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#TBT Canada Needs to Adjust Groundhog Day Parameters

Wiarton Willie Statue

Wiarton Willie Statue

Early reports indicate that Punxsutawney Phil, having seen his shadow and darted back inside his hole, is predicting a long winter. Meanwhile in Canada all eyes are on Wiarton Willie to see what he thinks of the chances of an early spring. The rule of hog – dare I say the ground rule – is that a shadow-frightened rodent means six more weeks of winter.

But on those occasions when (Willie) scarpers back under the covers with the remote and a few books, let’s be true to our climate and say ten more weeks of winter are in store.

All this is cute and no doubt makes somebody a few bucks on T-shirt sales. But we Canadians have to adjust the parameters just a wee bit. If Phil sees his shadow, as he did today, that means six more weeks of winter. That’s mid-March! With the exception of those living west of the Rockies, any Canadian worth his or her road salt would love to have spring arrive in March, in reality, not just on the calendar.

I suggest the following change: If Wiarton Willie doesn’t see his shadow and opts to come out of his hole and lead us to believe we’ll have an early spring that’s fine and dandy. But on those occasions when he scarpers back under the covers with the remote and a few books, let’s be true to our climate and say ten more weeks of winter are in store.

When it comes to meteorological conditions,  what works in Pennsylvania doesn’t work in Wiarton, Ontario!

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Variation on a Theme: Groundhog Day or Tabby Cat Day

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It’s Groundhog Day, February 2nd. Over the years it has grown into a huge marketing extravaganza. Punxsutawney Phil and here in Canada Wiarton Willie (who seems to have passed on) are media icons on this day. Once a year, in front of scores of media, the groundhog emerges from his hole and, if he sees his shadow and ducks back inside to safety we are in for six more weeks of winter. However if he isn’t startled and hangs out on his front stoop, perhaps singing a little Doo-wop, and offering to pose for selfies – for a fee of course – then we are assured of on early spring.

… I have a feeling it’s going to take a good six weeks for the scratches and claw marks on my arms to heal! Ferguson was not amused, and wandered off muttering something about ” … goddamned rodents.”

T-Shirts, posters and God knows what will be for sale with Phil’s furry face emblazoned on them. When you only have one day to flog your wares, you better hustle.

Never one to miss an opportunity I decided to conduct my own meteorological animal experiment. Here I am hoisting Ferguson the 20-pound Tabby à la Punxsutawney Phil. I’m not certain what the outcome will be weather-wise, but I have a feeling it’s going to take a good six weeks for the scratches and claw marks on my arms to heal! Ferguson was not amused, and wandered off muttering something about ” … goddamned rodents.”

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If this takes-off I’ll wear a Tuxedo next year!

 

A mere six more weeks of winter would be nothing short of a blessing in Montreal. So the whole time-frame ought to be rejigged for Canadian audiences.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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Canada Needs to Adjust Groundhog Day Parameters

Wiarton Willie Statue

Wiarton Willie Statue

Early reports indicate that Punxsutawney Phil, having seen his shadow and darted back inside his hole, is predicting a long winter. Meanwhile in Canada all eyes are on Wiarton Willie to see what he thinks of the chances of an early spring. The rule of hog – dare I say the ground rule – is that a shadow-frightened rodent means six more weeks of winter.

But on those occasions when (Willie) scarpers back under the covers with the remote and a few books, let’s be true to our climate and say ten more weeks of winter are in store.

All this is cute and no doubt makes somebody a few bucks on T-shirt sales. But we Canadians have to adjust the parameters just a wee bit. If Phil sees his shadow, as he did today, that means six more weeks of winter. That’s mid-March! With the exception of those living west of the Rockies, any Canadian worth his or her road salt would love to have spring arrive in March, in reality, not just on the calendar.

I suggest the following change: If Wiarton Willie doesn’t see his shadow and opts to come out of his hole and lead us to believe we’ll have an early spring that’s fine and dandy. But on those occasions when he scarpers back under the covers with the remote and a few books, let’s be true to our climate and say ten more weeks of winter are in store.

When it comes to meteorological conditions,  what works in Pennsylvania doesn’t work in Wiarton, Ontario!

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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