This Week in Milford

February 3, 2017

Stuck in neutral

The boys continue discussing Aaron while they play a video game of.. a car driving somewhere on the screen. Wow, for a 2017 video game it sure looks on the tame side. I once had a car video game where I had a steering wheel, and the object was to drive as many laps in 5 minutes as possible. The track filled the TV screen, and in those primitive days I was so good at the game I would reset the lap counter at the top.

Career day in 6th grade?? We didnt have that until junior year in high school. 6th grade I was still eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day and playing basketball in my driveway, dreaming of one day being able to stuff it through the hoop like the bigger kids in the neighborhood.  The paper boy would ride up on his bike and deliver the Daily News, an afternoon paper that is now defunct. I feel sorry for these guys that they’ve had to know this dude for 6 years. He must’ve wanted to be a rock star in 6th grade. Anyway what does career day have to do with where he lived?  Just one stupid train of thought after another here.

No, nobody HAS to live in dumpy apartments. Thats why the Robert Taylor Homes got torn down in Chicago. Dope.

And in P3 we have more AA discussion over wine and burgers. What a perfect meal. Yeesh.

Wake me up when this plot wants to move forward.


  1. I think the three other people are having wine with burgers. Looks like Gil is drinking milk, as befits a jerkish coach. (Lookin’ at you, Harbaugh.)

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 3, 2017 @ 8:09 pm

  2. Wow – that’s some real District 9 hand-horror over there in P3.

    Comment by g2design — February 3, 2017 @ 8:53 pm

  3. Oh, come now, John S. and robmize, why just the other day I was in the McDonald’s Drive-Thru to order and the order receiver asked “Would you like a hot apple pie or Boone’s Farm Strawberry Special with that order?”
    Kids love a Michelob Lite when they get their Happy Meal. Michelob Lite is a great dipping sauce for Chicken McNuggets. Also, it stays within the guidelines of the 4 Food Groups. And I when they asked me what I wanted to drink when I also ordered the Big Mac w/ Cheese Combo, it was a toss-up between Lowenbrau and Cutty Sark. I chose the former on the gut feeling that it washed down the fries more efficiently.
    And Ronald McDonald will one day tell the kids when they’re through on the McDonald’s Playground “IT’S MILLER TIME!!!!!!!!! I can sense it.
    Great video, robmize. Hits VERY close to home.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 3, 2017 @ 9:02 pm

  4. Actually, I find the Four Food Groups here to be fairly enlightened. As an Icelander, I am more accustomed to Bacon, Mayonnaise, Salt, and Alcohol.

    Comment by vaganova — February 3, 2017 @ 11:33 pm

  5. As an Icelander, I am finding the treatment of the Four Food Groups to be enlightened in Mfnrd. I am more accustomed to Bacon, Mayonnaise, Salt, and Alcohol.

    Comment by vaganova — February 3, 2017 @ 11:35 pm

  6. Not sure why that repeated. It may have been the Brennivin.

    Comment by vaganova — February 3, 2017 @ 11:36 pm

  7. Today’s headline from the Milford Enquirer

    “Coach Shaw Arrested On A DUI!!!!!!!!! Trial Pending In The Coming Weeks!!!!!!!!!!”
    Sub headline
    “Authorities Highly Suspicious After Shaw Was Seen Weaving On The Road And Stockpiling Whoppers In His Front Seat.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 4, 2017 @ 12:03 am

  8. I don’t worry about burgers & wine. Plenty of places where you start with meat & end up Þorrablótto.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — February 4, 2017 @ 7:25 am

  9. There was a Poplar Ave in the neighborhood where I lived from birth to year 7. I don’t remember any dumpy apartments. The school bus driver used to quiz us on the street names. “What street is this we’re turning onto?” “Poplar Avenue!” Castle Shannon, PA, represent!

    Sorry, this plot drove me into a weird personal time warp. I liked rob’s stories, too. I romanticize the days of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well.

    Comment by nedryerson — February 4, 2017 @ 8:38 am

  10. We do career day here in 8th grade, with the idea that the kids are going to start choosing electives in high school, so they should start thinking about what classes they want to take. 6th grade seems way too early.

    Comment by AirForbes — February 4, 2017 @ 10:56 am

  11. What great memories, rob! We also used to get the Chicago Daily News in the afternoons. It had a comics page, but since the morning papers had already taken all the good strips, they had ones like “Mr. Tweedy” and “Brother Juniper” . They also had a “Blondie” clone I can’t quite remember the name of (“Horace?”). I think about the only strip they had with any legs was “Wizard of Id” which was practically their “Peanuts”.

    My friend Danny was the afternoon paperboy. A couple of times, I covered his route for him while he was on vacation, walking along quiet suburban streets with a canvas bag full of folded papers slung over my shoulder, putting the paper in the blue plastic boxes printed “Daily News” that were nailed to the side of their mailboxes at the end of their driveways.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 4, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

  12. Just last week I presented to second graders as part of career day at my daughter’s elementary school. Of course I had to google the names of the other three speakers.

    Imagine my horror to see that I would be speaking in the same group as Joe Smith, NASA astronaut. I was ready to go up against doctors and lawyers, and I knew going in that there was no way I could compete with police officers and firefighters. But someone who has actually gone into space?

    Imagine, then, my relief the day of when it turned out to be Joe Smith, radiology therapy technician. Nice guy. Was well aware of Joe Smith, NASA astronaut, and told me that the space-faring Joe Smith lives in another part of town.

    Comment by timbuys — February 4, 2017 @ 1:37 pm

  13. […] The Milford Star might have her working on even harder-hitting stories, like what really goes on in Those Dumpy Apartments on Poplar. She might even have designs on leaving the Star and the tank town of Milford, maybe for the bright […]

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