From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 8:21 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 23, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition.


Seems like it was only about ten weeks ago when my father dislocated his hip [eight weeks] after hip surgery.  Well, like that title of a song by the atrocious pop singer Britney Spears, "Oops I Did It Again."  Hip dislocated on Sunday, but the doctors were again able to pop it back in and he's fine (albeit very sore).  I'll be seeing him in FL in a couple days and hopefully will be able to help keep him in one piece for a while!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, February 23rd  

1994 - Dakota Fanning (actress)

1980 - Tommy McCarthy (singer)

1970 - Niecy Nash (comedian, actress)

1965 - Michael Dell (founder and CEO of Dell, Inc)

1955 - Howard Jones (musician)

1951 - Patricia Richardson (Actress)

1948 - Steve Priest (musician)

1946 - Rusty Young (musician)

1944 - Johnny Winter (musician)

1944 - John Sandford (author)

1939 - Peter Fonda (director, actor)

1938 - Diane Varsi (actress, d. 1992)

1938 - Sylvia Chase (newscaster)

1933 - Donna Stone (poet, author, d. 1994)

1868 - W.E.B DuBois (editor, historian, sociologist, political activist, author, d. 1963)

1685 - George Frederick Handel (composer, d. 1759)



People Different From Us

The Northwest Florida Daily News reported the arrest of a woman for trespassing in December in Mary Esther, Fla., after she was reluctant to leave a neighbor's porch. According to the newspaper, she eventually "left ... in anger, knocking over a dryer ... in the front yard."


Robert Blue, 53, was arrested in Las Vegas in January and charged with chaining his 15-year-old daughter to her bed at night to keep her from eating. Blue told police that the girl weighs 165 pounds, but that he wanted her at 145, which he said is her ideal fighting weight for mixed martial arts.


Government in Action

In December, the city council in Brighton, Mich., passed an ordinance making it illegal for anyone to be "annoying" in public, "by word of mouth, sign or motions." Violators can be ticketed and fined.


In October, the Dallas school district was forced to lay off 375 teachers to ameliorate an $84 million deficit caused by a massive math error in the budget, according to a report by WFAA-TV.



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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