Tim Chitwood: Watch for land sharks at the solstice

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 15, 2013 

The only bait in town: It's Monday Mail.

The long night

Perhaps this past weekend's warm spell reminded you, but if not, note that winter is not here yet.

But now it's only a day less than a week away, arriving Saturday at 12:11 p.m., just in time for Christmas (it's always just in time for Christmas).

With the tilted Earth revolving around to where it's turning its bottom most directly into the sun and leaning its top as far away as it can, Antarctica on the solstice becomes the land of the midnight sun, while up north in the Arctic the sun disappears for a day.

So you can imagine how depressing that must be.

The good news, of course, is that the solstice is the longest night of the year, therefore each day after brings a little more light. That's why the pagans celebrated the rebirth of the sun this time each year, setting some of the customs we yet observe.

Holiday traditions go back a long, long way.

Party!

Speaking of celebrations, how about those Marion County Eagles? The football team won the Georgia Class A championship Saturday at the Georgia Dome, where at one point the score was 5 to 3.

Columbus always celebrates its championships, so I hope they have a big party for the team out there in Buena Vista.

Sharks!

In the in-box comes one of those business plugs that just sounds surreal. It's from Jason Evans, public relations director at The Partnership:

Columbus folks,

Sharks are coming inland! Just west of Columbus!

The brand new Wind Creek Wetumpka hotel/casino is unveiling its 16-thousand gallon shark tank later this week. These are images and a story not to be missed! Wind Creek Wetumpka is the amazing $250 million hotel/casino opening up just down the road from Columbus in Alabama (about an hour and a half drive, I think). The casino opens Dec 17th, and I wanted to see if your news organization would be interested in covering it. You don't have to travel to Wetumpka to get the story. I can provide pics and video of some of the fun events happening if you tell me you want it....

The aquarium surrounds the bar area of the casino and will include 5 Bonnethead sharks (similar to a Hammerhead) swimming around as well as hundreds of other fish….

Dear Jason:

Has the casino considered opening a branch on the Phenix City riverfront?

A big fish tank there would be a real tourism booster, especially if people got to fish in it.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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