Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2012 0226.mpg

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Episode Description:

Well received in Northern New England for over 30 years, this is the same old fashioned music and humorous social commentary show that has delighted young and old alike every week since April 6, 1978 for radio --- and now for television.

Music by: Clark Terry, Django Reinhardt, Ted Weems, Clarence Williams, Erroll Garner, Denny Breau and Frank Sinatra.

This show contains 1.58 minutes of Denny Breau playing guitar on Monhegan and 1.41 seconds of Indiana farmer Darrell Grogan telling two stories about life in Indiana in the 1930’s.

This week humble is joined on camera by his young friend, Sylvia, whose smile might well enable her to soon seize control of the entire show.

The video over the music is a collection of many things --- A rat rod in a garage, a transmission being repaired, humble spending 11.41 minutes telling how he makes this television program, building a rack to hold PV cells, a tour through downtown Eastport, Maine, outside a boat museum in Rockland, and humble driving his Model T to town. Tame fare, indeed, for viewers expecting someone to be shot, arrested or blown up.

The show is tightly scripted. It starts out with a clip of the rat rod and ends, as usual, with the Keystone Cops driving a car off the end of a dock.

Here's the approximate humorous commentary for The humble Farmer show for the week of February 26, 2012.
Rants February 26, 2012
1. We learn on the morning news that Facebook uses our posts to determine the advertising that appears on the right of the page. I don't believe they can do it. This morning the two top boxes are encouraging me to move into a retirement home.
2. Years ago Professor Steven E. Landsburg wrote a book called The Armchair Economist. He says that statistics have proven that people drive less carefully when they wear seatbelts. I can see the truth in this. Unless I’m in New Jersey I feel very safe wearing a seatbelt, and am afraid every minute I am in a moving car or bus or train without one. A professor in California has suggested that a good way to bring about a reduction in the accident rate, would be to have a spear mounted on every steering wheel, pointed at the driver's heart. He believes we would see a lot less tailgating. I have mixed feelings about this. Because I am fool enough to stop at stop signs, I have been struck in the rear end at least half a dozen times over the past 40 years. And with this proposed system I would miss seeing irate drivers get out of their cars to chew me out for being in their way. Professor Landsburg points out that people put Baby on Board signs on their cars, hoping that other drivers will be a little bit more careful when near them. Do bumper stickers really have the power to influence other people's behavior? I can say, "Yes," from personal experience. My old friend Stanley French, who had a junkyard in South Thomaston, once showed me a brand new car that hit a tree head on. Stanley said that he bought the car to display it in his junkyard --- only because of the sticker on the rear bumper. It said, "Jesus is my pilot."
3. Do you remember the television program that listed 5 things to say at your Super Bowl party? I asked my wife, "What is the Super Bowl?" She said that it was an excuse for an assortment of people to make a lot of money. If you’ve been around for awhile you might have the opinion that people in this country don't really care who wins any televised sporting event because it's no more than an excuse to sit around and drink beer. If you don't drink, do you really need televised sports? In countries where folks are really serious about sports fans swarm out onto the field after the game and kill a few dozen people. My nephew says that he’s attended games in South America where people throw not only cans and bottles but chairs and anything that isn’t nailed down. And radio friend Professor Bill says that if an enemy ever does want to do us in, they'll attack during the super bowl. Newscasting wouldn’t dare interrupt the game should an enemy invade, which will result in a certain class of Americans who will be taken or killed with one hand in the chips and the other around a beer.
4. You might have read that a Republican lawmaker resigned from his House seat about two months after the Maine Ethics Commission found that he committed multiple violations of the state’s Clean Election law.
The House Speaker announced the lawmaker's resignation, and added: “I believe this is the appropriate step for him to take, as we Republicans insist our members maintain the highest ethical standards possible." I didn't mention the lawmaker's name because before long more than a few Republicans are likely to be running him for governor.
5. We read that up in Dexter a 78-year-old man came out of a grocery store, put his groceries in someone else’s car, and drove it home. It was the same color as his car and his key fit exactly. Someone has probably already written a country and western song about not using your key to start someone else’s car so I don’t need to. But it does remind me that men of all ages are easily confused. Back in the early 1960s when I was playing for dances at the Blue Goose in Belfast, I would often look down from the bandstand and see men who were only 40 leave the hall with their neighbor's wife.
6. The other night I watched a movie called As Good As It Gets. I like to watch Jack Nicholson in movies. If I’m scanning the band and see Nicholson, I always stop and watch his every move, his every facial expression. He very often plays very smart or very well educated people who either have asberger’s or who feel they transcend laws or social norms that are created for regular people. You will remember that in As Good As It Gets, the wealthy Nicholson was able to pay for a doctor for the poor waitress whose health care plan didn’t cover her son’s illness. “I’m sorry but your son has a problem that is not covered in your insurance plan.” I was thinking about this a day later when I walked into the doctor’s office and noticed that the receptionist was lacking some front teeth. If I were that doctor, I would probably figure it was worth the expense to buy my young receptionist a set of teeth. Or at least replace the missing front ones. You’ve already heard me say that the young desk clerk at the backwater hotel where we spent a few winter months was obviously in need of dental work. So why aren’t these vibrant, young working Americans visiting a dentist? I don’t see rotten or missing front teeth in young working people in Northern Europe. If I were to ask my desk clerk why he didn’t have his teeth fixed do you suppose he’s say, “Every cent that I don’t need for food goes directly into my Swiss bank account.”
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