This Week in Milford

May 10, 2017

Help Your Buddy Out?

Filed under: general nonsense, Just plain sad, Milford Idiots, softball — timbuys @ 6:59 am


Ho boy… Sorry folks but I don’t have the stomach for teenage romantic hi-jinks this morning.

I do find it kinda amusing that Gary is still complaining about/questioning the reason why he is attending the game as they are walking up the sidewalk that leads directly to the batter’s cage in panel one.



  1. Too Optimistic Prediction:

    Gary realizes it would be cruel to lead on Carrie just because Caruso won’t ask out Dafne.

    Carrie asks out Gary, gets turned down, goes into a self-confidence funk, and Milford is eliminated from the Playdowns.

    Dafne, meanwhile turns down Caruso (whose first name eludes me at the moment), who also doesn’t take it well.

    Dafne then crushes on Dark Mysterious Dreamboat Cane, who returns her affections and calms down.

    Caruso, out for revenge, finds out Cane’s mysterious past from the Central Citizens, and turns it over to Casper Heenan.

    Casper and Caruso team up to goad Cane into action to exact revenge on Dafne.

    Cane obliges, flips out, gets in a fight with Caruso the Shot Putter, who sends him off with a season ending injury, and Milford is eliminated from the Playdowns.

    Carrie and Dafne swear off men for ever, and get lessons in spinster lesbian bliss from Miss Rizk.

    Gil and Mimi wake up in time to pour lemonade at the beginning of July.

    Comment by drewfunk — May 10, 2017 @ 10:12 am

  2. (Look, I refuse to believe we’ve seen the last of Casper Heenan. He’s our generation’s Mr. Bakst.) (Note: I was also around for Mr. Bakst.)

    Comment by drewfunk — May 10, 2017 @ 10:24 am

  3. I would like to pause to remember Bruce Hampton(sometimes known as Colonel Bruce Hampton, a tongue-in-cheek sobriquet) who passed away a week and a half ago, collapsing on stage while celebrating his 70th birthday. He was Morris in the movie “Sling Blade”. Bruce had a tremendous influence on my humor, his dead-pan style hit you at the right moment and caused you to roll in the aisles with laughter. He was also an accomplished musician, able to strum the guitar with a vengeance and make great music along the way, which complemented his humor. Among his fans were Peter Buck from R.E.M., John Fishman from Phish, Derek Trucks from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Allman Brothers Band, Denny Walley, longtime guitarist for Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart, and Billy Bob Thornton, director of Sling Blade. My dad LOVED the guy and his humor.
    As for me, I miss ya already, Bruce. You’re FUNNY. Rest In Peace, My Man.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

  4. Thanks, T. Drew. Jog my memory, if you will, and remind me which Zappa albums those were. Thanks in advance!

    Comment by timbuys — May 10, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

  5. Nice tribute, T. Drew. Devoted TWIMers have probably figured out by now that despite my current location, I have roots in Bakst country. In the past few days I’ve learned that more of my friends knew or knew of Col. Bruce than I’d have expected. He went out doing what he loved with people who admired him; can we ask for more?

    Today’s post imminent.

    Comment by teenchy — May 11, 2017 @ 5:20 am

  6. Thanks, teenchy and timbuys, your kind words mean a lot to me. GREAT observation you made, teenchy, in your last couple of sentences and I TOTALLY agree.
    timbuys, sorry it took so long but I was in a wrestling match with the stomach flu all night(ha). Anyway, to answer your question, I can’t say for sure since I LOVED Frank Zappa and his music and I CONTINUALLY tell EVERYBODY, especially the younger generation, Frank Zappa’s mantra, REGISTER TO VOTE but never kept up with his frenetic pace of album production, not that his frenetic pace was a bad thing(ha ha). And believe me, I LOVED it when he took it to this so-called Family Values guy on Crossfire in 1986 and STILL replay that one(God, he was funny). But I was more, and still am, mainstream Rock(Husker Du, R.E.M., U2, Todd Rundgren, etc.), Prog Rock(Moody Blues, Yes, Genesis), along with the Big Boys of Rock(Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Doors, etc.)
    STILL, I loved Zappa too and I listened and still listen to Zoot Allures, Over-Nite Sensation, Cruising With Ruben & the Jets, and We’re Only in It for the Money. And I can say, for certainty, that Walley played on Bongo Fury, Joe’s Garage Act I, Joe’s Garage Acts II & III, but beyond that I couldn’t say for sure and still do justice to Walley or Zappa. I apologize I can’t go any further and I hope you understand because your question is VERY legitimate and will get me doing some research myself. I am ALWAYS learning and want to keep learning. Thanks again for your kind words and encouragement.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 11, 2017 @ 8:25 am

  7. Good stuff, T. Drew. Those are all high quality albums and the wikipedia article on Walley bears that out. I myself gave up at around 80 or so Zappa albums and about a half dozen Zappa Plays Zappa concerts so you might say I’m not a particularly devoted fan.

    Comment by timbuys — May 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am

  8. T. Drew, I misread your comment and thought you were saying Bruce Hampton had played with Zappa & Beefheart, which would have been a surprise to me. I missed the Denny Walley COMMA longtime guitarist. D’oh!

    I have most of the Zappa vinyl you mentioned and could chime in. But why reinvent the wheel when there is a Zappa wiki for the occasion. Denny Walley

    Some might say that’s a low point in Zappa’s output. I have a fondness for some of it because it was what I could get my hands on in the early 80s when lots of stuff was out of print and years before CD reissues began or were even dreamt of. Tinseltown Rebellion is pretty forgettable. I think I found it via a cutout bin. Thing Fish is just utterly bizarre and cannibalizes much of the other music from the era. The parts with Terry and Dale Bozzio made me very uncomfortable (“you think there’ll be some questions about the condition of the blue paper?”). Bongo Fury is worth it for the collaboration with C.B. I still think You Are What You Is holds up very well. I used to drive around in high school blaring Mudd Club on the car stereo and I think the song Dumb All Over is a great slap in the face. Harder Than Your Husband is a great country song. Watch Beverly D’Angelo sing it in the underappreciated movie Daddy’s Dying, Who’s Got The Will?

    But I digress. Maybe we can have a panel at the TWIM annual meeting.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am

  9. Boy, you ain’t a-kiddin’, timbuys. The number 80 just about sizes it up. Yeah, it’s understandable if the treadmill was going too fast. I’m gettin’ off and headin’ to the drinking fountain too(ha).
    And ned, I liked your list and will re-check them out. I saw everything you talked about but like timbuys, I wasn’t about to burrow into a tunnel with no light at the other end(ha ha). I HAVE listened to Thing Fish and “cannabalizes” couldn’t be more appropriate. Heck, he recycled The Torture Never Stops and Ms. Pinky in a futile attempt to create a concept album. Rehashing You Are What You Is was also a semi-downer, in my opinion.
    It was like Gilbert & Sullivan collaborating with Zappa and this was the result. Or perhaps Scott Joplin doing Treemonisha while on LSD. The concept wasn’t bad but I really wasn’t crazy about rewarming previous material in the microwave. That said, thanks again for the list and will check ’em out. You da man.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 11, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

  10. T. Drew, we probably need a different forum to go any further. I never heard of Treemonisha, I’ll have to check it out.

    The less said about Thing Fish, the better.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 12, 2017 @ 6:45 am

  11. Gotcha, Big Guy. Hey, I’m a lover, not a fighter(ha).

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 12, 2017 @ 7:00 am

  12. I hope my previous remark didn’t come across like an admonishment. I’m not about making and enforcing rules around here.

    We could go back and forth about Zappa, Todd Rundgren, polygons, whatever, but eventually, this post will sink into oblivion and perhaps when some kid living on Mars starts conducting an inquiry into the rich world of Comics blogging in the early 21st Century, he’ll wonder what these yahoos were bantering about and what it had to do with Shot Putters and milkshakes.

    At least I hope all this stuff gets preserved. Think of all those message boards that people spilled their guts into that died ignoble deaths when their domains were purchased by Chinese online casinos. I think usenet posts got backed up on servers somewhere. I had a lot of strong opinions about All My Children in the mid 90s that someone might enjoy revisiting if archived material is accessible.

    I read a book a few years back about an troubled young man named Marshall Ledbetter. He was famous for fifteen minutes for breaking into the Florida state capitol building in Tallahassee and staging his own mini gonzo revolt, issuing statements to the press, making demands and consuming cigars and booze he found in somebody’s office. He was only a few years younger than me and grew up in the same general area as me. His story was sad because he really needed psychiatric help but. like many in his predicament, was locked up in an archaic state mental health facility that was more about detention and control than helping people…sorry, let me get back to the point. The book referenced some rants he had posted on a personal website and I could only find bits and pieces of what he posted there using a tool called The Wayback Machine on the site It just made me think of what is and isn’t preserved as we progress through different phases of the “internet”. We have no reason to EXPECT that everything should be preserved automatically, but sometimes it just seems like it should be. I read recently about livejournal going away. Could I find some of the ridiculous stuff I posted there? (There was a very lively, fun and witty group there devoted to snarking on For Better or Worse back in the day)

    Man, what am I talking about? Well, to bring it back to Gil Thorp, I suppose there has always been a chance that any day, this whole blog could be stopped by a lawyer representing the syndicate telling us to stop posting the daily strip. This whole thing could just vanish in a puff of smoke and all our ephemera would blow away (or would it…maybe Ming the Merciless is hiding out there just beyond Saturn carefully collecting it all and storing it in intergalactic Mason jars).

    Hey, bottom line….post all the comments on or off topic as much as you dang well want. Just be nice, I guess.

    timbuys, sorry for sticking this on your post….and BTW, if you bailed on Zappa at that time, you probably missed very little (as T. Drew and I have bantered)…six Zappa Plays Zappa shows! Cool. Last year, some ugly family squabbles caused some trouble there, but it looks as if Dweezil will persist. Good on ‘im. Okay, I’m done for now. I don’t know what got into me. Full moon, maybe.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 12, 2017 @ 7:59 am

  13. I am loving this comment thread. I’m sure no pun intended on the ‘full Moon’ quip. Anyway, as I mentioned, I have all of these albums and, despite my very whitebread sensibilities, I actually like Thing Fish. Civilization Phase III is pretty good too if you have that kind of time (which I haven’t since my twenties).

    Comment by timbuys — May 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am

  14. There’s another thing I misread. timbuys, you’re saying 80 Zappa records as in quantity. Damn! I somehow read that as you checked out around 1980 or so.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 12, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

  15. Yeah, I own about 80 or so of the various re-issues on CD plus another several items that the less the Zappa Family Trust knows about the better. It is by far the largest collection of any American composer in my collection. Miles Davis come in second at about fifty albums of one sort or another… If I had saved the money spent on all of that and invested it reasonably aggressively, I could probably be writing this from my solid gold throne complete with ivory backscratcher. Now, most of those CD’s gather dust in my closet and I spend a few bucks a month on streaming services that never seem to have that one Nick Lowe album I really wanted to listen to.

    Comment by timbuys — May 12, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

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