An early spring… really?!

Bill Murray - Groundhog DayAs a former long time resident of Pennsylvania, I knew that we had two days that were very special, and almost totally unique to the rest of the country, the First Day of Deer Hunting Season (aka “Deer Day”) and Groundhog Day. Now the first was actually a state-wide holiday, where schoolchildren (at least in the 1980’s and earlier) were let out to join their fathers, uncles and grandfathers in the time honored tradition of weeding out the flock of Bambi and Bambi’s mother from the thick woods and countryside of PA. This is also noticeable by the stream of pickup trucks sporting gun racks heading north on the Turnpike from Philly.

The latter holiday, celebrated today, and co-opted by every other state in the union and most media outlets, is today in Punxsutawney, a burg outside of da’Burgh, Pittsburgh. As reported, he hasn’t seen his shadow, and was also seen sporting shades, a Hawaiian shirt, and Bermuda shorts because of the wacky weather which is now undoubtedly blamed on human-kind. So, bust out that DVD of Groudhog Day with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell and get your “Phil” of goodness before the big game on Sunday, even though the “Igles” or “Stillers” aren’t in it this year.

4 Comments so far

  1. WFY (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    The early spring prediction is retroactive to January when it was 72° and the trees were blooming.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 10:50 am

    Clearly he didn’t see the forecast for early next week, when the weather will promptly suck and cause puppies to die of despair.

  3. Tiff (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    An excellent use of the Bill Murray shot, of course.

    Though I have to say that as a native Pittsburgher, I have a sworn and solemn duty to kick in the junk anyone who isn’t one and still calls it “da ‘Burgh.” This is your written warning. ;) It’s like people who aren’t from San Francisco calling it “Frisco.”

  4. David (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

    Never had anybody in Pittsburgh complain to me before.. I even shot a short film in the vein of “The Fugitive” called “Da Fuge” set in the city… folks who screened it thought it was funny.

    Hey, not all of us want to waste the extra syllables (sic) on saying the entire thing ;-)

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