This Week in Milford

January 8, 2018

The Ellipses Of Jordy

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 7:50 am

Jordy Castillo is an apprentice in the electrical trade. That is awesome. The skilled trades are really where it’s at these days. You might even say skilled trades are “the place to be”, what with all the baby boomers retiring. I mean, Gen Xers and millennials want nothing to do with the skilled trades. They want to be in some other place, I guess. They want to do things like practice law or have viral videos. I don’t know, really. As a commenter pointed out, maybe we will have Mike Rowe make a cameo and explain it to us.

Jordy has his union swag, so he must be committed to this trade. However, he needs something from Gil, something related to “place to be”. Does he need a place to stay? Stay tuned…



  1. Basketball?

    Comment by timbuys — January 8, 2018 @ 8:22 am

  2. “Basketball?” indeed. Jordy Castillo wasn’t even a basketball player…

    Around here, the IBEW is the union that buys a lot of advertising.

    Comment by billytheskink — January 8, 2018 @ 8:28 am

  3. I’m guessing Jordy is a DREAMer…

    Comment by rowdyman — January 8, 2018 @ 9:13 am

  4. And I’m wondering where “Primo” fits in.

    Comment by vaganova — January 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am

  5. If you’re keeping score, I’m guessing Kaz is perched on Gil’s private toilet(anyone who has been in his office thinks it’s his personal closet where he hangs things like his M shirts until they open the door)taking a bodacious dump. That could be a reasonable explanation as to why Kaz disappeared in the 3 panels today. Don’t forget to flush, Kaz. Oh, and the Glade is on the sink. Spray liberally.
    P4: “Gil, did you know you’re down to one roll of toilet paper?”

    And what is it with the goatees? They’ve been figuring prominently in the scheme of things lately.
    Heard at recess on the playground at Milford Elementary
    “Yeah, there’s Marty Moon Jr. He’s on one of the teeter-totters.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 8, 2018 @ 11:28 am

  6. If “the skilled trades are the place to be” is this season’s message, we’re in for a long, boring winter. Enlivened only by the guest appearance by Steve Luhm — “That’s right, Coach Thorp! You can gain a lifetime of personal satisfaction by performing humble, repetitive tasks to the best of your ability! Why, just look at that shine!”

    Comment by John S. Walters — January 8, 2018 @ 11:29 am

  7. Well, if we go with rowdyman’s supposition that we may be setting up for immigration related shenanigans, then ‘primo’ could be used as in its Spanish meaning of ‘cousin’.

    Comment by timbuys — January 8, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

  8. On the cutting room floor is “ yeah and you know, speaking of retiring… Me and Primo would like to take over as baseball coach. We think we can figure out football and basketball as we go. Worked for you for about 60 years, right? Are you even a baby boomer, coach? I thought you were part of the greatest generation.”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 8, 2018 @ 1:10 pm

  9. Primo as cousin makes sense– I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe this is a deportation plot, you know, “Stories ripped from the headlines,” etc. I think we’re going to have to ask billy for a ruling on Castillo’s naturalization status. Is he the player whose father was a secret illegal?

    Comment by vaganova — January 8, 2018 @ 1:56 pm

  10. Elmer Vargas is the player who was nearly deported in a story arc back in 2008 because he was brought to the US at a young age from Mexico by his non-citizen parents. His parents never told him that both he and they were illegally in the country, though it was said that his father had a legal work permit at some point. Ultimately, Elmer got to stay in the US on a work permit as a mediocre bench bat and Spanish “translator” (he didn’t actually know much Spanish) for a minor league baseball team in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    Jordy Castillo was always a background character during his two years on the baseball team (2014-2015). He was a starting pitcher and designated hitter. Nothing was said about his citizenship or parentage.

    Comment by billytheskink — January 8, 2018 @ 4:10 pm

  11. I knew billy would have the answers. Yes, Elmer Vargas. Hard to believe that was ten years ago.

    Comment by vaganova — January 8, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

  12. came here today for an in depth analysis of today’s strip. was not disappointed.

    Comment by lester — January 8, 2018 @ 9:19 pm

  13. Oh, so IBEW is a union? I guess that makes more sense than what I thought — I figured we only had the right side of his jacket front showing, and the other side had the letters EIRD.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 9, 2018 @ 12:47 am

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