Groundhog Day 2011

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We anxiously await Punxsutawney Phil for his appearance on February 2 2011

This Groundhog Day 2011 is right around the corner, as in exactly 1 day, February arrives, which means this low echelon holiday is right around the corner for us. Let’s be blunt. When it comes to Groundhog Day, there are two vocal camps, one of which holds this unheralded holiday to be one of the most, if not the most boring and least celebrated and recognized holidays that we have. I myself, am slightly partial to the holiday myself, and watch Groundhog Day on DVD every year to celebrate. For this holiday in 2011 there will, of course, be no exception to the watching of the Bill Murray classic movie. After a few months of dreary weather we can look forward to the little varmint declaring that winter will soon be over, or we will have another 6 weeks of the dreary wintry weather to deal with, at least in theory. How accurate his forecast is remains to be seen, but taken in context, it does have some credibility as animals are better judges of their environment than we are I imagine.

In real life, Punxsutawney, PA is the home of Phil and of the Groundhog Day activities of which this furry oracle is the center. It is also home to the “Punxsutawney Groundhog Club” that pays homage to Phil. And Bill Cooper, President of the “Inner Circle” of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, is officially listed as the Groundhogese expert responsible for the translations from Groundhogese into English every Groundhog Day, just like the Groundhog Day movie’s guru. With this I do not kid you, as the following comes from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club itself, “Bill is officially the man in charge of the daunting task of translating Punxsutawney Phil and his message in Groundhog-ese on Gobbler’s Knob so that the forecast can be accurately delivered to Phil’s followers,” and weather forecasters around the nation, and in some cases, the world.

If ever there were a personage who could answer the immortal question, “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” then President Cooper would be the man, and not the insurance commercial woodchucks, by the way. Happy Groundhog Day 2011, and we will be updating with Phil’s message by the way!

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