This Week in Milford

February 5, 2015

These Boots Are Made for Talkin’

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Milford Weirdos, Prairie Style Windows — teenchy @ 6:20 am

February 5, 2015


Alternate title: “Who’s Stalkin’ Who?”

The low-hanging-fruit interpretation of this strip: Bobby’s hard-to-get act reels in Lysol. Is she genuinely interested in him or just seeking more coaching advice? He went to watch the girls play another road game so there must be some interest, right?

The slightly-higher-hanging-fruit interpretation of this strip: Having fixed her think-before-shooting problem, Bobby’s done with Project Lysol. Now he’s turned his focus to other players (“That Wendy Wiley needs to bring more of her dance moves to the court!”).

The strange-fruit interpretation of this strip: In Bobby’s Adderall-fueled life of the mind, everyone is after his stash. That includes the diminutive guard who has growth-spurted into a boot-wearing Amazon in the time it takes to go from the biology lab to the cafeteria.



  1. +1 strange-fruit.

    Comment by g2design — February 5, 2015 @ 8:19 am

  2. Perhaps Bobby is simply remembering that he got in trouble the last time he talked basketball in Mr. Lapinski’s biology class? Rubin’s not beyond that kind of continuity, right?

    Comment by billytheskink — February 5, 2015 @ 8:22 am

  3. Yeah, Billy, I overlooked the obvious there. I also used up more than my daily allotment of hyphens.

    Comment by teenchy — February 5, 2015 @ 8:39 am

  4. Not just a boot-wearing Amazon… a boot-wearing Amazon in a matching leather skirt. Either she’s after his stash, or she wants a ride on the Bobby Train.

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 5, 2015 @ 11:43 am

  5. A hulking dominatrix sneaks up behind you and utters the sentence “I don’t see any frogs or test tubes – so start talking.”

    When the going gets weird, the weird take up blogging.

    Comment by nedryerson — February 5, 2015 @ 1:55 pm

  6. It appears Ishii’s growth spurt (heh, heh, he wrote “spurt”) was from the knees down.

    Is that a ripped-sleeves, midrift-baring, dress-code-violating blouse she’s sporting? Hell, I’d be a little intimidated too.

    Comment by g2design — February 5, 2015 @ 3:09 pm

  7. I’m wondering if perhaps she isn’t wearing boots, but is instead dressed in the current hot style among teenagers nationwide, shorts with Nike Elite socks. Take it from the parent of a teenager who has seen every other kid in his school wearing this combo every day (and we can’t get him to wear anything else, even on the coldest California mornings lately, which can be in the 30s).

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 5, 2015 @ 3:36 pm

  8. Yet another fruit explanation: maybe Bobby is simply prone to sulking. If he can resist Lysol’s panel 3 approach I really will be worrying about him.

    Comment by vaganova — February 5, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

  9. I think we’re seeing an archetypal story of star crossed youngsters exploring the first twinges of romance. It’s just like Romeo and Juliet or that one movie…. 9 1/2 weeks? No, wait, I’m thinking of that other Mickey Rourke movie, Barfly.

    P.S., Or, as has been argued extensively in my Gil Thorp/Mickey Rourke message forum, with those boots, we could be getting into The Wrestler territory. I dunno man, it’s complicated.

    Comment by timbuys — February 5, 2015 @ 6:04 pm

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