From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 7:49 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 12, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I guess of all my uncles, I liked Uncle Cave Man the best.  We called him Uncle Cave Man because he lived in a cave and because sometimes he'd eat one of us.  Later on we found out he was a bear.


If I get lucky and find the time, I might actually update my family website this week.  It's been . . . oh . . . late spring since my last update of any substance.  I'm about a year behind in new AJ pics and would also like to change the main page a bit to add in some links to the new businesses, etc.   Don't hold your breath but we'll see.  OH, and I should do at least one shameless birthday plug as this Friday (10/16) yours truly turns 44.  Expensive gifts not necessary but thankfully accepted!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, October 12th                  

1975 - Marion Jones (athlete)

1970 - Kirk Cameron (actor)

1969 - Martie Seidel (violinist, singer)

1968 - Hugh Jackman (actor)

1968 - Adam Rich (actor)

1962 - Carlos Bernard (actor)

1950 - Susan Anton (singer)

1948 - Rick Parfitt (singer, musician)

1947 - Chris Wallace (TV news correspondent)

1935 - Luciano Pavarotti (opera singer, d. 2007)

1935 - Samuel Moore (singer)

1932 - Dick Gregory (comedian)

1923 - Jean Nidetch (diet mogul)

1875 - Aleister Crowley (British writer, occultist, d. 1947)

1860 - Elmer Sperry (inventor, d. 1930)



Bright Ideas

Four apparently quite bored people in their early 20s were arrested in September in Bennington, Vt., after a Chili's restaurant burglar alarm sounded at 4:30 a.m. According to police, the four intended to remove and steal the large chili on the restaurant's sign, using a hacksaw and power drill. However, not possessing a battery-operated drill, they had strung extension cords together running to the nearest outlet they could find, which was 470 feet away, across four lanes of highway and through a Home Depot parking lot.


Glamorous Las Vegas

Beneath the luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip is a series of flood tunnels that are home to dozens of people who work odd jobs such as hustling leftover change in casino slot machines. A correspondent for London's The Sun gained the trust of a few and even photographed their "apartments" for a September dispatch, showing well-stocked quarters, with scrounged appliances and furniture and even one makeshift shower rigged from a water cooler. "Amy," who has lived in the tunnels with her husband, "J.R.," for two years, said she "love(s)" the Vegas lifestyle and appears in no hurry to leave her setup. "Kathryn" (who lives with boyfriend "Steven") also appears content except, she says, for the fragrance, the black widow spiders, and the periodic rush of water through their home (threatening any "valuables" not stacked on crates).



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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