Open Thread – Marmot Day
Here’s hoping all you Alaskans and honorary Alaskans alike had a Happy Marmot Day! That’s right, we have Marmot Day, which replaced Groundhog Day. Groundhogs are marmots, but marmots are not necessarily groundhogs, and there are no groundhogs in the 49th state. It’s the third one in our state’s history. Marmot Day came about thanks to Senate Bill 58, sponsored by Senator Linda Menard of Wasilla.
Wikipedia explains it well.
Marmot Day’s Distinguished History
Senate Bill 58, sponsored by Sen. Linda Menard, R-Wasilla, was first introduced by the late Dr. Curtis Menard, Linda Menard’s husband and former state legislator. Concerned by the gradual decline of Alaska’s folk values, and worried that the 49th state would become a suburb ofHouston both culturally and economically, Dr. Menard drew a line in the sand with his idea of creating Marmot Day in the 1990s. After getting stuck in a committee while politics was played, the controversial Marmot Day bill died in the legislature. Sen. Linda Menard reintroduced the bill for the 26th Alaska Legislature, and the bill passed by a Marmot’s whisker on the second to last day of the legislative session, and Sarah Palin signed it into law. As Senator Menard said, “By recognizing the marmot, our state [built] a tradition and legacy to be built on for future generations.”
I know you’re all dying to know what the marmot had to say about winter. To be perfectly honest, I have no idea whether he saw his shadow or not, but if he did, we’ll have at least six more weeks of winter. And if he didn’t, we’ll have at least six more weeks of winter.
It’s actually more like eleven weeks, but I don’t really want to think about that.