Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Little Dog Laughed at the Henry Clay

The pickin's for theater in Loueyville have been great lately and are about to get better. Humana is on the horizon, and tomorrow the curtain goes up at the Henry Clay for the production of the Broadway comedy The Little Dog Laughed.

According to the press release (yay! Mama loves press releases!):
Simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, The Little Dog Laughed is the story of a red-hot movie idol up for the role of his career (if he can keep himself and his sexuality in the closet), his calculatingly crude and controlling agent, and the can't-help-but-adore-him hustler (who, by the way, has a girlfriend) whose services he has engaged. Bawdy, brash and tender all at once, this frenetically funny fable voyeuristically peeks into the tumultuous world of Hollywood celebrity, unveiling, literally, the peaks and valleys of fame.

The Little Dog Laughed was nominated as Best Play for the 2007 Tony Awards. Written by Douglas Carter Beane, the play will be produced by Pandora Productions and directed by Michael Drury and features
a terrific cast that includes Carol Tyree Williams as incorrigible talent agent Diane, Brenton Lengel as Diane's sexually confused movie star client Mitchell, and Corey Macon Long as Alex, the rent boy who falls in loves with Mitchell. Ellen, the girlfriend, is portrayed by Laura Ellis. [Lou's note: twitter has it, Ms. Ellis dyed her hair red especially for the role. Cut me a break. This counts as "insider knowledge" in Mama's world.]
INFO: Through March 15. Running Time: 2 hours with intermission. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., all matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 by visiting or calling 502.216.5502; $17 day of show.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Deathday, Hunter S. Thompson

February 20 marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Hunter S. Thompson, Loueyvillager extraordinaire.

The makers of Flying Dog Beer-- whose labels are designed by the HST cohort, illustrator Ralph Steadman-- mark the occasion by blogging reflections on the good doctor's life by people who knew him well.

George Stranahan recalls an episode with a peacock and a badminton net and a perilous climb. He writes, "I was learning that [HST] had an extraordinary sense of his own capacities either drunk or sober." I don't know why I find that statement so lovely, but I do.

Steadman describes his annual HST deathday ritual: "What I do every year is take a large sheet of paper, a bottle of ink and a brush, look up at the moon - even if there isn’t one - then I whack it with the biggest blot I can make, date it and time- and then I sign it and toast his memory in a bottle of beer. I find it the most satisfying thing to do and it frees the frustration and sense of loss."

Lou hearts HST. She's always had a thing for men who are bad for her.

Happy deathday, Dr. Thompson. We hope you're happier wherever you are.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Breast Cancer Survivor Network... fundraiser

If you've been a regular reader of the Courier-Journal in the past three years, then you know who Megan Schanie is. For the past three years, the newspaper has been chronicling the life of this young mother of two and her battle with breast cancer.

The first article about Megan appeared shortly after I moved to Loueyville. And I, like most CJ readers, devoured each installment of her story. But-- and I can't put my finger on the exact moment-- at some point her story became too powerful for me. I remember very vividly reading an update about her progress that had been hampered by something and thinking, "Holy cow. I am waaaaaay too invested in this person. If something horrible happens-- if, God forbid, she dies-- I don't know if I can handle it." I cried. I bawled my eyes out in my kitchen. And so I stopped reading the articles about Megan. Totally. Cold turkey. I wasn't willing to invest in this woman who I didn't know. It already hurt too much.

And, maybe six or eight months later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And the Breast Health Navigator at Norton Suburban said, (I paraphrase) "You're so young, and you're so scared. Let me hook you up with someone who is younger and braver than you are."

Bless her heart. That "someone" was Megan. Megan took me out to lunch and changed my life. And she's continued to change my life. She was the guest speaker at my school for breast cancer awareness month. Her husband and I are Facebook buddies and stay in touch that way. My second-to-last chemo, I couldn't find someone to take me... her mother-in-law (??!!) picked me up, sat with me for the five+ hr process, and now calls herself my Louisville mom.

Besides being my friend and my role model, Megan is also the co-founder of the local Young Survivors Network-- a support and networking group of women under 40 who were diagnosed with breast cancer. A week from this Friday-- February 27-- is the YSN's yearly fundraiser, a silent auction at the Frazier Museum (where Megan is the Education head).

Please come! $10 bucks gets you in. I, personally, have had awesome success with silent auctions-- been able to land all kinds of great goodies. And the Frazier Museum kind of rocks.

And... not to dwell too much on me and my situation, but the fact of the matter is that breast cancer in women under 40 is particularly pernicious. There are fewer than 50 women in the Young Survivors (at least that I know about), but I already know that there are two women-- including the co-founder of the group-- who won't be able to make it to the fundraiser because they will have just had recurrance-related surgery.

Lou fraking hates being the poster girl for breast cancer. But she is also TOTALLY thrilled to pimp herself out as much as possible for the cause. (She was #10 in Louisville for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk with $1375)

What: Young Survivors Network Fundraiser
Where: Frazier Museum
When: 2/27 at 6pm
Cost: $10

And if you know any young breast cancer survivors, please send them my way and I will get her/him hooked up with the network.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mapother Breaks into Prison in the nick of time.

Wow... that's a lame-ola headline. Sorry.

Loyal readers may remember that Mama has an itty bitty local crush on Loueyville's own William Mapother (Lost's Ethan, star of Actor's fantastic Glengarry Glen Ross, cousin of Tom "That's why we put plastic on the couch" Cruise, and-- we hope-- founding investor of the Market corridor's future year 'round farmer's market).

Anyhoo, according to his fan blog-- yes, he has a fan blog-- Mapother will be appearing on the last two episodes of Prison Break in its 4th and final season. So, you know, check your local listings.

I don't watch Prison Break, and I'm unlikely to tune in to the last two episodes of a show that's going off the air... but Lou can't help but think that maybe if she gives Mapother enough local love he'll take her to some swanky Derby party or something.

BTW: Mama has had two opportunities to meet said Mapother, both of which she's blown. (1) Lou went to Glengary Glen Ross twice. The first time she went on her birthday in the company of an older friend who, upon seeing WM on the street after the show, shouted out to him that it was Lou's birthday and could he "come here and talk to her." She swore she could "get away with such brazenness" because she was an "old lady." But when he turned around, Lou dragged her friend behind a pillar and begged her to shut up. (2) WM spoke to a small group of students at her school. Lou was promised an introduction, but on the day that the engagement happened, Lou was too chemo-sick to go.

A Different Kind of Horse Power for KY

So, yesterday Lou reported on Greater Louisville Inc.'s mission to convince the American Craft Council to move to Loueyville. (Write those letters of support, kiddos!) Lou + Louisville + Arts and Crafts = makes sense.

But today our own Gov. Steve announced his intentions to romance another organization to our fair state, and Lou is equally excited but for entirely different reasons.

Lou + Kentucky + NASCAR = wha?

Yeah, I know. If you know Lou, you know that she's hardly a NASCAR kinda gal, although she did used to spend quality time in her late teens/early twenties at a Speedbowl in SE CT-- but that was mostly because they didn't check ID's and had cheapo beer. (Some things never change.)

Anyway, today Gov. Steve had a big ol' press conference to announce his intentions to try to woo NASCAR into bringing it's Sprint Cup to the Kentucky Speedway. According to the press release:

“The impact of a NASCAR Sprint Series Cup race for Kentucky is undeniable,” Gov. Beshear said. “NASCAR is the number one spectator sport in the United States and is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages. I’m excited about the potential of Kentucky joining these ranks.”

There was also all kinds of government-y muckety-yuck said about tax credits and expansions and blah blah. I don't really care about that stuff. And I don't really care about NASCAR.

Here's what I care about: I have this really cool nephew who lives across the river, and he just eats NASCAR up with a spoon. He's seven years old and knows more about NASCAR crap than I know about most of the stuff that I care about. (Ditto with the WWE, but I just can't get behind that.) And this kid-- who isn't really my nephew, he's Roommate's nephew, but I've known him since he was one, and he calls me "Aunt Mimi"-- has a really pernicious disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). He's probably confined to a wheelchair/scooter for the rest of his life, and the common cold could have deadly consequences for him, and he's spent way, way, way too much damned time in a hospital for a little kid. And yet he's as ebullient and cheerful as any other seven year old-- maybe more so.

You've got to love a kid like that. And you've got to want that kid to be as happy as-fricking-possible. And if the Sprint Cup came to Kentucky, I personally would do everything in my power to make sure he got a ticket, and little man would be loopy with glee.

So you go, Gov. Steve. Bring that puppy to KY. I will be first in line to get tickets. (Sure, I'll probably bring earplugs and a book, but it would be worth it just to see the look on my nephew's face.)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Loueyvillager Powers Activate! Form of A Letter of Support

This weekend is Kentucky Crafted: The Market at the Expo Center. Now, I've never been, and the website is awfully unhelpful when it comes to telling me what to expect (but it is very nice that it features a $3 off coupon), but there's all kinds of good listy thingies that think Kentucky Crafted is pretty special.

Back in December, American Style Magazine named it #2 on its list of Top 10 Arts Fairs & Festivals. And how much does it ROCK that St. James Court Art Show is #6 and Francisco Farm's Art Fair at Midway College (also in KY) is #7. Say what you will about Kentuckians, but we apparently know how to put on an art show. The KY department of tourism lists it in its top 10 events, as does the Southeast Tourism Council. Good stuff, I guess. I will be there with bells on.

(That being said, I really hope Kentucky Crafted isn't a "craft show" like, say, the Ursuline's Art Fair-- which, by the way, is moving to the campus of the Louisville Collegiate School next fall-- or the Cherokee Park Art Fairs are "art fairs." There's some good stuff there, given, but a lot of the stuff is mass-produced and soulless. I'd say the same thing about the St. James Art Show, but I think someone might try and revoke m y citizenship of this city if I talked trash about St. James. Again, some nice stuff. But lots of beads and scarves and pocketbooks. I'm just saying.)

Anyhoo, on to the point: Over at FatLip, Stephen George has posted a... well, I'll just let him explain:

The American Craft Council (ACC), the nation's largest non-profit contemporary craft organization, is planning to relocate its headquarters from New York City. Greater Louisville is one of eight cities asked to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the ACC as they begin the process developing their short list of preferred headquarter locations. Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) is working with several local arts organizations, the state, artists and local government to help spread the word.

Part of that process involves gathering letters of support to help make the case for Louisville. In order to demonstrate the support the ACC would receive in Louisville, GLI is asking members of the community to write a short (one page) letter of support regarding the benefits of locating an organization in Louisville. GLI's deadline to respond to the RFP is coming up quickly, so they ask that you send your letter c/o Bobby Ferreri at GLI (614 W. Main St., Ste 6000, Louisville 40202) by February 20. However, please address the letters to: Andrew Glasgow, Executive Director American Craft Council=2 072 Spring Street 6th Floor New York, NY 10012-4019

(Mama's note: that last little bit confused me, but that might just be my burned out chemo brain. He means ADDRESS the letter to Andrew Glasgow-- as in Dear Mr. Glasgow-- but SEND it to the GLI.)

Heck yes! That's a cause I can truly get behind. We want this, Loueyvillagers. Contemporary craft goes very nicely with things like 21c and Museum Plaza and the Arts and Crafts Museum and bourbon (because everything goes well with bourbon).

And if you write a letter, and I think you should, send it along to me. If I like it, I'll post it. If I don't like it, I'll probably still post it. Don't forget, we're lou at

(If you're wondering what the other Wondertwin power "form" would be, it would be a stamp. Of course.)

20th Anniversary on the 20th with $20 Bottles of Wine

Last November, De La Torres/La Bodega restaurants on Bardstown Road had a fire, but De La Torres managed to re-open less than a month later. (Lou is hoping for a similar turnaround from Cafe Mimosa, but she hasn't heard a peep about what their plans on. Anyone know?) We love that kind of fighting spirit, and we love that De La Torres has been around for twenty years!

In honor of their anniversary, Chef Miguel De La Torres has put together an
all tapas menu with over fourty options. Looking forward to trying the Escargot Madrid Style. When was the last time you had good escargot?

Lest you miss out on the $20 bottle of wine deal this Friday, De La Torres will repeat this same offer once a month til July. I'll try to keep you posted.

De la Torre's serves Tuesday-Saturday, beginning at 5:30 pm. The restaurant is located at 1606 Bardstown Road in the Bonnycastle neighborhood of the Highlands.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

NTDWL: Sniffles. Grumble. Valentine's Day. Bah!

This is the closest thing that Lou will get to a Valentine today:

From Miss Rosemary Mane.
lot 25 Immueble Dela Paix
Rue 28 Treichville.Abidjan
Cote D'Ivoire.

My Dearest one,

My name is Rosemary Mane.

I am 22 years old and an Orphan
After my praying and fasting for God to find me a trustworthy someone who will help me to receive the only money I Inherited from My late Father.

I send you this mail asking for your immediate assistance to help me to receive this money in your hand. The amount ($8.5M)

This money is consealed in a trunk box and deposited in the security company here in abidjan.My late father registered it as family valuables.

Now I want to secure it out and I discussed with Security Company and the company agreed to send the trunk box to any country I want them to send it.
The company said that they will send the trunk box to you through their diplomatic courier service to you.

The company said that it can only take them 3 or 4 days to send the box to your hand if you are ready to receive it.
Please I choose you as my partner to receive the box.

Please accept me and help me to receive the box as soon as possible.
I want you to send me the below details in this email(

(1)Your name
(2)Your address
(3)Your telephone number
(4)Your fax number
(5)a copy of your id card or pspt.

Please send me this information so that I will submit it to the security company and introduce you officially as my partner. You know that this is an issue of money please keep it very secret until you receive the trunk box in your hand.

Yours sincerely,

Rosemary Mane.
Sniffles. Grumble. Valentine's Day. Bah...

She called me her "Dearest One..."!! Somebunny loves me!! Where's my passport?

Seriously, Happy Dumb Hallmark Holiday to all my coupled readers. I send MY love to ALL of you EVERY day. xo

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lincoln nogging? Yes, please!

Am am bonkers in love with Why Louisville's new Lincoln head pillow by Big Stone Head. I must own, please.
Only $24-- a steal!
Lincoln's big noggin will look lover-ly on my red couch.

Sparrow Quartet Swoops into Louisville

The Sparrow Quartet, featuring Louisville's own Ben Sollee, was one of my favorite "discovery" bands from last year's Bonnaroo. The Quartet, which also features Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, and Casey Driessen, fuses Traditional Chinese music with bluegrass. The sound is ethereal and lovely.

They're playing two shows: one at Ear X-tacy at 4pm on Saturday and another at Comstock Hall at the U of L at 2pm on Sunday.

Go see. Go hear. You'll love it.

Spring in the Air...

.... or at least there was during the past couple 60 degree days. Even Windpocalypse 2009 was a nice warm day. Sigh, no more.

But the most beautiful sign of impending Spring? Backseat Sandbar blogged today about the first Waterfront Wednesday featuring Kenyan band Extra Golden. Sure, it's not til April, but seeing Backseat Sandbar's post in my Google Reader puts me in a tippy-top mood for starting the weekend. (Of course, that's about to be squashed a bit after a couple hours of sitting in the chemo chair... blech!)

Weekend plans: That Shipwrecked thing at Actor's and my FIRST meal at Jack Fry's. (I know... it's crazy I haven't been there! Do shame, Lou.) Working on the humble abode. And then work work.

But now I have a Waterfront Wednesday to look forward to!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurant: Just in time for V-day

Forbes Traveler has named the English Grille at the Brown Hotel to its list of the Top 10 Most Romantic restaurants in the US.

According to the article:
the English Grill in The Brown Hotel in Louisville has a romantic, wonderfully spacious setting ideal for the intimacy of a couple. With an AAA Four-Diamond award, the restaurant does indeed have the sophisticated, warm, wood-paneled, stained-glass charm of a Noël Coward salon, and a new chef from Montreal has crafted one of the most delectably festive menus in the city, with specials like a seared veal chop with garlic, local corn, sorghum syrup and a lick of Buffalo Trace bourbon. The coffee-rubbed venison loin with wild mushrooms and blackberries is absolutely irresistible.
I don't know about you, but devouring a thick, gooey, hot, gut-busting Hot Brown doesn't exactly put me in the mood for L-O-V-E.

More like N-A-P.

But then again, I've never been to the English Grille. I'm always just so proud when Loueyville makes awards lists.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

It's called REALITY tv? Woz on DTWS

I know. I know. I'm NOT a Dancing With The Stars fan, either. (Or an Idol fan. Or a fan of dueling pianos. Sometimes I think you learn more about what I don't like from Loueyville than what I do like. Am I a Negative Nancy??)

Bear with me. I AM making a Loueyville connection here (sorta).

Apparently tonight, Dancing With the Stars announced their new line-up of... stars (that word is used loosely, I think), and this season includes the coolest guest ever, and Lou's favorite IdeaFestival 2007 speaker: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. (See... sorta Louisville news)

My first computer was a MacIntosh, but the only Apple thing I own now is my U2 edition video iPod. Still. Lou [hearts] Woz. I can't help it. Loved him at IdeaFestivel. Loved seeing him sometimes when I'd flip through channels and catch him on that Kathy Griffith Bravo show. I'd date him. Heck yes I would. (And not for the money, cynics.)

Anyhoo. I think this is one of the loveliest reality program celebrity choices ever just because I can't, in my WILDEST dreams, imagine Woz doing the mambo. You bet I'll be YouTubing it after the fact.

What? You thought this would make me want to watch? Silly.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Save the Date: Bouchercon 2009 in Indy

I know, I know, we're jumping the gun a bit here, but I've always wanted to go to Bouchercon, and now that it's going to be so nearby I don't have any whinybaby excuses for missing it. Bouchercon is the World Mystery Convention, the largest annual meeting of mystery writers and mystery fans.

The event features Michael Connelly as the Guest of Honor and is October 15-18 (I know, I know, I can barely plan what I'm doing tomorrow let alone what I'm doing in EIGHT months, but I thought I'd give y'all a head's up).

The best part of these events are usually the panel discussions. And the list of attendees features a lot of great writers and a couple of great writers who are Friends of (this) Lou including: Jack Getze, author of the Austin Carr series including the books BIG MONEY and BIG NUMBERS and dear, dear friend of Lou, and Nancy Pickard, Edgar & Agatha winner and acquaintence of Lou.

Just before this event on October 14, Sisters in Crime is presenting "SinC Into Great Writing!" a dinner, seminar, and keynote event featuring Nancy Pickard and friend of Lou, NYC Literary Agent Donald Maass. Register here.

INKY High School Journal Party

Mama doesn't get very many press releases. Send Lou press releases!

The INKY High School Journal readings sound right up my alley, and like a lovely follow-up to seeing My So-Called So-Called Life. I'm gonna make an effort to be there. We really like the whole Jeffrey Lee Puckett / Bridgid Kaelin / Laura Shine aspect. All Louisvillagers that Mama has little local crushes on. And isn't Tori Murden McClure the Louisvillager who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean?!

And it's in Gil Holland's Green Building. What more could you want in a Saturday night?

I wish I could make more of an effort with this posting, though, but like the White Rabbit, I'm late for a very important date! (No, not that kind of date... sheesh... )

So here's the press release in its entirety.

Tickets are still available for InKY's 5th birthday party fundraiser at the Green Building. Support the literary arts in Louisville and join us for a special night of melodrama and manifestos...High School Journal!

Read the sneak preview in the Courier-Journal!

Writers and readers will share the chronicles of their adolescent angst through emotional diary entries, passionate poems and stories, righteously indignant record reviews and school paper editorials, and much more.

Featuring performances by adventurer and university administrator Tori Murden McClure, WFPK's Laura Shine, novelist Brian Leung, musician Brigid Kaelin, writer Crystal Wilkinson, The Courier-Journal lifestyles editor David Daley, music journalists Peter Berkowitz and Jeffrey Lee Puckett, with music courtesy of the Bourbon Brothers (Charles Spivey and WFPK's Michael Young of Roots n' Boots).

Plus free food from Clements Catering and drinks from Clements Catering, Upland Brewing and more!

Saturday, February 7, 2009
The Green Building
732 East Market Street
Louisville, Kentucky

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

NTDWL: Super Bowl Commercial Peeve & Bonnaroo 09

I know, I know, this has nothing to do with Louisville. But my other two time-wasting hobbies are the general consumption of pop culture and reading Louisville, pop culture, feminist, and liberal blogs. So, of course I tuned in to much of the Superbowl, only to watch the commercials and BRUUUUUUCE! (Who by the way is headlining Bonnaroo 2009, more on that in a sec.) And, of course, like a good feminist, I was fracking disgusted by ads that showed dudes biting into chips and chick's clothes flying off. (I won't even touch the Danica Patrick ads-- what a waste of a potentially awesome role model for the young girls in NASCAR families.) And of course, I read all the blogs decrying said ads.

But I haven't seen one blog or article discuss the ticked me off the most-- because it was the most "innocent." WTF was up with the Bridgestone Mr. Potato Head ad?? You know, the one where Mr. Potato Head drives and Mrs. Potato Head nags and bitches and yap, yap, yaps until.... they hit a pothole and her mouth pops off! And suddenly all is right in the world.

Ugh. It still makes my blood boil...

... But on Superbowl night, said boiling blood was soooooothed by the sweet sweet sounds of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who, as I said, will be headlining Bonnaroo 09. Artists announced today include Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, David Byrne, Al Green (!!!), Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint (and we can only hope a performance by Elvis AND Allen who recorded and toured together after Katrina), and many, many, many bands to make the indie crowd go all gooey including the Decemberists, Animal Collective, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ting Tings, and Bon Iver. (I give 'em all a [animal] collective shrug... Bonnaroo's as good a time as any to give them all a little check-out). Anyway... Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Erykah Badu... some serious chick power at this 'Roo.

Mama is so there. Maybe this time, she'll remember it.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Uh, Just so you know: We [heart] Matt too

Seems like everyone today has given a wee shout out to Matt Landan, owner and general liontamer of Derby City Espresso, who was the subject of a lovely Courier-Journal profile aujourd'hui. (What's with the random French? Dunno.)

Jake @ Page One
Backseat Sandbar
Evening News Roundup @ Broken Sidewalk
And the article quotes Michelle from Consuming Louisville.

So yeah, just so you know. Mama loves Matt and DCE too.

Design Star Louisvillager: The Real Story

Fun fact about Lou: She has no taste. Or she has taste, but it's not very good. Her design ethos runs somewhere along the Velvet Elvis meets Martha Stewart meets Mardi Gras lines. Jarring. Incongrous. Hey, I like it, but...

So remember how Mama made a couple of New Year's resolutions? One was to take classes? Well, to make good on that we signed up for an interior design class with the JCPS Lifelong Learning program. It was supposed to start today, but Icepocalypse 2009 has postponed the start of all the classes that were supposed to start this week. The good news: there's probably still time to sign up for Carpentry II: Joints and Rafters, if you're so inclined.

In other Louisville design news, tomorrow at 5:30pm on the Louisville at Home show on the WB our new friend Tracee Dore will be sharing the real scoop from behind the scenes of last season's Design Star.

Hopefully within the next few weeks, I'll have a chance to sit down and chat with Ms. Dore. She was very sweet and forthcoming in a recent email, saying that she took full responsibility for her actions, but that the show's producers really did set out to make her the villian.

"But this villian has a husband who's a cop, three adorable kids and a business," Dore writes. "I hate to shop- they sooo left out the details like that I had to go to 7 different places like the drywall distrubutor, tile store, lighting store, lumber yard, etc... there was no Lowe's or Home Depots on the list of places we could go. The challenges really all went great for me- they just showed every bad part, but no good comments from Vern or other judges."

Dore says she and Michael from the show remain best of friends and are looking at possibly teaming up again in the future.

I'm sure we'll learn more from the design veteran tomorrow on Louisville at Home (oof, what a cumbersome website). She promises that "It shows the real me." Mama can't wait!

Happy Groundhog Day! (Insert agitated groundhog sound here)

Going to see Punxatawny Phil check out his shadow (or lack thereof) has been on my "bucket list" ever since I saw Groundhog Day (one of my top 10 favorite movies).  But this year, I'm seriously ticked at the little bugger.  Six more weeks of winter? 

And tonight we have a 60% chance of more snow? 

And it's only February 2.  Last year our biggest snowfall wasn't until March.

Enough already, okay?  Enough.  Damn you, Phil.