From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 8:13 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 2, 2009


Good Morning . . .


If you work on a lobster boat, sneaking up behind someone and pinching him is probably a joke that gets old real fast.


Just got back from a nice family trip to Florida where the weather was much nicer to us than it was to our friends back home in Chicago.  As a follow-up from last weeks message, my father's hip is doing good though he really will be "taking it easy" for a while.  Hopefully additional surgery can be avoided and he will see another day of mediocre golfing soon.  Oh, and since he does receive these messages, dad . . . THANKS for everything & we love ya!



1977 - Chris Martin (singer, musician)           

1968 - Daniel Craig (actor)

1962 - Jon Bon Jovi (singer, musician, songwriter)

1956 - John Cowsill (singer)

1955 - Jay Osmond (singer)

1952 - Laraine Newman (comedienne, actress)

1950 - Karen Carpenter (drummer, singer, d. 1983)

1942 - Lou Reed (singer, songwriter)

1931 - Mikhail Gorbachev (Soviet statesman)

1930 - John Cullum (singer, actor)

1919 - Jennifer Jones (actress)

1917 - Desi Arnaz (bandleader, singer, actor, d. 1986)

1904 - Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) (author, d. 1991)

1824 - Bedrich Smetana (composer, d. 1884)



Compelling Explanations

Australia's Queensland Rail agency disclosed in January that it would quickly offer refunds to passengers on a Cairns-to-Brisbane train that crashed just outside Cairns, but reiterated at the same time that it would not pay refunds to survivors of a November 2008 Brisbane-to-Cairns train crash that killed two and injured nine. The difference, according to a Queensland Rail general manager, was that the 2009 trip was just getting underway from Cairns when it crashed, but that the 2008 trip, also near Cairns, was "95 percent over" by the time the deadly crash occurred (and thus, the survivors had basically reached their destination).


Not My Fault

Timothy Hoffman, 26, was awarded $76.6 million by a jury in Viera, Fla., in January for becoming paralyzed in a 2003 incident when, on a dare, he dove headfirst into the Indian River, which, unknown to him, was about a foot deep at that point. One reason for the large judgment may have been that the defendant, C&D Dock Works, one of whose employees may have been the one that issued the dare, is bankrupt and did not defend itself at the trial. (There was also evidence that Hoffman may have solicited the dare himself.)


Paul Sanchez, 67, an "occasional" golfer, filed a lawsuit in Brentwood, N.H., in February against the Candia Woods Golf Links for a 2006 incident in which his approach shot hit a yard marker in the fairway, bounced back, and struck him in the eye. Sanchez claimed the course owners were negligent in placing the sign in the fairway and also should have warned him that balls would bounce off of it.



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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