This Week in Milford

June 16, 2016

Death. Loss. Other Random Words.


Running out of steam, Whigrub?  I know I am. Today Dr. Pearl strings together random words and platitudes in a token effort to appear caring. Not unlike a lot of what’s been going on IRL in the US this week.

The artwork is pretty good, but it could’ve been about anything, hence the quickly scrawled-in “Grief Comically Councilling.” Could even be recycled art for all I know. At least it’s nice to see that not every woman in Milford is fair-haired.

Meanwhile in P3, somebody offers a bit TMI about their STD.



  1. “Addison”? Who dat? I thought Boo died. Wait – her brother was in the car too?

    Comment by g2design — June 16, 2016 @ 6:58 am

  2. The “South Side” radio show was right about Dr. Pearl’s bun.

    That ain’t a bun, it’s the whole pan! (morning zoo radio show post-punchline noises)

    Comment by billytheskink — June 16, 2016 @ 7:18 am

  3. so either we’re forseeing the future (7/2), or the grief counselling (councilling) is coming from Sioux City.

    Comment by viscosity — June 16, 2016 @ 7:36 am

  4. “By the end of the day, they’ll probably be talked out,” and then what? Nobody ever thinks of Boo again?

    And this is still a gross violation of the Bechdel Rule. We haven’t seen a single instance of a girl’s reaction to Boo’s death. It’s all through the eyes of males, plus the semi-educated ramblings of Dr. Pearl, who sees this as a management issue rather than an actual tragedy with a human dimension. “We’ll give the peons one day to process this, and then it’s back to the salt mines.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 16, 2016 @ 7:43 am

  5. Exactly, viscosity. We saw her expressing satisfaction with the number of grief counselors they’d have, so she ought to be telling the faculty where to send kids who want to talk to one of the counselors.

    Comment by Philip — June 16, 2016 @ 8:22 am

  6. That’s a truly infelicitous thing to say there in P3, Dr Pearl. And to back John S and lauramac again, I hope we see more reaction and involvement from girls and women than the backs of four heads in P1.

    I would definitely feel better if she had said “Today will be the most difficult day, especially since many of the kids will be hearing the news for the first time in about ten minutes. But we will continue to offer support and appropriate allowances for as long as necessary.”

    Comment by vaganova — June 16, 2016 @ 8:28 am

  7. Maybe the grief counselors might address the staff as well?

    Wife: Harry, he was at it again.
    Harry: So what do you want me to do about it?
    Wife: Everyday.
    Harry: Let him, let him

    Comment by nedryerson — June 16, 2016 @ 8:33 am

  8. Why would she assume that most of the student body was aware? This happened the night before. Don’t think the kids wake up and watch the local yokel news before school. Is that suppose to be the faculty in p1? They all seem to be in “let’s get this over with” mode. We all all want to start summer vacation before August.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — June 16, 2016 @ 8:38 am

  9. 1) Hey, is that Steve Luhm (squah in the middle of P1)? I think it is!

    B.) vaganova & John S – indeed.

    III) Bobby Joe – I’m confused too but think it is supposed to be the faculty. All I have to go on is that it’s “before school…” and Dr. Pearl is talking about “the kids”.

    Comment by lauramac — June 16, 2016 @ 8:59 am

  10. That’s definitely a pre-school faculty meeting. If Mfnrd is like most districts, they were called in via an emergency phone tree and told to be in room 260 at 7:40. That could very well be Steve Luhm, but I notice more that the guy standing on the right appears to be whistling.

    Comment by vaganova — June 16, 2016 @ 9:49 am

  11. Many schools have also gone to automated texting of everyone involved. But since Mfnrd is in a kind of time warp, they may still be using a phone tree. Dr Pearl did refer to a mass email, which falls between the two technologies.

    Comment by vaganova — June 16, 2016 @ 9:55 am

  12. Yeah, this plot has been a grind to write about for many of the reasons already mentioned above.

    Dr. Pearl has been giving it a run for the money, however, with her continuing nonsense. She comes across as though she might have once read the back cover of a book on crisis management while passing time at the airport bookstore rather than someone who has any degree of training/experience managing this.

    Comment by timbuys — June 16, 2016 @ 11:40 am

  13. timbuys, that kind of work takes training, experience, and good nerves. Any Dr Pearl is legally and morally responsible for the safety and welfare of a lot of people. I worked in the public schools for decades, and along the way I crawled through airshafts looking for bombs, helped the police secure entire wings, tried to calm hysterical students, and even tackled an armed intruder. You don’t get it from “reading the back cover,” and I am a little surprised Whigrub is not handling this a little more realistically.

    Comment by vaganova — June 16, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

  14. Any school administration that approves a plan to allow a reality tv show to be produced on their campus with participation of students is virtually assured of failing miserably at a time like this.

    I’ll give Martha Pearl this: She may be tone deaf and grossly incompetent, but she’s never looked sassier. Rawr!

    Comment by nedryerson — June 16, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

  15. I had forgotten (or repressed) the fact that Dr Pearl allowed, even encouraged, a “reality TV show” (god, what an abomination) to be filmed at Mfnrd HS. At the time, a lot of us were dumbfounded that Whigrub could come up with something so completely illegal and real-world impossible. So I guess the present lack of grace is understandable.

    Comment by vaganova — June 16, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

  16. The student body is likely already aware because almost all kids have cell phones nowadays, and news travels faster among them than it ever did by TV, radio, and newspapers. I can’t believe she thinks the kids will be “all talked out” by the end of the day. They’re teens, they are never all talked out. Besides, when you have an event this serious, even the adults will take more than a day to deal with it.

    Comment by AirForbes — June 16, 2016 @ 10:59 pm

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