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: June 13, 2012

Who are you again?
Just a few more days until the Sweeney Family Reunion. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for me to pull out the Sweeney Family Tree and figure out who all these people are — and try to memorize their names.

I really like the reunion, but my memory isn’t that great. I often find myself asking folks at the reunion, “Do I know you?” Quickly followed by, “OK, do I like you?” Kidding, of course.


here's the Scoop: May 30, 2012

What’s for dinner?
Cannibals. Love ’em or hate ’em.
I’m in the first category on this one. I think cannibals may just have the right idea. I know vegetables are good for one’s diet, but meat packs more of a culinary punch.

I know that being fond of a quarter-pound burger or a juicy pork chop isn’t exactly the same as visiting your neighbor for a midnight snack (literally), but it’s not a big stretch to see how this could evolve into developing a taste for human flesh.


Here's the Scoop: May 23, 2012

Good to be back. Sort of
Things are different on vacation. Usually better.
As a general rule, I am a fan of “getting away from it all.” The funny thing about vacations, though, is that they are often surrounded by stress.

Before one can begin forgetting about work and general life pressures, one has to wrap up the vacations details such as planning what to bring, packing these items and tending to lingering details. It’s hard.


Here's the Scoop: May 16, 2012

I’ve got this one covered
Although I don’t do that much sports reporting these days, I recently volunteered to attend a game.
“I’ll cover the team that wears the orange and black, if that’s OK,” I said to the assignment editor.
Then, I added an extra generous offer, “You don’t even need to pay me, just pick up my expenses.”
He nodded absently, not concerned with the mileage bill for what he assumed was a round-trip to Roxbury.


Here's the Scoop: May 9, 2012

Here’s the drill
For many folks, just thinking about a trip to the dentist is nearly as painful as the actual deed. Almost.

Maybe that’s why a lot of people (I qualify) drag their feet a bit when it comes to scheduling dental visits.

It’s not like I need a Garmin to find my dentist’s office, but there’s some repair work that I have avoided. Until now. Teeth, like most body parts, have a tendency to wear out a bit, Unfortunately, too much wear and tear results in skipping the “regular” dentist and popping in to see the oral surgeon.