Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 08:52 AM.

There are a couple of schools of thought on cutting the chestnuts.  One is that you cut an “x,” the other is that you cut a “y.”  Having taught college algebra for many years, I think that you can be successful solving for x or y.  That is just my opinion and I will not be showing up on any of the Food Network’s cooking competitions any time soon.

When surfing around the radio dial, I absolutely must find Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and I want Bing Crosby to be singing it.  It makes me think of the movie “Holiday Inn” which was made in 1942 and it still shown many times on television during the holiday.

I love the movie.  How can you not?  Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Virginia Dale.  Ms. Dale (born Virginia Paxton) was a pretty lady.  She was a Top Five Finalist in the 1937 Miss America Pageant.  Her younger sister, “Joey” was runner-up in the 1941 Miss America Pageant.

What else?

José Feliciano singing “Feliz Navidad.”  I never get the Spanish words right, but I love hearing it and singing along.  Again, I know the Christmas album cover from 50 yards away and I still have Mama’s copy.  It is a beautiful song and memory.

Gene Autry has to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  When he does, I have to tell everyone how “Rudolph” paid for the American League’s Angels baseball team in California.  It did.  Gene made so much money that he bought a baseball team.

I never know what the Angels name is from year to year, it’s been the Los Angeles Angels, the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels and now I think it may be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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