This Week in Milford

July 13, 2015

The Summer Of The Lemonade Hog

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp — nedryerson @ 3:39 am


Well kids, the time has arrived to kick off the summer plot with the traditional drinking of the lemonade. There is a slight new twist this year in the showing of Gil Thorp’s feet. This is the first time I recall seeing “freak feet” in the strip. One day in and we’re breaking new ground!

Wait, what? Golf? So much for breaking new ground!

Wait, what? Saying goodbye to True Standish?! Whatever are you suggesting, Gil? The simplest explanation is that True is leaving for some quarterback camp or something, but why not try to create some kind of tension early, at least enough to distract us from Gil’s toes. Whatever summer event True is attending is probably already half over.



  1. What might we conclude from today’s strip?
    1. True’s dad got transferred again, to Langdon, ND. True gives up football and baseball to concentrate on curling.
    2. In the Gil Thorp world, they just concluded the baseball draft. True was selected by the Mets, who have plenty of good hitters but need to start developing pitching.
    3. Whigham should never … NEVER … try to draw toes again.

    Comment by Philip — July 13, 2015 @ 5:04 am

  2. Gil Thorp’s prescription for all the world’s problems: make a real commitment to golf.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 13, 2015 @ 6:35 am

  3. Golf? Noooo…

    “Saying goodbye to True Standish” does not sound like True is going to football camp for the summer. Thus I suspect that either False has been transferred again (“Cost is up 11%! Either send Standish in or shut down that branch right now!”) or else that Gil recognizes that with Boo in the picture, he will never have True’s full attention again. In any case, we will be back to that blowhard second stringer from last fall…

    I guess this strip would have to have appeared on Friday to be an actual cliffhanger, but it’s close enough.

    Comment by vaganova — July 13, 2015 @ 7:02 am

  4. OK, so baseball/softball season appears to be officially over despite the action ending WEEKS ago. While Gil is busy hogging the “lemonade”, Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx has been hard at work tallying up another mediocre spring sports season.

    Milford Mudlark Baseball 11-4 (7-4 in the Valley Conference)

    W @ Ballard 11-4
    W @ Central
    2W – strip states that “Milford starts out 4-0”
    L @ Jefferson 3-8
    W ? Oakwood
    3W 1L – strip states that Milford is “5-2 in the Valley” Conference
    W vs. New Thayer 2-1
    L @ Tilden 5-6
    W ? Valley Tech 7-2
    W @ Madison
    L vs. Jefferson

    Milford baseball misses the playdowns for the 5th consecutive season, and has not won a playdown game since Brent Raptor was a freshman in 2003. Gil has 6 straight wins over New Thayer and Goshen (who did not appear this season) and 4 straight wins over Valley Tech. His record since 2001 stands at 140-71 with 17 unknowns with a 74-44 with 2 unknowns in the Valley Conference and 11-5 in the playdowns with 2 state championship tournament appearances (2001 and 2003). Gil’s all time baseball record, minus 1996-2000, stands at 638-466 and he also won the 2000 state championship.

    Milford Lady Mudlark Softball 4-0 (2-0 in the Valley Conference)

    W @ Nottingham
    W ? Henniger 1-0
    W ? Tilden
    W ? Oakwood 3-1

    Mimi’s girls went undefeated? They haven’t done that since… 2013 when they went 2-0. So, obviously not all of the team’s supposed games were depicted or even mentioned, but the point stands that we never saw the softball team lose this year and yet they were not even close to the playdowns. The team has made no playdown appearances since 2004, when Jessie Jensen coached the team. Mimi’s record, since 2005, stands at 29-17 with 6 unknowns, 19-12 with 1 unknown in the Valley Conference. The Lady Mudlarks have not faced Valley Conference foes Madison and Central since 2009 and 2011 respectively.

    32 named characters appeared or were mentioned as existing during the baseball/softball season, but only 9 of them were new. No surefire Hall of Name candidates. Addison “Boo” Radley and her parents, Donny Brewster, Collin Lalonde, Janet Standish, New Thayer ace Wade Mason, and Jefferson’s Larry Davis and Lowell Logan. Congratulations to Larry Davis for being the 600th named character to appear since spring 2001.

    Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx will return at the end of the summer to recount any new characters introduced. Until then, stay hydrated on the golf course folks.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 13, 2015 @ 7:47 am

  5. Spaulding, this calls for the old Billy Baroo. Or, billytheskink. Thanks man.

    Comment by g2design — July 13, 2015 @ 7:58 am

  6. Gil and Mimi trying to win the husband/wife tourney at the club this summer? Why else should Mimi be committed to golf?

    I don’t think we will hear Twue say “Oh captain, my captain” when Gil says goodbye…..

    Comment by Milfordian — July 13, 2015 @ 8:54 pm

  7. That’s almost certainly the first time I’ve ever seen Thorp wearing sandals, of all things !

    Comment by Howard S Sample — July 14, 2015 @ 10:12 am

  8. […] with Gil and Kaz required to wear long pants on the course. Spares us from having to see Gil’s ankles and feet […]

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  9. […] mysteriously shown up in the Standish driveway. No shady bag men. No awkwardly drawn golfers. No Gil feet. Oh, […]

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