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RTT – It’s Groundhog Day…Again

Random Tuesday Thoughts

It’s that time again folks – so grab the funky purple button (what’s with that ham, anyway?), link up to Keely and play along with Random Tuesday Thoughts.


Today’s edition:  The Annual Groundhog Rant.


So, here it is…February.  My least favorite month of the year – for all sorts of reasons, but mostly because it’s going to be at least six weeks before I see the sun or any sign of life around here.  No matter what the stupid groundhog says.

Because while it is PERPETUALLY GRAY here in my neck of the woods I imagine it’s sunny as all get-out in Puxatawney and I bet the rotten little buck-toothed rodent is dancing around going, “See?  My shadow!  It’s my shadow!  Six more weeks of winter!  Bwaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!”


Going a little crazy?  Not at all.  Why do you ask?


But Phil the Weatherman was right…it’s all the groundhog’s fault.

Puxatawney Phil needs to die.

I don’t care how well he drives for a quadruped.


Oh, PETA is going to be after me now.  Have you heard?  They want the organizers of Puxatawney’s Ground Hog Day Festival to replace Phil with a robot.

Does this organization not have one thinking member that looks at their press releases and says, “Hey, look guys – this is pretty damn stupid.  Do we really want to publish this?”

No, I didn’t think so either.


Ah, well, at least we know what we’ll be watching this evening.  I don’t think The Young One has ever seen Groundhog Day.

There I go again – I’m just racking up the votes for that Excellence in Parenting award that I know is just waiting for me somewhere.


“You want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be gray, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” — Phil the Weatherman

Have a lovely Groundhog Day, y’all.


LPC says:

Groundhog Day. One of the best movies of All Time.
.-= LPC´s last blog ..New England High WASP Meets Swedish Empire, Meets Santa Barbara Semi-Tropics =-.

Suzicate says:

PETA is over the top as usual…don’t we all wish we could live the groundhogs life?! Love that movie!!
.-= Suzicate´s last blog ..Romancing The Gazelle =-.

Erin says:

That movie is a gem. It’s message is something we all (ok, maybe specifically me) can hear this week, month, winter…

Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to try to watch it soon.
.-= Erin´s last blog ..rabbit suits and consternation =-.

Harriet says:

Maybe a robot would give us all better news- just a thought.

Have a great Tuesday!
.-= Harriet´s last blog ..Yes…I’m back…thanks for asking… =-.

They want a groundhog robot? Speaking of … I wrote about the newest most advanced human robot yet today.
Not appropriate reading for uptight people.
.-= Twenty Four At Heart´s last blog ..Bleh, Bleh and Bleh! =-.

Pseudo says:

Between my childhood in LA and my college and forever after over here, I am stuptified by the whole groundhog thing. Thanks for making it a bit clearer.

BTW If I could dear Jan, I would beam you over here for a weekend.
.-= Pseudo´s last blog ..Transition =-.

VandyJ says:

Groundhog Day is the movie Nick and I saw on our first date. We watch it every year in February because of that. It’s a great movie. Here where I live spring won’t show up until the end of April. We have almost three more months of winter to go.

LOL. iSuck – to funny!

I like these random shots of thinking. I was wondering what PITA would do if I ATE the groundhog. I guess that would be cruel, right?

Yes, winter is cold, dreary and super awesome fun when you have to shovel all the time. Perfect fun for all. I would seriously trade the time in my pool/garden for fun in the ice, snow and gravel. You got yourself a DEAL!
.-= Jason Sandeman´s last blog ..Picture of The Day: 25/365 – Amazing Roasted Chicken =-.

Gina says:

I’m so with you on the whole Groundhog Day/PETA/stupid weather prediction thing.
I don’t think my kids have ever seen Groundhog Day! AND we OWN the movie.
Should I drag it out? Should I drag my kids out of their holes?

Happy Tuesday!
.-= Gina´s last blog ..NOTHING RANDOM EVER HAPPENS HERE! =-.

angi says:

groundhog day is so fun

I find it hilarious that thousands of people will stand out in 18 degree weather to watch someone hold up a groundhog to predict the weather. Don’t those people have anything else to do? and don’t get me started on PETA.
.-= Margaret aka Fact Woman´s last blog ..Random Tuesday- Airport Security & Babysitting =-.

Miss Angie says:

PETA is so stupid. I am for the animals, but not for the activists. They’re pretty hypocritical too!

Mo says:

The whole Groundhog business is hilarious. Just stand your ground (chuckle) and give PETA a slap. I’d be happy to join you.

Mama Badger says:

PETA rates right up there with Greenpeace for stupid krappe in the name of doing good. If the groundhog was a robot, he wouldn’t see his shadow. Someone else wood. Just saying, is all.

You’re just all manner of sunshine over here, now aren’t you? At least I’m not drooling over my keyboard today;)
.-= Mama Badger´s last blog ..The Spin Cycle- Happiness =-.

Maybe the groundhog has ALREADY been replaced with a robot… Has anyone thought of that? Are they checking it for a heartbeat???
.-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..Spin Cycle: Mondays should count as a pet peeve. =-.

Di says:

Dumbest day of the year as Holidays go… A rat that predicts weather…. gah! A Robot?? Oh for Pete’s sake..
.-= Di´s last blog ..Month Of Love =-.

Be says:

LOL I think it’s all in a name.

PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I, and a great many people, have absolutely no ethical hang up about eating animals, or for that matter keeping them as pets. I can understand supporting the SPCA, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as I can understand that. You don’t have to torture them before eating them – well except for Lobsters, but that doesn’t last very long and they taste so good. So I have a better name for PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals! Think they’ll let me join?

I also think we should change it from Groundhog Day to Badger Day in honor of Mama Badger – she is absolutely right: how would the robot see it’s shadow? Even if it was well equipped with light sensors it is still a programmer or operator who see the shadow. Then again does Phil know? Does Phil care? If Phil sees his shadow but nobody sees Phil see his shadow, will it still be cold in the Winter?

TC says:

how much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? Oh wait…groundhog day….nevermind….

btw…F*** PETA.

That is all.

Gretchen says:

A groundhog robot? Really? I guess now that nobody wears fur anymore they’ve run out of things to worry about.
.-= Gretchen´s last blog ..Proof I Have Officially Become An Old Maw-Maw =-.

A robot, eh? For a while they were using a stuffed groundhog – the original one had died and they thought it would be a bad idea to ‘replace’ him, so they stuffed him. He’s now at some museum somewhere. I’ve always wondered who actually decides FOR Phil – not to mention with all the media lights and the noisy crowds and commotion, wouldn’t the groundhog technically see his shadow EVERY year? And on top of that, the first day of Spring isn’t until March 20th – isn’t that technically 6 weeks from now? So it kinda renders ol’ Phil as a moot point, doesn’t it? 😉
.-= Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughts – Groundhog Day, LOST Returns, Dinosaurs Delivered, Full Moon Lantern and Mud Doggie Boots =-.

Irish Gumbo says:

Just once, I’d like Phil to come out of the burrow and flip everyone off, saying “Leave me the f**k alone! Go get lives!”

Rat bastard Phil…

Oh, and Happy February! Wheeeeee! 🙂
.-= Irish Gumbo´s last blog ..Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Like Him =-.

Michele says:

the PETA people are bat-shit crazy. Says the dedicated vegetarian.
.-= Michele´s last blog ..RTT – Cactus soldiers =-.

Beth says:

When I heard that the damn woodchuck saw his shadow, I wanted to kick him in the head. It has even been grey and cold in Georgia. No fair.
.-= Beth´s last blog ..Say what? =-.

Sorry I got lost after Peta want to replace the real live animal with a robot… and also did you say that the young one hasn’t seen Groundhog day? Tell me he has seen Karate Kid before I start worrying!
.-= PippaD @ A Mothers Ramblings´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Window patterns by Mr J.Frost =-.

Oh, Jan, you are so funny!
I’m sick to death of Groundhog day as well. I remember taking it so seriously as a kid, wanting winter to end, and thinking this had something to do with it.
Now it’s like, 6 more weeks of winter? Yeah right. Here in New England that would be a treat. We’re lucky if we get away with only 3 more months of winter!
Kill the bastard!
.-= Maureen@IslandRoar´s last blog ..Spin Cycle: Pet Peeves =-.

Mrsbear says:

“the animal is ‘treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania.'”

PETA should be more worried about you and your blog readers, who want to put a real hurtin’ on the groundhog.

Hope you get your sun back sooner than expected.
.-= Mrsbear´s last blog ..Because We Don’t Throw Anything Away =-.

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