From: Deep Thoughts Weekly
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 7:38 AM
Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 27, 2006


Good Morning…


Children need encouragement, so if a kid gets an answer right, tell him it was a lucky guess. That way, he develops a good, lucky feeling.


Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.  I heard of some CRAZY shopping over the past week…primarily for the Playstation 3, which due to very limited supplies was going for as much as $5000 on eBay (it costs $600 retail).  One waitress we spoke with claims at the “Black Friday” sale at Wal-Mart, she was there when it first opened at 5:00 AM and got a vacuum cleaner, a toaster oven and a mixing bowl set for $3.86 total!  Anyone else have some good luck with shopping, or were you like me and simply ignored it for now?



2004 - Alexander (A.J.) McGonigal (my son)

1976 - Jaleel White (actor)

1970 - Brooke Langton (actress)

1964 - Robin Givens (actress)

1957 - Caroline Kennedy (former First Daughter)

1942 - Jimi Hendrix (musician, singer)

1941 - Eddie Rabbit (country singer, songwriter)

1940 - Bruce Lee (actor)

1925 - Marshall Thompson (actor)

1917 - Buffalo Bob (Smith) (TV host)

1909 - James (Rufus) Agee (writer, poet)

1843 - Cornelius Vanderbilt (capitalist)

1701 - Anders Celsius (Astronomer)



Economic Air Safety?
According to 2005 transcripts made public by The Wall Street Journal in September, a British Airways 747 flew its entire 10-hour-plus route from Los Angeles to Manchester, England, even though the pilot knew that one of its four engines had caught fire and burned up 30 seconds after take-off. The pilot surprised the Los Angeles tower by radioing his decision to fly on "as far as we can" (after checking with BA headquarters, which might have been mindful that returning to Los Angeles would have meant dumping $30,000 worth of fuel and possibly incurring $275,000 in European Union fines for the delay). The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration initially proposed a fine for BA but recently closed its investigation.



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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