From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 14, 2008 8:49 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 14, 2008


Good Morning . . .


The weirdest thing about going to the store and seeing a jar of pickles with your picture on it is not that your picture is on the jar.  It's that the manager won't give you the pickles for free, and doesn't even think the picture looks like you.


Looks like neither team from last year's Superbowl won't be returning to that game this year.  Could it end up being the Packers - say it ain't so!  Also, for those who are interested, I have started the process of many updates to my website.



1969 - Jason Bateman (actor)

1968 - LL Cool J (rapper, actor, record producer)

1944 - Graham Marsh (golfer)

1941 - Faye Dunaway (actress)

1938 - Jack Jones (singer)

1919 - Andy Rooney (writer, journalist)

1906 - William Bendix (actor, d. 1964)

1892 - Hal Roach (producer, writer and director, d. 1992)

1875 - Albert Schweitzer (philosopher, musician, physician, d. 1965)

1741 - Benedict Arnold (American General in Revolutionary War, d. 1801)



Questionable Judgments

With the American West seemingly under perpetual threat of drought, developer Richard Mladick is nonetheless preparing to build Waveyard, a massive water theme park, near Mesa, Ariz., which will require 50 million gallons of groundwater to open and as much as 100 million gallons annually. Explained Mladick: "I couldn't imagine raising my kids in an environment (without the opportunity) to grow up being passionate about the same sports that I grew up being passionate about" (that is, kayaking, scuba diving and surfing). Voters approved Waveyard overwhelmingly, based on Mladick's promise of jobs and tax revenue.


In November, Pittsburgh radio station KDKA reported that soldier Jordan Fox had recently been ordered to return $3,000 of his $10,000 enlistment bonus because his blindness and back injury from a roadside bomb in Iraq prevented him from fulfilling the final three months of his one-year Army "commitment." Fox was surprised to learn that the give-back is standard, but U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania has introduced legislation to change that.



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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