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 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.


Here's the Scoop: March 21, 2012

Imported foods...from up north
Even if you’ve never been there, or aren’t entirely certain where it’s located on the map, Greece has played an influential role in your life recently.


Here's the Scoop: March 14, 2012

Who uses these words?
Even during a season like this year, without much snow or many frigid days, winter tends to drag on like a parental lecture.

For this reason, it’s good to have a hobby to help pass the long, chilly days and nights. Hobbies are something that I don’t have many of — unless you count napping on the couch. That’s one that I spend a fair amount of time at during winter and, I modestly state, I have extraordinary skills in this area.