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RSS By: Dan Anderson, Farm Journal

As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.

Ambushed by the Shop Radio...Again

Dec 07, 2011

 We listen to the "all-Christmas music" channel on the shop's radio during December. It's a nice change from the "classic rock" or "classic country" stations that normally play in the background. The downside is that every year, at some point, I get ambushed by that darned song about, "the Christmas shoes." That's the one where the little boy waits in line to buy his mother a pair of shoes for when "she meets Jesus, tonight..."

Every time that song comes on, I make sure I find something to do inside a combine or back in a corner where nobody is around. I can never predict when my normally hairy-chested, manly nature will crumble just a little bit and it becomes necessary to blow my nose and take a couple deep breaths. 

The same thing happens around Mother's Day every year, when the classic country station starts playing Jimmy Dean's "I.O.U.", or C.W. McCall's "Roses For Mama." Dang. They need to give a guy a couple minutes of advance warning before they play those songs.

For the most part, I get through the rest of the year pretty well. Until some deejay on the country station slips in Red Sovine's "Teddy Bear," and I'm fumbling for my handkerchief again. 

Maybe I should keep the radio tuned to classic rock. I've never had trouble tearing-up when I listen to Ozzie Osbourne.

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