Groundhog Day

Okay campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties because it’s coooold out there today!

A great part of being together long term is establishing and sharing traditions together. One of my long-time traditions, which is now one of our traditions, is watching the movie Groundhog Day every year on Groundhog Day. This year we made a small exception and watched it the day before for Monday Movie Madness.

This tradition started for me back in high school. Some friends of mine were big fans of the movie and threw a party every year to celebrate Groundhog Day. They would order sausage pizza (ground hog, get it?) and watch the movie, reciting so many of the famous lines right along with the movie. It was a great time. I’ve since moved away, but I have kept up the yearly tradition of watching the movie, introducing people to it along the way. Now, Amanda and I watch it every year.

Groundhog Day is the story of Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) being stuck in Punxsutawney, PA repeating the same day over and over. He starts out not wanting to even go to the Groundhog Day celebration, thinking that covering the groundhog is beneath him, but he is forced to go for his job. He stays the night of February 1st in a nice bed and breakfast. The following morning, he wakes up to Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” on the radio and a couple of morning radio show hosts talking about how cold it is. Phil goes about his day, providing coverage of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow. then trying to get out of the city as fast as possible. However, a blizzard traps him in Punxsutawney, so he has to stay another day. When he wakes up the next morning, instead of being February 3rd, it’s Groundhog Day again. He is confused at first, thinking it is a bad case of deja vu, but as the day repeats more and more times, he gradually starts to accept it and make the most of his situation. Hilarity ensues as he decides he’s immortal and can’t suffer any consequences.

It’s a great movie that’s a lot of fun to watch. Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliot all provide really fun characters to the story. We definitely recommend watching this movie. More importantly, we recommend starting your own traditions.

As an added bonus this year, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, so according to the Prognosticator of Prognosticators, an early Spring is coming!

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