>122nd annual notification from the world’s most famous groundhog, Phil, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, PA, this morning declares that yes, we will have 6 more weeks of winter. (“You cannot blame the messenger,” they declare.)
You know, I watched the live feed at visitPA.com and I have to say, it’s almost exactly like the movie, Groundhog Day. (Love that movie.) The main difference I saw was the crowd was considerably larger in 2008 than in was in the movie, which is having it’s 15th anniversary this year.
They even played a portion of the movie at the announcement…the speech by Bill Murray: “When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.”
That’s a good one, but my favorite line is still: “You like boats, but not the ocean. You go to a lake in the summer with your family up in the mountains. There’s a long wooden dock and a boathouse with boards missing from the roof, and a place you used to crawl underneath to be alone. You’re a sucker for French poetry and rhinestones. You’re very generous. You’re kind to strangers and children, and when you stand in the snow you look like an angel.”
Meanwhile, back here in VA, we had an ice storm yesterday, so I slept in, and unlike Phil, nobody dragged me out of bed to prognosticate what everybody already knows…it’s not spring yet, but if it’s anything like January was, it will come and go before you know it.
I might have to drag out my copy of the movie and watch it today.