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: April 25, 2012

I’m not playing!
Often when someone asks me what I “did” over the weekend, I have to give the question some serious thought before responding. The fact is, I like to think I do a lot of “stuff,” but I can’t always recall the specifics. It’s probably better that way.

However, there’s one I always know that I didn’t do — play Words with Friends. Or any other online game.


Here's the Scoop: April 18, 2012

When is the next bus?
Baseball fans this week, especially the Red Sox faithful, are having a great time. It seems that loose-lipped new manager Bobby Valentine went on a radio show and sort of questioned the physical and emotional effort of one of the team’s longtime stars, Kevin Youkilis.


Here's the Scoop: April 11, 2012

Weekend...time for work!
Like many Americans with a general Monday-Friday work schedule, I crave the weekends. Those two days are an opportunity to kick back — and haul around heavy stuff. Or chop up things. And, maybe set aside a bit of time for digging around a rock-hard hillside — all in anticipation of planting stuff. In other words: “fun.”


Here's the Scoop: April 4, 2012

What are the odds?
Like millions of other folks across the country, I was glued to the TV set last Friday for the Mega Millions lottery drawing.

Moments after the winning numbers were selected, I excitedly raced around to compare the numbers I had just written down to the ones on the lottery tickets I had purchased. It didn’t take much searching around in my wallet to figure out a chilling reality — I had NO chance of winning. There were zero lottery tickets for me to check. None.


Here's the Scoop: March 28, 2012

Transmission failure
Over the years, fax machines have occasionally been a topic in this column. I recall the early days of this technology when the equipment was quite expensive and it was more cost-effective to make a five-mile round-trip to send and receive faxes from a local business that offered such services. Today, I find it annoying to walk two steps across my office to grab a fax off my machine.

“Don’t these people know about e-mail?” I shout to no one in particular when a fax appears.