Eighteen years ago my buddy Mack Dowell and I were shooting the shit in my cubicle and Mack was rubbing his black shoe against my white wall and we were talking about groundhogs and if they were aware they were being used as pawns in some giant marketing ploy.
No they were not aware and we both thought that a groundhog really did not give a hoot about his or her shadow and that a stick would have as much knowledge about shadows.
I went out and found a stick on the ground and thus, Jimmy the Stick invented.
Jimmy has been through a lot in it's 18 years. It's been to Las Vegas, he has almost been held by the Air National Guard (who declined at the last minute). It's been stolen by ne'er do wells and held for ransom.
In 2010 it had a view of the Capitol.
2011 Jimmy was temporally lost when he went out the night before and a blizzard brought a 5 foot snowdrift on top of him and was lost for a few days we had to resort to Ralph the Birch for the forecast.
The scene from the Ground Hog Day blizzard - DJ finding the mailbox.
WELL - this year jimmy was up to his normal self but sadly my camera is stuck in DJs car so no photos at the moment.
He did not see his shadow this year which means spring is only 6 weeks away. More photos tomorrow.
I'm hoping that if I get elected to the City Council I can get Columbus to recognize Jimmy the Stick day. If Sun Prairie can parade groundhog after groundhog, I mean seriously, this is like groundhog number 12 for them or something. There is only ONE Jimmy.
Speaking of City Council. Some new literature coming out soon.
I'm working on trying to find out what the Columbus INS rating for our Fire Department is - 1999 was the last time Columbus was rated and according to Mayor Link we just missed being a 4. Prairie du Chen is a 3.
NOTE - the fire chief DID contact with me and I thank him as it was very instructional. We had a very nice talk about ISO.
Note - seems people are looking for dirt on me and spreading the word. LOL
The Super Bowl was interesting but for non-sports fans it was all about the advertisements. Have you been disappointed the last few years? I have but maybe we ojnly remember the few outstanding commercials from the past. RAM has been a winner for two years in a row for me.
Last year Clint Eastwood hit a homer with his inspiring half time commercial about how America is strong!!
Note - this was actually paid four by all 4 Detroit auto makers.
And this year RAM and Paul Harvey hit it out of the park with it's Farmers ad. This is an awesome commercial. The use of HDR photography is a bravo for me!
Have a great Monday