From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 2:36 PM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly RETURNS - July 5, 2010


Hello again . . .


If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope He like enchiladas, because that's what He's getting!


WELL, maybe that or some good Irish fare! 


Yes, after a slightly over three month hiatus, this is the semi-official return of Deep Thoughts Weekly.  I’m not entirely sure at the moment if it will be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, but for now I’m aiming for a return to normal days.  That doesn’t mean MY life is back to normal, but then again normal is now much different.  Huh?  Whatever!   This whole new lifestyle has been very rewarding, very educational and of course VERY exhausting.  However, I’m actually finding the ability to get a bit more time off now and hope to use it wisely – family and rest come first, then whatever else I can fit in. 


Over the past few months I’ve seen many of my mailing list subscribers at both McGonigal’s Pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar . . . and THANK YOU for your support.  Business has been outstanding - exceeding all my initial expectations - thanks to a great staff, gorgeous establishments, awesome food and of course all the support from family, friends and the wonderful people in the Barrington area.  If you haven’t stopped by yet, please do so – map to the pub is here.


For this and future releases there will be a couple minor & probably unnoticeable changes, such as limiting the birthday listings and Weird News a bit to save space & time.  I’ll probably also use my opening monologue (this area) to promote more Pub & Wine Bar things.  Of course any major family news will be posted on my family site and listed here too. 


With all that in mind, here’s my advertisement for the week:  The 7th Annual Barrington Brewfest is this Saturday, July 10th from 3 PM – 7 PM.  McGonigal’s Pub is the main sponsor; we will be selling food and pouring five different types of beer at the event.  Tickets are $35 in advance and that includes a t-shirt – you can buy then at the pub & get your t-shirt (cash or check only for these items).  You can buy them online at   Quite a bit of additional information is also available on Facebook


Thanks everyone, and it feels good to be BACK!!!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, July 5th              

1979 - Shane Filan (Irish singer)

1951 - Huey Lewis (singer)

1943 - Robbie Robertson (composer, musician)

1936 - Shirley Knight (actress)

1934 - Katherine Helmond (actress)

1928 - Warren Oates (actor, d. 1982)

1911 - Georges Pompidou (French Prime Minister, d. 1974)

1889 - Jean Cocteau (Poet, playwright, film director, d. 1963)

1810 – P. T. Barnum (circus showman, d. 1891)



The Other World Cup

In the midst of World Cup fever, readers might have missed Germany's win over host Barbados in June for the Woz Challenge Cup, following an eight-team polo tournament with players not on horses but Segways. The sport is said to have been created by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, whose Silicon Valley Aftershocks competed again this year in Barbados (but last won the Cup in 2007). Wozniak told that his own polo skills are fading, but the San Jose Mercury News reported in May that Woz's fearlessness on the Segway seems hardly diminished. (The Mercury News report, on the Aftershocks' local, nerd-populated league, described the players as "the pudgy and the pale" and "geek chic.")


The Continuing Crisis

Universal health insurance cannot come soon enough for uninsured Kathy Myers, 41, of Niles, Mich., who, suffering an increasingly painful shoulder injury, has been continually turned away from emergency rooms because the condition was not life-threatening. In June, as a last resort, she took a gun and shot herself in the shoulder, hoping for a wound serious enough for ER treatment. Alas, she missed major arteries and bones and was again sent home, except with even more pain.


Irish Politicians

Paul Gogarty, a Member of Ireland's Parliament, during a public session in May, answering the criticism of an opponent ("With all due respect ... (F-word) you, Deputy Stagg, (F-word) you.").



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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