Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: September 17, 2008

A real turnoff
It’s no secret that I’m cheap. Wait, that’s not entirely true. When it comes to investing in “quality products,” I am usually willing to spend the extra dollars to prevent hassles down the line. So, I guess it’s more accurate to say that I “save where I can.” One of those areas is in use of devices powered by electricity.

Here's the Scoop: September 10, 2008

Do I know you?
Eagle-eyed readers spotted my photo in this paper a few weeks back as part of the Middletown Post 216 baseball team that captured the Delaware County American Junior Legion Baseball Championship “Back in ’73.”
However, very few of the sharp-eyed people were co-workers. Before the picture was published, I passed it around the office to see if the staff could identify me. Let’s just say if the success rate of News employees had been a batting average, they would be minor leaguers.

Here's the Scoop: September 3, 2008

Hanging with the stars
Devoted readers may recall that I mentioned here last week that I would be in charge of passes for folks to “Meet and Greet” music/film star Chris Isaak before his Saturday show at the Belleayre Music Festival.
When I heard a few weeks back that I was being assigned this duty, I had one question: “Will I have to shave?”

Here's the Scoop: August 27, 2008

Meeting the stars
Like it or not, it often pays to know “people.” For instance, I was recently fortunate to have access to tickets for a few lucky folks to “Meet and Greet” (M&G) country superstar singer Vince Gill after his nearby concert over the weekend. Let me put in a disclaimer here: I have certainly heard of Vince Gill plenty of times. I know he’s a great musician. It’s just that I not heard his music. Sure, I probably am familiar with a couple of his songs from the radio or something, but I don’t have any Vince Gill in my record or CD collections.

Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2008

Burning desire
After years of talking about it, we recently purchased a “fire pit.” As the name implies, a fire pit is a device in which you make fires. It’s not truly a pit, more of a half-moon. Maybe the name should be changed.

Here's the Scoop: August 13, 2008

A really cool idea
Like most people, I enjoy a certain amount of technical innovation. On the other hand, I think a lot of the stuff that’s invented is pretty pointless. While it’s by no means a cutting edge product, I recently found myself singing the praises of an icemaker. It is so cool — in more ways than one.

Here's the Scoop: August 6, 2008

Who said that?
Can’t anyone keep a secret anymore? It seems that every time a news story breaks, that there’s an “anonymous source” ready and willing to blab confidential information about the case. A few actual examples follow: “She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the case,” or how about: “‘The Syrian reactor was similar in design to a North Korean reactor that has in the past produced small amounts of plutonium,’ a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.”
I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel really warm and fuzzy knowing that such nuclear secrets are so closely guarded.

Here's the Scoop: July 30, 2008

Office complaints
It’s not often that I take “column requests,” but I’m making an exception this week.
The owner of this newspaper said to me the other day, “Why don’t you write a column about the complaints people make at work?” Since he’s footing the tab for this, I thought it would be a good idea.

Here's the Scoop: July 23, 2008

Ready to spend
Finally, we joined the ranks of those folks receiving economic Stimulus Checks. Or, Hush Money, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, any time someone — especially the government — hands me $1,200, I’m a willing recipient. Even if I have to wait a really, really long time to get the dough.

Here's the Scoop: July 16, 2008

No big surprise
I recently marked a “special” birthday. I am unsure why people make such a big deal out of turning 35, but so be it. Not being much of a “party person,” I gently reminded loved ones — many times — that I really, really didn’t want a party on my behalf. Cake was another story, though.

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