So what’s the big deal with Groundhog Day, I was thinking. My attitude, I confess, was a lot like the Phil Connors character played by Bill Murray in the movie, “Groundhog Day.” And I didn’t think I’d be changing my mind.
Okay, about this government shutdown business.
Went to bed Monday night figuring nothing would really happen. Woke up Tuesday morning and discovered I was mistaken.
Well, in case no one has noticed (ha!), there’s no huge slate of college football games on tap for this Saturday. Yep, like the old Roy Orbison song, “It’s Over.” No matter whether one is happy, sad or outraged over the outcome of that national championship final, college football is going away until next fall.
So January of 2018 came in like a polar bear. At least it wasn’t an Abominable Snowman.
NOTE: I’ve run this column for years as my last column before Christmas, and I see no reason to change now. True, a lot of changes have taken place in my life since the first time this column appeared. Shucks, I’ve even retired. But I think it still works. Besides, some folks have actually told me they look forward to it. As for others, I wish them a merry bah and a happy humbug.
So, how goes it? How are the reindeer? Are they magic like you? Or will any of them be retiring soon? I mean, it’s been almost 200 years since they were introduced. Does Rudolph’s nose ever need recharging? Is Mrs. Claus keeping you well-fed?
I wrote recently that the main things I dislike about Christmas are the things that make people heave a sigh of relief on the evening of Dec. 25, and say, “Thank goodness it’s over.”
I want to clear up a couple of things before I go.
The tree is up at Scrooge’s house. This is what happens when Scrooge marries a Christmas nut.