Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Here's the scoop: June 12, 2013

Google the comparisons
I haven’t seen the new movie “The Internship,” but the story apparently revolves around two older fellows who get an internship at Google. If you want to learn more, try Googling this film.


Here's the scoop: June 4, 2013

The thrill of the grill
It’s nearly (if you ignore last week’s below-freezing nights) summer, so that means it’s time for hot dogs. Or not dogs.

Actually, Not Dogs are a brand name for an a vegetarian hot dog made with organic tofu and other items not generally association with mouthwatering goodness. Maybe they taste great, but that’s for others to judge.


Here's the scoop: May 28, 2013

Sticky, sweet goodness
With all of the TV shows dedicated to food these days, it seems like there’s always someone taking credit for “inventing” certain dishes. Often these concoctions are wild combinations of foods that most people would never dream of pairing.

Personally, I’m more of a fan of foods that aren’t fancy, but simply taste good — can’t get enough peanut butter and jelly. While I appreciate creative dishes, my palate is pretty easy to please. My stomach, too.


Here's the scoop: May 15, 2013

Take me out to the ballgame...
You’re probably familiar with the term, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That may be true, but you can sure instruct a middle-aged cat to do some neat stuff. For instance, watching baseball.


Here's the scoop: April 24, 2013

We’ll see about that...or not
Did you ever have one of those moments where you anxiously think, “Did I just do that?”
You’ve probably guessed that this recently happened to me. You’re right. Yesterday, after dropping off my car for snow tire removal (call me an optimist!), and hitching a lift to work, as my chauffer drove away, I thought, “I wonder if the case with my glasses in it is in the pile of stuff I just removed from the car?”


Here's the Scoop: April 17, 2013

Something’s Fishy
I recently concluded a strenuous endurance test — eight days living “off the grid,” on my own.
Maybe “off the grid” isn’t exactly accurate. I had electricity. There was plenty of gas for the stove (although it wasn’t needed). But, I was still roughing it because my wife was called out of town for a business trip. The “business” primarily involved touring the Left Coast with her three sisters, enjoying sun and surf on a long-planned getaway.


Here's the scoop: April 10, 2013

The Write Stuff
The Daily Star in Oneonta carried a big, front page story this week about the death of handwriting. In the business, we like to refer to such “stories” as a slow news day. I know them well.

But, that’s not the point. The fact is, the Star is correct, handwriting is no longer utilized — or given much consideration — by many people. That’s unfortunate.
Personally, I abandoned the handwriting game long ago. Like a bad relationship, “It just wasn’t working for me.”


Here's the scoop: April 3, 2013

Spring is Bobbling Along
Saturday evening marked the return of spring for me. That’s when members of the Catskill Mountain Fantasy Baseball League (CMFBL) gathered for the league’s annual draft.

I periodically mention CMFBL in this space because it’s a pretty big part of my life for six months each year. Some may say it’s too big of a part of my life. For that reason, I’ve learned to keep my enthusiasm for this “sport” to myself — unless I’m talking to fellow league members. They understand.


Here's the scoop: March 27, 2013

Just like old times
Unfortunately, I am banned this week from using a three-letter work that begins with “s.” Since I can’t write about the raw material from which maple syrup is made, I have been hard-pressed to think of another topic. My brain is kind of sapped (six letters), I guess.


Here's the scoop: March 19, 2013

Syrup: The Final Frontier
It would have been unfair to leave readers hanging regarding our first venture into the world of maple syrup production. So, today we reach the boiling point.

But not that fast. These things take time. Lots and lots of mind-numbing time.
Anyone with sensitivity to the cold realizes it has been pretty darn chilly lately. Especially when you’re outside. Even sitting next to a fire. Being rookies in the maple-making world, a sap house is not in the plans. Yet.


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