Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2015 0125

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Synopsis of The humble Farmer TV show for January 25, 2015

Thank you for looking at a program called “humble comments on marriage”

56 minutes. This show includes 5.30 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. But don’t give up.

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 taking shingles off his garage. A 1,000 pound pumpkin is likely to drop 200 feet onto an automobile before each of humble’s rants. It is Maine’s answer to NASCAR and the crash is intended to wake anyone who slept through the previous number.

Music is by: Clark Terry, George Masso, Art Tatum, Bob Wilbur, Scott Hamilton, Mark “Guitar” Miller and Denny Breau.

Tame fare, you say, for viewers expecting someone to be shot, arrested or blown up. But isn’t dropping a thousand pound pumpkin on a car a good start?

The show is tightly scripted. It starts out with video shots of the St. George lighthouse millions have seen in the Tom Hanks movie Forrest Gump. 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 January 25, 2015
1. Comments on a good marriage.
2. If you've been around for awhile, you can stop listening right here because you've already heard this. One morning it was revealed on television that 89% of the people polled thought that public wedding proposals were a bad idea. This is certainly because as many as 75% of us have glossophobia: we read that statistically, far more of us claim that we would prefer death to giving a speech. You will remember that I was standing on a stage before 150 or so friends when, as an afterthought, half way through my presentation I asked my wife Marsha, who was sitting in the back row, if she would marry me. And now I learn that 89% of the people polled thought that public wedding proposals are a bad idea. This might be true in 89% of the cases that entail a fuzzy cheeked and probably half soused boy kneeling before a blushing virgin as he repeats the formula he has seen in Kay diamond ads on television. But when a middle-age man proposes marriage to a widow, isn't it prudent to do it in public surrounded by friends?
3. Marriage is a wonderful experience that no one should miss. The first few years are exciting. Not a day goes by but what you learn something new about your partner that inevitably brings you closer together and tightens the bond of love that keeps you together. As the years pass in your average marriage there are no new surprises. One day is much like another and you take for granted the monotonous regularity of each other’s words and actions. In a vibrant, growing marriage, however, not a day passes but what it contains a delightful surprise. Perhaps it is a little love note or a home-made birthday card tucked beneath a pillow. We are vacationing in a tiny camper that is moored to a house owned by our friends. Because water is vanishing when all of the faucets are turned off in the house and camper, I suspect that there is a leak in the water pipe between the well and the house. Until experts can locate the leak or explain the constant running of the pump, Marsha and I have turned off the water in our sink. Two or three times a day we turn on the pump just long enough to fill the dishpan and some water bottles. We have a water bucket in the bathroom. When I was a kid, there were still a couple of houses in town without running water and in those homes there was a bucket of water by the sink. So we are no worse off than most everyone was in St. George, Maine in 1914. And a few in 1945. One night after brushing my teeth I dipped a glassful of water out of the bucket of water in the bathroom to rinse my mouth. I said, “This tastes like chlorox.” She said, “No, it’s Lestoil. I usually use that water to wash my feet. But today I used it to wash the floor.
4. I have a friend who reads newspapers. Perhaps like you, he reads them on line, but the newspapers he reads are over 200 years old. They tell him what was going on in Massachusetts 200 years ago and he says things haven’t changed much. When Jefferson established an embargo, the folks in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island prospered. New factories opened everywhere, producing everything, people had jobs and everyone prospered. But the folks in Northern New England, those involved with shipping, had nothing good to say about Mr. Jefferson. They were the parents and grandparents of the same sea captains who hated Mr. Lincoln when he shut down the slave trade a few years later. You understand that the people in St. George, Maine were in the shipping business and when you shut down shipping 200 years ago, the folks in Wiscasset and Thomaston are out of work. What do you suppose would happen today if, instead of having a free trade agreement with countries where people work all day for next to nothing, all of a sudden we had to start producing all of those plastic toys here in the United States? When Jefferson established an embargo, we read that the folks in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island prospered. New factories opened everywhere, producing everything, people had jobs and everyone prospered.
5. The other day we were talking about a man and his brother. My friend described the two as, “Dumb and dumber.” I disagreed. Sour grapes. It is my belief that any man who can steal a few trillion dollars from taxpayers, put it into the pockets of his rich friends, and still have a crowd of those who were robbed by him sill admire him, well, he is far from dumb. When your basic crook steals your money, you dislike him. But don’t you have to agree that any man who can rob you blind and still have your trust and admiration has a lot going for him?
6. Why do I go to dentist and other appointments an hour or so early? One of my friends says, "You get there an hour early so you can worry for an extra hour." As Poirot would say, "A very intelligent explanation but not true." I always try to get to appointments at least an hour early as a courtesy to the people who are providing me with a service. And by getting there early I don't have to worry about not getting there on time and inconveniencing someone. Sometimes the person before you drops dead or breaks a leg so you get in and out an hour early. When the boy or girl, behind the counter says, "Your appointment isn't for another hour and a half." I always say, "I came early as a courtesy to you. I want you to know that I appreciate your help." And that usually shuts them up. Of course, I always have some language flash cards in my pocket or perhaps a book, and I look forward to times when I can study without feeling guilty for not producing something of value. And in a few --- a very few offices --- there are magazines from which I can glean insights into something that give me material for a rant.
7. Trade unions and same-sex marriage banned in Germany.
8. Someone wrote in my Facebook, "Good one....too bad you can't get it in a larger format." This is my favorite comment for the day. It sounds like my wife who, no matter what mountain I have climbed, says, "But...." or "Too bad you couldn't have..." or "Why didn't you...." Do you know people who could not go an entire day pretending to be completely satisfied with everything? Do you know people who always see the glass half empty instead of half full? Do many of these people live alone? Do you need to ask yourself why?
9. I'd never given this any thought before, but did you know that some people who don’t have solar panels on their roof think that solar panels are ugly? Would a man married to a hedge fund manager notice what she looked like?
Your viewers and I thank you for considering The humble Farmer. Have fun.

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