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: July 11, 2012

It’s a write-off
We all like convenience. For the most part, technological innovations are designed to make life a bit easier. In theory.

It wasn’t that long ago that “expert analysts” were debating whether online shopping would catch on with the public. Let’s see: push a few buttons on the computer and your items arrive in a couple of days. No driving to the mall. No waiting on lines. No time away from eating Cheetos on the couch. For some reason, I don’t think we needed experts to tell us that online shopping would be a hit.


Here's the Scoop: July 3, 2012

This does not computer
The waiting is over. No more comments like, “I’ll just hold off a bit until the next model comes out.”
After a lengthy period, I finally have a new computer. Anyone who knows me realizes that I have a borderline fanatical fondness for Macintosh products. So, I have added to a multi-decade list of Apple purchases.

These same folks realize that I’m thrifty — thus the long periods between replacing products — no matter how badly they are needed.


Here's the Scoop: June 27, 2012

More family secrets
By popular demand, I was asked to not write about the goings-on at our recent family reunion. That “demand” came from family members, concerned that I might spill some deep, dark secrets.

Well, those paranoid family members are now safely back at their homes, many of them thousands of miles from the Catskills. In short, they don’t scare me much — from a distance, at least.


Here's the Scoop: June 20, 2012

Is reality TV fake?
Imagine my disappointment when charges were leveled last week that “House Hunters” is a fake TV show.

I don’t watch a huge amount of TV, but “House Hunters” is one of the shows I enjoy. In case you’ve never tuned in, the show basically follows a couple looking to buy a home and they visit three places, eventually buying one, after weighing the pros and cons of each place.


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.