From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 8:32 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 26, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Sometimes when I feel like killing someone, I do a little trick to calm myself down.  I'll go over to the persons house and ring the doorbell.  When the person comes to the door, I'm gone, but you know what I've left on the porch?  A jack-o-lantern with a knife stuck in the side of it's head with a note that says "You."  After that I usually feel a lot better, and no harm done.


Real sports are killing me - two baseball teams I really dislike are in the World Series and both the Huskers and Bears are looking awful - but go figure, my fantasy football teams are flourishing.  Anyway, I have one more October birthday to mention that's later this week; happy birthday to my brother-in-law Jimmy Lamberty who turns 42 on Halloween.  Spooky!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, October 26th                  

1977 - Jon Heder (actor)

1963 - Natalie Merchant (singer-songwriter)

1963 - Marla Maples (actress)

1962 - Cary Elwes (actor)

1961 - Dylan McDermott (actor)

1954 - Lauren Tewes (actress)

1951 - Bootsy Collins (Funk singer and bandleader)

1947 - Hillary Rodham Clinton (politician)

1947 - Jaclyn Smith (actress)

1946 - Pat Sajak (TV personality)

1946 - Ivan Reitman (director)

1946 - Keith Hopwood (singer, musician)

1942 - Bob Hoskins (actor)

1916 - Francois Mitterand (President of France, d. 1996)

1914 - Jackie Coogan (actor, d. 1984)

1911 - Mahalia Jackson (singer, d. 1972)

1875 - H B Warner (actor, d. 1958)

1854 - Charles Post (cereal mogul, d. 1914)

1803 - Joseph Hansom (architect, inventor, d. 1882)

1685 - Domenico Scarlatti (composer, d. 1757)



Bright Ideas

The mayor of the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, faced with an overcrowded highway D909 through town, "solved" the problem recently by making the street one-way, sending traffic speedily into the adjacent town of Clichy-la-Garenne. That city's mayor (a political rival of the Levallois-Perret mayor) reacted by making his portion of D909 one-way back toward Levallois-Perret, creating a dilemma at the city limit. Other authorities are working to resolve the impasse.


In the tiny east Texas town of Tenaha, police allegedly extorted traveling motorists by subjecting them to bogus traffic stops, perhaps finding small amounts of drugs, and then offering to forgo prosecution if the motorists would forfeit their cars and other property. The forfeited items were then sold to fund a special police recreation account. Last year, the ACLU of Texas filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against both the police and local prosecutor Lynda Russell, and in September 2009, Russell asked the state attorney general if she could pay her legal expenses from the alleged extorted recreation account.


Hyperactive Seniors

Ella Orko, 86, was arrested in Chicago in August (her 61st arrest) and charged with shoplifting $252 worth of groceries and sundries (including anti-wrinkle cream).   And earlier this year, Richard Ramsey, 77, finally fulfilled a dream he said he'd had since age 13: He surgically became a woman. He had been living occasionally as Renee Ramsey following a 20-year military career, partly spent as a Green Beret.



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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