Happy Groundhog Day 2014 January 26th, 2014
So hi there. That’s me coming up out of the ground, and you know what that means?
Happy Groundhog Day, everybody!
I know what you’re thinking. ”Jeez, is it coming up on February 2nd again? ”
Hey, I hear you.
“Where did the idea come from?”
“How long was Phil in the time loop?”
“Did you know it was going to be such a hit?”
“Do you think he’ll see his shadow this year?”
“They knock on the stump. They pull the hog out…”
So, you might ask, is it true, the question posed to me this week by the excellent journalist Michael Schulman:
Is Groundhog Day my own personal “Groundhog Day”?
Well, you might think that. But it’s not true. Not yet, anyway.
First of all, I really enjoy this little holiday, I love the movie, and I love being associated with both.
Besides, for me every year IS different. For instance, last year I went to Punxsutawney for the festivities. This year I’m going to Woodstock, Illinois, where they shot the film, for their festival. See? Different.
Look at it this way. Every year I meet new and interesting people. They always seem happy to see me. They are filled with gratitude, and positive tales, and novel theories, and well-wishes. And best, every well-wish is an annual reminder to me that I was involved in something that touched people and made them a little bit more happy and hopeful. That is a gift, my friends, and I am grateful. That more than anything keeps me from suffering the repetitive loop instead of celebrating it.
So, go ahead and ask your questions, share your tales, and if so inspired feel free to wish me a “Happy Groundhog Day.” To me the salutation is as honest and happy and noble as the best Happy Birthday, the most sincere Merry Christmas, and the most welcoming Welcome from the most alluring receptionist ever.
And have a great week yourselves. Make your spring predictions, stock up on Rocky Road and/or head cheese, and, sincerely, have a very happy Groundhog Day!
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