Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Groundhog Day 2010
Punxsutawney Phil, looking somewhat startled by all the commotion--Reuters photo
Six more weeks of winter.
That's the verdict from Phil, the hibernating groundhog pulled from deep sleep to give a weather prediction that's probably as accurate as any television weather wizard can give.
As a matter of fact, our local station broadcast the moment of truth "Live". (It is, after all, pretty darn important news) Perhaps weathermen around the world took notes as Phil looked at the crowd and studied current conditions.
He looked reasonably calm, despite the hub-bub that included more men in top hats than seen at a 1950's presidential inaugeration. And after a few minutes of being held up for the viewing pleasure of the crowd, a serious consultation was held between Phil and the hatted heads.
Suddenly the top top-hatter stood tall to read a proclamation that announced, "Six More Weeks of Winter!" A few disappointed observers booed at the news.
Hey folks, don't kill the messenger!
Now Phil's brief day in the sun (literally) is over. He can return to his burrow and snuggle down for a few more weeks of slumber.
H'mmm. Warm and comfy at home? I think Phil's got the right idea.