Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the Scoop: Nov. 18, 2009

For the first time in well, ever, I have our firewood supply ready long before snow is piled porch-high. Yup, the wood is all split and neatly stacked. OK, truth in firewood reporting here: “neatly” may not be the appropriate term to apply in this instance. If I were a romance novelist given to flowery descriptive passages, I would probably have referred to the pile as something like: “The winter’s fuel was carefully placed for optimum drying atmosphere in a sturdy, yet serpentine pattern.”

Here's the Scoop: Nov. 11, 2009

It’s the end of the world...and I feel fine
“The sky is falling!” How many times have we heard that one? Quite a few. Apparently, it’s going to fall permanently in 2012. Again. This news is certainly making a lot of folks quite anxious.

Here's the Scoop: Nov. 4, 2009

Vote for your elders
Election Day in a small town. There’s nothing like a little mud-slinging to get one’s heart racing and make you feel alive! Here in Middletown, the whole thing has been pretty low-key this year. Ask most people who is on the ballot this year and often you’ll get blank stares.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 28, 2009

Keep a lid on it
When I returned home from the transfer station the other day, I lamented the fact that “We finally have plenty of garbage cans…but far fewer lids than cans.” Aside from leaving the cans outside during really breezy weather, I’m not sure how this happens.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 14, 2009

Disappearing mystery
It had to be here. Without a doubt. Triple pinky swear.
My memory is not always so great. But, in this case, I knew with certainty that I had brought the item in question home. If only I could find it.

Here's the Scoop: Oct. 7, 2009

Sweet turns sour
I read something truly disturbing this week. And I quote, “According to a new study, kids who eat too many treats at a young age risk becoming violent in adulthood.”
This story made me so mad I wanted to…whoa…wait a second.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 30, 2009

The road less traveled. Much less
I went to a dinner party the other night with a mix of people. I knew some of the guests a bit and others I just met that evening.

Such situations can be good. Or bad. Fortunately, this one turned out well. Everyone got along fine and enjoyed each other’s company.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 23, 2009

Faceless in the new millenium
We spent the weekend with a group of folks who have been friends for many years. My relationship with most of these people is “through marriage,” as they were co-workers of my wife.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 16, 2009

Itching to tackle a project
Like most people, I really look forward to weekends. In particular, I like it best when I don’t have anything planned. No friends coming over. No place to go. Just time to relax…and do loads and loads of work around the house.

Here's the Scoop: Sept. 9, 2009

Rock ‘n’ roll high school
School’s in. I think. The Back-to-School sales. The fashions for the new year. The calls to the principal’s office for shooting spit-wads. These things mean nothing to me these days…even if I do long for those bygone spit-wad days. I often got an “A” in spit-wad accuracy. My parents weren’t all that impressed, though.

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