This Week in Milford

September 2, 2016

Wonderful True

Filed under: lessons learned — nedryerson @ 3:39 am


Yes, it is all about True. Wonderful True, the boy that can do anything. He can ease Mrs. Radley’s broken heart and ultimately lead Barry Bader to a place of selflessness and empathy. Oh, True, thou art so wonderful. Let us sing your praises. Pbbbbbtt! (Is that how to spell out a raspberry sound?)

Sure Barry, we can put a Boo Radley Memorial Little Free Library in your yard. Bear in mind that is will probably get knocked over three to four times a week. It may or may not get used much for books, as vandals might leave behind excess rocks, spray paint and toilet paper to share with other “well wishers”. Some thoughtful folks might leave copies of the AA Bible.




  1. Panel 1: Yes, as Ned said, it is True the Magnificent, bringing peace to troubled hearts. That dead what’s-her-name is making you look better and better every day!
    Panel 3:
    Barry: “Do you think we could put one of those memorial libraries in our yard?”
    True: “Before anything else, congratulations on using the pronoun ‘we’ to mean one of your teammates and yourself. First time you’ve done that. Anyhow … yeah, we could put one in your yard, and if anybody figures out the name of the pickup truck driver, we could put one in his yard for the Teenage Tragedy Trifecta. Problem is, it won’t be your yard for long. If your mom has any sense, she’s already signed with a realtor to sell that house she won’t be able to afford. You’ll be moving in with Aunt Eleanor in Menomenee Falls, and your mom can apply for a job serving drinks to the next generation of injudicious salesmen and middle managers. Your junior year English teacher will talk about it, it’s called ‘irony'”.

    Comment by Philip — September 2, 2016 @ 5:50 am

  2. This whole story arc has been completely rancid. hopefully tomorrow will be the finale…

    Comment by Rowdyman — September 2, 2016 @ 6:34 am

  3. So, who won the Milford-Jefferson game that kids were playing hooky to attend?

    Comment by billytheskink — September 2, 2016 @ 7:14 am

  4. Wake Forest 7 Tulane 3. Not too good . Too bad True isn’t there to help that team out. If you can’t score more than 7 vs. The Green Wave, you’re in a lot of trouble in the ACC.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 2, 2016 @ 8:33 am

  5. I’m still wondering how Bader dad, with a clean record (remember he hadn’t even had his 1st DUI trial yet) got 8 years in prison on a plea bargain for essentially driving with his headlights off. He clearly had the worst defense attorney in history. Add that to the fact that when his attorney appeared in the strip, he was always looking menacing, as if he was thinking “I’m going to make sure you get what’s coming to you, buster!” — and it’s no wonder he got a stiffer penalty than the typical mafia hit-man receives.

    Seriously, if he had instead used a new public defender who had just passed the bar and this was his first case, he still wouldn’t have had more than 20% of the penalty he ended up with.

    Perhaps young Bader can ask Wonderful True if he can file an appeal in the case. He can do anything, right?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 2, 2016 @ 11:11 am

  6. Is it wrong of me to wish that this strip was written by Schlesinger and Collingwood; that P1 is the start of a Fountains of Wayne-esque love affair? I know this is a family-oriented strip and all, but why not? She’s vulnerable and available, he’s desirable and fully vetted, and…. I’ll just go away now.

    Comment by g2design — September 2, 2016 @ 11:46 am

  7. I think this is the first time I have ever seen “Wait up!” in GT. It’s a tic of the Interior Northeast dialect, as surely as the flat A sound and the glottal (actually GLOT-ul) stop. It starts around Albany, NY, and runs westward along the southern side of the Great Lakes, skipping Pittsburgh, which is a linguistic adventure of its own, and gradually peters out in northern Ohio.

    Comment by vaganova — September 2, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

  8. Your mapping of “Wait Up!” is very interesting, Vaganova. Do you have anything similar on “come with”, as in, “I’m going to the store. Want to come with?”
    My wife cringes when i say it, but I’m pretty confident it’s a common phrasing in the Midwest (I grew up in the Chicago area)

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 2, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

  9. Moon, I do not know about the origin of “come with” beyond that my ex said it too. She was from Chicago (south side– White Sox) and insisted the expression was German– the upper midwest was of course a favorite destination of German immigrants.

    Comment by vaganova — September 2, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

  10. My parents are from Chicago though neither speaks with a thick accent. I will ask you/tell my children to k’meer.

    Comment by timbuys — September 2, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

  11. I live in Chicago too, although not a mative. I never heard the expression ” come with” until I moved here. I cringe whenever I hear it. Sounds unnatural to me.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 2, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

  12. I am pretty sure it arises from German. German is an agglutinative language, which not only adds prepositions to verbs but crams nouns together as adjectival phrases, as in the case of BMW’s Dreikugelwirbelwannenbrennraum, or triple hemispheric swirling action combustion chamber.

    Comment by vaganova — September 2, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

  13. I’m from Chicago area and ” wait up”, “come with” and “k’meer” all apply. They don’t everywhere? Steve Dahl claims “over by there” is a thing unique to Chicago but I’ve never heard it.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 3, 2016 @ 4:16 am

  14. And Boo looks down from heaven, saying, “He’s so wonderful; I should have let have the ass after all.”

    Comment by MTD — September 3, 2016 @ 6:31 am

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