This Week in Milford

December 12, 2016

Pump It Up

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 4:39 am


Looks like we’re starting the winter plot with a rave in a Central City warehouse. Will Milford’s shooting guard have aspirations of being a D.J.? Will the team manager be tied to a Molly distribution ring? Should I just throw my hands in the air and go along for the ride?

Meanwhile, Gil wants Bob to fire up. What does that mean? Does Bob have an ignition switch? Is there a complicated ritual to get Coach Kaz up to speed and ready to run some dribble drills? Was Bob at the rave, under the sway of 120 bpm and a disco ball?

Fire up, everybody. Something new and exciting is beginning!



  1. Please tell me “fire up” is some weird Milfordverse reference to reefer smoke…

    Comment by hitorque — December 12, 2016 @ 8:15 am

  2. I’m going to assume Bob (Kaz) was at the rave in Central City (presumably with Kelly) until otherwise proven. You thought he’d miss a chance to see DJ Wail M4rtin, the EDM Carole King? No way.

    If Gil’s talking to Bobby Howry, then this story arc is in trouble. If he’s talking to Bob Roth, then we are officially off the rails.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 12, 2016 @ 8:22 am

  3. I guess we have to wait until Whigrub shows their hand. With 3 (freak?) hands hidden off panel, it might be a while.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — December 12, 2016 @ 8:25 am

  4. Panel 3 is an example of one of the consistent minor offenses of this strip: presuming that readers have way more knowledge than they actually do. There’s no way for the average reader to know that that’s supposed to be Gil. In fact, when I read it, my first thought was that it was a member of a band trying to wake up his drummer for early band practice before school.

    Otherwise, anytime we can get a shot of Central City, Den of Iniquity, it’s a bonus. Rave on!

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 12, 2016 @ 8:27 am

  5. Trying to remember if anything good ever began, or occurred, in Central City besides True’s decision to come to Mfnrd. Boo got her tires slashed, the drunk who brought about her death was introduced there, and so on. Is Kaz getting into the party scene too much? Molly was mentioned. I do hope we’re not about to spend the winter getting Kaz into rehab: without him as a fixed point of reference anything could happen. Oh, wait, one of the greatest of GT moments ever did take place there, Kaz decking the loudmouth at the concert.

    Comment by vaganova — December 12, 2016 @ 8:36 am

  6. Not being a flammable warehouse raver, not a big EDM guy – is the thing to look all around instead of facing the stage? Is there a stage at all?

    Are they all wicked high in CC? That would explain the exploding duck up there on the 1s and 2s.

    Milford is so boring, amiright?

    Comment by g2design — December 12, 2016 @ 9:42 am

  7. Yeah I suppose that’s someone we know in P 3. I don’t know for sure. Central City is so lame. A rave in a warehouse, huh. Why the DJ has his hat on frontwards ! No modern day Buffalo Tom to book?
    I enjoyed the Buffalo Tom reference Saturday, which I didn’t read til today. The wife watched MSCL back then as I tagged along to watch. We even named number 2 son after the father in the show, Graham. Never heard of Buffalo Tom til then. After hearing “Late at Night’ we bought that album and eventually saw them at Metro in Chicago. Good stuff.
    But I have to disagree with G2 design as far as jumping the shark. After all, MSCL was canceled after one season, then had a cult following. Now if Buffalo Tom had appeared on Blossom or Full House, then yes, that would jump the shark.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 12, 2016 @ 11:16 am

  8. The party is just getting started unlike the festivities in P2. That looks like that’s been cookin’ for some time.
    Anyway, that allows me to slip one more in before the other party drags way past midnight concerning our heroine who has earned a spot on the Milford High School Sports Magazine Show, hosted by Marjie Ducey. I dip from the Monty Python well one more time. We catch the action already in progress.
    “…and if Moon thinks he can do a better job up here in the chair, bring it on. But his car was seen over at the Milford Moto-Lodge. So was Peaches’. I think my job is safe if he can’t keep it in his pocket…oh!!!!!! Heavens to Betsy, we’re on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We’re here talking with Heather “Two Sheds” Burns about her incredible season with the Milford Football team. Congratulations, Two Sheds.”
    (A little unnerved) “Uh, thanks”
    “Now, before we go any further, where did you pick up your nickname.?”
    (Again, a bit testy, but willing to answer) “Well, Coach Thorp had some extra equipment, pads, cleats, and footballs that needed to be stored but the equipment room was flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina. We had a couple of sheds in our back yard big enough to store an elephant so the coaches brought over a huge chunk of equipment for safekeeping and when Coach Kaz was about to leave, he said, see ya, Two Sheds.”
    “And have you done your football plays in the shed?”
    “Worked on Moose’s hand-eye coordination in the shed?”
    “Done game film in the shed?” “No!!!!! Look, Coach T and Coach Kaz just brought equipment over to store in our sheds AND THAT’S IT!!!!!!!!!”
    “Now don’t be so defensive. Okay, so the season prove to be a prod-”
    “What is THAT???” As Heather points to two sheds the size of airplane hangars with the Mudlark logo splashed on them proudly displayed on the the movie screen behind them.
    “What is what?”
    “Get that picture off the screen or I’ll talk about seeing YOUR car at the Moto-Lodge!!!!!!!”
    Suddenly, Luke Bunkin shows up, now a bouncer on the show. “Is she givin’ ya eny trouble?”
    “A little”
    “All right, Two Sheds, I don’t lak yore attitude. I thought Jerry Pulver was a handful but you’d Win, Place, and Show over hi-im.” Grabs Heather by the shirt collar.
    “Yeah, make yourself scarce, Two Sheds.”
    Luke throws her offstage.”Git yore own Sports Magazine Show, ya fairy, YA HEAR?”
    Thus endeth Heather’s and Moose’s exploits. Until next year, of course.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — December 12, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

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