Big court case Tuesday.
I’m talking, of course, about Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-forecasting groundhog.
Seems that Mike Gmoser, a prosecutor in Ohio’s Butler County, had indicted Phil last week for erroneously predicting an early spring in his annual Groundhog Day appearance Feb. 2. But after Phil’s handler, Bill Deeley, fell on his groundhog sword and confessed that he had misinterpreted the woodchuck’s forecast -- that he had not seen his shadow -- the prosecutor dismissed his case.
Proving again that justice is blind -- and so, apparently, are groundhog handlers.
But really, don't blame Deeley. Sure, as president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, he fumbled Phil's forecast. But at least he didn't get bitten.
Now, here in sunny SoCal, we’re not so concerned about what a woodchuck thinks about winter. When we want snow, we drive to Big Bear or Mammoth or Tahoe. Sometimes we even carry chains, although we don’t know how to put them on. Nor can we drive in the white stuff -- or rain either, for that matter.