Saturday, February 02, 2008
Happy Groundhog Day!
Bad news, gang! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning. That means we have to look forward to another six weeks of winter. There may be some hope, though. General Beauregard, down in Georgia, did not see his shadow. This raises some questions regarding the reliability of these obviously well-fed, furry prognosticators.
Which one of them should we believe? Why did they derive two different answers to the same question? Were the testing conditions identical in both cases? Has one been more reliable than the other in past trials? We really need the answers to these and many other questions before we can make plans for the remainder of the winter. (Notice the built-in assumption in that last statement: I'm assuming that there will be more winter for us. I've known Phil all of my life, whereas I never heard of Beau before today. Past history counts for a lot in an important matter like this. Therefore, I'm going with Phil's answer. Sorry, Beau. Keep in touch in case I change my mind in the future. You know where to find me.)
This is a significant dilemma. If Beau is right, then it's already too late to plan a winter vacation. If you haven't taken one yet, you've missed your chance. On the other hand, if Phil is right, you've still got time to book a flight to someplace sunny and warm. I suggest that you diligently ponder these prophecies with due seriousness and adapt your behavior accordingly. Let me just say that, if I were you, I wouldn't put away that snow shovel yet.
P.S.: Do any of you Canadians know what Wiarton Willie predicted? Was he able to burrow out of his hole into the snowdrift? Did he even want to?