6 More Weeks of Winter

We'd might as well face the fact that we're going to have 6 more weeks of winter. As horrible as winter has been in Toronto, we'll have to face 6 more weeks of it. Other Groundhogs didn't see their shadow, but Nova Scotia's own Shubenacadie Sam saw his, and that's good enough for me.

In all honesty, I'd never even heard of Shubenacadie Sam, even though my Grandparents lived 10 minutes down the road from Sam's home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. But whatever, I'd trust a Nova Scotia groundhog over Ontario’s Wiarton Willie and Alberta’s Balzac Billy any day. I mean Sam is living the life of Riley down in Shubie, with a heated den and all the carrots and alfalfa sprout cubes (Mmmm!) he can eat. In fact, the people from the wildlife park say that Canadian Groundhogs are still hibernating on February 2nd, so they'd have to pry them out of hibernation to predict the weather. Seriously, whose opinion would you trust? A groundhog who has been relaxing in a heated den who can come out peacefully and make an objective decision about the weather, or one who's been yanked out of his hibernation and forced to make some weather prediction on cue. In fact you probably have to blast the Alberta groundhog out into the -40 weather there. So Sam gets my vote.

But since when do we have 3 groundhogs in Canada predicting the weather? I mean, wasn't the one at Gobbler's Knob in PA that Bill Murray saw over and over enough? As far as I know he was the original and probably the only weather predicting groundhog that we needed. Considering the groundhogs don't even do anything, you'd think one would be more than enough. But I guess we don't want the Americans having all the groundhog fun, but 3 copycat grounhogs in Canada is certainly enough. In fact Shubenacadie Sam should probably be named Canada's official weather predicting groundhog, someone call the Prime Minister.

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