As you may already know, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring. Apparently he did not see his shadow as was the case in only 15 out of 125 of the last Groundhog Days. Every year the tiny town of Punxsutawney in northwestern PA is bloated with revelers waiting (in the freezing cold) to see if a woodchuck sees his shadow or not. Really? How does he do it? I don’t mean the prediction. I mean how does a large rodent capture our attention every year…after so many years. Especially considering that he tells us what we don’t want to hear nearly 90% of the time!
Phil lives in the lap of luxury as far as groundhogs go, residing with his handler. If only Lindsay Lohan’s handlers took such vigilant care of her. In his long and storied career Phil has entertained governors, was a guest on Oprah, had his prediction live on the Times Square jumbo-tron and had a movie made that was loosely based on his life (Groundhog Day).
I guess the lesson for all those stars like Phil who want to keep their career going – be relevant. Make us want to tune in. Be on time. Don’t keep us waiting. I hear that Lady Gaga is sometimes 45 minutes late to take the stage. And for goodness sake…behave. When was the last time you heard of a controversy surrounding Phil? You haven’t. And it’s because his “inner circle” is made up of people who have his best interests at heart. In fact, those guys we see with Phil in top hats are members of the Groundhog Clubs esteemed “Inner Circle.” Are you reading this Charlie Sheen? You could learn a lot from this groundhog.
So the only thing I have left to say is, “You wouldn’t lie to us would you Phil?” I’m reeeallly ready for spring. In fact, as you made your morning prediction we (in Pennsylvania) were experiencing an ice storm. I couldn’t watch the live broadcast because the electricity was off due to downed power lines. Seriously, Phil don’t let me down.