Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day!

Did you know that a groundhog is a ground squirrel?

I love groundhogs. Here in New York City a groundhog named Chuck who lives at the Staten Island Zoo forecasts the weather. And the zoo holds an annual program and breakfast to go along with the prognostication. Every year I get excited and decide that I want to do this and every year on February 1 I go to the Staten Island Zoo website and discover that the program starts at 7 AM. In Staten Island. I don't even know how long it would take me to get to Staten Island from our current address, but I'm pretty sure it would require a 4 AM wake up call.

And so every year I give up on my dream of eating breakfast with a ground squirrel.

Luckily this year I have this little guy to comfort me.

This is from my squirrel calendar. I think I've mentioned the squirrel calendar before. I get one every year, and they really make me crazed with glee. This month's squirrel just may be the cutest one yet (counting all three or four years that I've had a squirrel calendar).

Still, if someone wanted to show up at my door with a chipmunk and some bagels that would be much appreciated.

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