Monday, February 02, 2009

Groundhog Day and Happy Birthday

Happy Groundhog Day! Who doesn't love Groundhog day? It's a day where we put our fate in a furry animal that has been hibernating all winter long. If he sees his shadow(which he did) then it's six more weeks of winter, if not then spring is just around the corner. A couple interesting facts about our little groundhog friend, Punxsutawney Phil:
  • German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter would last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

  • Since 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, hasn't seen it 15 times, and there are no records for nine years.

Of course one cannot think about Groundhog day and not think of Bill Murray's brilliant performance in the move entitled "Groundhog Day."

Talk about a classic. Bill Murray, playing Phil Conners, repeats the same day over and over again. Who wouldn't want to do that? How fun would it be to repeat the same day over again?

On another, which would appear to be unrelated, note my birthday is coming up on the 19th of this month. Just like most people, I love my own birthday. I wish I could be like Bill Murray and live that day more than once.


Well here's the kicker. I can!! My uncle is a famous photographer taking pictures mainly of Zion National Park. This year he gave us a calender, and as I flipped to look at my birthday I noticed something very unusual:

As you can see on this calender (you might need to click on the picture for a better look) there are two February the 19ths!! So in honor of Groundhog day and Bill Murray, I will live my birthday more than just once this year!

1 comment:

Ben, Tana, and B.A. said...

May you get twice as many presents this year!