Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2014 1221

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Synopsis of The humble Farmer TV show for December 21, 2014

Thank you for looking at a program called “humble Drives to Town”

56 minutes. This show includes 5.44 minutes of Denny Breau and Mark “Guitar” Miller singing and playing guitar in concert at a Lenny Breau Scholarship Fundraiser.

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.

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 the scenery humble ostensibly sees as he drives his 1919 Model T Ford from his home in St. George, Maine to the grocery store in Rockland. The cover film was actually shot from an air boat in a Florida swamp and from a car that was on the way to Red Rock which is high in the Colorado Rockies.

Music is by: Clark Terry, Django Reinhardt, Harry Allen, Erroll Garner, Count Basie, Jack Teagarden, Lee Morse and Denny Breau.

Tame fare, you say, for viewers expecting someone to be shot, arrested or blown up.

The show is tightly scripted. It starts out with humble driving his Model T into Rockland. 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:
TV Rants December 21, 2014
1. The only way you can like any movie is to be unfamiliar with the book.

2. In 1912 Galsworthy wrote a story called Quality. To refresh your memory, it was about a boot maker who starved to death because he refused to make an inferior product. John Galsworthy came to mind when a friend told me about a small vegan coffee bar in Joplin that closed after 7 years because they couldn’t make a profit to pay themselves a living wage. They preached the gospel of clean eating but went deeper and deeper in debt because their organic ingredients were expensive and it took a long time to prepare their meals. Also, they had no health or dental insurance. Their customers were health conscious and appreciated a place where they could get normal portions of healthy food. The owners had a slogan written on the fridge. It said, “Slow Food is Good Food.” If there is a moral to this story, it’s probably, “Go ahead, Super Size Me.”
3. Ignorance is bliss, if I may coin a term that should find currency. While reading my book about atoms yesterday, I learned that burning coal releases bad chemicals into the air. Only one of them is mercury, which kills people and makes others sick. We read on line that the mercury situation is getting better which may indicate that the regulations you have asked your government to impose on industry are working, or it may indicate that the offenders are bankrolling the agencies that write the reports. When I asked myself why we don’t shut down the coal plants today and turn to other sources for our energy, my mind immediately saw a parallel in Shirley Jackson’s story, The Lottery. Because one or two pre-teens might be listening, I will explain that in this story on one day every year, the entire community gathers in the town square to participate in a lottery. They have done this for so long that nobody knows how the tradition started. Everyone draws a slip of paper from a box. The person who wins is stoned to death by the others. There are a few people who would like to see the lottery discontinued but there is no way of stopping it. It’s always been that way and that is the way it has to be. Only a fool would try to change the traditional way of doing things by putting up solar panels on his house.
4. Tom sent me an email that says, “I was at a wedding this past fall talking to cousin Steve who had recently started a farm specializing in Lavender flowers. He said that one of the difficulties was getting enough hired help during the harvest season. Given that the farm is located in California at the base of the Sierra Mountains, I said he should consider starting a spiritual retreat. He could develop mindfulness exercises that would involve harvesting the lavender flowers. He wasn't sure that this would work, but I reminded him that in India they say ‘There is a seeker born every minute.’”
5. You’ve heard me say that I haven’t been able to go to the movies for years. 25 or so years ago I went to the movies with Julian and his wife Peggy and every time some character would say something important, they’d bring up that background music so neither Julian nor I could hear what was said. We’d both ask Peggy and she’d repeat it first on one side and then on the other, and I’d very likely laugh and look up just in time to see someone being strangled. Why do they put that background music in movies so you can’t hear what people are saying? And no matter what kind of program you are watching on TV, it seems that there is some little drumbeat clicking in the background. Now you might have noticed that some producers are putting background music behind the stories they tell on the radio. If I want to hear people telling a story that I can’t understand because of the music in the background, I’ll listen to La Bohème.
6. Now that you’ve had a chance to think about it, you can probably tell me why people do some of the terrible stupid things they do. They get positive reinforcement from their friends when they do bad things. If you see a girl sitting in the sun until she turns black, even though she knows that sun will make her old and wrinkled before her time, and perhaps even give her cancer, you know it is because some of her friends have told her how great she looks when her skin is all burned from the sun. A woman will jam her feet into a narrow pair or high heeled shoes and be uncomfortable all day and destroy her feet just because from time to time someone tells her that she looks good. I’ve always been amazed that people will undergo real physical pain or destroy their health if someone tells them it is the thing to do. To be fair, I’m a conscientious hedonist so I’m into pleasure and not pain. Oh --- some people will do things if they think it moves them up a rung or two on the social ladder. Why do you listen to this show?
7. Here I am at the kitchen counter one morning opening pill bottles when my wife Marsha, The Almost Perfect Woman, says, “Why don’t you let me put your pills in one of those pill dispensers? Then you’d only have to open one thing in the morning instead of three.” I told her I’d rather open the three bottles because, after all, a man my age should be getting some exercise.
8. Man on the street
9. Squirrel with peanut on string
10. It’s me, your husband
11. What kind of conversations do you have with your spouse? Great world literature is filled with examples of people with nothing to say who have slowly drifted apart. Agatha Christie’s Harold Crackenthrop comes readily to mind. We are not talking here about people who snarl at each other but the introverts with nothing to say. You will be glad to hear that my wife Marsha, The Almost Perfect Woman, and I strengthen our marriage every day as our conversations enrich our lives. (M talking) How can you see through those filthy glasses?
Thank you for considering The humble Farmer. Have fun.

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