Oh come, let us adore him?
My new Knob entrance is a sight to beholdLike my faithful followers, strong and boldAnd so ye faithful,there is no shadow to seeAn early Spring for you and me.
Punxsutawney Spirit photo by Larry McGuire
Here’s that “new Knob entrance” Phil mentions: a fancy Gobbler’s Knob gateway they finished just in time for his premiere today. Phil probably demanded it in his contract. His image appears above the title, of course.
And by the way: “ye faithful”? Just who is he comparing himself to with that kind of language? Today’s pronouncement calls him “Punxsutawney Phil, the King of the Groundhogs, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, Weather Prophet without Peer.” All that’s missing is “and he shall reign forever and ever.”
Still, if Phil is putting on movie-star airs — if he’s got the bored Greta Garbo gaze down pat — who can blame him? He drives the entire local economy, after all.
Prediction: It’s just a phase. Phil’s handlers will talk sense into him; he’d be nuts to give up his franchise gig, even for Hollywood and his own action movie franchise. “Look at Shelley Long after Cheers,” they’ll tell him. Surely he’ll be back looking for his shadow next year. Right?