From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 6:57 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 1, 2010


Good Morning . . .


Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh.  But then I think, what if I was an ant, and she fell on me.  Then it wouldn’t seem quite so funny.


Sunday night I was trying to catch up on work . . . I had the Pro Bowl playing on my office TV but wasn’t paying attention, and ended up missing the broadcast of the Grammys altogether.  I also put aside the chance to catch up on the recent “24” episodes with my wife.  How odd.  I never thought I’d see the day when football, music and television would completely fade into the background!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, February 1st                 

1986 - Lauren Conrad (actress, fashion designer)

1975 - Big Boi (rapper, producer, actor)

1968 - Pauly Shore (actor, comedian)

1968 - Lisa Marie Presley (singer, daughter of Elvis)

1965 - Sherilyn Fenn (actress)

1965 - Brandon Lee (actor, d. 1993)

1965 - Princess Stéphanie of Monaco (princely family of Monaco)

1954 - Bill Mumy (actor, musician)

1948 - Rick James (singer, songwriter, musician, d. 2004)

1938 - Sherman Hemsley (actor)

1937 - Don Everly (singer)

1937 - Garrett Morris (actor)

1931 - Boris Yeltsin (Russian leader, d. 2007)

1904 - S.J. Perelman (humorist/writer, d. 1979)

1902 - Langston Hughes (poet, novelist, playwright, d. 1967)

1901 - Clark Gable (actor, d. 1960)

1895 - John Ford (director, d. 1973)

1859 - Victor Herbert (cellist and conductor, d. 1924)




Copenhagen, one of the "greenest" cities in the world, endured an added 41,000 extra tons of carbon-dioxide-equivalent in December during the 11-day "climate summit." The 15,000 delegates required 2,000 limousines (only five of which were electric or hybrid) to get around town, and the world leaders arrived and departed in 140 private jets, some of which had to be "parked" overnight in Sweden because of airport congestion.


In December, Obama administration officials, seeking to fulfill a campaign pledge of a more open federal government, held a multi-agency training session in Washington, D.C., on the Freedom of Information Act. The meeting was closed to the public.


A central purpose of the California Milk Board is to convince consumers to buy local dairy products to keep the spending in-state to help California's farmers, but the board acknowledged in November that its promotion campaign's advertising contract had gone to an agency in New Zealand. Said a board official: "We have a ... responsibility to spend (taxpayers') hard-earned dollars as efficiently as we can."


Compelling Explanations

Being the first licensed male prostitute in Nevada (and thus the U.S.), explained "Markus" in a January interview for Details magazine, is to him "a civil rights thing." "It's just the same as when Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front (of the bus) instead of the back."  And in Kansas City, Mo., in December, the mother of Charles Irving tried to protect her 27-year-old son from a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. She told police (without success) that he had needed the gun to protect her from vampires.



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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