Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: September 10, 2014

House cleaning time
A simplified way of looking at life is that it’s filled with chapters. Like a good book, some of the chapters are terrifying, some are sweet, others are filled with impossibly boring details — much like an 800-page novel.
As time passes, it becomes a bit easier to look back and break down one’s life into different segments. That sort of nostalgia has been at the forefront for me lately as I have spent a ton of time cleaning out my childhood home and preparing the house for its next chapter of ownership.

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Here's the Scoop: September 3, 2014

Keep an eye on the job
It all seemed pretty simple. Even for me.
After many years and thousands of miles, my exercise bike started making weird noises. I’m not sure how to describe the sounds – kind of like a locomotive, according to my wife. Since it’s my humble opinion that it has rained about 75 percent of the days this summer, the “train” has been running more than the road bike this year. That’s OK with me, saves time. Plus, I don’t need to wear a helmet indoors.

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Here's the Scoop: August 27, 2014

Fancy to meat you here
I don’t always adapt easily to change. Because of this fact, Saturday was a difficult day for me.
For those of you who didn’t attend the annual Street Fair in Margaretville, let me explain that my political party of choice switched gears in a radical way. After many years of selling BBQ chicken as a fund-raiser at this event, we shifted our focus to pulled pork. Insert your own political joke here.

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Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2014

Weather or not
Some friends stopped by the other day and one of them remarked what a lovely summer it’s been.
“Oh, have you been away?” I responded.
As humans, we tend to judge life in terms of years and seasons. “Lovely” is not a word to describe recent months.
After I recovered from my momentary shock, I followed up with another question, just to reinforce my viewpoint. “What did you enjoy most — the nearly daily rainfall or the chilly temperatures that made outdoor activities a rare occurrence?”


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Horse of a different color
Someone recently asked me “What kind of animal are you?” I wasn’t wolfing down a Five Guys burger at the time, so they weren’t referring to my fast-food dining habits. Thankfully.
As it turns out, “The Animal in You” is a type of personality test (found on the Internet, naturally) that poses a handful of questions that supposedly lead to the test-taker being labeled as a certain type of animal.