Monday, February 02, 2009

Groundhog Controversy!

Early this morning, Groundhog Day, several portly rodents were draggedcoaxed from their lairs to satisfy our collective need to know: When can we seal up our woolies and break out that kicky new spring cardigan?

Near Pittsburgh, the beast made famous 16 years ago by Bill Murray, Punxsutawney Phil (yeah, I had to look up the spelling - "Phil" just isn't a common name these days), saw his shadow this morning and presumably scurried back into his hole. If his night was anything like mine, he'd gorged on 7-Layer Dip and liberally consumed special Steelers-edition Bud Light, then had choked down an Iron City Beer after Santonio Holmes' game-winning touchdown. I'm not feeling the whole "being awake" thing either, Phil.

Here in New York, however, Staten Island Chuck didn't see his shadow and Mayor Bloomberg has declared winter officially over.

WHO SHOULD WE BELIEVE?

I looked to Canada's own Wiarton Willie to be the tiebreaker, but Willie doesn't have a strong Web presence and I couldn't find anything about his prediction this year.

For now, I'll keep the hefty sweaters at hand, but move the cardigan to the front of my closet - you know, just in case.

P.S. Happy Birthday Mom!

2 comments:

lfar said...

Obviously Wiarton knows best. I'll keep my eyes peeled and let you know when I hear something.

This says 2009 all over it: http://www.southbrucepeninsula.com/index.cfm?member=willie
and he didn't see his shadow. Hmm... however that site doesn't seem trustworthy.

We'll see, we'll see. For now don't do anything rash.

the other other gillian said...

According to: http://www.cochranetimespost.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1416109

Willie saw his shadow.

"Groundhog Day" is one of my favourite movies.