This Week in Milford

June 5, 2014

Best Prom Night Ever

Filed under: hideous scar faces, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 8:15 am

June 5, 2014

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Today we learn that Lucky is indeed an adherent to the Conservation of Fortune theory of luck. We also learn he does have what I believe the clinicians refer to as depressive realism. Unfortunately, that enhanced ability to see things as they are only reinforces his depression as he admits that the things he says (and by implication does) are selfish and stupid.

But, let us ignore that and gaze upon those matching hideous scar faces in panel two. It’s not the look I would go for at prom, but then again I never went to prom so who am I to say?

While not qualified to critique high school formal dance fashion, I am a grammar pedant so I will also note the grammatically correct usages of the comma splices that bookend today’s strip. Sure, that’s pretty mundane stuff to normal people but the little spark of joy I get from spotting proper grammar error sometimes is the highlight of the day while I’m slinging the suds here at Schultz’s Polynesian.

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7 Comments »

  1. Two bits says in tomorrow’s strip she replies, “Luck isn’t zero-sum, chum!”

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 5, 2014 @ 9:20 am

  2. timbuys, if the bookends are Amy’s first statement and Lucky’s closing one, those look like plain and correct compound sentences to me.

    Comment by vaganova — June 5, 2014 @ 10:52 am

  3. @Vaganoa: How dare you!! Um, actually, on reconsideration I am wrong about that point in both cases. I think at this time the most appropriate thing for me to do is make many excuses while casting blame on everyone and everything but me. I’m pretty sure that’s the mature thing to do in this case.

    Comment by timbuys — June 5, 2014 @ 11:17 am

  4. Actually for a long time, there has been a trend toward lesser punctuation. It’s become acceptable to omit the comma in cases where the independent clauses are relatively short, as in these cases. So, while th comma is not incorrect, leaving the comma out would have been fine too.

    Comment by ballabosh — June 5, 2014 @ 11:51 am

  5. Thanks, ballabosh. That’s what I was gettting after as I follow a rule of not using a comma with independent clauses. However, when vaganova called me out, I panicked. Then, when I was looking for some external authority – my own sense of self superiority is usually all I rely upon – all that I saw was saying the usage was OK. The result? Complete and total capitulation on my part. I’m telling ya… Working at Schultz’s is taking its toll.

    Comment by timbuys — June 5, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

  6. I’ll stay away from the grammar discussion as I was not an English major.

    Yesterday John S. posted “Someday I hope to live in a world where the male athlete will put his own relatively minor setback aside, and actually celebrate the major accomplishments of his girlfriend. Or in a world where the female athlete, faced with a mopey unsupportive boyfriend, would dump the jerk and find someone who cares about her.”

    I hinted that one of those scenarios may happen, but I don’t have inside Thorpiverse information. I’m leaning toward John’s second scenario. We’ve thrown around the conservation of karma theory as a driver of this story arc for some time, and it appears that at least Lucky subscribes to it. It also appears that Amy is much more mature than Lucky, and much more circumspect about her success than he. If she can’t shake mopey, unsupportive Conrad out of his pity party she’ll break up with him, but not before making some lame crack about how “lucky” she was to have met him.

    Several days back IIRC vaganova commented to the effect that, in among all the wackiness, GT plot lines often contain some element of “growing up is hard.” I think that’s what we’re seeing here – that is, when we can’t tear our eyes away from freak hands, hideous scar faces, and empty eye sockets.

    Comment by teenchy — June 5, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

  7. timbuys, I am to blame for everything: I started the Reichstag fire, sabotaged the Hindenburg, and framed Richard Nixon. Further, I think that working at Schultzie’s would excuse anything. My understanding of the comma splice has to do with substituting a comma for a conjunction, in this case “and.” The use or non use of an actual comma, as ballabosh describes, has been a style point long argued over. But as we are now collectively showing, these are not the most agreed-upon of all grammatical points.

    To more or less agree with everybody, Lucky is acting like a self-absorbed jerk, in other words like a typical seventeen year old boy. Amy, by contrast, is acting mature and forward looking. I would feel better if Lucky were consumed by guilt over blowing his teammate’s perfect game rather than by revealing ill-concealed envy of his girlfriend’s good play.

    Will Lucky wake up? Will Amy dump him? Will Kaz and Gil intervene somehow? Will success spoil Rock Hunter? Stay tuned.

    Comment by vaganova — June 5, 2014 @ 2:21 pm


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