Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2015 0503


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Synopsis of The humble Farmer TV show for May 3, 2015

Thank you for looking at a program called “Sheriff Stephen J from “The Children’s Corner” Celebrates humble’s 80th Birthday”

56 minutes. This show includes 6.11 minutes of Denny Breau playing guitar on Monhegan.

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 this show you will see the St. George humorist light the 80 candles on his 80th birthday cake with a blowtorch. It is a segment that will appear on Sheriff Stephen J’s popular Children’s Corner show.

Well received in Northern New England as a radio show for 37 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 Sheriff Stephen J. shooting his television show on humble’s farm.

Music is by: Clark Terry, Harry Allen, Hoagy Carmichael, Ukulele Ike, Chet Baker 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 Sheriff Stephen J and humble decide to have some of humble’s birthday cake and included humble’s catching a stonewall spider on his farm. 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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May 3, 2015 TV Rants
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1. Did I mention to you that last November some utility wires got blown loose and ended up draped on my driveway sign and mailbox? I sent letters to the CEO of CMP and a woman who chairs Maine’s PUC and the editor of our local paper was even good enough to run a letter I wrote, asking about these wires that were hanging from the utility pole in front of my house. Guess what? A female from PUC called, said she had two letters from me, and asked what she could do for me. I told her there was not a thing she could do for me, but as a matter of public safety or concern someone might want to look at the wires hanging from a utility pole in front of my house. She asked me for the name of the company that handled the telephone service in my area and I told her I did not know. Who would know? The names and owners of companies change so often. She sounded like a resigned soul, sighed, and said she'd see if she could find someone who might be interested in looking at it. Well. A couple of days later a man from Central Maine Power came down and looked at it. He said it wasn’t one of his wires but he would report it. And I wouldn’t be surprised if those wires hanging off the utility pole out by my mailbox were gone in a week or two. Isn’t it a good thing I know how to get things done?
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2. To my way of thinking, a genius is someone who can think outside of the box. One of the tiny wire ends rotted off my wife Marsha’s favorite toy, her riding lawnmower, and the end broke off when I took the battery out to store in the solar radiant heated cellar/office of Maine Private Radio in November. And I finally got around to fix it. I needed what I think is called a grommet with a round hole in one end so a bolt will go through it. The wire gets crushed in the other end. And although I have a raft of them I've picked up at lawn sales over the years, not one was the right size. I went over to ask Larry Oakes if he had the thing I wanted. He looked in his boxes of new stuff but didn't have one. But then he handed me an old battery cable. And I could see that if I sawed off the grommet and drilled out the wire, it would be just the thing. So I did, and the mower runs slick and the trees and rocks and buildings had better stand well back out of the way when you-know-who comes home from the island and sees her toy, all gassed up by the back steps and ready to crush and destroy. Of course, if I had thought of using an old car battery cable end myself, I wouldn't have been running around the neighborhood asking for help. My thinking is limited by functional fixedness. Larry Oakes is a unique person. He builds what he calls Rat Rods which requires not just mechanical but artistic ability. He has an abundance of both. Because he can do so many things that are a mystery to me, I think of him as being a genius. Are you a genius? Is your kid a genius? Can you think outside of the box?
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3. Just when you thought that there were no unopened windows of economic opportunity in America today, we see a woman on TV telling us about the year she spent in federal prison. Of course she had in her hand a book she wrote about her experience and it must be selling well because even old dog-eared copies are $9.99 on Amazon. I didn’t hear enough of the program to learn if one gets free medical care while in federal prison, but if you have secret literary pretentions, are unemployed and have a couple of teeth that need attention, you might want to look into laundering some drug money which is good for a year. Oh, it might help if you already have an education. The woman I saw on television had an undergraduate degree from Smith.
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4. My neighbor has a cooler on my front lawn from which he sells a dozen eggs almost every day. Whenever I happen to be out there and see someone take a box of eggs, I rush over and say, "I'd think twice before I ate those eggs. You see, those eggs were laid this morning by some chickens that run around in my friend's back pasture. They eat worms and whatever they can find among the huge piles of cow manure and donkey droppings. They are awful big eggs and some are white and some are brown. Wouldn't you much rather eat a little white egg that was produced by a happy hen who lives a life free from fear of foxes, in a nice tiny cage in Kansas surrounded by thousands of her friends?"
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5. Long time radio friend and now Facebook friend Pegg has taken me to task for posting an "unnecessary" quote at the beginning of many of my comments. I post the quote so the uninitiated will know what I’m commenting about. Pegg also takes me to task for not posting web sites for quotes so she can see where I got them. She complains when I do and she complains when I don't. Wouldn't Pegg make a good wife?
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6. Charlie Wing says he has sold his boat and he and Barbara have moved into a condo in South Portland. He wants to go to Europe on a freighter. I went to Goteborg on the MoreMcpride in 1960 after flunking out of The Crane Department of Music in Potsdam, New York. I'd love to go with him, but he says they won't take anyone over the age of 78, because they might not survive the trip. And yet, statistically speaking, isn’t traveling by freighter not even half as risky as those Carnival Cruises?
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7. My neighbor Mike came over to see my solar water heater and the PV panels that generate the electricity on this farm. As we looked up at a plane passing by, I mentioned to Mike that coming home from Holland, I've been 5 or so miles up there in the air over my farm, have seen it from the plane, and then have landed in New York or Boston and had to drive 5 or 10 hours driving home. Mike asked me if I’d ever seen a flight tracker. Of course I thought a flight tracker was some kind of thing the police strapped on Martha Stewart’s leg. But when Mike got home he sent me a web site that tells me which plane I’m seeing in the sky over my house. It is fascinating and is the greatest useless thing to waste time that has been invented since American television. Now when I see an airplane over my house I don't have to guess if it is a flight from Schipol or Frankfurt. I can run in the house and look at my computer screen and see. Wouldn’t you like to strap one of those tracker things to the wrist of your 16-year-old daughter? You could tell her that you were only preparing her for a life as a police officer.
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8. One of the greatest hoaxes perpetuated upon the masses in America today is the posting of an 1878 spelling test that we are told was administered to the 8th grade. Or the spelling test for 8th graders that was in use in 1912. Upon seeing it, we are supposed to clutch at our throats in horror in reflection of how far educational standards have dropped in the past 100 or more years. Phah. This is all good and well. But we are never told how many of the students were able to pass that particular test in 1878. And you want to remember that in 1878 some of the smartest kids who couldn’t spell might have quit school to take up farming or carpentry. Ruminate this for a bit, if you will. In your opinion, is there any correlation between being able to spell and being able to think? Some of the smartest people I know can't even read. If you were not able to do both and given your druthers, would you rather be able to spell or think? My friend Jeremy says that biggest hoax in this country today is the notion that not taxing the richest will cause economic growth.
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Your viewers and I thank you for considering The humble Farmer. Have fun.

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