Punxsutawney Trip Canceled
I will not be making my annual trip to Punxsutawney, PA this year. I had been making the trip the last couple of years since I watched the Groundhog Day ceremony on TV in 2009. It was then that I noticed that the sky was cloudy and dark. There should have been no way Punxsutawney Phil would have seen his shadow. He saw it. He saw his shadow because of all of the lights that were shining on him. Those lights came from television cameras. The media was to blame for six more weeks of winter in 2009.
2010 – I had to do something about this. I made the trip to Punxsutawney and spent the night before at a local hotel. My plan was to get there at about 6:30AM and get there before sunrise. The plan included walking up to the cameras and filtering the lights enough to block the shadow caused by lights but not so much that people watching at home couldn’t see the groundhog. The only problem was that I was unable to get to the cameras because there were over 10,000 people in attendance. Phil ended up seeing his shadow. A few weeks later, my town was hit with 2 1/2 feet of snow.
Last year I had everything planned perfectly. I arrived at 3:30AM to a sparse park. I had the filters for the lights and also brought pepper spray to spray in the groundhog’s eyes. As I was making my move, I was approached by security. They asked what I was doing. I told them I was walking around and trying to get a better view. They let me go but kept an eye on me. Fortunately, Phil did not see his shadow.
There are a few reasons why I am not going this year. The first reason is that winter has been mild this year with little snow. This is a concern because I am walking distance to a ski resort. The tourists who come here to ski drive me nuts, but they’re a necessary evil as more skiers equals more money for the town and fewer taxes I’ll have to pay next year. The second reason is the campaign. I will be in eastern Pennsylvania on the 1st and Connecticut on the 3rd. Punxsutawney is too far out of the way. Gas prices are too high for me to go anywhere but a straight line.
My apologies to anyone who had planned on meeting me this year in Punxsutawney. It’s not a good year for the trip, but I will more than likely go in 2013. (Hopefully as President of the United States.)
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