Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: May 14, 2008

Supermodel sighting
When I heard the news, there was no hesitation. More than a quarter-century of news reporting had honed my instincts to become highly sensitive to “breaking news.” Therefore, when I was told that “Elle McPherson is shooting a commercial at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad,” I instinctively grabbed my camera. This was newsworthy.


Here's the Scoop: May 7, 2008

That’s easy to remember
Simple. In an ideal world, life would be easy. We all know that’s not the case.
Sometimes things are just plain hard. Of course, there are things that are tough by nature (for example, geometry, for most of us) and other areas that are made much more difficult by — people.


Here's the Scoop: April 30, 2008

The next big thing
My new theory is that the Internet and e-mail will soon be going the way of the 8-track tape player. Surprisingly, when I tell people this, they often look at me like I possess some privileged information about the technology revolution. And, frankly, many people seem a tad embarrassed that they are not hip enough to be aware of “the next big thing.”


Here's the Scoop: April 16, 2008

 

Keep those letters coming


Here's the Scoop: April 9, 2008

Mellow tuning
I’m not sure when this change happened, but I really have come to enjoy listening to National Public Radio (NPR) stations. Some might say it’s an age thing. They’d be right, in a way. If I never hear another screaming disc jockey that will be OK with me. Really.


Here's the Scoop: April 2, 2008

Tim...ber!
Did you ever feel like you’re the only person around who is not aware of a new trend or phenomenon? I recently had that experience when some people started chatting about “Ax Men.”


Here's the Scoop: March 26, 2008

Common misery
This has to be the weirdest time of year to live in the Catskills. Weather.com shows us that the average high temperature for March in these hills is only 37 degrees. Yet we crave more. A lot more.


Here's the Scoop: March 19, 2008

Taking the test
We tried to come up with an appropriate title and finally settled on the obvious: The Boyfriend Test.
There would be no need for pencil and paper. No 45-minute time limit. No cheat sheets. Nope, The Boyfriend would pass — or fail — on his own terms. For those of us who like to make snap judgments, the test would not take long.


Here's the Scoop: March 12, 2008

A tangled web
Soon, probably in a few months, the Catskill Mountain News will be entering a new era. We’re going to have a thing called a website or is it web site? Doesn’t matter, we’re getting one.


Here's the Scoop: March 5, 2008

Hogging another meal
Pork, The Other White Meat. Or, so they say in the advertisements.
This week at our house, it’s Pork: The Only Meat. At Every Meal.
For some reason, we had an absurdly large hunk of pork for dinner the other night. It was quite tasty. If I didn’t know that then, I had a much better idea after an assortment of pork delights.


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