Happy Groundhog’s Day!

Can you believe it?  We’re gonna have 6 more weeks of winter!  The dang Groundhog saw his shadow.

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The time of year where we celebrate the sacredness of having a rodent predict the weather.  Doesn’t it seem kind of crazy to you?  I guess no more than hiding decorated eggs to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

If you’re like me, when you think of Groundhog Day you can’t help but think of the Bill Murray movie from 1993 about a jerky TV weatherman who is forced to relive the same day (Feb. 2nd) until he learns not to be a jerk anymore.  Like most Bill Murray movies, it’s hysterical.  And being the movie buff I am with the auditory memory I have, there are several quotable lines from the movie.  My favorite?

This is the one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.

So, what are you plans for this illustrious holiday?  Are you going to roast up some groundhog?  (I heard it tastes like chicken).  Are you really going to believe that because a rat did or did not see his shadow that it will predict the weather patterns for the next 6 weeks?  Well if so, give me a glass of whatever you’re drinking (wink wink).  As for me and my house, we will be watching “Groundhog’s Day,” eating beef stew and telling the kids it’s Groundhog stew, and listening to my daughter whine because she got her braces on today.

To learn more about the history and traditions of Groundhog Day, check out it’s wiki page.

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