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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 08:30 AM
Phil Says Spring is Right Around the Corner!

Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/07 at 7:28 a.m. at Gobbler's Knob:

El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.

Global warming has caused a great debate.
This mild winter makes it seem just great.

On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?

On Gobbler's Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.



friend of mine are in Punxsutawney called me about an hour ago, drunk off their asses already at 7:30 AM! sounds like one hell of a party going on there!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 08:35 AM
Woo Hoo Phil.
 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 08:36 AM
It has been no winter in New England so far!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 08:46 AM
Hey, I like the cold weather

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 09:04 AM
I'll take tons of cold beer over cold weather any day.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 09:21 AM
I like beer.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 09:25 AM
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Phil Says Spring is Right Around the Corner!

friend of mine are in Punxsutawney called me about an hour ago, drunk off their asses already at 7:30 AM! sounds like one hell of a party going on there!



Nice way to celebrate the coming of spring!! Hope that groundhog ain't wrong this year...*lol

Eileen

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 09:26 AM
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I like beer.


I second that!!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 09:27 AM
Eileen i was too sleepy to ask if they had been up all night drinking of if they had recently started imbibing....i would assume the former, not that latter.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 09:47 AM
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Eileen i was too sleepy to ask if they had been up all night drinking of if they had recently started imbibing....i would assume the former, not that latter.


Hahaaa Im sure Linnie!!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:10 AM
what's the percentage of the groundhog's accuracy ?
never rule out winter. things have been trending towards more seasonal weather here
in NE and I for one love it. this is wintertime. let it be cold and let it SNOW. it's what the winter is supposed to do.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:20 AM
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what's the percentage of the groundhog's accuracy ?


according to his website, he's NEVER wrong.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:25 AM

Groundhog Day.

This is the day when the groundhogs come up from their little holes to look around and see how things are going on the outside world.
The important thing is that when those little guys peek out of their holes, it's a perfect time to bonk them on the head, drag them back to your house, and make groundhog stew.
I recommend a Louisville Slugger

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:28 AM
Yeah!!! Hope Phil's right because it's started getting VERY cold where I'm at and I'm ready for Spring (also hoping for some nice weather around, say March 30th or so).

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LMAO Ayla!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:29 AM
ooooo Ayla they are sooooo cute though!

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:44 AM
Watching Grounhog Day on Comedy Central
One of my favorite Bill Murray movies...




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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 11:58 AM
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Watching Grounhog Day on Comedy Central
One of my favorite Bill Murray movies...

[Edited on 2/2/2007 by dutchoneill]


he's great. in so many movies.

am i the only one out there that loves "The life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"?

seems like it.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 12:10 PM
dutch, there was an article in yesterdays paper about the spiritual connentations of the movie Groundhog Day.
It was neat for me to read because i had just had a simiilar conversation with friends from my sanga regarding it.

The Enlightened 'Groundhog'
Tomorrow is a big day for Buddhists who find spiritual meaning in the 1993 Bill Murray film about a man reliving the same day over and over.
By Jeff Gammage
Inquirer Staff Writer

The recurring day that Bill Murray's character, Phil Connors, experiences in Punxsutawney, Pa., illustrates "samsara," the circle of birth and rebirth, for Buddhists.
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It appears on TV every year about this time, that deep and moving parable of Buddhist belief and enlightenment: Groundhog Day. The Bill Murray flick.

You thought the movie was a light Hollywood comedy. The tale of an egotistical weatherman forced to relive the same day again and again.

It is, of course. But to Buddhists who explore its meaning at seminars and Web sites like Dharmawood, Groundhog Day is a sly allegory on the nature and complexity of their faith.

"It shouts out to you," said George Heckert, the Buddhist director of the Philadelphia Meditation Center in Havertown.

This month, as it does every February, the center will hold a free screening of Groundhog Day and a discussion of its inner themes. For those who wish to come prepared, cable's Comedy Channel will show the film six times in 26 hours, beginning tomorrow - the real Groundhog Day - at 10 a.m.

"It's a very Buddhist movie," said Ken Klein, of the Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia in Upper Darby. "It has all sorts of layers."

In the 1993 film, Murray plays cynical, self-important Phil Connors, a Pittsburgh TV weatherman sent to cover an assignment he loathes: the Groundhog Day festivities in tiny Punxsutawney, Pa.

"A thousand people freezing their butts off, waiting to worship a rat," he gripes.

Following the ceremony, a blizzard strands Connors in town, and when he wakes the next morning, it's Groundhog Day again. And again, and again, and again.

Connors tries everything to break the cycle - including driving off a cliff with a kidnapped Punxsutawney Phil at the wheel - but not even death can free him.

To Buddhist fans, Connors' endlessly recurring day illustrates samsara, the circle of birth and rebirth.

"The word reincarnation is never mentioned, yet it's such an obvious metaphor," said Paul Schindler Jr., an Oregon teacher whose writings on the film include the online column "Groundhog Day: The Movie, Buddhism and Me."

Connors' arrogance obstructs his enlightenment. Only when he surrenders his ego - "I don't even exist anymore" - does he achieve anatta, emptiness of self, and begin to practice seva, service to others without expectation of reward.

By devoting himself to his fellow man, by fixing a flat tire for a carload of old ladies and trying to save the life of a homeless man, Connors starts to escape his eternal Feb. 2.

"He has the chance to see the consequences of his actions," said Alex DeVaron, a Buddhist who heads the Shambhala Meditation Center in Center City.

"The rest of us aren't so lucky, because we don't get to do days over," DeVaron said. But "we can try not to make the same mistakes."

In the end, Connors emerges into the light of a new day - and, of course, gets the girl, played by Andie MacDowell. To Buddhists, his ability to break free and move forward symbolizes the attainment of nirvana.

"We are the groundhog," said Dean Sluyter, Buddhist chaplain at Northern State Prison in Newark, N.J., and author of Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons From the Movies. "If we get transfixed by our own shadow... we're condemned to this redundant, selfish side of life."

Today, Groundhog Day ranks among the funniest movies of all time, according to the American Film Institute. Its title has become part of the lexicon, shorthand for any miserable event that occurs over and over.

In their first meeting, screenwriter Danny Rubin and director Harold Ramis touched on Buddhism, Rubin said in an e-mail interview. But over the years, Rubin said, he's received correspondence from Catholics, Jews and atheists, not to mention Nietzsche scholars, who see their beliefs in the film.

"Truth is, I only set out to tell an entertaining story," he said. "My approach was to create a human experiment: If a person could live long enough, more than a single lifetime, would he fundamentally change?"

A plot centered on one eternal life would have been unwieldy. Would the hero live through the French Revolution, he wondered, or into a futuristic world?

With a repeating day, what emerged were themes of rebirth and endless struggle, concepts familiar to many disciplines, but "maybe especially to Buddhists," Rubin said.

"I always thought of it as a young man's journey through life, like Siddhartha," he said, referring to author Hermann Hesse's spiritual seeker.

So is Groundhog Day a religious treatise? A comedy? Something else entirely?

"If I were giving them a grade, the Buddhists get A's on their papers," said Wesleyan University film expert Jeanine Basinger. "Art is made to reach the viewer, and whatever they find in it, intended or not, is valid."

To film historians, Basinger said, Groundhog Day represents superior editing and narrative control. It's no accident that people see different things in it, she said, because, like the best movies, it operates on many levels.

"I see something profound cinematically, and they see something profound spiritually," Basinger said. "And I think that's great."

If You Go

A free Groundhog Day screening will be held Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Meditation Center, 8 East Eagle Road, Havertown. Information: 610-853-8200 or www. philadelphiameditation.org.

For more on Punxsutawney Phil and tomorrow's Groundhog Day festivities, go to http://go.philly.com/punxsutawney


 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 12:21 PM
yes, very spiritual...

[Phil Connors is stopped by the police after some crazy driving]

Phil: Yeah, three cheeseburgers, two large fries, two chocolate shakes and a large coke.

Ralph: [to Phil] And some flapjacks.

Phil: [to Cop] Too early for flapjacks?

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 12:23 PM
i think phil said it best here...


Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster and drank pina coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. *That* was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get that day over and over and over...

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 12:31 PM
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ooooo Ayla they are sooooo cute though!


It's a freakin' woodchuck.


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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 12:35 PM
Phil didn't see his shadow because he's old and blind..........

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 12:52 PM
ooooh how much wood woulda woodchuck chuck! they are adorable. so are chipmunks.


anyway, bruce, i never heard of that movie but i just added it to my blockbuster online cue. thanks.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2007 at 01:25 PM
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ooooh how much wood woulda woodchuck chuck! they are adorable. so are chipmunks.


anyway, bruce, i never heard of that movie but i just added it to my blockbuster online cue. thanks.


for a minute I thought you were referring to groundhog day...

 

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