Punxy Phil

It’s Groundhog Dog! Show’s over however.

In case you missed it…Punxsutawny Phil did not see his shadow, meaning our dreadful winter is about over, if you believe in the legend. I, for one, was ready for a cloudy day.

Ya know groundhogs are actually woodchucks – “Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!” (funny commercial). They’re also kin to the squirrel, so that means they dig and climb, and can even go for a swim if the need arises.

Groundhog Day is a superstition started a way long time ago (back in the Dark Ages) was made more famous as a German farmer tradition. And then making it even more famous than more famous, the immigrant town’s people of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania combined all there European folklore, some 120 years ago (were those ‘dark ages’ too?), stirred up a sleepy rodent from under a log, put a “Phil” lanyard on him, and propped him up looking for a shadow. They’ve been doing it ever since.

A favorite commercial of mine – didn’t it have a Super Bowl debut? – is with Tiger Woods playing Bill Murray in a Caddyshack skit (odd how Murray’s two most popular movies involved groundhogs…hmmmm). Oh those pesky varmints….

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