Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2014 0209

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Synopsis of The humble Farmer TV show for February 9, 2014

Thank you for looking at: “Valuables in the Trash.”

Perhaps a better name for this show would be “A Good Maine Neighbor” in honor of one of humble’s boyhood friends who went along with a wife-swap just to be a good neighbor. Read below how easy it is to be a Good Neighbor on the coast of Maine and why so many of us walk around wearing a smile.

56 minutes. This show includes a 6.13 minute clip of Denny Breau playing guitar and singing with Raiford Starke in Goodland, Florida and a 2.55 minute clip of Dr. Dick’s Dancing Puppets.

Although The humble Farmer is just as contrived as any reality show, here you will see no overweight people with tattoos pretending to repossess automobiles or emaciated wealthy models getting a massage. --- Although we’re working on it.

Well received in Northern New England as a radio show 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 trying to put blades on his friend’s lawnmower and then trying to fix the starter on his wife’s rider lawnmower in downtown St. George, Maine. Guess which project is the most important to humble’s happiness and well-being and which machine had better be in running order before sunset?

Music is by: Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, Eddie Lang, Clarence Williams and Denny Breau.

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 looking for valuables in trash that his recently departed Bed and Breakfast guests have left behind. If you live in Maine, you would not be surprised to see what an out-of-state visitor leaves behind in the trash. If you are from Florida it will perhaps not shock but certainly amaze you. The show ends, as usual, with the Keystone Cops driving a car off the end of a dock.
The humorous and/or informative commentary that humble delivers between the songs is approximated below:
February 9, 2014

1. While checking a friend’s Facebook page for syntactic irregularities, I chanced to see a link for a recipe for tartiflette. I can’t tell you how upsetting this recipe for tartiflette is to an old Maine man who won't eat anything he can't pronounce. Is this recipe for tartiflette not an example of how our Maine eating habits are being undermined by culinary insurgents? Yesterday quiche. Today tartiflette. Where will it end?
2. If you are lucky you have a good neighbor. If you have a good neighbor, how would you describe him or her with words? Although it is a hard thing to do, I’m going to try. Back when I was young two couples got together several evenings every week to play cards. And it came to pass that three out of the four found themselves very much attracted to their friend’s spouse. --- So much so that they wanted to swap. One young man, however, was very pleased with his wife. But, because the other three were all in favor of the swap, he went along with it and married his friend’s wife just to be agreeable. Down on the coast of Maine where I come from, they point him out and tell you that you couldn’t find a better neighbor.
3. Are you an old timer? I just realized that I am an old timer. An old timer is not only someone who was born and brought up in a home that had no indoor toilet, refrigerator or telephone, but who was pretty well along in high school before his mother learned to drive a car.
4. Do you know when and where to use a semi-colon? When I realized that I’d never used a semi-colon because I didn’t know how to use a semi-colon, long time radio friend Pegg said, “Many people lead rich, full lives without the need of a semi-colon.” It is really easy to believe something when you want to believe it in the first place and I really want to believe that my ignorance of the semi-colon makes me no less of a person. Period.
5. Perhaps you’ve noticed that movies on TV are getting bloodier and bloodier. When someone gets shot, you see half their insides sprayed across the screen in color. Children watching movies are not expected to be distressed by this. But if a rat is shot in the movie or run over and squished by a truck, there is a disclaimer at the end of the movie that the rat was not actually hurt so the kids won’t feel bad. When these little kids get big enough to drive automobiles, will you feel safer on the crosswalk as a human being or a rat?
6. As part of President Obama’s plan to cut health care costs, we hear that the American Medical Society is promoting fighting with ice picks on college campuses. Doctors are presently treating thousands of men in their 50s and 60s who have torn ligaments and scar tissue in their knees --- football injuries from 40 years ago. Although these injuries are practically impossible to treat, they eat up billions of insurance dollars annually and cause a lifetime of pain and immeasurable suffering. A medical spokesman says that there is no effective way to treat old football injuries. When a joint is destroyed in your body, it will continue to plague you until you die. On the other hand, a flesh wound will soon heal. This is why college students in Germany fought with sabers. They could sport a macho scar on their cheek --- a mark of youth, strength and virility --- but still keep their knee joints intact should they need to march into France, Poland or Holland. The Medical Society, as a whole, thinks that ice picks are the way to go, although there are several orthopedic surgeons who would like to see the continued crunch of broken bones and ligaments on playing fields.
7. Gramp Wiley and I were fishing way up the northern part of the St. George River when we heard a small voice saying, “Help Me!” We looked around and saw a little frog hopping up toward us. Gram bent down and picked up the frog. And the frog said that she was really a beautiful woman turned into a frog by an evil witch. She said that if Gramp would kiss her she would turn back into a beautiful woman and do anything he wanted. And then Gramp Wiley put the frog it in his pocket. And I said, “What are you doing?” “That frog said it would turn into a beautiful woman and do anything you wanted.” And Gramp said, “At my age I would just as soon have a talking frog.”
8. Did you know that there are 10 or so different kinds of electronic voting machines? I came across a booth where two women were demonstrating one called ESS. I got to push the buttons on ESS and have to admit that it is a very simple operation. Electronic voting machines are so easy to use that I wouldn’t be surprised if over 90,000 votes came in from Wytopitlock.

Thank you for considering The humble Farmer. Have fun.

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