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It’s Groundhog Day 2022!

In case you didn’t know, it’s Groundhog Day! Then again it’s felt like Groundhog Day for the last two years, hasn’t it?

Who doesn’t love this old movie? Especially since Bill Murray’s character was named Phil. And, the groundhog is also named Phil. Coincidence? I think not. This post was originally written for #ThePhilFactor on Feb. 2, 2006 and I now post it every year, over and over, just like Phil’s Groundhog Day in the movie.

(Feb. 2, 2006) Last week I waxed philosophic about the idiocy known as The Dr. Phil Show. This week, and today in particular it’s Punxsutawney Phil. Groundhog Day the movie: Good idea. Groundhog Day the tradition: Stupid idea.

The dimwitted people of Punxsatawney, Pennsylvannia have been shoving a rodent through a hole in a tree stump for almost 200 hundred years to find out if there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Hey morons, you live in the Northeast! There’s always 6 more weeks of winter! Check the calendar! It says that Spring starts on March 21st. That’s 7 weeks from now. You don’t need a rat being spooked by his shadow to figure this one out.

At this point I’m getting tired of all these wanna-be Phil’s trying to horn in on my fame. If, coincidentally, a shot were to ring out in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania today and a certain rodent were to explode in a puff of fur, I was kidding when I wrote this. No harm meant, just a joke. You’ll all be my alibi right?

I’m curious, for those of you from other countries, do you have a Groundhog Day? As always, if you enjoyed this vintage Phil Factor feel free to share it via the social media buttons below. Come back Saturday for a brand new Phil Factor. Have a great Friday!  ~Phil

What Would Your Groundhog Day Be Like?

Tomorrow is the infamous Groundhog Day in the States. If you woke up like Phil Connors in the movie and found yourself repeating the same day of your life over and over, what day would you pick? I know that we all will immediately think of all the wonderful things like marriage, kids being born and watching our kids grow up and do cool shit.

Those kind of days are a given. We would all love to have every day as wonderful as those. I want your answers to this question to be a little bit more interesting. What’s the one day, aside from family stuff, that you would like to repeat over and over?

I’ll give you mine. It was in April of 2011. Early in the day I had buzzed around Washington D.C. on a Segway with a group of work friends for a tour of the capital.

That evening my company had it’s annual awards banquet at this amazing hotel just outside of D.C. in Maryland. To my surprise, I won a minor award, but it was the first time I had won an award with this company and I got to go on stage and collect my plaque while about 250 people cheered. After the ceremony I just walked around with my plaque and a glass of champagne getting congratulations from everyone. I felt completely blissful. Of course that wasn’t my first glass of champagne, so that may have contributed to the blissful feeling.

These are the fountains inside the hotel!

The night ended with myself and about 50 others in a hotel bar that the company had reserved for us with a DJ. We all just jumped around and danced until about 1:00 a.m.

Aside from wonderful family stuff, that would be my Groundhog Day. In the comments, what would be yours?