• Insert obligatory remark about uselessness of Punxsutawney Phil’s “prediction” here.
• And yes, @ScottBSheldon, “Gobbler’s Knob” does sound incredibly dirty.
• Check out George Franke’s debut “Outdoors” column on today’s Sports page. Welcome to The Evening Sun crew, George!
• Yup, that’s former Evening Sun crime reporter Sean Brigham (now of Norwich Dodge) in “jail” on today’s front page for the MDA Lockup. Always knew you’d end up behind bars, Sean!
• Cleaning out my in box, I found this neat little link to a blog about Norwich’s Caboose Diner (forever in my heart as Millie’s) … Unchained Restaurants.
• Speaking of Groundhog Day (and aren’t we all?), here’s a little poem sent in to me by Norwich’s Perry Owen. I didn’t have anywhere to work it into the print edition, so I thought I’d share it here.
When GOD in six days made the world,
He had some stuff to spare,
He scarce knew what to do with,
Just teeth and bones, some fur and hair.
He’d already made all creatures, on land and sea and air.
So he stuck these bits together, and said because I’m GOD,
From now and in the future,
I’ll call this stupid creature, a woodchuck or groundhog.
This rat-like parody of creatures,
Short in limb and small in brain,
Got all the food he needed,
From leaves and grass and grain.
He’d dig a hole to sleep in,
All the winter long,
Until the spring awakes him hungry,
Like a breakfast gong.
No match against those snarling gangs,
Well armed with predatory fangs.
Full of fright, he could not fight,
Just sit up on his hind legs, and then run with all his might.
So derided was this animal,
That some folks used his name,
To insult their fellow humans,
And pour upon them shame.
You can tell these poor woodchucks,
Their down upon their luck.
With tatty jeans and shaggy beards,
Driving rusty beat-up trucks.
Now GOD regretted what he’d done,
To see groundhog the butt callous fun.
He determined that he’d make amends,
So, in old Woody’s eyes he gifted weather trends.
And now the groundhog’s famous,
For each February, he will bring.
The foretelling of more wintry snows,
Or the Harbinger of spring.
Perry Owen, Norwich