Listen Up, Woodchuck Chuckers!

It’s GROUNDHOG DAY!

That’s right. One of the main reasons for my existence has come around once again. And once again (for those of you wondering), Phil saw his shadow. In a nice touch this year, they broadcast it live over the web. I watched it before I had to head out the door to work. Words fail to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather. The video was a bit choppy, but there was Phil, in all his groundhoggy goodness. Six more weeks of winter, folks. But I like to look on the bright side: that’s six LESS weeks of summer. Mwa ha ha!

So what are you all doing to celebrate today? The Groundhog already stopped by my house this morning, delivering presents to all good boys and girls. TRC got a pop gun, DC got a coloring book, and DKC got a ceramic plant pot. I, being the bad boy, got nothing. The Spirit of Groundhog Day is all about giving, folks. Not getting.

I had wanted to take the day off, but I had too much going on at work, so I’m here after all. Maybe next year.

This evening, there will be a Big Party. We’re having the traditional Groundhog Games of Skill (this year’s events are still a bit up in the air, but they will likely include drawing a groundhog with your eyes closed, answering quiz questions, and creating a groundhog out of fruit and candy). Prizes will be awarded. No dinner at this year’s party–we’ve gone with the more economical “finger food and dessert” potluck. Everything has to be groundhog-themed, of course. (And no–that doesn’t mean it’s made out of groundhog!) After that, we’re trying a new experiment this year: a White Groundhog Party. (Or, if you’re a New Englander, a Yankee Groundhog Party.) Party goers are bringing groundhog-themed gifts, and there’ll be a huge swaperoo. I’m interested to see how creative people get.

In the biggest break with tradition, the full party will NOT include a viewing of the film. It’s a school night and all, and there are little kids coming who have school the next day, so DKC and I will have a private screening of the film after the party has ended.

Some of you have no doubt wondered what would happen to my party this year, since it was going up head to head with the premier of Lost. Well, I don’t get ABC, so as far as I’m concerned, Lost premiers online tomorrow. No conflict here, folks!

In any case, I hope you all have a wonderfulicious Groundhog Day, and a blessed and happy six remaining weeks of winter.

Go Phil!

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