From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 5:46 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 20, 2007


Good Morning . . .


When I saw the old bum pushing his grocery cart down the street, at first I felt sorry for him.  But then when I saw what was in his cart I thought, Well, no wonder you're a bum, look at the dumb things you bought.


I just returned from a Florida trip, so this message coming a day late is NOT due to excessive celebrating during St. Patrick's Day (mine was actually quite tame this year).  So, how are you doing in your NCAA pools?  Hopefully nobody had Duke or Wisconsin going very far. . .



1984 - Christy Carlson Romano (actress)

1976 - Chester Bennington (singer)

1958 - Holly Hunter (actress)

1957 - Spike Lee (film director, producer, actor)

1950 - William Hurt (actor)

1937 - Jerry Reed (singer, songwriter, actor)

1931 - Hal Linden (actor)

1928 - Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers Neighborhood) (actor)

1922 - Carl Reiner (writer, actor, director, comedian)

1908 - Dr. Frank Stanton (former CBS President)

1906 - Ozzie Nelson (bandleader, actor)

1904 - B.F. Skinner (Psychologist, educator, author)

1873 - Sergei Rachmaninoff (pianist, conductor, composer)



Touring The World's Greatest Slums

The Kibera neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Dahravi section of Mumbai, India, are two of the planet's most appalling slums, but residents have recently discovered well-off international visitors roaming their toxic, fetid urban hells as voyeurs on travel agency-arranged tours. "(T)hey want to come and take pictures ... tell their friends they've been to the worst slum in Africa," lamented one resident of Kibera (which has one toilet for every 1,440 people), speaking to a Reuters reporter in February, but a March Smithsonian magazine piece quoted a Dahravi tour entrepreneur as promising to show "the positive side of (the) slum" (for instance, the community spirit that discourages street beggars, in a nation otherwise teeming with them).



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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