From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 8:27 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 5, 2009


Good Morning . . .


If you get invited to your first orgy, don't just show up nude. That's a common mistake. You have to let nudity "happen."


Welcome to 2009 and another year of "Deep Thoughts Weekly," my mailer which originated all the way back in June 2006 as a way to stay in touch with friends.  Though I still have many "new" Deep Thoughts to post, this year I will probably start repeating some of the classics as the pickings are starting to get rather thin.  For those of you who have been on the mailing list since the beginning, bet you didn't even know this hasn't already been done!  Anyway, hope your start to 2009 is great, and we'll be in touch! 


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, January 5th      

1969 - Marilyn Manson (singer)

1968 - Amber Mullins (a friend & daughter of Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins)

1953 - Pamela Sue Martin (actress)

1946 - Diane Keaton (actress)

1938 - Juan Carols I of Spain (King of Spain)

1931 - Alvin Ailey (dancer, choreographer, d. 1989)

1931 - Robert Duvall (actor)

1928 - Walter Mondale (politician, former Vice President)

1923 - Sam Phillips (record executive, most famous for Elvis Presley, d. 2003)

1914 - George Reeves (actor, d. 1959)

1908 - George Dolenz (actor, d. 1963)

1904 - Erica Morini (violinist, d. 1995)

1876 - Konrad Adenauer (German Statesman, d. 1967)

1779 - Stephen Decatur (naval officer, d. 1820)



The Continuing Crisis

Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission announced plans in December to create a third official gender for government identification: "intersex," for transsexuals, whether or not they have had surgery. Immediately, activists from Sex and Gender Education Australia called the proposal inadequate, demanding a fourth gender, also, for people who feel that "gender" is either "undefinable" or subject to daily changes of attitude.


In November, the Great American Insurance Co. (Cincinnati, Ohio) sought a declaration in federal court in Houston that it was not liable to pay death benefits from a 2007 office fire because the three victims did not die from "fire." The company pointed to an exclusion in the policy for death by "pollution" (thought by most people to cover only toxic industrial discharges) and argued that the three victims were actually asphyxiated by smoke, which is "air pollution."


Maryland lobbyist and former state assemblyman Gilbert Genn was attacked by a deer outside his home in November, butted to the ground and repeatedly stabbed by the buck's antlers in the chest and groin. Genn told WTOP Radio that after finally realizing he was in a life-or-death struggle, he managed to subdue the animal by the antlers long enough to tire it and cause it to flee. Bleeding badly, Genn said he disregarded his wife's admonitions to get to the hospital and instead dressed the wound himself and headed off for a scheduled meeting in Annapolis with Speaker of the House Michael Busch. He told the reporter, "There was no way I could miss this meeting." Only afterward did he report to the emergency room.



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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