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: August 3, 2011

When duty calls
I did my duty last week. Almost.
The fact is, I reported for Jury Duty, as instructed. Then, we were all sent home when the case was settled just moments before jury selection. Apparently, that kind of thing happens a lot.
Even though so many cases are settled out of court doesn’t release anyone from their obligation of showing up and possibly being selected to serve on a jury. So, off I went to Delhi to see if I would be called upon to decide someone’s fate. Real power.


Here's the Scoop: July 27, 2011

What’s that password?
I heard an interesting piece on the radio this week. It seems that I am not alone in struggling to remember passwords for various accounts on the Internet.

Apparently, failure to remember one’s passwords is pretty much an epidemic. As an antidote for this plague, many of us choose to “simplify” our passwords to make it easier to gain access to online accounts, etc.


Here's the Scoop: July 20, 2011

The sights and scents of summer
Almost everyone will agree that summer has many benefits. No heating bills. No getting the kids on the school bus. And the only “ice” problems occur when cubes melt too quickly in a glass filled with a cooling beverage.

not to say summer doesn’t have drawbacks. Bugs can be unpleasant. Lawn mowing gets to be a burden. There’s also the issue of “food freshness.” Or non-freshness. This brings us to the topic of “summer smells.”


Here's the Scoop: July 13, 2011

Fall comes early
“Make sure you lean against a wall and practice,” I was advised.

This didn’t seem like bad advice, but I was a little surprised. After all, this task was just like riding a bike. Only different. Quite a bit different, as it turns out.


Here's the Scoop: July 6, 2011

So much extra energy!
I may have missed something, but I’m not certain where the fascination with “energy drinks” originated. Still, every time you turn on the TV, open a magazine or stand in line at the store, I am faced with “energy-boosting” products.

It’s pretty obvious that this stuff is selling briskly. Well, I guess it’s apparent because so many companies are offering these products. Personally, I haven’t really noticed a great “boost” taking place in the general population.