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Subject: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: gnu
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 07:31 AM

Here, the furry little fellow better have an ice axe and skates this morning and a canoe for later on. Of course, he'd have to dig through one to two metres of snow first. Hovering about zero C with sleet right now.

It's been -30C. It's been +10C. Our heavy snow started December 2 and we have had a lot of it but warm weather shrank it... this is the third warm spell.

What's your furry little friend up against?


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: number 6
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 08:04 AM

He came out of his burrow .... slipped on the ice and knocked himself out.

Crazy yo-yo weather this year in N.B. eh gnu.

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 08:17 AM

Southern New Hampshire here. On top of around a couple feet of layered snow, yesterday we got sleet, then it rained last night. It appears to have frozen, but I'm not going out there just yet to check. The on-line weather people tell me it's around 39<°>F, (9.4<°>C) but I don't know if I believe that. Everything I can see looks frozen solid and the wind is howling like an American Idol reject.

The sun is shining, and that's not a good sign for the furry little liar. If he DOES manage to chip his way out of wherever he moved to after I raided den just in back of my house, he's going to see his shadow. Better he should stay in. Better still if the coyotes ate him already.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Becca72
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 08:37 AM

Here in southern Maine we've been getting 18" of snow one week and 40° weather the next since the beginning of January. We got the same sleet/freezing rain/rain combination here yesterday. The drive home last night was slushy but otherwise not bad. The drive in at 6am was slippery as all hell, but now that the sun's up and it's almost 40° things should be hunky dory.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my mother's death and, sicko that I am, the thought occurred to me that I hope she's not stuck in some eternal loop with Bill Murray....that would suck.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Beer
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 08:54 AM

I just heard that that fellow from Shubenacadie took a quick look than dove back in his hole. No good, not good at all.
Beer (adrien)


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: gnu
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 09:22 AM

Hehehehe... kill the messenger?


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 09:29 AM

The groundhog was drugged. In this case the performance enhancing drug was a sedative. This must be stopped. It is unfair to groundhog competators and fans alike.

We want, no we NEED a drug free Groundhog assesment of the duration of winter.

I say throw him in prison along with its coach.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: topical tom
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:16 AM

Quebec here.We just had ANOTHER!! ice storm with a little snow on top but upon putting my ear to the snow I believe I could hear the little rodent firing up a chain saw or a jackhammer to get out of his hole. Go back, l'il guy, go back!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: GUEST,ibo
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:34 AM

the weather is terrible here on groundhog day.the weather is terrible here on groundhog day,the weather is terrible here on groundhog day.the weather is terrible here on groundhog day,the weather is


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: gnu
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 10:51 AM

I hope the ice kept ours in the ground. If not, a canoe ain't gonna be much good in this wind and rain. Da hoice is flyin offen a trees roight sideways by times it is!

Jeri.... yotes... hehehehehehehe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Bobert
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 11:43 AM

Sumabich ate up our fall beets and spinich so if I see him, seein' or not seein' his shadown will be his ***last*** concern before going to that burrow in the sky...

Kabooooom!!!!!

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 01:20 PM

What's all this Groundhog Day stuff about? Us Brits only know that it's a film where stuff kept repeating. So what's it gotta do with a load of snow?


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Bee
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 01:48 PM

He'd drown if he'd come out in Nova Scotia today. There's water everywhere, much of it on top of ice. Snow? What is this 'snow' of which you speak? We have none left, but for a little crusty heap in the shade behind the camper.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Becca72
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 02:02 PM

Guest:

Groundhog Day or Groundhog's Day is a holiday celebrated in United States and Canada on February 2. In weather lore, if a groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, marmot or ground squirrel, emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it will return into its burrow, and the winter will continue for 6 more weeks


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Partridge
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 02:36 PM

FYI

The groundhog was the theme for the saturday prize crossword in the guardian newspaper

Pat xx


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Mooh
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 02:38 PM

Wiarton Willie is my hero.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: gnu
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 04:49 PM

Shubenacadie Sam is a hero to some... a target to others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:53 AM

Guest, 1.20: Feb 2nd is Candlemas Day.

"In Europe, a lot of weather lore is associated with the day Christians call Candlemas. In England, for example, it is said that:

If Candlemas be fair and bright, winter has another flight

If Candlemas brings cloud and rain, winter will not come again

In Scotland, it is said that:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be twa (two) winters in the year


In North America, 2 February is widely known as Groundhog Day. The groundhog is an animal that is also known as a marmot. It is said that it wakes from hibernation on 2 February and peeps out of its winter quarters. If it sees its shadow, so it is said, it retreats into its burrow and stays there for another six weeks. If the day is cloudy, it emerges from its burrow and remains out, believing that the rest of the winter will be mild."


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: GUEST,Obie
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:53 AM

Willie's stuffed; Sam rules! :-}


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 09:17 AM

Here in Idaho I got a haircut on Groundhog Day. I don't know if that signifies anything or not (other than that my hair is shorter).


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 12:53 PM

Ground Hog Day 2008 is not complete without this report from Blind River, Ontario, Canada:

This morning, February 2nd, 2008, at the crack of dawn in Blind River, Ontario....

*** Blind River Slim ***

The seer of seers, the prognosticator of prognosticators, the veritable Oracle of Canada's Northland emerged warily from his cozy groundhog hole to take a look.

And what did he see?

One hell of a lot of snow! One hell of an ugly little town! One hell of a big crowd of drunken rubes in grundgy snowmobile jackets and hats with things written on them like

"I'm With the Idiot --->"

or "Free Sex - (Talk To The Guy Under The Hat)".

or "Where's the BEER?"

And what did he hear?

A lot of yelling and cheering from the aforesaid crowd of drunken rubes as they chanted, "SLIM! SLIM! SLIM! SLIM! SLIM!"

Did he flinch? Well, yes, a little. Did he shudder? Definitely.

It was clear to Blind River Slim that the horror of February 2nd, Groundhog Day, was upon him once again.

But Blind River Slim is no wimp. He's a professional. He doesn't let little things like 3,000 drunken morons turn him away from the job he was born to do! No sir! So after a brief, barely perceptible shudder, Slim emerged fully from his hole, took a deep breath, shook himself, and had a good look around.

He then advanced to the microphone.

"SLIM! SLIM! SLIM!" raved the crowd in a frenzy of alcoholic enthusiasm that could be heard all the way to....ummm...Spanish?

Well, anyways...

Slim gazed down on them all from the raised podium with obvious contempt and waited for them to settle down, which they finally did. He held up a paw, commanding absolute silence, and he got it. You could have heard a fridge fall.

"Awright, you pathetic hosers..." (the spookily nonhuman voice of the large rodent drifted out over the rapt crowd through the ancient sound system that Don McBride had borrowed from the community centre)

"You listening to me, ya flippin' losers? You better listen good! Number one: I SEE my shadow."

At this announcement the crowd burst into sustained cries of, "NOOOOO! NOOOO! FLIP, NOOOO! YOU FlIPPIN' LIAR!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"

Slim, glowering at them from his beady little eyes in which there lurked a hint of savage amusement, waited for silence. It took some time, but he got it. He then resumed, with apparent relish...

"Not only do I see my shadow, you flipheads. I see COLD flippin' weather ahead! Yeah, you got it. I see weather so flippin' cold that yer dogs are gonna freeze their flippin' little yingyangs to the fire hydrants when they go out fer a whizz! Yer cars are all gonna die! Even yer snowmobiles won't flippin' start up! You will be trapped in your pathetic hovels freezin' yer buns off while I will be toasting my little toes in front of a roaring fire and watching Pamela Anderson videos. I can promise you the worst flippin' weather you have seen in the last hundred years. Snow, snow, and MORE snow! Freezin' rain and sleet! Thunderstorms in the middle of blizzards! The TransCanada snowed over for 30 flippin' days! The beer will freeze, baby, THAT's how bad it's gonna get!"

"In short......" (dramatic pause)"Youse are all FLIPPED!!!"

So saying, Slim turned and scampered giggling back into his hole, followed by a barrage of beer bottles, enraged protests, and catcalls. His little front door slammed shut just as a thrown beer bottle arrived to shatter against it, and he shot the bolt home, leaving behind him a frustrated mob with nowhere to go. Shortly after that someone threw a punch at someone else and the entire gathering turned into a huge riot. Police detachments had to be summoned from as far away as Sudbury to quell the rioting revelers who spilled out into the streets of Blind River, breaking windows, turning over mailboxes, and making suggestive remarks to women, even including the librarian, Mrs Ginch, who is 95 years old and bloody well looks it.

Don McBride was interviewed later by the press from the back of a paddywagon. He said,

"If only my little brother Shane had of been here, this would not of flippin' happened, eh?"

Blind River Slim rested on his comfy couch, 20 feet beneath ground level, where his hole is kept at a constant temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and toasted his little toes before the fire.

"It's gonna be one hell of a year," he remarked cheerfully.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:32 PM

The groundhog tradition has always baffled me. Anywhere I've lived (Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri) you couldn't hope for spring before April, probably mid-April. That's about ten weeks after Feb 2nd. So why worry that the groundhog predicts six weeks' of winter on Feb 2nd?

I can only surmise that the tradition was born someplace further south, where spring might spring in March.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: gnu
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:56 PM

Somethin ta do?


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: open mike
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 08:33 PM

http://www.groundhog.org/


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: Mooh
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 10:22 AM

Obie...Willie ain't stuffed. I have met him, face to face. We are brethren, native born sons of the Bruce.

Willie lives!

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Groundhog Day 2008
From: gnu
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 03:28 PM

Well, my "What's the weather like where you are thread?" has taken on a few different drifts, and that's a good thing.

-3C and sunny with light winds here in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canauckistan. Fantastic weather for this February day. The Cedar Waxwings are getting drunk on the apples still in the tree and the Blue Jays and squirrels are fighting over the peanut feeder and all is well with my world... if I can get Revenue Canada to just tell me what I have to do so they won't string me up in the apple tree... am I electing under a schedule T2 1101(c) ??? ... well, I don't %%^&*^%^*$%^ know!!! Should I? Well, we don't know. Maybe the Cedar Waxwings or the rat with a bushy tail knows??? Grrrrrrrrrrr!


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