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mr chips
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Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 10:41 AM
Happy Ground Hog day. Hope you have a good day.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 10:42 AM
Happy Ground Hog Day. Hope you have a good day.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 10:44 AM
Happy Ground Hog day. Hope you have a good day.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 10:46 AM
Hope you do, too! In York, PA, where I came from, we had a Slumbering Lodge. It was a bunch of mostly retired guys who dressed in long white nightshirts and black top hats, and pretended to observe the groundhog emergence. Mostly what they observed was beer, I think. They had a lot of fun. I wonder if they're still around.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 11:08 AM
Thanks Shortchef.. I knew it being a German superstition, beer had to be involved somehow!
Happy Ground Hog day everyone! In the year of the dog...

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 11:12 AM
Any news from Punxsutawney Phil?


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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 11:15 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Scorereader

Any news from Punxsutawney Phil?




He saw his shadow...

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 11:17 AM
quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Scorereader

Any news from Punxsutawney Phil?




He saw his shadow...

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/02/02/groundhog.day.ap/

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 11:20 AM
"There were a few boos at the groundhog's prediction of six more weeks of winter, but most of the hundreds of revelers instead turned the event into an impromptu Pittsburgh Steelers rally."

great line. Later, people pulled out their "terrible towels".
Gotta love those Western Pennsylvanians!

I'm in the Steelers camp this week.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 11:41 AM
Snow, Ice, everyone sigh's deeply
Groundhog day! 6 more weeks say's Phil
soon I will be in Myrtle Beach

(I had this posted on the roadfood haiku thread, but it fits better here)

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 12:01 PM
Today's forecast here in sunny Tucson: High 74, low 44, sunny. 6 more weeks of this would be just fine.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 12:03 PM
Soon they'll be lounging poolside, like this one at our house last summer:


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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 1:30 PM
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Today's forecast here in sunny Tucson: High 74, low 44, sunny. 6 more weeks of this would be just fine.


I was thinking the same thing. My high is a little higher, but so is the low. Unfortunately, our morning sun will turn into afternoon clouds and tomorrow t-storms....but, I would still take 6 more weeks of this before it gets oppressively HOT!

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 1:39 PM
Hello All,
I saw them pull the rodent out of the box. The gentleman had the rodent in one hand and a Steeler towel in the other.
The rodents peed, and the gentleman wipe the rodent's private parts with the Steeler Towel. Bad omen.
The Steelers lose the Super Bowl. AHHH, wanted the Steeler's to win.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 2:05 PM
Mrs. Mayor celebrates her Birthday on Feb. 2nd. Like the folks with birthdays linked to days like Dec.25th and July 4th, her celebration often gets buried beneath the uproar that surrounds the coverage of thatRat coming out of his hole. Death to Phil and his scrawny, furry hide anyway! Happy Birthday, Dear Wife.

(This Mayor knows where the rewards are to be reaped !)

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 2:30 PM
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Hello All,
I saw them pull the rodent out of the box. The gentleman had the rodent in one hand and a Steeler towel in the other.
The rodents peed, and the gentleman wipe the rodent's private parts with the Steeler Towel. Bad omen.
The Steelers lose the Super Bowl. AHHH, wanted the Steeler's to win.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle


I saw that on the news....I wonder who else caught it?
LOL

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 2:31 PM
Happy birthday Mrs. Mayor
!

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 2:53 PM
Actually we need some cold weather here in Knoxville. Things are beginning to bloom. They will bloom prematurely and during March we always get some 17F weather which freezes everything that was blooming. A three or four week freeze would stop that.

I just bought several hundred onions sets but I cannot till the garden due to rains about every three days. The greens we set out last fall are doing super though.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 6:10 PM
We haven't had any Winter in St. Louis, except for early December (which is technically Fall). January was the third warmest on record.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 6:23 PM
In these parts, ground hog is nothin' but a pork burger.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 6:53 PM
Keeping in the spirit of roadfood....
http://ushotstuff.com/wg/GroundhogSmp.htm

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 7:13 PM
For some reason groundhogs or whistle pigs have chosen to live under my boathouse for the last several years. I have had to have a animal control person come and trap these animals and relocate them at a cost of $100. They raid my garden and in one evening, they stripped my entire bean patch. It appeared that a frost had taken off every leaf and left the stem. I have no idea why they return year after year. It must be the scent.

At times I felt like shooting them but I could not do it so I paid the price.

My dock is sort of large. It extend into the lake better than 40 feet and the boat house is inland and is a 12/18 structure and that is where they like to live. They undermine the structure and thus making the boathouse less stable.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 7:21 PM
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Originally posted by BT

Today's forecast here in sunny Tucson: High 74, low 44, sunny. 6 more weeks of this would be just fine.

bum... Or as it pertains to me, bummer... Though we've been lucky with temps around 40 or so for almost 45 days now, I wont gripe too much... But 74, Must be nice!

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Thu, 02/2/06 11:36 PM
Happy birthday, Mrs. Mayor.

mr chips
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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 1:54 AM
Did anyone get my joke at the beginning of this thread?

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 1:58 AM
Got it now. A fine movie.
The Bear

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 3:39 AM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

For some reason groundhogs or whistle pigs have chosen to live under my boathouse for the last several years. I have had to have a animal control person come and trap these animals and relocate them at a cost of $100. They raid my garden and in one evening, they stripped my entire bean patch. It appeared that a frost had taken off every leaf and left the stem. I have no idea why they return year after year. It must be the scent.

At times I felt like shooting them but I could not do it so I paid the price.


Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


Groundhog hunting was my dad's favorite sport. Most farmers in our area (central and north central Maryland) loved to see us show up and request permission to hunt on their land for the same reasons as you--and also because cattle and horses would step into their holes and break a leg. No one ever paid us for doing it, though. All we got was the sport of it, though some of the small farmers in very rural areas, especially if they happened to be African-American, requested any dead groundhogs for their stew pot (consider that a roadfood reference). I considered it, but never tried groundhog stew.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 8:30 AM
Anybody know how accurate Punxsutawney Phil is historically? Like have they ever checked to see how often his prediction comes true?

'Cause I'd like to make some travel plans, you know?

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 8:54 AM
Well y'all know shadow or not, we have 6 more weeks of winter...
It's supposed to be colder up here in the Great Lakes area, maybe we'll actually have some more snow.
I kind of enjoyed the warmer weather.

Alice in soon to be slushy SE Michigan

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 9:12 AM
Wait a second ... you're saying this whole groundhog thing is a sham?!?

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 9:44 AM
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Originally posted by ScreenBear

Got it now. A fine movie.
The Bear
Thank you, Screenbear.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 10:16 AM
D.J.: Rise and shine, campers, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.


NED: Phil? Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!


Phil: I'm a god. I'm not *the* God... I don't think.


Rita: I like to see a man of advancing years throwing caution to the wind. It's inspiring in a way.


Rita: Why would anybody want to steal a groundhog?
Larry: I can think of a couple of reasons... the pervert.


Piano Teacher: Not bad... Mr. Connors, you say this is your first lesson?


Phil: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.


Phil: It's so beautiful!... Let's live here. We'll rent, to start.





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RE: Ground Hog Day - Fri, 02/3/06 1:47 PM
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Originally posted by mr chips

Did anyone get my joke at the beginning of this thread?

I was brain dead!

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Sat, 02/4/06 2:57 PM
This year, Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address occurred during the same week.

If you think about it, this is an ironic juxtaposition of events:

One event involves a meaningless annual ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication while the other event involves a groundhog.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Sat, 02/4/06 5:16 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Scorereader

Any news from Punxsutawney Phil?



Buckeye Chuck saw his shadow, too.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Sat, 02/4/06 5:18 PM
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Originally posted by zataar

In these parts, ground hog is nothin' but a pork burger.

We usually roast them. Grinding them would be sort of a waste. We use possum for that.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Sat, 02/4/06 5:19 PM
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Originally posted by Sundancer7

For some reason groundhogs or whistle pigs have chosen to live under my boathouse for the last several years. I have had to have a animal control person come and trap these animals and relocate them at a cost of $100. They raid my garden and in one evening, they stripped my entire bean patch. It appeared that a frost had taken off every leaf and left the stem. I have no idea why they return year after year. It must be the scent.

At times I felt like shooting them but I could not do it so I paid the price.

My dock is sort of large. It extend into the lake better than 40 feet and the boat house is inland and is a 12/18 structure and that is where they like to live. They undermine the structure and thus making the boathouse less stable.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

I didn't know they were allowed to release trapped groundhogs in Tennessee. I know that's illegal in Ohio. Here you have to kill them. It's the same with raccoons.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Sat, 02/4/06 5:45 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

For some reason groundhogs or whistle pigs have chosen to live under my boathouse for the last several years. I have had to have a animal control person come and trap these animals and relocate them at a cost of $100. They raid my garden and in one evening, they stripped my entire bean patch. It appeared that a frost had taken off every leaf and left the stem. I have no idea why they return year after year. It must be the scent.

At times I felt like shooting them but I could not do it so I paid the price.

My dock is sort of large. It extend into the lake better than 40 feet and the boat house is inland and is a 12/18 structure and that is where they like to live. They undermine the structure and thus making the boathouse less stable.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

I didn't know they were allowed to release trapped groundhogs in Tennessee. I know that's illegal in Ohio. Here you have to kill them. It's the same with raccoons.


I do not think it is illegal as the same guy has done it for several years and he is listed in the yellow pages. I do not think he could do it if it was not allowed.

For some reason, they enjoy living under my boathouse which is close to my garden and they raid the hell out of my beans. He traps them and relocates them to a wildlife refuge where no harm comes to them.

They return year after year. It must be because of some smell or musk that they leave.

I hae had to have them removed for at least ten years.

They like my bean patch and I have found my beans more than once totally stripped of leaves and beans. Just the skeleton of the bean remained.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxvillle, TN

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Sat, 02/4/06 8:17 PM
I have to trap the things out from around my foundation, and from areas around my field. But I have to kill them, because it's illegal to let them loose after trapping. I use a Hav-a-Hart trap and I just toss it into the creek at the end of a line to drown them, unless I'm going to eat them. The varmint-removal companies in Ohio advertise removal and relocation, but they are required by law to kill groundhogs and raccoons. It's a rabies thing.

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RE: Ground Hog Day - Mon, 02/6/06 1:26 PM
quote:
Originally posted by mr chips

Did anyone get my joke at the beginning of this thread?


Now I see said the blind man. When I just read this thread, I thought you were having internet problems. Yeah, that is one of my favorite movies.