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: Nov. 19, 2014

Going clothes chopping
A friend came to visit last weekend and joked that her outfit could have easily been mistaken for the same uniform donned by about half-a-dozen patrons at the restaurant where she stopped for lunch. Because her shirt was red plaid, I thought she meant she fit in with the hunting crowd.
I didn’t really think much more about it until the next day when my wife burst out laughing while looking at something on her iPad. She then showed me my first glimpse of a Lumbersexual. This was a new one, indeed.

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Here's the Scoop: Nov. 12, 2014

Just in time
As I rushed to get ready for a meeting the other day, I would occasionally glance at the clock. “Plenty of time,” I’d tell myself.
Unless something went wrong.
It turned out that I arrived for the meeting at precisely one minute before the time of my appointment was scheduled to begin. A sigh of relief was in order.
The staff at the office greeted me and asked with whom I was meeting. When I told them, all the employees laughed and answered in unison, “Don’t you know by now he’s always late?”

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Here's the Scoop: October 29, 2014

Personal shopping list
Some chores in life provide certain advantages. For instance, volunteering to do the dishes for someone who has been hard at work mixing up cookie dough will almost certainly result in the “reward” of getting to lick the batter from the bowl. Who needs baking?


Here's The Scoop: October 22, 2014

Orange you glad it’s Halloween
Despite the lack of leaves on trees and a tendency toward “grayness,” there are a few bright spots this time of year. Orange, to be exact.
I love pumpkins. They look cool sitting on porches and adorning fence posts. Pumpkins also taste great all ground up as a primary pie ingredient. Pumpkins are fun to grow, as well. That last point is up to debate.


Here's the Scoop: October 15, 2014

Never too early
Each year, the drama builds. I wait as long as possible — delaying the inevitable.
In all honesty, the first fire of the year usually occurs much earlier than it did this season. That’s kind of odd, since I was tempted to “take the chill off” the house about half the nights during the summer. Since fall rolled around, my thinking is a bit different.