My Groundhog Day

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

I swear this is the truth.

It was February 2, 1975 and I was managing a regional planning and development commission in rural Pennsylvania. We covered a six-county area that included Punxsutawney, so we thought it would be fun if everyone in the office attended Groundhog Day.

Most of the 15 of us who were going stayed up the night before, playing a vicious Monopoly tournament (that's the kind of stuff we did for fun back then, before anything was invented). At about 4 am, we started the 90 minute drive down - it was bitterly cold, a bit below zero, and there was fresh snow on the ground. We got to Gobbler's Knob well before the sun came up, and at that time, Gobbler's Knob was somewhere outside of town, a large clearing about a quarter mile walk into the woods from the field where everyone parked.

We stood around freezing miserably for an hour or so and finally a bunch of very old men wearing top hats and undertaker suits showed up, along with news crews and cameras. And then we had the Shadow Casting.

Not Phil!

Unfortunately, a couple of days earlier, Phil had expired, and it being the middle of winter, with all good groundhogs safely tucked away in their dens, no replacement could be found. So they had buried a stuffed groundhog in a box with a spring under him, and when one of the officials yanked the cord, this very obviously dead, stuffed and mangy groundhog popped up out of the ground and, surprise!, didn't see his shadow - or anything else. An early spring was proclaimed and we all headed into town to the big pancake breakfast, which was at least not totally bogus.

And that was my Groundhog Day.

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Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Great Groundhog day story Dick. The best one I have read. Have a great day.

Feb 02, 2014 12:23 AM #11
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker

LOL! Well, you can't beat that Groundhog Day story. No way.

Feb 02, 2014 12:52 AM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

What a funny story! This is a great one to pass down through the ages. Your family must think you're great when you tell this one! I am so happy I stopped by and read it here on ActiveRain!

You paint great picturs with your words!

Feb 02, 2014 12:53 AM #13
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Now that is an unbelievable story! what a time for the groundhog to kick the bucket right before his 15 minutes!?!?!?!


Feb 02, 2014 01:57 AM #14
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

That is the funniest Groundhog Day story I've ever heard.  Poor dead Phil.  My he rest in the annals of Punxsutawney predictions.

Feb 02, 2014 02:09 AM #15
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dick, I'm cracking up here!  That sounds right out of the Bill Murray movie I enjoy watching over and over and over and over.......Bill

Feb 02, 2014 02:24 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a glorious story you just told.  I love that you shared your experience with us as it made me laugh.  Taxidermy saved the day!

I hope the pancakes were good. A

Feb 02, 2014 02:26 AM #17
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

How sad, yet funny.  Monopoly????   Not even poker. Hmm...  You have had quite a life, my friend!

Feb 02, 2014 04:09 AM #18
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Only you could weave a tale about a dead groundhog and make me smile.

Feb 02, 2014 05:58 AM #19
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dick that had to be a big disappointment.  At least I hope you had and exciting and challenging monopoly tournament :)

Feb 02, 2014 06:55 AM #20
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Dick,  I think you have come a long way. Monopoly all night long.  No wonder you became the star realtor you are today. 

Feb 02, 2014 08:51 AM #21
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

REALLY? SERIOUSLY? ~ I will never be able to look at Punxsutawney the same again. So there really isn't a Santa Claus, either? Or an Easter Bunny? Or an Atlantis?

Feb 02, 2014 10:44 AM #22
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Dick, that is one great story, and so well told! Had me laughing even harder when I relayed it to Tammie! Someday I'll tell you my Polar Bear story!

Feb 02, 2014 12:45 PM #23
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Dick, Well that is as creative as I have ever heard. Poor Phil, but life (or death) happens.

Feb 02, 2014 07:12 PM #24
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

That sounds like something that would happen to me after a long drive and standing in freezing temps.

Feb 02, 2014 11:44 PM #25
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I can't believe this. I mean I do, but it's ridiculous. Is there anything sacred left in the world?

Feb 04, 2014 10:29 PM #26
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

hahahaha. Still cracks me up, and always will. 

Feb 02, 2015 01:45 AM #27
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

How did I miss this last year?   What a fun story!

Feb 02, 2015 09:20 AM #28
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Dick, you are *FEATURED* in today's Groundhog Day Tuesday Travelogue! 

                                              Travellers in the Rain!



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Feb 02, 2016 03:26 AM #29
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Dick, I think that groundhog must have also have a very ... long ... tale.  Fun reading.  It's good to see Lenn Harley commenting.

Feb 02, 2016 09:59 AM #30
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