This past Wednesday was Groundhog Day, which would determine whether or not Winter would end, depending on if the groundhog saw or didn’t see his shadow. To which I say this: bull.
I’ve lived in Connecticut for almost forty-six years, and I’ve come to realize that Groundhog Day is nothing but a crock that does nothing but raise nearly everybody’s false hopes — and especially during one of the worst Winters in modern history. Granted, the mass media benefits from Groundhog Day every February 2nd — but they’re as much to blame for covering it as the idiot who actually dreamed up the concept.
I’m sure that there are those who’d like to see Groundhog Day banned for good — especially those who have to shovel out their driveways in the wake of one or more major snowstorms. There are probably also those who’d like to turn the groundhog into an endangered species — if anything else, to vent their anger. But that might not happen anytime soon — mainly because the majority of Americans who have to deal with any snowstorms are probably physically and mentally tired by day’s end, and not just from shoveling. Or, as Mark Twain once pointed out, people who talk about the weather don’t do anything about it — probably because a sizable amount of them are one step closer to a nervous breakdown. And trust me, I already know the disadvantages of cabin fever.
I know one thing — someday, I’m moving to a warmer climate for good where I’ll finally put show shoveling in Winter behind me. Of course, I’ve got a slim chance of doing that as I do actually winning Powerball. Or for that matter, the U.S. Government actually outlawing Groundhog Day for good.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65).
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