This Week in Milford

February 27, 2017

A Concern

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp — nedryerson @ 4:51 am


Gil tells Mimi that Aaron is a concern, not a problem but a concern. So he continues his own investigation into Aaron’s erratic performance. Where could he get clues? What does Aaron do most days? He goes to school. Where does he go to school? Milford High School. Hey, wait a minute, Gil works at Milford High School too. How lucky!

Gil visits a replica of a classroom from the 1950’s complete with chalkboard, globe and desks designed to shield students from atomic bombs. The teacher confirms what we already know. Aaron has good days and bad days. Now we’re getting somewhere!

Is the teacher wearing harem pants?




  1. Teacher appears to have gained a good 30 pounds between panels 2 and 3.

    I do like her automatic assumption that Gil couldn’t possibly be interested in the kid himself, just in his eligibility.

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 27, 2017 @ 6:26 am

  2. The ‘stache is back!
    Been a while since the heyday of mustached women in Mfnrd

    Comment by RogueHeffalump (@Downpuppy) — February 27, 2017 @ 7:14 am

  3. 1. Rubin needs to kill this “Gilberto Ceausescu” arc, unless Aaron really does turn out to be a murderer or serial rapist or sympathizer with the so-called Islamic State…

    2. If only Gil could just set aside some time to talk to Aaron privately and- Oh, wait! The last time he did that it was to accuse Aaron of being a druggie with no evidence whatsoever, and if that wasn’t bad enough he stormed into his mom’s place of work like the Stasi and laid down even more vague accusations… So I guess Aaron still isn’t talking to him after all…

    Comment by Hitorque — February 27, 2017 @ 8:02 am

  4. @John S. Walters: Actually, that’s the most 100% true-to-life thing we’ve seen from Rubin in a while… And Gilberto *ISN’T* interested in Aaron the person, only in his ability to win him games…

    Comment by Hitorque — February 27, 2017 @ 8:05 am

  5. Food Insecurity. That is all.

    Comment by g2design — February 27, 2017 @ 8:34 am

  6. Hmmm…maybe they can employ the “Little Free Library” concept for unused food.

    Comment by nedryerson — February 27, 2017 @ 10:40 am

  7. Aunt Bunny must be teaching US History. How do I know it’s US History? I can see the globe right there ! I assumed Eddie Murphy’s aunt was black. But I guess not.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 27, 2017 @ 11:43 am

  8. “9:12AM. I decided to visit a couple of classrooms while my partner, Gannon, checked out Aardvark’s locker. This was not our usual routine but I concluded we went to school for a reason. I had not talked to any teachers since Jerry Pulver led Milford to the state championship in basketball and figured I needed a refresher course if I couldn’t get any dirt on Aardvark. And all Gannon found was some Dentyne. I was sketchy on some details and would have trouble remembering faces and therefore hoped a few teachers would recognize my hairdo. How anybody could forget my palisade of pomp was anybody’s guess but we had little time before baseball to sort through this elongated 500-word term paper(“How I Spent My Time at the KTN Concert”) and had to get the scoop on Aardvark before we got scooped ourselves and became one of the 31 flavors by the plotline gods who were getting irate. I didn’t feel like being raspberry-lemon and Gannon was asked for a warrant by the hall monitor. I went for broke.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 27, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

  9. I think g2design has it pinned down, but we won’t know for sure unless Gil investigates the cafeteria…

    “Aaron Aagard? Yeah, I know him. Funny kid. Strange though, some days he is so hungry he steals all the kids’ apples, and other days he has no appetite and doesn’t eat a thing. No one can explain it!”

    Maybe he should investigate Study Hall, or Student Resource Time, or Whatever The New Trendy Buzzword For The Hour Students Do Nothing At School:

    “Aagard? Funny thing, some days he is in here speed reading and working, and other days he can’t even be bothered to open a book. No idea what the story is there.”

    What about Choir?

    “The basses really need Aaron’s leadership and skill at sight-reading, but every few days he gets in these weird moods where he just moves his lips without singing. Very disappointing.”

    Comment by drewfunk — February 27, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

  10. New Theory! Aaron is avid in the online Kill The Noise fandom and is aware of which centers in the Valley Conference badmouth the band. When he plays them, he takes it out on them personally, otherwise he doesn’t care enough to put forth the effort.

    Comment by drewfunk — February 27, 2017 @ 2:27 pm

  11. Or Wood Shop:

    “Yeah, some days he’s knockin’ out bookends like nobody’s business, other days he falls asleep on the bandsaw and gets his hands cut off. Fortunately, his next period is Health Ed, and they sew ’em back on.”

    Comment by odinthor — February 28, 2017 @ 11:06 am

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