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Today again and winter continues

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By Robin Scott

    In the movie, “Groundhog Day,” Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, experienced the worst day of his life over and over and over again.  Each day when he awoke, the same events as the previous day occurred exactly as they had the day before.  Several days passed before Phil realized what an advantage he had because he knew what was going to happen before it happened.  By the end of the movie he was able to change the outcome of his originally horrible day and have a wonderful day instead.

    The movie also centered around Groundhog Day, the annual holiday when Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, comes out of his hole.  If Phil sees his shadow, then it is said that winter will continue for another six weeks, but if he fails to see his shadow, spring will arrive early.  Punxsutawney Phil, the iconic groundhog, is the trusted source for weather predictions, and Phil Connors, a weatherman himself, resented the marmot whose job of climbing out of his hole made weather reporting much too simple.

    How many days would it take to “fix” a bad day?  What if everyone had to relive a bad day over and over again until they managed to figure out how to make it a great day.  The possibility is intriguing.  Phil had to overcome his naturally bad attitude before he could manipulate his “day-again” to change how people interacted with him.  How often do people report, “I had a terrible day”?  The movie created a fantasy, but in reality, a bad day could be changed into a good day through a little deliberate effort and by discovering how the way interactions with others affect one personally.   

    This year’s Groundhog Day in Dalhart was witnessed by Dalhart Texan’s Publisher Susan Clay and Mayor Kevin Caddell.  They waited to see if Dalhart’s version of Punxsutawney Phil, Rita Blanca Rocky, saw his shadow or not.  The result?  Six more weeks of winter as Rita Blanca Rocky saw his shadow just before 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.  Having just spent several snow bound days inside, Rita Blanca Rocky seemed a bit disappointed at the prospect of more of the same ahead.