This Week in Milford

July 12, 2014

The Peaberry Shuffle

Filed under: Coffee Cantina, exposition comics, Fat Guys, freak hands, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 2:40 pm

July 12, 2014


I gotta say I love today’s strip. I love how Standish’s double chin comes and goes like the tide. He must have Susan Boyle’s makeup artist.

I love the Peaberry and Kenya selections for Today’s Brew, though I have no idea what Spice T is. I’m guessing it’s what Gil’s having, named in honor of that guy from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Above all, I love all the posturing going on here. Art Standish, demanding an audience with Gil, figures the Coffee Cantina a sufficiently neutral site that will put Gil at ease. Standish orders a cuppa joe for young True and himself to establish his regular joeness before launching into his bombastic sales pitch. Gil, having nothing of it, stops Standish cold with a blunt “I don’t think so.” Art counters with a direct attack on Gil’s football knowledge, but is Gil fazed? Hell no! He throws major shade at Art by not only ordering an iced beverage that, whatever it is, is clearly not a cup of coffee, but also by blatantly not making eye contact with him as he takes the over-the-shoulder delivery from Not Amy Lange.

Finally, Gil cements Art’s outsider status by defining the boundaries of his football worldview and, in the process, revealing himself to be a true provincial. The strip as a whole displays such subtlety and ritual that it’s like the high school football equivalent of Japanese theatre.

Aw, who am I kidding? Here’s the CN version:

“You’ve heard of True, I assume.”

“Yeah, it’s what your next cigarette should be.

“If you weren’t such a tank town hick, you’d know who True is.”

“DILLIGAF? Mmmboy, that’s good booze.”




  1. Wasn’t Spice T the short, fat one in the Spice Girls?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 12, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

  2. Also, notice the overly cautious precision in the way the waitress is holding Gil’s Cuba Libre in panel 2. She is no doubt scared to death, because she once spilled a tiny drop of Gil’s drink, causing him to angrily shout, slap her and demand she bring him another drink immediately for her clumsiness.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 12, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

  3. The filters on those ‘True’ cigarettes look so scientific and with lower tar and nicotine than 98% of other cigarettes, I can only wonder why we all aren’t smoking them now! Nice catch, teenchy!

    Comment by timbuys — July 12, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

  4. Hoping desperately that Herk the Mauler wanders in Monday, mistakes Art Standish for Myles the Atomic Pygmy, and pitches him through the coffee-menu card…

    Comment by vaganova — July 12, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

  5. I think Gil ordered a Long Island Ice Tea. What we don’t see is Gil slipping the waitress a $5 off coupon from American Eagle and telling her, “Keep ’em coming!” a la Jimmy Conway in Goodfellas . Marty will certainly have a radio press conference with True as he announces what high school he will take his talents to.

    Comment by Jive turkey — July 12, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

  6. Yes, Jive, and we know it will be Mfnrd, to the distress of everyone already there, from the stiff Jarrod Hale onward.

    Comment by vaganova — July 12, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

  7. Yeah, between the cigarette ad, the Jackie Gleason reference, and the title of today’s post I am severely dating myself. For you youngins here’s the title reference.

    Comment by teenchy — July 12, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

  8. Out of the thousands of high school jocks Gil should know one with the stupid first name of True. Art is a major league douche,

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 12, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

  9. And a recurring character, Bobby Joe. The creepy golf father with the mustache, the Jungle Jerry guy whom Gil offered a pair of basketball shoes when he insisted on bellowing instructions to his kid from the stands, and so on. I’m guessing that True will eventually turn out to be an ok kid despite that absurd name, and that he will take his father’s eventual humiliation with dignity. But in the meantime, Gil and Kaz are going to have their hands full both with team chemistry and with keeping Art at a distance. Such idiots always know so much more than the professional coaches…

    Comment by vaganova — July 13, 2014 @ 8:04 am

  10. I have nothing to add — just wanted to say any post with a Reginald Van Gleason III reference is all right in my book!

    Though I guess if we’d had a pool going on which Jackie Gleason character would show up in a TWIM post, I would’ve figured Joe the Bartender for a favorite.

    Comment by lauramac — July 14, 2014 @ 9:06 am

  11. […] in a program where the players know more about national high school football prospects than their blissfully ignorant […]

    Pingback by He’s either with us, or against us | This Week in Milford — August 2, 2014 @ 7:00 am

  12. I’m surprised there wasn’t a pingback for this strip yesterday. WordPress is acting funky lately.

    Comment by teenchy — August 14, 2014 @ 3:33 am

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