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: May 27, 2009

Time to Twitter
I’m running late this week. Must be I’m spending too much time on Twitter again.
OK, that may not be entirely true. In fact, I was not exactly certain what it is that Twitter is — or does — until I looked it up.


Here's the Scoop: May 20, 2009

Whistling in the dark
We hadn’t owned a pet in quite awhile before obtaining a “packaged cat” about a year-and-a-half ago for Christmas. I have detailed a few of the kitty’s exploits in this space, but have some updated observations.
I guess one thing that needs to be cleared up is the “ownership” issue. “Holly” (it’s that Christmas tie-in) is pretty much the owner of the folks who give her a warm place to reside and who feed her (when I remember).


Here's the Scoop: May 13, 2009

Tunes for sale. Cheap.
I heard some disturbing news on the radio this week. Along with all the well-documented effects of our economic Re-Pression, as I like to call it, have been some lesser known side effects.
The story I heard told how one particular shop that purchases used compact discs has been flooded with returns. Apparently the “economic downturn” has plenty of folks turning in their tunes for cash. Now that’s blues music. Or is it green music?


Here's the Scoop: May 6, 2009

That’s how I remember it. I think.
I don’t believe I’m alone when it comes to not always being able to remember things.
The fact I sometimes can’t recall something that I “learned” can be pretty annoying. For instance, I’m terrible with driving directions. Much of this is due to the laziness inspired by usually having a “navigator” during out-of-town trips.


Here's the Scoop: April 29, 2009

Turn it up. Louder.
“Progress” is a funny term. In recent years, more and more people are coming to the realization that “progress” isn’t necessarily a good thing. For instance, using a bunch of additives mixed up in a laboratory to make our food grow faster, larger and have brighter color is not necessarily beneficial.
The same with the vehicles we drive.