Monday, February 01, 2010

Armadillo Day at the West Pole

First Annual Armadillo Day

The Benevolent Knights of the Raccoon have selected an armadillo (named "Bee Cave Bob") to predict the beginning of Spring. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday at 11:30 at the West Pole, which is just down the road in Bee Cave. Someone figured if there's a North Pole and a South Pole, then there oughta be a West Pole and an East Pole. It was kind of a joke, but was certified by the Texas Legislature in 2007.

I am not making any of this up. The event has an info phone number: (512) 263-5286.

Groundhog substitution is not unheard-of. Due to lack of groundhogs, Alaska is having Marmot Day. (Here's a brilliant prediction: Alaska will have 6 more weeks of winter no matter what the marmot sees.) In Galveston they are having their 2nd Annual Penguin Day.

All I really want for Armadillo Day is for them to stay off the road.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

No offence to armadillos, but groundhogs are cuddlier. Just sayin'.


don't you just love texas? stuff happens around here for real that we couldnt make up...
when my daughter was little we always tried to protect her from bad stuff so when we (her older brothers and i ) would see a dead armadillo on the side of the road we'd tell her they were just taking a little nippy day we told her that and she said yeah? well while he was taking a nap i think a simi ran over him and squished his guts much for protecting her.

Blueberry said...

Armadillos are so darned cute!! I have to confess though, that the only living armadillos I've ever seen were in zoos.

Yeah, this is as "Texas" a tale as it gets. The West Pole is not too far from us. Gotta remember to take a picture next time we are around there.

Ace said...

This is a revitalization of the old Austin originality I grew up with. I hope it continues. Long live the armadillo!

Blueberry said...

I think this event is going to catch on.