Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day--who needs it?

Mike says today is Groundhog Day, when every year a bunch of people in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, wake up some poor groundhog named Phil and make him come out of his nice warm burrow. The theory is that if Phil sees his shadow when he emerges, there will be six more weeks of winter. And if he doesn't see his shadow, spring is just around the corner. Here's a picture of Phil seeing his shadow, though it's a wonder he can see anything, when just a few seconds ago he was dreaming peacefully:

Is this really necessary? I'll bet Phil doesn't give a toss when winter will be over. He just wants to snooze until then. The ones who seem to care are all the overdressed dimbulbs who wake him up.

What's the matter with them--don't they have their own shadows, which they can either see or not? Someone needs to report them to PETA and the ASPCA.

Just my humble opinion. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.


"DC Observer" said...

Buddy, what did these little critters ever do to deserve such a dangerous job? Poor Phil was even threatened with the death penalty by an Ohio prosecuting attorney in 2013 for getting the forecast wrong!

And consider the sad plight of “Potomac Phil” who continues in office term after term – taxidermied. (Seems to be a local epidemic among decision-makers!)

cleemckenzie said...

Poor Phil. I'd never seen this tradition from his point of view.

BTW I've left a little something for you over at The Write Game. You can take or leave it, but it's there! Happy rest of winter and I'm off to knit Phil a sweater.