Fairweather at the moment he saw his shadow. "Damn right it's spring, or I wouldn't be here." file photo from 2013
I caught up with Jones on the cold and rainy Sunday of Groundhog Day, knowing that a groundhog named Phil had already seen his shadow, predicting weather-related for Pennsylvanians for 6 more weeks.
JB: "Fairweather, have you been outside today?"
FW: "Yep, JB, I have."
I was taken aback at his boldness on such a day, and assumed that Mrs. Jones must have run him out of the house.
JB: "Did you see your shadow?"
And there you have it. Bundle up for now, but my expectations have been raised for a warm and sunny spring. Damn, I hope so.