This Week in Milford

August 30, 2016

I Suppose We Could All Skip This

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Fontastic, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad — timbuys @ 7:01 am


Hmmm… I wonder what the first book someone will put in there might be.

Regardless, all of those days where we really got to know about Boo’s love of reading are finally paying off now, aren’t they?

Bonus points: Are we meant to understand that Barry is surreptitiously surveilling the scene from the boys’ room?



  1. So, why would “the district” care one whit about this idea? Is it going to stay at mid-court in the gymnasium?

    Comment by billytheskink — August 30, 2016 @ 7:20 am

  2. I was driving into work listening to Mike&Mike on ESPN radio. They were discussing Porcello’s home winning streak, and that he was “up there next to guys named Boo and Keefe”. Greenberg: “What’s Boo’s last name?” Golic: “Ferriss.” Greenberg: “Was Boo’s last name Radley? [silence] Does anyone know anything about what I’m talking about?”

    And I immediately think, “Yes! Greeny’s a Gil Thorp fan. Of course he is! He’s gonna talk about Gil Thorp on the radio!” And I’m awash in a warm feeling of validation and camaraderie.

    Greenberg: “It was a book a lot of people have read. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Does that ring a bell?”

    My God, Gil Thorp has turned me into a complete nincompoop.

    Comment by g2design — August 30, 2016 @ 7:33 am

  3. Good stuff G2. Barry reminds me of that Episode of Andy Griffith when old man Ben has a moonshiner arrested. Andy puts the whole family in jail and they have a great time on Christmas Eve. And Ben looks through the jailhouse window and realizes what a Scrooge he is.
    I think the first book that goes in that library should be the book the judge threw at Del.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am

  4. To recap: Guy talking to boy, as another boy unveils tribute to dead girl, as first boy looks on from the shadows.

    Nice of Rubin to keep a few girls around as extras.

    Also, nice of True to design this memorial with NO INPUT from Boo’s teammates. I guess “team” is only important in boys’ sports.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 30, 2016 @ 8:00 am

  5. I don’t remember Boo’s love of reading. In any event that thing is a monstrosity. I can envision them being vandalized or a great target for graffiti.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — August 30, 2016 @ 8:01 am

  6. Hmmm…that’s the first time I noticed we had a “Fontastic” tag.

    I would think “the district” would not like to have their name on these in case uptight people wanted to get uptight about reading material that random people wanted to share. That’s a thing that I’ve wondered about these little free library things. Not that I give a crap how many Best Lesbian Erotica anthologies get stuffed in them, but I just know that we still have lots of “concerned citizens” about who don’t hesitate to try to make their concerns into everybody’s concerns.

    As far as the design of this thing goes, I’m dubious. If it’s going to be tall and narrow, it probably should have a base that’s built on the spot. This model looks like its designed to be freestanding, but that seems problematic unless its going to be inside and not outside on uneven ground. If you google “little free library” you can see many designs for these that tend to be wider….geez, I’m thinking too much about this nonsense….

    Boo LOVED to read! We all knew this. What a fitting tribute. Even Barry Bader is going to be inspired to donate his Navigating Life Without a Father books when he’s done reading them.

    Comment by nedryerson — August 30, 2016 @ 8:43 am

  7. Doesn’t Milford High already have a library?

    Comment by Nate — August 30, 2016 @ 8:44 am

  8. There’s one of these not too far from where I live in front of a Quaker meeting house. I’ve walked by it dozens of times – to Ned’s point, it is wide, not tall – but never once checked it out. I have occasionally thought about coming back with a handful of the many, many books I have cluttering my shelves but have never quite gotten around to doing so.

    Comment by timbuys — August 30, 2016 @ 9:15 am

  9. This far in and no “Hey Barry, pull my finger” cracks yet? That’s some good talking to Barry once in a while action there, Gil.

    Comment by teenchy — August 30, 2016 @ 10:26 am

  10. Rubin’s making an art form out of “big setup and small delivery”.

    Comment by Philip — August 30, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

  11. Barely is perfectly set up in P-3 to be knocked off his horse by a bolt of lightning on the Damascus Road. Will he achieve some kind of insight?

    Sorry. The artwork is better than the story, and that led me astray. Still wondering how Whigrub will account for this time dilation (in Mfnrd, it’s still early June, and things such as True’s preseason at Wake Forest, Mimi and Gil’s drink on the porch, and the goddamn golf plot, are still to be accounted for. I am seeing a cloudy-edged fast forward to the opening of school.)

    Comment by vaganova — August 30, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

  12. Might I ask a silly question about these “mini-libraries” in the community?
    What happens when it rains? Or a windstorm?
    I’m imagining a lot of soggy, soiled, dog-eared Tom Clancy paperbacks sticking to the shelves.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 30, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

  13. May I ask, has Milford never heard of Kindles?

    Not to mention, a teen athlete was killed in an auto accident, and her love of reading is her memorial tribute? Seriously doubt that’s how she would want to be remembered.

    Comment by Gil's Barber — August 30, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

  14. They have one of those at a park near my house – its sealed closed so the books dont get wet. And what school year are we in?? Last years or this years? Would be just like Rubin to somehow segway into this year without so much as a nanosecond of summer vacation. Revolt I say!!

    Comment by robmize2013 — August 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

  15. RE: the Fontastic tag, vaganova notes above that the art has been really good lately and I tend to agree even if I haven’t felt particularly compelled to say much about it. However, the Chief has to make some quick decisions when it comes to all of the times he wants to throw in a block M or indicate – sometimes like today for no reason obvious to me – something about the scene depicted in the panel. The results are, to my taste, very entertaining, hence the tag.

    Comment by timbuys — August 30, 2016 @ 7:23 pm

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