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January 11, 2010


My sports talk is limited, but I can go on and on about tractors, including fierce family debates about Allis Chalmers vs. John Deere and the sadly brief run of the elegant David Brown Company, my mother's favorite, absorbed into Case the year I graduated from college. No one I know wanted a Case tractor. They were for harvesters and mowing machines. My first death was when a Chalmers tipped over on a neighbor one summer. And every fall during hunting season, some suburban idiot would deliberately spray a little buck shot at someone's John Deere. I kid you not.

I love the connections you make here: farms, sports, poetry. Can't wait to read more. I've never been a football fan probably because when my dad watched his cigarette smoke was so thick I couldn't be in same room.

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