Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2014 1228


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Synopsis of The humble Farmer TV show for December 28, 2014

Thank you for looking at a program called “A Visit To Monhegan. ”

56 minutes. This show includes a few minutes of Denny Breau in concert with The humble Farmer at the Monhegan schoolhouse.

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 from Monhegan, a small island community 12 or so miles off shore from humble’s home in St. George, Maine.

Music is by: Clark Terry, Marian Petrescu, Clarence Williams, Bob Wilbur, Scott Hamilton, Paul Desmond, Tommy Flannigan 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 feeding the squirrels. The show ends, as usual, with the Keystone Cops driving a car off the end of a dock.
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The humorous and/or informative commentary that humble delivers between the songs is approximated below:
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TV Rants December 28, 2014
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1. A week or two ago I mentioned that if there is one thing Americans hold dear, it is the right to drive during a blizzard until they get stuck and then have to be rescued or have their frozen bodies removed from their cars two days later. Tim White replied, At least the bodies are frozen. When they get stuck somewhere in warm weather and die the resale value of the car is shot.
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2. Will you permit an old man to tell you something that he picked up somewhere along the way? A cynic is an idealist who has been forced to face the facts.
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3. Did you read about a girl who went off the road due to snowy road conditions. Did you laugh at what it said in the police report? She went off the road due to snowy road conditions. In 64 years of driving I've never gone off the road due to snowy road conditions, but I've probably gone off a snowy road several times because I was driving too fast.
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4. When I was a boy…. Don’t you hate to have some old geezer start out with, “When I was a boy?” I don’t like to start out a story this way, but when I was 16 or 17 I used to drive down an icy road and pull on the emergency brake and cut the wheel and spin round and round in the road. You do that long enough, and you will know exactly what to do in later years should your car start to slide on an icy road. Stay off the brake and hold your breath and steer with it. Nowadays you can probably take a course from experts who will teach you how to keep from losing control of your car on an icy road. You’ve seen them giving demonstrations on TV. --- Although there is probably no better way to learn how to control your car on icy roads than to put it in a controlled spin yourself and then learn how to get out of it without going off the road. It’s a skill that is probably easier to learn at 16 than 60. If you’ve watched enough news footage of people in Alabama who are driving on an icy road for the first time, you might notice that --- number one, they drive too fast, and, number two, the first thing they do when they start to slide is jam on the brakes and lock all four wheels.
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5. Someone said that Stephen King raised a fuss a while back when he told some students that if they couldn’t read they’d very likely end up working in Walmart or in the army. Let’s hope he learned something from this: Always consider the consequences before telling an unpleasant truth in public.
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6. Are Hormones to Blame for Your Flabby Abs? Yes, that’s what the email said: Are Hormones to Blame for Your Flabby Abs? How much you want to bet that they’re selling a pill that will take the flab out of your abs and everything else? I personally don’t sit around thinking about my flabby abs, do you? Unless you go to work wearing only a pair of shorts, should you be unduly concerned about flabby abs? We have talked about this before. The purpose of advertising is to make you dissatisfied with that which you have. Yes, you remember that we talked about this. The only way they can get you to buy more pills, is to invent some new ailment and then convince you that you have it. I’m now sorry I mentioned flabby abs. Not that I worry about flabby abs. At my age I’m just thankful that I can still put on my own clothes.
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7. Why would you send a sympathy card to someone who is not one of your favorite people when I don’t even send cards to people I really like? I’m not a fan of cards. I don’t believe in sending cards, although I might send you a DVD or a CD of a radio or television program I’ve made. Seventy years ago my grandmother had a card that she sent back and forth to some friend. My grandmother’s parents were born in Aberdeen so she was 100 percent Scotch. This card was called a Scottish greeting card and it circulated. Every year grammie would get the same card back from the friend that she’d sent it to the year before. And back when I still sent cards to people I used to take a card that someone had sent me and cross the name off the bottom and send that. Why not? Is there anything wrong with crossing the name off a card someone sent you and sending it to someone else? I don’t believe in cards. One card costs what --- a dollar or more now. Who can afford to spend a dollar for a card that someone will look at and then perhaps throw in the trash and not even the paper recycling bin? Be honest with me. On your birthday or Christmas --- wouldn’t you much rather open the envelope and find a dollar bill instead of a card? I would.
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8. My brother once told me that Quakers won’t take an oath. I didn’t know that. And when you think about it, why should taking an oath be necessary? Isn’t it silly? You might explain this oath taking to me. Doesn’t it imply that we take it for granted that you can lie to your friends and business associates and customers in the normal course of business, but when you’re under oath all of a sudden you have to tell the truth? I just saw an episode of Matlock where at a military trial the people weren’t required to take an oath and it stuck in my mind. I don’t know which is why I’m asking you. Doesn’t taking an oath strike you like a vestige of some pagan ritual? I was told that people in New England are not as likely to lie as people from other parts of the country. Do you believe that in New England lying is considered to be as bad as adultery? I think that might be true --- at least in the community where I was brought up --- because, speaking for myself, I do know that the circumlocutive prowess of people who can’t lie are often severely taxed.
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9. Maine people who growl about Massachusetts invaders who build million dollar houses with a million dollar view of the ocean have short memories. Back in 1965 they laughed all the way to the bank when that sucker from Massachusetts paid them $3,000 for Grampy's Point.
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