From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 8:01 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 17, 2009


Good Morning . . .


If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down?  We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.


It was an interesting Saturday for me and the family . . . in the middle of the night a HUGE 50' Oak tree fell in our yard - actually our driveway, part of our front yard & street - but miraculously did no damage to anything other than the ComEd power lines it pulled out from the house (which were fixed Saturday AM).  The strangest thing is that this tree appeared to be extremely healthy, and it was a perfectly calm & clear night!  WOW what a shocker, but we're extremely thankful that nobody was hurt.  Hey, if it was going to fall it certainly picked the perfect time and placement!  If I get time today I'll post pictures and a "why" explanation on my website; some are already posted on Facebook.    


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, August 17th       

1970 - Jim Courier (tennis)

1969 - Donnie Wahlberg (singer, actor)

1960 - Sean Penn (actor)

1958 - Belinda Carlisle (musician, singer)

1953 - Nelson Piquet (Formula One racing)

1943 - Robert DeNiro (actor)

1930 - Glenn Corbett (actor, d. 1993)

1926 - Jiang Zemin (president of China)

1923 - Larry Rivers (artist, d. 2002)

1920 - Maureen O'Hara (actress)

1909 - Larry Clinton (bandleader, composer, d. 1985)

1901 - Ann Harding (actress, d. 1981)

1893 - Mae West (playwright, actress, d. 1980)

1888 - Monty Woolley (actor, d. 1963)

1879 - Samuel Goldwyn (movie pioneer, d. 1974)

1786 - Davy Crockett (frontiersman, soldier, politician, d. 1836)



Compelling Explanations

When motorist Timothy Pereira, 19, rammed Christine Speliotis' car head-on in Salem, Mass., in March, there was no doubt in police officers' minds what the cause was: Pereira was driving 85 mph in a 35 mph zone and had swerved into Speliotis' lane. However, in July, Brandon Pereira, 17, an injured passenger in his cousin's car, filed a lawsuit against Speliotis for negligence, claiming that if she had been quicker to get out of the way, the collision would not have occurred.



When the tenant failed to pay $87,000 in rent in April and May on two townhouses and a retail property at Trump Plaza in New York City, the landlord did what Donald Trump would surely do: It began eviction proceedings. However, the tenant in this case is Donald Trump's Trump Corp., which leases the space from the current landlord, the Trump Plaza Owners co-op. Said the co-op president: "If you don't pay the rent when Donald Trump is your landlord, he comes down on you like a hammer. Well, lo and behold . . . . "


In July, Mexican authorities accused one of the country's newer drug cartels, La Familia, of murdering 12 federal agents following a 2007 debut in which it rolled five severed heads into a dance hall in a show of intimidation. According to an April Reuters report, captured documents indicate that La Familia gang members are strictly required to attend regular prayer meetings, to never drink alcohol or take drugs, and to attend classes in "ethics" and "personal improvement."



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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