Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2014 0105


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The humble Farmer TV show for January 5, 2014

Thank you for looking at: “The Great Water Machine Caper.”

56 minutes. This show includes a 3.18 minute clip of Denny Breau and a 2.53 minute clip of Dr. Dick’s Puppets. There is also a short clip of some fiddlers at Maine's famous Common Ground Fair.

Well received in Northern New England for 35 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’s Type-A friend, “The Boy”, getting his two powerful water machines out of storage and putting it in the water.

Music is by: Clark Terry, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Stan Gets, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli, Ida Jones, Django Reinhardt, Lenny Breau, Errol Garner and Denny Breau.

humble is joined again on camera by his smiling young friend, Sylvia.

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 humble watching his friend taking his two huge water machines out of the garage and washing them off. 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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January 5, 2014
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1. I keep seeing something that says "Three people on Facebook unfriended you." If it's only 3 I can't be writing enough of the things that need to be said.
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2. Has this ever happened to you? A good friend dies. Your eyes fill with tears. You take out your handkerchief and dry your eyes while thinking, "That's three of my favorite books I'll never see again."
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3. You might have had to think a while before you understood why anyone would be climbing a New Hampshire mountain in a blizzard in December. The ice is not yet thin enough to break beneath a snowmobile.
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4. Here’s something I read in my computer the other day. What do you think of it? It said: “I am the only one of my contemporaries I know who, in his old age, has not become bitter and disillusioned with mankind." It is signed: The humble Farmer, satirist
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5. Every morning I try to ride my bike 10 miles. It is one of the most difficult things I have to do all day. It would be easier if I had a tape recorder in my pocket and earphones so I could listen to someone telling stories in French or German. Riding a bike for an hour without listening to language tapes is difficult because for every minute of that hour you are alone and forced to spend some time with yourself.
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6. At the age of 77 I finally hurt my back. I did it throwing myself backwards on a rider lawnmower, trying to get enough traction to mow a banking . Don't you do it. I visited the doctors and had x-rays and an MRI and therapy. And for a month I gobbled codeine and drank prune juice and walked around with my eyeballs only three feet from the floor because I couldn't straighten up. I went to sleep sitting up on the edge of my bed because I couldn't lie down. I had to sit down to cook my rolled oats or emcee a show. It is my understanding that the picture revealed a broken bone that was rubbing up against a nerve. I was told that the quicker I got that bone out of there by surgery, the better off I'd be.
But by the time I got around to see the surgeon I had to be reminded that something was amiss in my back. I was doing 10 miles every day on a two-speed bike. He took a couple of more x-rays, put his hand on my head and said "Heal" (I asked him to do this) and he sent me home. --- With the caveat that the pain might come back sometime. But that it would probably go away. I suppose the reasoning in some medical circles is, if the man is 77 and is able to kiss his knee and ride a bike 10 miles a day --- and if he has to be reminded that he has a bad back --- don't mess with it. Because I was a wimp and never played sports, I didn't tear a ligament or break a bone until I was 77. The surgeon told me that I had "a young man's disease." When I got home I told my wife and she looked up with great expectations. Yes, everyone is different so the same might not apply to your bad back. Do what your doctor tells you to do. Remember, too, that there are second opinions. For years I've helped my friends with this and that. But now, finally at the age of 77, I can smile wistfully and say, "Sorry, I can't help you. I have a bad back."
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7. Although I've never seen Duck Dynasty I'm aware that it is a show about guys with whiskers. Here I'm just venturing a guess, but I would guess that the people in this show probably pretend to be a lot dumber than they really are. They dress just like Bowdoin professors trying to fit in at the Common Ground Fair. Now we read that one of the Duck Dynasty people got thrown off the air for saying naughty things on the air. All this means to anyone who thinks about it is that the controversial comments by whoozits on this show is nothing more than a cleverly contrived scheme to boost ratings of Duck Dynasty. They probably told him, “Hey, you say this and that, we’ll kick you off the show and give you so much money you’ll never have to work again, and our ratings will go through the roof.”
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8. Seems as Dick Cash used to sing a song with the words "What I say." Yes, here it is in Wikipedia: ""What'd I Say" (or "What I Say") is a song by American rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, released in 1959" On the same page we read about another song: It says, “The gospel and rhumba influences combined with the sexual innuendo in the song made it not only widely popular but very controversial.” That’s how you write a song that sells: mix the gospel with sex and you’ve got a winner. I remember when kids used to go around singing “Jesus Christ, Superstar” hoping it would shock adults. No one enjoys songs or stories with a bit of verboden sexual innuendo like children --- and women over 60.
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