From: Bryan McGonigal
Sent: Monday, September 11, 2006 7:38 AM
Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - September 11, 2006

Good Morning…


As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life.  Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling?  Sometimes it seemed that way.


In light of the NFL and College Football season officially in full swing, and the Bears absolutely crushing the Packers (har-de-har-har), today isn’t the full day of celebration that it normally could be.  As I’m sure you know, today is the five-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, so keep in your hearts and minds the memories of all those innocent people in New York, DC and Pennsylvania who lost their lives in that senseless, barbaric act of violence.  Hopefully the small bit of humor in this message helps brighten your day.


Next week the “Deep Thoughts Weekly” will be delayed one day as I’m out of town on Monday…you’ll get it early Tuesday morning (9/19/06).


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, September 11th

1979 - Ariana Richards (actress)

1977 - Lucacris (singer)

1967 - Harry Connick Jr (actor, singer, songwriter)

1965 - Moby (singer)

1962 - Kristy McNichol (Actress)

1943 - Lola Falana (actress)

1942 - Tom Dreesen (entertainer)

1940 - Brian DePalma (director)

1924 - Tom Landry (football coach)

**Think about what an awful birthday it has become for anyone born on September 11th…sort of ruins that festive birthday mood forever.



Selfish decision

Just before the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, John M. Lyons Jr. filed a lawsuit in New Orleans against Mark Morice, who admits to commandeering Lyons' 18-foot pleasure boat during the chaos after Katrina hit in order to rescue more than 200 people (according to his count), including a 93-year-old dialysis patient whose wife praised Morice for a Times-Picayune story. Nonetheless, said Lyons, Morice (who voluntarily identified himself to Lyons for taking the boat) didn't have permission to use it, and since it was ultimately lost (Morice said he abandoned it for other rescuers to use), and insurance covered less than half of its replacement, Lyons says Morice should pay him $12,000.



As a reminder, my reason for sending this is to help keep communication lines open between friends while hopefully adding a bit of levity to the day.  Back issues are available in the Deep Thoughts section of my website.  Have a great week!


Bryan McGonigal


*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd’s “News of the Weird”, available at



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