Groundhog Day

Every year I forget about this, and every year it’s a wonderful surprise. Today was Groundhog Day!

You remember the film1? The entire Groundhog Day ritual was accurate. There really is a Punxsutawney, there really is a Punxsutawney Phil, and they really predict the weather by Phil’s reaction. The whole event takes place in, ahem, Gobbler’s Knob and is sponsored in part by Vaseline (really. You think I could make that up?)

The Groundhog Himself

So what’s the verdict?

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.Around the country there are many imitators of me.

In Harrisburg there is Gus who appears on TVworking for the lottery.

Then all around town,Cute groundhog statues abound.They all look like me, I found.

Today on the Knob as I’m doing my job,I don’t like this likeness of me.

It’s my shadow I see. Six more weeks of mild winter there will be.


I don’t mean to question the Word Of Phil, but here’s the official description of his predictive abilities:

According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

If he sees his shadow, the sun must be fairly bright, right? If that’s the case, wouldn’t that suggest an early spring? How strange. Contrary are the ways of Phil.

  1. I saw it yesterday, actually []