This Week in Milford

February 28, 2017

When Gil Is The Person Who Cares The Most About You…

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, exposition comics, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 10:25 am


Man, so aside from Mike, Ken and Gil (who all have basketball performance related vested interests in the matter), it appears no one has bothered to look into this in the years since whatever may or may not have happened to Tina Aagard’s actuarial gig.

I’m sure we’ve seen the slouching Party Professor with the spread collar and incipient beer belly before but I can’t recall when. I do have to wonder how much Gil is going to learn from the fourth, fifth and sixth teachers who relate AaAa’s day to day variable energy levels.

I also have to wonder when next we’ll see an actual plot development.

Bonus points: The art is pretty interesting today. That easy chair in the teacher’s lounge is particularly intriguing as it seems wide enough to fit one and a half people.




  1. Kommisar Gilberto Ceausescu and his secret police continue their dogged campaign to root out saboteurs and inefficiencies of his glorious five-year winning basketball plan! He must leave no stone unturned his quest to stamp out any unpatriotic non-Milford activity!

    Comment by Hitorque — February 28, 2017 @ 11:18 am

  2. Oh, and extra credit for Gilberto waiting until the season is 80% over to do any real digging…

    Comment by Hitorque — February 28, 2017 @ 11:21 am

  3. Gil’s a turd, plain and simple. Look at him hold onto handrail as LADY! carries books without being able to hold handrail. There goes good Ol’Gil Thorp. Oh how I hate him!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 28, 2017 @ 12:01 pm

  4. ONLY in the Thorpiverse would the man from Grant Wood’s painting “American Gothic” be a teacher at Milford High School. I’m enraptured listening to his discussing Aardvark’s mood swings and how that puts a damper on matters in Future Farmers of America class. BTW, does his wife teach PE?
    “Gil, when we’re on the subject of horticulture, his face lights up as if he’d just performed a windmill jam but when we get to cultivars, I have to practically play “Reveille” on my bugle to roust him out of hibernation.”
    And taking the baton from hitorque and pursuing le Carre a step further, this is a futile attempt at imitating Smiley’s People. To paraphrase hitorque, the Commies would have infiltrated 80% of the U.S., short of Oregon, California, Nevada, Hawaii, the Pacific and Near-Pacific in general if Smiley was investigating at the pace Gil is presently undertaking in his quest to seek the Holy Grail. Well, at least it’s a way of touching base with old acquaintances if Gil isn’t able to drink from The Cup.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 28, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

  5. Laying aside my humor for a second, in remembrance of Black History Month, I would ask all reading to please spread the word about the following people

    1) Phil Lynott(LINE-it), an Irish African-American, best noted for his lead vocals on “The Boys Are Back in Town” with his group, Thin Lizzy. A VERY accomplished song-writer as well.
    2) Ronnie Mack, songwriter for songs such as “Puppy Love”, The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “He’s So Fine”. He tragically died of cancer in the early ’60’s and Martha & The Vandellas did a song in his honor “…oh, Jimmy Mack, when are you coming back”.
    3) Tony Butler, bass player for one of my favorite groups, Big Country.
    4) Scott Joplin, noted of course for “Maple Leaf Rag” but his heart was set on opera and wrote “Treemonisha”, arguably one of the better ones to come along.
    Thank you for reading something dear to my heart.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 28, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

  6. @T. Drew Hardin — Thanks for this… I knew about Lynott and Joplin, but not the other two

    Comment by Hitorque — February 28, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

  7. T. Drew, I loved that song “In a Big Country”, I even bought the 7″ single when it came out. Butler and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki played on most of the tracks on Pete Townshend’s 1982 solo album All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes. I’m one of a dozen people in the world that liked that album.

    I never delved that deeply into the rest of the Big Country catalog, but that was a heckuva single.

    If I ever make it to Dublin, I’m going to make sure I get a picture with the famous statue of Phil Lynott (if it hasn’t been knocked over and/or vandalized again).

    Comment by nedryerson — February 28, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

  8. Last point — Are we even really learning anything here? Can’t these observations from his teachers be applied to say, goddamned 75% of high school students??

    Comment by Hitorque — February 28, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

  9. December 20. I looked it up. That’s when Gil first noticed that Aardark had wild swings.

    10 solid weeks of nothing but teasing this crap.

    And in summation, YAAAARGH!

    Comment by Joe Viterbo (@Downpuppy) — February 28, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

  10. Thanks, hitorque, for your encouragement. It means a lot. You da man.

    Thanks, Ned, for your encouragement. I’m like my dad, we stumble along a lot of things by accident(ha) which is how he wound up being a Gordon Lightfoot fan, he heard him somewhere and started digging until he got his name. That was roughly my circumstances with Big Country so I can understand your situation. And I’m glad you brought up “All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes”, a golden nugget for us Hooligans although I forgot that part of the BC gang did backup(like Pilot did with Alan Parsons) so I’m glad you reminded me. Baby, that album rocked. “Stardom in Acton” still buzzes in my head(ha ha).
    As for Lynott, you KNOW you got my blessing should you ever grace the city, he DEFINITELY deserves a statue. It’s a shame a few morons choose to see things differently by vandism. That said, it’s great that you brought him up because he really was an underrated songwriter. The man could flat out write a tune. You da man.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 28, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

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