From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 6:44 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 3, 2007


Good Morning . . .


I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.


Been a bit nutty since my last mailing two weeks ago - the odd weather in Chicago (probably not a big surprise), the BCS bowl game shakeup, Bears winning a shocker then losing again in the 4th quarter, oh and of course my son's third birthday that ended up with two or three separate parties/celebrations.  Time to get back to normal?  Not a chance, it's now officially the holiday season! 



1981 - Brian Bonsall (actor)

1980 - Anna Chlumsky (actress)

1973 - Holly Marie Combs (actress)

1972 - Bucky Lasek (skateboarder)

1968 - Brendan Fraser (actor)

1965 - Katarina Witt (figure skater)

1960 - Darryl Hannah (actress)

1960 - Julianne Moore (actress)

1949 - Mickey Thomas (singer)

1948 - Ozzy Osbourne (singer)

1931 - Jaye P Morgan (singer)

1930 - Jean-Luc Godard (film director)

1927 - Andy Williams (singer)

1895 - Anna Freud (psychoanalyst, d. 1982)

1857 - Joseph Conrad (novelist, d. 1924)

1755 - Gilbert Stuart (artist, d. 1828)



Cultural Diversity

In October, Italy's economic minister, noting that a third of all men over 30 still live with their parents and that rental housing markets are depressed, proposed a tax break worth the equivalent of about $1,400 for each man in his 20s who will finally leave Momma's house.


A week earlier in Sicily, one mother publicly turned her adult son over to the police for staying out too late, and also took away his house keys and cut off his allowance. The son, who immediately complained that the allowance was too small, anyway, is 61 years old.


The normal daily tension between India and Pakistan arises in many forms, but one nightly ceremony on the border at Wagah crossing is particularly odd (described by a Los Angeles Times reporter in September as part pomp, part macho posturing, and part Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks). Uniformed guards from both countries march toward each other in their inexplicably complicated headgear, "glower fiercely through their mustaches" and puff themselves up, eyeball to eyeball, in a show of confidence for their respective countrymen. However, they then meekly shake hands and close the border for the night.



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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