From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 9:07 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 15, 2008


Good Morning . . .


It's funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.


I need not comment further on the disgraced Illinois governor as all media outlets, including Saturday Night Live, have done a pretty bang up job of that already.  I will also not post any commentary on my awful fantasy football teams.  Guess I have nothing good to say in this intro this week . . . yeah I know, what else is new! 



1979 - Adam Brody (actor)

1961 - Nick Beggs (singer)

1949 - Don Johnson (actor)

1946 - Carmine Appice (composer, drummer, co-writer)

1942 - Dave Clark (drummer, percussionist, singer)

1939 - Cindy Birdsong (singer)

1938 - Jerry Wallace (singer, d. 2008)

1933 - Tim Conway (actor, comedian)

1928 - Friedensreich Hundertwasser (painter, d. 2000)

1918 - Jeff Chandler (actor, d. 1961)

1916 - Buddy Cole (pianist, d. 1964)

1911 - Stan Kenton (musician, d. 1979)

1892 - J Paul Getty (oil magnate, d. 1976)

1861 - Charles E Duryea (manufacturer, d. 1938)

1832 - Gustave Eiffel (civil engineer, d. 1923)

37 - Nero (emperor of Rome, d. 68)



People Different From Us

Larry and Diana Moyer set out in November from Beaver Dam, Wis., in their oversized RV to spend some warm days in St. Petersburg, Fla. Since they travel with their pets, Jack (Diana's "service" kangaroo) and Edward (an elderly goat that uses a cart for mobility because of front-leg paralysis), their route south was circuitous because of some states' restrictions on "exotic" pets. The RV broke down three times. In Florida, Larry had a stroke and was hospitalized for two days. Then, a fuse box short-circuited, and the RV burned up, torching their money and ID. Diana was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. With Red Cross help, they found a motel that accepted goats (but not kangaroos, so Jack went overnight to a wildlife facility). At press time, according to a Tampa Tribune report, the couple had bought a junk car and were headed home, with Jack curled up in Diana's lap.


Least Competent Criminals

Robert Garrett, 33, and Jesse Dyer, 32, were arrested in Lincoln, Neb., in November and charged with burglary and the theft of a 55-inch TV, which they had taken to their car, only to realize that it wouldn't fit. When a next-door neighbor spotted them, they tried to bribe her for $100, to hold the set until they could return with a bigger car, but she called the police.


Joseph Barton, 62, and an associate were arrested in November by local drug officials in Hurley, N.Y., and charged with a marijuana growing and distribution scheme of "epic scope and sophistication," according to a Middletown Times Herald-Record report. Besides the 45 pounds of marijuana seized, the chief evidence is copies of Barton's self-made biographical DVD chronicling a life of drug deals, describing candidly his adventures and business acumen.



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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