02 February 2010

Punxsutawney Phil has texting issues

Well, it’s Groundhog day… again …

Punxsutawney Phil (seen above from this morning) may be the most famous weathercaster in the U.S., but he hasn’t caught up on texting yet. His electronic report on this morning’s forecast for or against an early spring (“I’m predicting March 21st”) was two hours behind his report at Gobbler’s Knob to the Inner Circle before the usual enormous Groundhog Day crowd. Apparently, Phil’s paws don’t hit the keys very well, of Groundhogese doesn’t translate well. Still, that’s pretty good for a quadraped. Phil, don’t text angry!

Oh, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. This sounds accurate, as we’re supposed to have rain this weekend in Los Angeles. Staten Island Chuck, the second most famous Marmox marmota weatherman, says early spring. These are the exact same predictions they gave last year. Must be “dueling groundhogs.”

Still, “This pititful . . . a thousand people, freezing their butts off, waiting to worship a rat.”

Ah, every year, Groundhog Day just keeps getting better a better, a true U.S. classic comedy. I woke myself up at 6:00 a.m. this morning and hit “play” on the DVD player, cued up to the moment Phil Connor’s alarm clock switches over to “I’ve Got You, Babe” on the first repetition of February 2nd. Celebrate each day in little ways, I say.