This is Groundhog Week! How could I have missed that it has now become a week rather than a day.
We can watch the Groundhog Day festivities live from Wiarton. Or we can remember the great movie Groundhog Day.
I consider this a National Observance Day of some sort. That's because this is the informal celebration of the movie Groundhog Day as well.
Do you remember last year when we found out what Harold Ramis during filming thought were the number of years in the loop? First it was 10,000, then 10, then 30 to 40 years. The rationale ranges from how many years to evolve to the next level of spirituality, to how many years it takes to master a major skill such as a language or playing piano.
This is the current popular calculation - 12,395 days - 33 years in the loop. Here's how this was calculated:
Learning the sequence: 42 days Find Cowboy Outfit: 1 day Watching Heidi 2 at the movies: 100 days The Seduction of Rita: 4 days Becoming fluent in French: 4380 days Date fails: 8 days The Suicides: 20 days Learning ice sculpture: 3833 days Card flipping: 180 days Learning the piano: 3833 days Total: 12,395 – or 33 Years, 350 days
So we have a special "National Observance Day" - it is a combination of celebrating our Canadian contingent of the original Saturday Night Live Troupe in this classic movie and Canadian Groundhog day. Two great Canadian traditions.