From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 7:46 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - January 26, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I don't think I'm ever more 'aware' than I am right after I hit my thumb with a hammer.


I have a busy week ahead, not just with work but also with various chores related to our impending kitchen remodeling . . . which should be starting in the next week or so.  Fortunately a nice break will be spending Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas.  Who knows, maybe I'll win back all the home improvement costs!  Yeah, right!  J       


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, January 26th    

1961 - Wayne Gretzky (hockey)

1958 - Anita Baker (singer)

1958 - Ellen DeGeneres (actress, comedienne)

1955 - Eddie Van Halen (musician)

1953 - Lucinda Williams (singer, songwriter)

1951 - Calvin Jones (football)

1946 - Gene Siskel (film critic, d. 1999)

1944 - Angela Davis (activist, writer, teacher)

1942 - Scott Glenn (actor)

1935 - Bob Uecker (baseball, announcer)

1929 - Jules Feiffer (cartoonist, playwright)

1925 - Paul Newman (actor, d. 2008)

1923 - Anne Jeffreys (actress)

1922 - Page Cavanaugh (pianist, d. 2008)

1915 - William Hopper (actor, d. 1970)

1913 - William Prince (actor, d. 1986)

1880 - Douglas MacArthur (General, d. 1964)

1826 - Julia Dent Grant (1st lady, 18th President Ulysses S. Grant, d. 1902)



Every Town Needs a Hero

They're either earnestly civic-minded or people with issues, but in several dozen cities across the country, men (and a few women) dress in homemade superhero costumes and patrol marginal neighborhoods, aiming to deter crime. Phoenix's Green Scorpion and New York City's Terrifica and Orlando's Master Legend and Indianapolis' Mr. Silent are just a few of the 200 gunless, knifeless vigilantes listed on the World Superhero Registry, most presumably with day jobs but who fancy cleaning up the mean streets at night. According to two recent reports (in Rolling Stone and The Times of London), unanticipated gripes by the "Reals," as they call themselves, are boredom from lack of crime and (especially in the summer) itchy spandex outfits.


Leading Economic Indicators
The Platinum Lounge, a lap-dancing club in Chester, England, announced in November that it would begin selling advertising, in 4-by-6-inch body-paint squares, on dancers' derrieres. Said the club's agent, "I had to do a lot of research ... to come up with the optimum size for the (ads)!"


Among the best-selling and most controversial toys of this past holiday season were the $39.95 Mattel "Gotta Go" Doll and the $59.95 Hasbro Baby Alive, both because of their interactive features, especially their digestion/excretion functions. The latter doll comes with its own food ("green beans," "bananas") and a warning ("May stain some surfaces"). The Gotta Go includes a toilet and brings the flushing process to life for the child. An industry insider told the Washington Post that next season's toys would be even more realistic.



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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