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Groundhog Day

Posted in Culture, Current events, In Pennsylvania with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Mj Rains

Yeah, so we live in Pennsylvania, and the half of us think this is such a stupid thing…though it makes one wonder how a day, which is not a holiday that celebrates a country’s liberation, a religious saint, a religious holiday, a famous person who changed world, nor a President, could actually exist…and honor a rodent no less….but here we have it in western PA, Groundhog Day.

I’m not sure if this is a nationwide celebration, or if anyone from other parts of the world know of this holiday…strange. Perhaps Katie can let us know if you guys down under have ever heard of this furball, Punxsatawny Phil.  These top-hatted dudes get up way before sunrise in Punxsatawny, Pa,  and hoist the sad little creature from his well cared for domain (meaning cage) and see if he sees his shadow.  How does one know if the rodents sees his shadow?  It is a mystery, a mysterious mystery that only handler John Griffiths is keen to I’m sure. I’ve heard that the 14 members of Phil’s club are the ones that decide our mysterious fate.  If the rodent see his shadow, we get 6 more weeks of winter, if not, an early spring is forecast.

This Pa tradition is based on an old German superstition that if a hibernating animal comes out on Feb. 2, a holiday called Candlemas, and sees his shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter.  Well, today, February 2, 2011, Phil officially did not see his shadow, which could be due to the rain, sleet, and snow, and constant cloud cover we are experiencing today due to that double wammy storm.  Very mysterious….

In any case, I love animals in general, and even though I call him a rodent, I think he’s darn cute.  I think these stupid top-hatted guys are pretty cool anyway, and admire the tradition, strange though it is, which is perhaps why I admire it, and all those people who fight the cold and weather and come out in wee hours of the morning on this one day a year, without liquor mind you, it’s a dry celebration by law, and see Phil make his appearance.  What can I say? I love the weird in Pa.

And, this means we get spring in a few weeks!!

Ah, fat chance people….

Love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Very funny, and brought fame to this strange little sort of kinda almost holiday.

Peace…and Happy Groundhog Day.

Snow on Tuesday

Posted in "Wit"icisms", In Pennsylvania with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2011 by Mj Rains


Snow Walk by Dream Traveler


So yet again, we are inundated with snow…and this is only the first wave on Tuesday….with more snow and ice tonight into Wednesday….It seems like every week there is a new weather event…but it is winter….and even though I’m not looking forward to that ice, I still am liking the season….Well, it is February now….winter is running out perhaps…

Snow by eXXeQt

And so after blogging…and writing work on my new novel…and chipping away at what is covering my lovely car, I may be doing this….

Fanus II by Cren



Iced in January…

Posted in In Pennsylvania with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by Mj Rains

So we are surrounded by ice here in Pa, and I just thought I’d share some of the images I took Sunday afternoon…something about icicles fascinate me…and scare me at the same time…

photos © The Wit Continuum

Earthly Artwork

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by Mj Rains

This artwork was carved out of the frozen lake of Baikal in Siberia by artist Jim Denevan who has created similar art on sand in the Nevada desert as well as on beaches (see below).  This artwork spans nine square miles on Baikal. Impressive. Note the size of people and the truck!

Photos via Amusing Planet
See more amazing sand art by Denevan here. You get to see sort of how he does it! So cool. I wish I possessed his patience.

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