Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 22, 2008

Life without e-mail. By choice.
I did it. Almost.
When I left my office on Friday, I had to pick up a bunch of large items and was worried that my laptop computer might not receive proper treatment in the car. So, I left it in the office. This was a big step for me — like Paris Hilton leaving home without dressing her dog in an outfit that matches hers.
Nothing against Paris, but I think what I was attempting was much more difficult.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 15, 2008

Government trimming
At this time of year, my normal obsession with keeping the grass cut and weeds whacked begins to fade. Oddly enough, I’m not terribly concerned about a lawn full of leaves.
This year, I am trying even harder than usual not to get too crazy as I prepare for my annual State of the Lawn address. There are several reasons for my newfound, laidback attitude. Despite the “bargain” gas prices we’ve been experiencing in the past weeks, I am still not happy when I can no longer fill the five-gallon gas can with the crumpled bills I find in the bottom of the washing machine. (P.S. – While I appreciate gas at “only” $3.32 per gallon, I really like it at $1.90.)

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 8, 2008

30-year-old gas sippers
I remember — barely — back in the early ’80s when I was shopping for my first new car. Sure, it was sad to trade in the old Pontiac Ventura that had been handed down to me. But I wanted new wheels.
Even back then, I was, what’s the word? Cheap.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 1, 2008

Spotting some trouble
At first, I thought it was a practical joke. Two co-workers asked at the same time, “What’s on your shirt?” Naturally, that’s never a question anyone likes to hear. It ranks just below, “Ewww….what’s that on your face?”
My confusion was magnified by the fact that, when I looked down, I didn’t see anything wrong with my shirt. Still, they persisted and I began to realize that a punch line was not going to follow.

Here's the Scoop: September 24, 2008

High “Five”
First of all, I think it’s important to make the point that I am not some meat-craving freak who needs a hefty supply of beef or pork at every meal. In fact, I can really take or leave meat at most meals, as long as there’s something tasty on the plate. The other thing that I’d like to clear up early in this column is that I’m not a paid sponsor for the company about which I’m going to write. Yet. If they offer me some buck — or food — I’ll certainly listen.
Which leads to my topic: Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

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.

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