This Week in Milford

September 15, 2014

Who’s Pushing The Pedals On The Season Cycle?

Filed under: Gil Thorp — Tags: , — nedryerson @ 4:12 am


Over Chinese takeout, Art and True rehash the lukewarm drama. Wait, what is the nature of this “following”, True? We haven’t seen it, other than Hale delivering his Neidermeyerisms to a captive audience of other players he’s working out with in practice. Yeah, we’re still just in practice.

Panel two works as a nice meta-textual joke. No! Please don’t do that, Art. You keep doing it and you have none of the persuasive powers that you think you have so you’re just wasting everybody’s time. Now, pass me another squid roll.

Bonfire? I thought maybe we’d missed it. Hey, once it gets good and hot, can we toss this plot on it and start fresh?

The end of summer, a bonfire and another juncture on the “season cycle” reminds me of this haunting song:


  1. I don’t get Chinese take out too often, but when I do, I break out my finest pilsner glasses for the RC Cola.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 15, 2014 @ 7:14 am

  2. Love me some Wok Rolls!!

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 15, 2014 @ 7:41 am

  3. You know, Wok ‘n Roll never forgets.

    Where is True’s mom in all this? Is her absence (or lack of presence) a factor in the Standish family dynamic? I don’t think this is an angle we’ve addressed.

    Comment by teenchy — September 15, 2014 @ 7:57 am

  4. Of she has any brains she dumped Art long ago.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 15, 2014 @ 9:23 am

  5. “Save Thursday night for the bonfire… by the way, Jarrod, did you ever see the original version of ‘The Wicker Man’?”

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 15, 2014 @ 10:49 am

  6. It’s not a following. They hate Jarrod, but they know him. Tru is the FNG.

    Comment by Dale — September 15, 2014 @ 11:14 am

  7. Up here in northern New England, every tank town that has a stoplight and a gas station also has a shitty Chinese restaurant. One of our local papers did an expose a while ago, reporting that many of the workers in these shabbily-maintained eateries (which always look poorly lit, no matter how many fluorescent fixtures they have) are illegal immigrants who speak little or no English, are basically paid nothing, and are housed in flophouse conditions, usually in back of the restaurant or upstairs.

    All’s I’m sayin’ is, it figures that Art Standish is a fan of slave labor.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 15, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

  8. Yes, John S. It’s False’s MO to exploit. And the slave labor model is not limited to northern New England. Here, the Chinese takeout is actually pretty good, but made by people you never see outside the place.

    Like Teenchy, I wondered about True’s mom. I have a feeling she must be deceased: given a choice, what judge would award custody to a blowhard like False?

    Comment by vaganova — September 15, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

  9. I guess the bonfire is the day before the big game, which I will report on (or at least the kickoff). They start football around mid-September and finish in December every year, but if they make the playdowns with this 2-headed monster of a QB, they may play till New Years Day.

    Comment by robmize2013 — September 15, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

  10. Robmize, you’ve just triggered an insight. We think of June as summer and September as fall, but those seasons don’t officially begin until late in those respective months. Yet football in Mfnrd is just now getting going: could it be that Mfnrd follows “astronomical seasons,” beginning with the equinoxes and solstices? Mfnrd does have that lost-in-time quality, something like those parts of Indiana which did not recognize Daylight Time until recently…

    Comment by vaganova — September 15, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

  11. I’ve been to a lot of places all over the county and there is a Chinese restaurant EVERYWHERE. The Chinese diaspora is incredibly well-spread. If they’re a fifth column, we’re in deep trouble.

    Comment by Tracer Bullet — September 15, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

  12. In panel 1 it looks like the glass, possibly a Guinness Dark, is asking True if he should talk to Gil. It has a much better chance of getting through to Gil than Art.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 16, 2014 @ 10:15 am

  13. John S Walters is right. My town must be really something because we have TWO Chinese restaurants. Within 100 yards of one another. And the same menu.

    Comment by PRiverside — September 16, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

  14. […] – who’s that in P3? Why, it’s Art! We’ve not seen him since he was Wokin’ and Rollin’ on September 15 or heard from him since his peevish email on October 13. Maybe he’s been busy negotiating a […]

    Pingback by Hello, Stranger | This Week in Milford — November 6, 2014 @ 7:24 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: