A pox on Phil!

Groundhog Day Groundhog Club handler holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Image by Gene J. Puskar, The Associated Press.

A Groundhog Day Groundhog Club handler holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., on Monday. Image by Gene J. Puskar, The Associated Press.

OK, not really … but you surely know by now that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.

Yes, technically we’d be getting that regardless, but it’s an old German folk tale (with a hedgehog, though) that’s now become a cottage industry, so if Phil says keep layering, we’ll do that.

Some of us are used to taking orders from small, furry creatures, though they’re usually closer and more ill-mannered.

1232550297_Dramatic chipmunkSome of us, though, wish winter and spring would just make up their minds already; the constant weather changes are hell on those of us with chronic sinusitis.

But don’t worry, backyard buddy. If you come back for a visit, I won’t take my frustrations out on you. I will, though, drive Luke nuts and make him watch you in his backyard. Ignore the evil laughter, please.

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