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 27, 2008

Meeting the stars
Like it or not, it often pays to know “people.” For instance, I was recently fortunate to have access to tickets for a few lucky folks to “Meet and Greet” (M&G) country superstar singer Vince Gill after his nearby concert over the weekend. Let me put in a disclaimer here: I have certainly heard of Vince Gill plenty of times. I know he’s a great musician. It’s just that I not heard his music. Sure, I probably am familiar with a couple of his songs from the radio or something, but I don’t have any Vince Gill in my record or CD collections.


Here's the Scoop: August 20, 2008

Burning desire
After years of talking about it, we recently purchased a “fire pit.” As the name implies, a fire pit is a device in which you make fires. It’s not truly a pit, more of a half-moon. Maybe the name should be changed.


Here's the Scoop: August 13, 2008

A really cool idea
Like most people, I enjoy a certain amount of technical innovation. On the other hand, I think a lot of the stuff that’s invented is pretty pointless. While it’s by no means a cutting edge product, I recently found myself singing the praises of an icemaker. It is so cool — in more ways than one.


Here's the Scoop: August 6, 2008

Who said that?
Can’t anyone keep a secret anymore? It seems that every time a news story breaks, that there’s an “anonymous source” ready and willing to blab confidential information about the case. A few actual examples follow: “She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to discuss the case,” or how about: “‘The Syrian reactor was similar in design to a North Korean reactor that has in the past produced small amounts of plutonium,’ a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information.”
I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel really warm and fuzzy knowing that such nuclear secrets are so closely guarded.


Here's the Scoop: July 30, 2008

Office complaints
It’s not often that I take “column requests,” but I’m making an exception this week.
The owner of this newspaper said to me the other day, “Why don’t you write a column about the complaints people make at work?” Since he’s footing the tab for this, I thought it would be a good idea.