This Week in Milford

April 12, 2016

It Beats Selling Consumer Solvents

Filed under: Central City Cretins, Fontastic, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 7:34 am


I don’t typically frequent bars but, from time to time in my life, I have suffered many days of business travel more than a few of which would end with dinner at a bar/restaurant. I can only ever recall once when a bartender questioned one of my colleagues about ordering another drink and that was at an Applebee’s in some miserable suburb. We never went back there.

Many of those evenings we would have one or more sales guys with our team. If our current subject really is a high octane B2B sales guy, I would be shocked if he didn’t have several entertaining stories about his career that he regularly relates with gusto after having had a few drinks.



  1. Man: “I sell industrial solvents.”
    Bartender: “Talk about irony. I’ve been pouring you methyl acetate for the last half hour.”

    Comment by Philip — April 12, 2016 @ 7:45 am

  2. Haha, I had to look up B2B sales. I wonder if this guy’s company would handle any of those chemicals that became major plot points in Breaking Bad, you know those drums of [fill in name of chemical most of us don’t know a damned thing about] that people were constantly shooting each other over. I wonder if this guy could be a player in a deal like that. (Stay away from the stevia, pal). Nah, I’m sure it doesn’t work like that. He doesn’t haul drums full of samples around. I don’t know anything about the business world, except that this guys business should be none of our business because sooner or later we have to talk about baseball and softball and probably whatever Ken Brown is doing, like maybe starting an improv group.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 12, 2016 @ 8:37 am

  3. When you’re tired of PUB, come on down to Verne’s, the bar with both cursive and lower-case letters in its name!

    Comment by Roscoe P. Soultrain — April 12, 2016 @ 10:39 am

  4. There is no doubt we’re dealing with a BAD MAN. [insert BAD MAN emoji here] Only BAD MEN tell bald-faced lies to a friendly bartender. “Industrial solvents” my ass. Only BAD MEN drink at hipster French bars on the corner of | | | | | | and | | | | |.

    Now, if he’s drinking a Goose/Soda/Lime I might reconsider my judgement, but what are the odds of that?

    In case one of our generous blog hosts starts a board, my vote is: “Long-lost biological parent coming back to make amends, but only creates trouble”. My second vote: “Marty’s new friend for life, until BAD MAN tires of always picking up the tab”.

    Comment by g2design — April 12, 2016 @ 10:42 am

  5. “Please, it’s been a long day” is slightly more original than “I’LL TELL YOU WHEN I’VE HAD ENOUGH!”, so there’s that.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 12, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

  6. Wasn’t Mr. Bakst big in industrial solvents?

    Comment by Dood — April 12, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

  7. Is it possible we are about to find that Mfnrd has been poisoned by industrial solvents all this time, thus explaining freak hands, exploding eyeballs, and the disappearance of the Thorp kids?

    Comment by vaganova — April 12, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

  8. Given the high and persistent sheen on all Milford High School surfaces, I suspect that Janitor Steve Luhm buys his industrial solvents in bulk. Maybe he’s run up a tab, and Mr. Drinky is on his way to collect on the debt. Or, you know, stuff Steve into a drum of harsh chemicals and seal the lid.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 12, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

  9. I don’t think the bartender was questioning whether the guy should have another one, he was just doing what all bartenders do: ‘hey, want another one?’ I agree for some reason it seems like he’s saying ‘are you sure you need one more, buddy?” but together with yesterday’s strip, I think our mystery salesman is only having a second drink.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — April 12, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

  10. Isn’t Industrial Solvents Sales Guy just Art Standish or Wildcat Maris with a dye job?

    Comment by teenchy — April 13, 2016 @ 4:56 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 )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ 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: