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: February 22, 2012

Where are the photos?
There’s no way that I was the only person disappointed by this news — or lack of news. For three straight days, I opened my computer’s Home Page and there were no — zero — stories on Celebrity Baby Bumps.

Talk about disappointing. Are you trying to tell me that every celebrity has finished with the baby-making process? Do the masked folks who run the Internet expect me to believe that there are no celebrities waiting to give birth?


Here's the Scoop: February 15, 2012

Seems like old times
When it comes to change, I usually switch my routines very reluctantly. To say I’m a creature of habit is quite accurate.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate new gadgets, clothes, etc., but I often need convincing about the benefits of embracing something different. I guess that’s why an event I attended over the weekend was so refreshing. You see, with few exceptions, the affair I went to was populated by “Catskill Mountain old-timers.” Myself included, of course.


Here's the Scoop: February 8, 2012

I can see it now...almost
Perhaps it’s caused by a steady accumulation of birthdays, but I have issues with manufacturers’ fascination with making everything as tiny as possible.

I guess the ability of make small, yet very powerful, computer chips has led to this state of Smaller is Better. Sure, a lot of products on the market are “Jetsons come to life,” and I admire the innovation taking place. But, most of it hurts my eyes.
Apparently, not everyone in my age bracket feels the same way.


Here's the Scoop: February 1, 2012

Spinning a yarn
It didn’t happen overnight. No, this was a gradual trend.

At first, I would occasionally ask my wife: “Do you know where all my socks are?”
Then, for a change of pace, I’d mix things up by inquiring: “Have you seen any of my handkerchiefs?”
My questions were usually met with shrugs or a return question that started: “Have you looked in the (fill in the blank)?”


Here's the Scoop: January 25, 2012

A new holiday classic
Since we’re barely a month into winter, I think it’s still OK to write about Christmas Past. But not Christmas Presents.

For years, my favorite Christmas TV show was the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Sure, the book was nice, but nothing could top all the Whos down in Whoville joyfully singing, despite the lack of holiday loot. My guess is they had read the book and knew about the happy ending, so they weren’t too concerned about not getting any gifts. But, I’m a skeptic at heart.