Monthly Archives: February 2015

Groundhog day : six weeks of more freezing ahead

Feb 2nd Groundhog day.

Dahlings, Feb 2nd is Groundhog day at Gobbler’s Knob* PA , a tradition that has been going on since 1887. Since Punxsutawney Phil saw his own shadow this year, six more weeks of winter is the prediction.

According to AccuWeather, it says Phil and his ancestors has an 80 percent accuracy rate. More accurate than the recent NY National weather forecasters.

It is good to see there is no mention about Phil coming to bodily harm unlike Feb 2nd 2014, where Bill DeBlassio, Mayor of NYC, dropped a groundhog in Staten Island Zoo.

The poor rodent died from injuries and a cover up ensured. First cover up was that it died. The second cover up was that he was really a she which come to think of it in New York, is pretty common.

Staten Island Zoo officials went to great lengths to hide the death from the public — and keep secret the fact that “Chuck” was actually “Charlotte,” a female impostor, sources said Wednesday.

The zoo told a few Staten Island Zoo supporters, but claimed the groundhog died of natural causes.
The stand-in was found dead in her enclosure at the Staten Island Zoo on Feb. 9 — and a necropsy determined she died from “acute internal injuries,” sources said.

She had fallen nearly 6 feet when the mayor lost his grip during the Groundhog Day photo op. Sources said her injuries were consistent with a fall.

Wait a minute. What was the song that in the movie Groundhog day that Bill Murray character would wake up to everyday? Oh yes, it was “I got you Babe”. Bill Dahling, you really should have paid more attention to what Sonny and Cher was telling you.

Ciao for now,

* By the way, if you ever visit Britain, don’t expect to say you’ve visited Gobbler’s Knob without people bursting out laughing. Like your “Fanny”, it will not have the same meaning the other side of the Atlantic.

Laughing all the way to the bank

This vintage Viz letterbox on motorist speeding just reminded me of why I used to love reading Viz, a British comic magazine.

I discovered it when at University, when a Geordie friend Morganus showed me it where it originated in Newcastle.

I remember reading an older copy while riding a bus in Leeds. I was laughing so hard, I was crying. The other passengers were looking at me bemused but giving me a wide berth. Afterall, why was someone laughing so hard over a comic.

See for more. From their about page:

Viz has been gracing British newsagents’ shelves since 1979. Its irreverent mix of bad language, childish cartoons and sharp satire has seen its creators hauled over the coals by the United Nations, questioned by Scotland Yard’s anti-terrorist branch and exhibited in the Tate Gallery. Viz’s comic characters, such as the Fat Slags, Sid the Sexist, and Roger Mellie the foul-mouthed Man on the Telly, as well as its hugely popular Top Tips and Profanisaurus sections, are firmly established as national institutions, just like Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane.


A snow cloud has a silver lining

WISN weather alert for South Wisconnsin

WISN weather alert for South Wisconnsin

I awoke to hear the Mrs Caesar’s lunchtime flight from Houston Bush  to Green Bay was cancelled. No reason was given in her TripCase email. Just cancelled.

Mrs Caesar has business up North for the next 3 weeks and my plan was to drop her off at the airport around 11 am.

While she called AA, I wondered what is going on. I look up flights via and see no flights into Green Bay. However, there were options to Milwaukee.

After 20 minutes, she gave up and called the corporate travel agent who booked her trip. She got voice mail and amazingly, there is no emergency number to them. Business hours only. What is the point of using an agent then for Corporate travel if you have to do all the re-arranging but that is for another discussion.

Eventually AA called back and told her all flights through Chicago are cancelled due to the Blizzard. Apparently there are over 1,000 flights cancelled. As Trajan mentioned Chicago is the worst US airport for winter travel so this is not surprising.

The only options available for AA is to go into Milwaukee (a bout 108 miles south of Green Bay). Since this would get her into MKE very late at night (after 11 pm) and then having another 3 hour drive ahead in potentially winter conditions, she told them to postpone it until tomorrow. Even getting to MKE may not be the end of the story as there is weather warnings of snow fall for South Wisconsin.

However, Mrs Caesar’s travel problem is a unexpected bonus in that I get to spend another day with her. She was only back for 3 day weekend and only yesterday, we said that 3 days was too short a time.

Now what to do? I think we will enjoy to Texas sunshine and later go to the movies where Patricious Caesar wants to see Paddington at Santikos Paladium. Another benefit is this Cinema serves food and drinks to the seats so solving the minor problem of what to make for dinner. Oh happy day.