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The Trickle - Groundhog Day

February 2, 2010 - Brian Ferry

Groundhog Day

I am not a big fan of Groundhog Day. It's not because I feel bad for the fat rodent or anything like that. That creature is pampered, probably relentlessly, the other 364 days a year. I have to work much more often and under worse conditions. I certainly don't begrudge Punxsutawney its once-a-year boomtown status. It works for them. Keep it up. What I don't like is that it's meaningless, silly, and made more silly and meaningless by all the technological attention. When was the last time a rodent under 100,000 watts of spotlights, camera flashes and other various lights didn't see its shadow unless said overgrown rat couldn't see at all because of the blinding lights? When was the last time a groundhog cared about its shadow? When was the last time I cared about a groundhog (that wasn't threatening to waddle out in front of my car)? I think they should spice the event up. The coordinators have had it too good for too long. How tough is it to grab a domesticated groundhog and pull it out of a box? Let's change the "holiday" to Wolverine Day (if that's too many syllables, I'd settle for Badger Day). A small change in species would represent a huge change in attitude. With the shadow issue made moot by the cameras, maybe the amount of blood spilled by the wolverine/badger handler would "determine" whether or not winter would continue. By the way, I think meteorologists do a pretty good job of predicting the weather. I don't want my weather prognostications to come from anyone who is not a trained meteorologist. I certainly don't want a rat feeding me that information.

 
 

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