Officially spring starts March 20th… or at least that’s what the calendar says. However, for the 126th year Punxsutawney Phil predicted how the rest of this winter will be. On February 2nd he came out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob and revealed what to expect from the next six weeks. Well, of course, first he had to confer in “Groundhogese”, the language only understood by the president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. After all Phil needs someone to translate his message into English so everyone understands his verdict.
So here is the official announcement of 2012…
“Hear Ye Hear Ye Hear Ye — On Gobbler’s Knob on this magnificent Groundhog Day, February 2nd 2012 Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of all Prognosticators was summoned from his burrow in the old oak stump by the tap of President Bill Deeley. He greeted his handlers, John Griffiths and Ron Ploucha.
After casting an appreciative glance towards thousands of his faithful followers, Phil proclaimed, “As I look at the crowd on Gobbler’s Knob many shadows do I see so six more weeks of winter it must be!””
I say this is some smart animal this groundhog…. Imagine his first prediction was February 2nd 1886, and it is said that he was 100% right since then. He still wakes up every year, think about it, many people could definitely learn from that. But then I understand he has some mystical help too. His handlers are feeding him some magic elixir every summer. Surprisingly they never capitalized on this drink. I see a potential of tons of money to be made, but this is another story.
Wow… all the history Phil has seen (and slept through) from the reveiling of the Statue of Liberty (10/28/1886) through WWI and WWII, not to mention the evolution of technology and so much more… If I were as old as Punxsutawney Phil I would be glad to see the shadow, this way I could return to my hole and sleep some more…
Yup… this must be it! We have not really seen any winter this year… and then again I live in Florida.