Ground Hog Day? Not in Montana
Every year on February 2nd all the TV talking heads show up in Punxsutawney, PA to witness the weather-prognosticating rodent, Punxsutawney Phil.
People have been buying into this yearly scam since the 18-1900s.
The only good thing about this ridiculous yearly ritual is that it’s one of the few “holidays” that doesn’t lighten my wallet.
There are no Hallmark cards for Groundhog Day. Are there? No special cakes, drinks, food items, or wacky clothing. And with good reason.
No one wants to take money away from a really big retail payday — Valentine’s Day just 12 days later.
Six More Weeks of Winter?
So why do I refer to this somewhat harmless and playful celebration as ridiculous? Am I a modern day “Groundhog Scrooge?” Bah Humbug to you and your little oversized rat?
No, my meaning is clear and simple. If this little furry weatherman/woman sees its shadow then we are saddled with six more weeks of winter.
While that may not be ridiculous in Pennsylvania, it is in Montana.
Because no matter whether Phil sees his shadow or not I can promise you that Montana will not only have six more weeks of winter but probably twelve — if we’re lucky.
Compared to our geographical locations Pennsylvania would be considered a southern state by Montana standards. Phil will more than likely be basking in 60-70 degree weather in mid-April — shadow or not.
We’ll still be scraping our windshields in mid-June.
Some Final Thoughts
We will also be subjected to the endless playing of the “Groundhog Day” movie staring Bill Murray that popularized the day even more.
I guess I shouldn’t be such a “Ground Hog Grinch.” But it’s hard not to want to believe that just maybe grass might start growing and flowers blooming before the Fourth of July.
So I like millions of others will be glued to the tube to find out if those who live in more temperate climates are going to get an early relief from the harsh Eastern winters. Why should they get off easy?
Isn’t there a bounty on groundhogs in some states? Maybe I will head out to PA today.