Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2014 1214

Preview is only available to registered and logged in users.

Episode Description:

Synopsis of The humble Farmer TV show for December 14, 2014

Thank you for looking at a program called “humble Works on his Solar Collectors”

56 minutes. This show includes 5.24 minutes of Denny Breau 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. But don’t give up. In an upcoming show, humble plans to interview a space monster.

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 replacing a thermistor in the solar water heater on the south side of his 1811 home. Some of the end cover film shows humble putting in the footings for the solar water heater in 2008. He was much more nimble then.

This show includes an example of and a commentary on the annoying recorded telephone calls we all get.

Music is by: Clark Terry, Ruby Braff, Scott Hamilton, Diana Krall, Ukelele Ike, Paul Desmond, Ron Carter 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 trying to find a knife that is sharp enough to cut black tape. No one has ever found a knife that will cut red tape. 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.

Please remember in reading these rants that the power lies in humble’s deadpan delivery.
TV Rants December 14, 2014
1. Marsha and are not into fancy cars. I mentioned that I would imagine from the ads I see on TV, a lot of people must be making a monthly payment to have a newer car than their neighbor. Tim says, “Don't assume that the motive to buy a new car is primarily competitive consumerism. The way cars are built these days, and the way New England winters have always treated them, buying a new car is a strategic move akin to leaping from a rapidly fracturing ice floe to one that has not yet deteriorated.” Tim might well have added, that some men do the same thing with their wives.
2. The fact that dozens of women have recently come out of the woodwork to accuse an ancient, wealthy man of bad things must be sending chills down the spines of tens of thousands of ancient, wealthy men in America. Although another wealthy man with many notches on his stick was recently unmasked, his notches were perhaps earned by his winning smile, proving that subterfuge, alcohol and drugs are unnecessary to achieve one’s desires and are the last resort of insecure wimps. We are not surprised at the amount of press generated by this most recent incident. Although hundreds, if not tens of thousands, of men have done the exact same thing only a fraction of them are ever caught, and only the fact that the people involved are not newsworthy keep us from hearing about them. Do you think that this is true?
3. I just called Apria and begged them for the second time in a week to discontinue the annoying sales calls. The helper said that the record showed that I had called a few days earlier and asked Apria to discontinue the calls and that they were working on it. Well, a week after that they are still calling. Apria are some folks who are charging sky high prices for their sleep apnea products and services. I can say this because I once saw a bill to my insurance company for $220 for a chin strap that I found I could buy on line for less than $20. My insurance pays, which means that you and everyone else pays. A couple of years ago I spoke to a German about this habit American companies have with overcharging for health services and he said such foolishness would not be tolerated in Germany. Although we have an outdated, expensive system of healthcare, here people wave an American flag and roll over and beg to be robbed again. Here being robbed is a patriotic thing. My country, right or wrong. I must admit that I do sleep better and feel better when I use the mask. I do not fit the profile of the person with sleep apnea, because most of them weigh a bit more than my 152 pounds. My friend who put me wise to getting checked for sleep apnea a few years ago would have dressed out at a bit over 250. In case you are still listening, I voluntarily gave up my daily baby aspirin several days ago and feel very good. I've been eating the thing every day for years, but now I'm wondering if that tiny aspirin could have been the cause of my stomach distress. When you get old things wear out. And when you take a pill to cure one thing, it seems to mess up something else. Eat a cough drop to keep from coughing, and you rot your teeth. Eat an aspirin to keep from having a stroke and you burn out your gut. There ain't no beating it.
4. You have heard many sparkling wits say that growing old beats the alternative. Please notice, if you will, that these perceptive philosophers are very young and that when they acquire the aches and pains that complement three score and ten, if they don’t change their tune, they will very likely be singing it in a minor key. Yes, you knew I was going to give you an example. The east wall rotted out of my three-walled tractor shed and the building collapsed. With the help of my wife Marsha, The Almost Perfect Woman, I was able to restore it to better-than-new, replete with Typar, in three days. But there is a price to pay for climbing up and down a ladder, dragging 12-foot boards out of storage and nailing them in place. Yes, at the end of the third day I dropped into bed and you can’t believe the numbing pain that I experienced between my shoulder blades. In the morning I discovered I’d been lying on my glasses.
5. humble would fit right in with the audience.
6. Have you ever done anything you wouldn’t want people to know about? Perhaps it was 60 or 70 years ago. It really doesn’t matter how long ago it was. You might have been 10 years old when you threw eggs at the henhouse. Do you realize that there is a good chance that somebody who was there at the time might still remember it? Perhaps they are just waiting for you to run for mayor or dog catcher so they can come forward and tell everyone about it. Muddy up your good name or whatever reputation you’re presently stuck with. When you stop to think about it, it is very unlikely that anyone will remember any incident the same way you do. People usually have their own version of anything that ever happened. All of this is brought to mind by the inordinate number of famous people who have recently been accused of being naughty 30, 40, 50 years ago. The pressure is so intense, that famous people who have not been accused of anything have recently admitted to our eager sensational press corps that 50 years ago they also did naughty things. You see they are trying to get the jump on a potential accuser by admitting to something that everyone else in the world probably forgot about long ago. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to keep my most egregious crimes of the 1940s to myself and take my chances.
7. From time to time, lobstermen who feel they are being crowded, cut off the offender’s traps. Like any war, this escalates until the ocean floor is littered with thousands of dollars worth of lobster traps and people start pointing guns at each other. Sometimes they attempt to ram the other fellow’s boat or shoot at him. It can get very ugly. Here’s a comment someone posted on a blog about a recent lobster war: "Arson, cutting traps, stealing from traps, sinking boats, attempted murder, must be a fortune out there in Lobsters to commit these types of crimes." Is this not an astute observation? How many people have you heard of who shot at each other for the right to mow some rich man’s lawn?
8. 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 the Mercedes factory in 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, if I wanted chills and excitement I’d walk down to the mailbox in December without wearing a scarf and mittens.
9. 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 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 meant you took her down to the dump to shoot rats.
Thank you for considering The humble Farmer. Have fun.

Episode Short Description: N/A

Downloads of This Episode:

[SD File Downloads]: 16

[HD File Downloads]: 0

[Total File Downloads]: 16


SD (Standard Definition) File

File Name of SD Episode: humble 2014 1214.mpg

Total SD Episode Video Runtime (hh:mm:ss): 00:55:59

File Size of SD Episode Video: 2,660,689,924 Bytes

Resolution of SD Episode Video: 720x480

Date SD Episode Video Uploaded: Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 14:25

HD (High Definition) File

This episode has not been uploaded by the producer in HD format and is not available for download.

If you wish to have HD format, you can private message a request to the show's producer at The humble Farmer.