This Week in Milford

January 6, 2018

Look for the Union Label


Jordy Castillo was Milford baseball’s best story almost three years ago, but his story was never told.  Now it might be – or at least his backstory since then.  I think Kaz is trying to tell us Jordy went to play junior college (a/k/a “juco”) baseball, since junior chambers of commerce don’t typically have baseball programs.

Looks like Jordy’s already joined the union, if I read the lettering on his jacket correctly. What brings him to Gil’s office, and what’s captured his attention there?

“Say, Coach, that’s a nice team photo of your state football champions you got there. Looks like there’s some substandard wiring behind it, though. I heard the Milford School Board went with the lowest bidder when they upgraded, went with some scab – I mean, non-union – outfit to do the job.  It’d sure be a shame if it shorted out back here.  You could lose all these nice pictures, and that coffee pot, and your mug with your name on it… Oh, where was I? So, yeah, I’m an apprentice electrician now.”

It’s way too early to tell if Jordy is Chekhov’s electrician, but if this arc turns into a story about the current job market and the pursuit of a trade versus a college degree after high school it could be interesting, if not ham-fisted as per usual.



  1. On one of those Post-it Notes surrounding the generic chart with its random sports info utilizing the pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey method: “Gil, Dear, don’t forget that Thursday is Trash Day. The Milford Sanitation Department moved it back a day because of the Holidays. Love, Mimi.”
    On another Post-it Note
    “Put all your beer bottles in the blue bin and take it out front. The Milford Recycling truck is coming the same day.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 6, 2018 @ 11:24 am

  2. Basketball?

    Comment by timbuys — January 6, 2018 @ 11:45 am

  3. T Drew, you’ve been on fire the past few days. Keep up the good work. Gil’s left hand is showing his age. Hey Gil, Virginia McCaskey wants her hand back.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 6, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

  4. I’d be prepared to give a trade school story a chance, but please – PLEASE – do not spend two months establishing that Jordy is an electrician.

    Comment by Philip — January 6, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

  5. Jordy Castillo, Primo (not Carnera– he’s too short…) I will freely admit I have no idea where this is going, though there are echoes of the Steve Luhm Reappears Plot and the Taking Video Out the Bus Window Plot.

    Comment by vaganova — January 6, 2018 @ 3:38 pm

  6. Based on how fuckin stupid the last two stories were, I can’t wait to see what RW come up with this time😖

    Comment by franku2016 — January 6, 2018 @ 4:40 pm

  7. Glories of trade school plot? Oh please, let’s have a cameo by Mike Rowe.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 7, 2018 @ 1:17 am

  8. So the Chief seemed pretty intent on maintaining the continuity of the logo on Gil’s shirt.

    Comment by timbuys — January 7, 2018 @ 10:18 am

  9. Thanks, Jive Turkey. One of my favorite sayings comes from one of my favorite musicians, Al Stewart: “If it doesn’t come naturally, LEAVE IT!!!!!” I humbly say that it’s a calling and when it’s also something you LOVE(God, I do), that’s a bonus. Guys like you keep my degenerate(ha) humor going. Thanks again. You da Man.

    timbuys, I wasn’t going to say anything although I can honestly say I noticed it without really paying attention(if that makes sense(ha ha)) but I’m glad you said something because I wonder if, truly, Thorpiverse was testing us to see if the rest of the Universe was paying attention.
    “There, that’ll do it, something Gil borrowed out of Captain Kirk’s closet when the U.S.S. Enterprise made a pit stop to Milford because Mimi took all his other shirts to the Milford Dry Cleaners. I’ll switch it from his usual adidas or MTV wardrobe he normally sports. I’m wagering a root beer float at The Bucket nobody’ll notice for one panel, let alone three. I can always use the excuse that Gil spilled Sanka all over his MTV garb should the readership stage a rebellion. In that case, waste a panel with Gil shouting expletives(“WHAT THE $&@&#%, AND I GOT A MEETING WITH THE PRINCIPAL IN 10 MINUTES!!!!!!) over the stains on his frontside, then squeeze 2 basketball scores(heck, who wants to watch football players play intramural basketball, anyway?) in the other 2 panels. Plot’ll be over in a month at that rate. Waste not, want not.”
    I noticed the watch survived all 3 panels too. Yes, that’s Timex, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 7, 2018 @ 4:34 pm

  10. T Drew refers to a particular Mfnrd dry cleaner, on the main drag not far from PUB. Their awning reads DRY CLEANER.

    Comment by vaganova — January 7, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

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