That's right ladies and germs - Steve Peta might have called me to endorse Jimmy the Stick as he believes Groundhog day is cruel to groundhogs (along with Ben & Jerrys ice cream should use breast milk as cow milk is cruel to cows . . .don't get me started on PETA). Of course many of you do not know who/what Jimmy the Stick is.
Seventeen years ago a colleague (who has since gone to the dark side of management) and I were talking about Jimmy the Groundhog and how we felt a stick could tell if there was a shadow just as well as a groundhog. And in fact a stick would take less care then a . Thus - Jimmy the Stick was introduced to the world.
Groundhohgs can also be called a woodchuck or whistle-pig, or in some areas as a land-beaver.
It's been an interesting seventeen years as Jimmy was kidnapped and held for ransom in 2002 and took a trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in 2006 (although he never got out of the trunk of the car) and he was almost held by F16 pilots from the Truax Air National Guard (we were so so close to getting that photo). Along his seventeen year journey he has lost a few limbs and gotten brittle, batted around the living room floor by cats and chewed on by a dog but he is doing well.
This year he was in the Capital of Wisconsin hoping for a lake view but as luck would have it it's winter and certain sections of the Frank Lloyd Wright Convention Center is closed so we turned around for a photo op!
As you can see he did not see his shadow and along with the horse people that I know who watch the manes of horses I'm pretty sure we will have an early spring.
Actually there is a small amount truth behind Jimmy's predictions although you have to take a 300 year average to see it. The theory is that if there is a cold air mass from Canada there is normally sunshine. If clouds the air masses are not from the north but from west and south which means winter is losing in the battle for seasons.
WAY TO GO JIMMY!!
BTW - the clearing of American woods has helped the groundhog - there are more now then when America was first settled.
Columbus wins in the Grammys . .well sort of.
Kurt Elling won Best Jazz Vocal Album (seriously - I'm not even sure what that sounds like). Henry Helling has connections with Columbus and is on the Columbus Development Authority.
OH OH - I have Wii news.
As you know Dj and I decided to pull the trigger and purchase a Wii. The sad thing was that you can not FIND a Wii ANYWHERE!!! DJ was goign to order one on Amazon for $199.99 but we waited 1 day and SOLD OUT!!!
There was an article on MSNBC about the world wide lack of Wii's are helping other game consoles because no one can buy one. The dude at Shop-ko , when asked when the next shipment was due said "2 months". Best Buy had a line Sunday for their 6.
So while I was watching Burn Notice DJ was on the internet scouring every store in THE WORLD looking for a Wii. One bag of prunes (a story in itself . . don't ask, don't eat a bag of prunes as yummy snack) and 2 hours later - VICTORY!! She should have her Wii in her hands Friday at $199 and no shipping charges from DELL!.
I have to say something about facebook and becoming fans.
Wait - first I have this. BECOME A FAN of Melotte Photo Imagery on facebook.! Why? not a clue but when there is news I'll post it there. Here is my gripe on Facebook things. Just because you can create pages does not mean you should.
There are "Fan" pages for EVERYTHING that get created and then forgotten about. One has people asking all sorts of questions for an event but they go unanswered, why even have a page if it is not taken care of. I'm a fan of Dug - the cute dog in the movie UP. WHY WHY WHY!!! (he has 46,000 fans).
Also - I'm creating an email list. Members on this elite list will receive my latest low res image that I have been playing with. Some are nice some and some can be deleted but I feel maybe someone would like to get a little photo surprise every 3 or 4 days. If you are interested on getting on the list ULTRA elite list and meet the the stiff requirements (living with an email address) email me Rod Melotte with I CAN'T WAIT in the subject line (or anything actually). No names will ever be sold for a large amount of money.
The end of LOST starts tonight and I'm still 7 episodes behind from last year so shhhhhhhhh!! My goal is to be all caught up by the finale'.
Have a nice Tuesday