Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2009 0705.mpg

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Old fashioned music: Count Basie, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Erroll Garner, Cab Callaway, Meade Lux Lewis --- interspersed with humorous social commentary.

Script for July 5, 2009 Show:
1. A young man seeking enlightenment once travelled far away to a distant land and climbed a tall mountain where a wise old man reputedly dispensed wisdom from a pallet at the mouth of a cave. Upon finding the guru, the young man asked if he would tell him how to live a full and happy life. The sage said, “If you want to truly appreciate 29 days of every month for the rest of your life, spend that one other day as a volunteer aide for a kindergarten teacher.
2. Have you ever noticed that when it comes to your immediate neighborhood, the only people who can dislike you are those who feel inferior to you? You have something they don’t have. You can do something that they can’t do. And do remember --- this works two ways.
3. What, you ask, did I learn the last time I read the Encyclopedia Britannica? As you might know, almost every morning I pull out any one of the 40 or so volumes, and read whatever happens to be on the page. And, thank you for asking, when I read about natural selection, I learned that in 1902 Kropotkin pointed out that survival and biological success are promoted by cooperation at least as often as by combat. Yes. And just the day before I saw an example of how unproductive combat can be when it comes to advancing your own genetic aspirations. I was eating my dinner and watching two rocky mountain rams fighting on Animal Planet. While these two tough old birds were knocking antlers and pushing each other off cliffs, a very wimpy, but rather astute young ram availed himself of their absence.
4. Besides telling you about interesting things, you know that from time to time I throw in something that will be of absolutely no use to you. So, here now is your humble Farmer useless fact for the day. If nothing else, it should help you feel better about what you pay for heating oil. A painting by Picasso, Dora Maar With Cat, sold at auction for 95 million dollars. When Picasso moved to Paris in 1900, he had to burn many of his painting to heat the room.
5. Here’s a nice email from Eric out in Colorado who invites me to become a published author. Eric says, “I want to personally invite you to get published and become a co-author along with people like Bob Proctor, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar and many others in our upcoming 2009 book titled ‘The Mentors Message - It's Time to Take Action!’. This will be another block buster book in alignment with our parent book series The Power of Mentorship that has 17 book titles and has sold 215,000 copies worldwide.” He continues: “As a publisher we pay for all the cost of editing, book format and layout, marketing, book cover design and printing of all books. The book will retail for $19.95 and all the co-authors will share in the profits by taking 500 books at the discount price of $6.72 per book which gives you a profit of $13.23 per book you sell at the retail price.” Wasn’t that nice of Eric to ask me to share in the profits by sending him $3300. I don’t intend to buy $3300 worth of books from Eric, but someone did. If you Google, you’ll find The Power of Mentorship for the Woman Entrepreneur out there on Amazon for 44 cents.
6. We live in an age where technology is king. Most of us are overwhelmed by the various types of technology we are forced to work with, or attempt to circumvent, each day. This morning I heard about a friend of mine who has satellite television. He is a brilliant man but he was frustrated when he couldn’t figure out how to push the buttons to make it work. When he called the satellite television company for support, their computers were down so he got no help there. To move down the technological ladder a couple of steps, since installing my solar hot water heater I’m having trouble maintaining pressure in my boiler. I pumped it up to 15 pounds the other day but then two gallons of fluid squirted out through the relief valve into my overflow bucket. When I punched in my telephone number on my boiler guru’s hot line, he returned my call within two minutes and told me to hit that seeping valve with a hammer. Don’t you find it interesting that that is exactly the same thing my friend did with his satellite television?
7. On July 7th I was running my furnace because it was so cold in the house I couldn’t type at the computer. I started out with a hot drink but --- get serious --- when it is 51 degrees outside and rainy with a wind blowing, just putting on a wooly hat and a snowmobile suit inside the house won’t do the job for an old man who is barely putting out life signs. I live in the part of the world where, when it comes to temperature, records are constantly being broken. Interestingly enough, we never break any records when it comes to heat.
8. Please listen closely because I am about to impart something that will, in some circles, pass for wisdom. A man does not realize that he lives in a part of the world that is typified by cold, cloudy summer days until he installs a flat plate solar hot water heater on the side of his house.
9. Monhegan is an island which is 10 or so miles off the coast of St. George, Maine where I live. Unless the weather has been very, very cold, one goes down to Monhegan in a boat. The Monhegan boat is the Laura B, and when I creep aboard the Laura B to go down to Monhegan I go back aft in the cabin and put some blankets on the seat and lie down and try to sleep. I did this for years without realizing why I did this. But, the last time I went down to Monhegan I saw two young boys trying to sleep on the boat. And I remembered that over 50 years ago when I was in the Coast Guard, the only thing I wanted to do on the ship was “hit the rack” which is another way of saying drop in my tracks and get some sleep. Habits cultivated when one is young die hard. Are you an old sailor? Do you find that even after 50 years every time you get on a boat you still have an uncontrollable urge to hit the rack?
10. The first thing some young, inexperienced people do when they buy a house is tear out the walls and fill in the holes in the back yard. But an experience buyer who has travelled that road lives in the house for a year or two without changing anything --- he gets to know the house because he knows that the house will eventually tell him why things are the way they are. Holes in the field might very likely be drainage ditches or have some other important function. Fill them in, and your cellar fills with water. By the same token, people in Maine who want to generate their own power who take the time to stand on the lawn outside their homes for a year to check out the climate --- will probably go with a windmill.
11. Monhegan is a small island off the coast of Maine and there are a dozen or so trucks on Monhegan that are used to haul luggage from the boat up to one of the several hotels or cottages for summer visitors. One does not register a motor vehicle on Monhegan because there are no state roads out there. But, as I said, there are several pickup truck workhorses and on one of them I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “Save a shirt. Eat your lobster naked.”
12. There was Sherlock Holmes and then there are others like me. Please listen closely. I saw a boy of 15 or so wandering around on Monhegan and he was wearing a hat that looked like the top of a water tank. I’m talking about the coolie hat you see on people who work in rice paddies. And I said to myself, “There is a rich kid who has been dragged all over the world by his parents. He was obviously captivated by some exotic culture and is now emulating some of the people he saw there.” The next day I had a chance to chat with the boy, who happened to be on the first boat off the island. I asked him if he had traveled much, and he admitted that in his time he had seen more than a few places. I said, “Where did you get that hat?” And he said, “Kittery Trading Post.”
13. If I had my life to live over, I’d become a storage magnate and build one of those storage houses in every town in Maine. You can’t even go way out in the country in Maine but what you can find a place where you can rent a compartment to store things that will not fit in your already overcrowded house. The original author is unknown, but I heard Dr. Karen say it: “You can’t get enough of what you don’t really need.”

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