Monday, February 4, 2019

Groundhog Day 2019-- Part 1: Watch That First Step, It's a Doozy!"


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

I was awake at 7:07 AM, when Woodstock Willie (a real groundhog) made his remaining winter prognostication, but I wasn't there.  I was at home.  But here in Spring Grove, 17 miles from Woodstock, there was no sun, so I imagined it was the same there.  If the groundhog does not see his shadow that means it will be a short and mild winter.

And after last week's p.v. and all that big-time cold, I would have to say we would be very happy for it.  Well, we'd be happy anytime for a short winter.  About the only folks around here who love winter are the snowmobilers and skiers.

I left home at 7:45 and drove to Woodstock, figuring to grab breakfast at Burger King and go out to the Woodstock Square.  Unfortunately, the Burger King on Il-47 had run out of most food items.  So went to the Square and surprisingly in short order, found a parking spot nearby.

I walked by the Old Man's Alley (where he died), the Old Man's Corner, where he begged from Phil Connors (Bill Murray).  This is also Ned Ryerson's corner where he encountered Phil.  Then past the Tip Top Cafe site and the mudpuddle "Watch that first step.  It's a doozy!"

And a Doozy It Was.  -- RoadDog

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