back I wrote about how my wife and I have turned leisurely bicycle riding into a spectator sport. This was not meant in a mean-spirited way. Basically, having a “rating” system for other riders, helps one keep their mind off the idea the tiny size of the bike seat you’re perched upon.


Here's the Scoop: August 12, 2009

J&K mania strikes
I am exhausted. I spent nearly the entire weekend catching up on the latest adventures of “Jon and Kate.” Forget the “Plus 8,” there wasn’t nearly enough time.


Here's the Scoop: August 5, 2009

Rules of the road
So far, there have been 6.5 “Good Bike Riding Days” this year. Considering that the season starts, in my book, during May, that’s not very many.
I have this funny quirk when it comes to riding: I don’t like getting wet.


Here's the Scoop: July 22, 2009

I don’t want anymore. Really
For the most part, every good invention has a negative side. Take e-mail for instance.
This innovation has made it possible for anyone with a computer to effortlessly communicate with anyone, anywhere. That’s pretty cool.


Here's the Scoop: July 15, 2009

The Wild Life
Sometimes, column topics change. Other times, they are reinforced.
This is one of those times.
This week’s topic was going to be about the adventures of moving to the “country” and the different types of experiences vs. the “city” living (Arkville) we had enjoyed over the years.


Here's the Scoop: July 15, 2009

The Wild Life
Sometimes, column topics change. Other times, they are reinforced.
This is one of those times.
This week’s topic was going to be about the adventures of moving to the “country” and the different types of experiences vs. the “city” living (Arkville) we had enjoyed over the years.


Here's the Scoop: July 8, 2009

“Facts” are checked
Once again, this column has been a lightening rod for controversy. Rumor has it that at least one reader took exception to the fact that I may have hinted last week that the late (apparently VERY great) actor John Ritter garnered a wee bit too much attention when he died.


Here's the Scoop: July 1, 2009

Stars are falling
The world lost a bunch of famous folks over the last week or so. Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon and Billy Mays. Wow.
These people all had varying degrees of fame, but were well-known for different reasons.
When I was in college, anyone who didn’t have THE Farrah Fawcett poster in their room was viewed as somehow lacking in the wonders of higher education. This shapely swimsuit shot provided the type of inspiration that wasn’t found in any college textbook.


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