Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Ground Hog Day

First D.J.: Rise and shine, campers, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. So the big question on everybody's lips.
Second D.J.: On their chapped lips
First D.J.: their chapped lips is, does Phil feel lucky? Punksatawney Phil, thats right wood chuck chuckers its
[in unison]

Move over Punxsutawney Phil! Around these parts we look to Woodstock Willie as our springtime prognosticator!

The movie, Groundhog Day, was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois, not far from where I live. This was the year I told myself I might get up early and go see what's going on in the square this morning, but I hate crowds and I told myself the same thing I've told myself every year we've lived here: "maybe next year." I have visited the square, had coffee and pie in the restaurant, and seen the spot where Needlenose Ned Ryerson accosts Phil. I have seen the spot where Phil steps into the puddle. But I have never yet experienced Groundhog day on the square. I'm not sure why, other than perhaps a fear that once begun, I will be hooked and Groundhog Day will be a recurring event for me.

Today is gloomy with heavy cloudcover. I can't imagine that Woodstock Willie could have seen his shadow. If I hear anything, I'll let you know.

[update] Just heard from a reliable source (my husband) that Willie did not see his shadow. Maybe Donna can tell us whether Jimmy the Groundhog in Wisconsin saw his shadow.

[update 2] My source was reliable. Read all about it.

[update 3] My friend from "Down Under" has seen the movie but just doesn't understand why we Americans celebrate Groundhog Day. Here's a link explaining how it came to be. I learned something new!

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