Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2013 0210


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The humble Farmer TV show for February 10, 2013

Show title: “A May Morning In Maine”

56 minutes. This show includes a 3.09 minutes of Denny Breau playing a humor/music show with humble on Monhegan and 2.10 minutes of humble doing a live show for the Reo Club of America.

Well received in Northern New England for 34 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.

Most of the video over the music is of humble mowing his pasture/lawn while collecting nutrients for his garden in St. George, Maine. Most breaks are announced by humble putting his coat over a No Trespassing sign that is on his friend’s lawn.

Music by: Clark Terry, Errol Garner, Scott Hamilton, James P. Johnson, Natalie Cole, and Denny Breau.

humble is joined again on camera by his young friend, Sylvia, whose smile is now generating much of humble’s fan mail.

All of this is tame fare, indeed, for viewers expecting someone to be shot, arrested or blown up.

The show is tightly scripted. It starts out with Dr. Dick’s dancing puppets doing a complete number. The show ends, as usual, with the Keystone Cops driving a car off the end of a dock.
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The humorous and/or informative commentary that humble delivers between the songs is approximated below:
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1. Do you miss the good old songs you used to hear? I don’t see any sense in these rap songs they sing nowadays, do you? Back when I was a kid they sang songs like, Chickery Chick, chala chala, chekala romy, in a bananica, bolika wollica – and they made sense. This morning I got to thinking that it had been a long time since I had heard I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas. You know you’re old when you realize that you miss the good old songs. Old people have always cried that they no longer hear the good old songs. You probably recall Aristophanes’ story about the young man who sneered at his father when the old man requested someone sing one of the good old songs called Simoides' Shearing of the Ram. The kid had to explain to his father that Simoides’ Ram was a corny old song. Do you hear the same thing from your children and grandchildren? Do they listen to music that you can’t understand or appreciate? You might have seen a TV program advertised on which they promised to play the 40 worst songs from last year. Did it make you wonder how they could be sure they got the right ones?
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2. Every week for 35 years I’ve made a one-hour radio program just for you. Wouldn’t you want to hope that I am better at making programs now than that 42-year-old kid who started in 1978? If you’ve been hanging in here with me for any amount of time at all, you will remember hearing me make mistakes in almost every program. I’d push the wrong control buttons and you’d hear me muttering about pushing the wrong button or messing up in one way or another. But then you noticed that as the years went by, all this changed. And now you no longer hear me whining and sniveling about making mistakes. This is because when you make a mistake when you’re old, you don’t even notice it.
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3. If there are two people in our home who can’t stand cold weather, I am both of them. One week when it was 15 degrees below normal I put on two sweaters and hunkered down in front of my computer screen and tried to get something done. But, even though we had the heat cranked up to 72 or more my legs got colder and colder until I finally knew I was going to have to put on my knee-length woolly slippers and my insulated pants. When I got in the other room I discovered I already had them on.
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4. I must have been around 60 the first time I saw the Internet or got a computer. I knew I had to have a computer because they said it would print 5,000 addresses on envelopes. For most of my life we addressed envelopes by hand or printed names on sticky labels and pasted the labels on the envelopes. The first computer I had saved the names on tapes and it would go peep, peep, peep when it was printing the names on envelopes. It was a fantastic technological advancement. Seems as it would print 200 names before you had to put in another tape. I still have that tape deck thing and it is probably a museum piece now. How things have changed. Nowadays we not only exchange letters electronically with our friends, but also video files. I got one a video file today that showed a deer that had broken through the ice in a shallow pond. The way I understand it, a helicopter hovered over the deer and the downward prop thrust blew the deer onto the ice and across the ice. The last of the video shows the deer running off through the woods. Then you play the video again, because you know that as soon as the helicopter is gone, that deer is going to walk back out on that thin ice and fall into the pond again.
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5. You might have read that a Texas Christian University student willingly had himself branded and required surgery for burns. I don’t think this kind of activity is a good thing, do you? How are the police going to be able to distinguish between Christian University students and street gang members?
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6. David Bright says . TV says there's a big snow storm coming ... lots of snow and wind, making for near zero visibility for people driving in it.
I just lashed an eight-foot pole on my mailbox and put a big orange traffic cone on the top of the pole. I figure it will help out the town snowplow driver by giving him something to aim for.
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7. When I find a new book dealing with language at a lawn sale, I buy it for a dime or so with the intent of donating it to the Penobscot School. http://www.penobscot.us/ The last time I donated a box of books, I made business cards and put one inside each book so friends would know where the book came from. A few weeks ago a book on Spanish Verbs arrived in the mail. A friend in Owls Head said he’d found it at the school (probably in a box containing books marked “free”), and wanted to return it to its rightful owner. This morning I couldn’t find my Italian pronoun cards to occupy my mind while struggling through my morning walk, so I picked up Spanish Verbs, which was handy on the office shelf. I mention this because of a Spanish sentence I just read which I thought said, “The exercise makes a teacher out of the novice.” Get it? I read the Spanish and thought it said, “The exercise makes a teacher out of the novice.” The English translation in the book said, “Practice makes perfect.” My Spanish has a way to go.
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8. humble live at the Trade Winds for the Reo Club of America 2.10 minutes.
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9. While reading an online newspaper, I found a page of vacation experiences for thrill seekers. Number two is a motorcycle-taxi ride in Thailand. My wife had two friends who were snuffed out in a taxi in Paris and I have ridden in a taxi from Stuttgart to Sindelfingen. I didn’t think anything could top that for pure unadulterated fear. Way down at number seven for an exciting vacation is the famous running of the bulls, if you can imagine anything worse than that. But, because I live in St. George, Maine, if I wanted excitement I could walk down to the mailbox in April without wearing a scarf and mittens.
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10. Ted Williams, the man with the great radio voice. With Bernard and Donna Davis.
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11. And now, just in case you are interested, let us talk of romance. We read that many newly married couples choose to relax at a tropical resort by the water. --- Although those who were born and brought up in Key West might find the dog sled races at Fort Kent, Maine to be much more exciting. And what is the purpose of this honeymoon thing, anyway? Isn’t the honeymoon somewhat of an anachronism in these troubled times when people live together and perhaps even have two children before it becomes financially expedient to form a legal bond? And isn’t that what all this fuss over same sex marriage is about, anyway? --- Some people of the same sex are going to live together whether anybody likes it or not, but --- should they be permitted to enjoy the same tax and other financial benefits afforded only after a marriage ceremony? We were talking about romance, and here I digress by talking about marriage. One loving couple met when he was having a massage and the table broke. My cousin Rose Marie met her husband when they were standing in a line to buy a bus ticket line and he dropped his suitcase on her foot. One of my wives was walking along the street when I picked her up and carried her off in my Model T. Times have obviously changed. My friend Wilder Oaks says he fondly remembers when a romantic first date in Port Clyde, Maine meant you took her down to the dump to shoot rats.
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