Quick note; If you're looking for Caption This - and I'm hoping you are - please click here. I felt the need to rant a little this morning. Hope that's OK...Sorry, I just can't get into the whole Groundhog Day thing. Sure, it was the basis for a wonderful, and indeed iconic, movie starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, but that's a discussion for another day. As the new week dawns, small towns in a number of North American communities are looking to their bizarrely named groundhogs to predict how much longer winter's going to be sticking around.
To the whole "six more weeks of winter" silliness, I say humbug. The sad truth is a bunch of drunken folks - typically old white men, go figure - wearing ridiculous clothes scare the dickens out of a poor rodent in a badly staged attempt to keep tourist dollars flowing to otherwise forgettable corners of the world.
If you stick around till the credits finish rolling after the average film, you'll notice the now-standard claim about "how no animals were harmed during filming." Something tells me the same kind of thinking should apply to this ridiculous annual charade.
I guess I'm a softie for the furry set. Punxsutawney Phil, Wiarton Willie, Shubenacadie Sam and their ilk would be better served sleeping out the winter, happily snoozing in whatever warm place they managed to find before the snow flew.
Your turn: How would you feel if you were rousted from bed in the middle of the night and held by the scruff of your neck in the middle of a huge crowd of morons? Am I being silly here?
This just in (8:49 a.m.): All three of the aforementioned varmints have apparently seen their shadows. I know this because every media outlet in the region is pumping out breathlessly worded breaking news alerts.
I'm curious about the news judgment, as this morning's paper chose to put news of our mayor's husband's DUI arrest on page 3. Tim Best, who owns the downtown Friday Knight Lights restaurant (I wrote about it here) is married to our mayor, Anne-Marie DeCicco-Best, and stands accused of hitting two cars in two separate incidents on the 401 Saturday night, sending one driver to hospital. The suspect fled both scenes, and was finally caught by police after a foot chase.
And what went on page 1? Discussion of tonight's city council debate about a possible deer cull.
I couldn't make this up if I tried.