This Week in Milford

April 26, 2018

Les Expos(ition) sont là


Hope y’all like exposition ’cause today’s strip is nothing but.

I guess the Padillas are going to stick around in Milford for the rest of the school year. It may be interesting to see what magical baseball skills Jorge’s endowed with*, and whether Marty Moon will make on-air comparison between him and one of baseball’s Puerto Rican greats.

Paul Beaudry finally gets a face, and it’s Amy Lange’s. Speaking of faces, we haven’t seen Barry Bader’s since the end of the spring/summer 2016 arc. We only saw him in profile and at a distance last season. Wonder if he’ll stay on model?

Help me out with the English grammar in P3, please: Is Carrie describing the Del Bader/Boo Radley/unidentified pickup truck driver who dropped a CD incident correctly? Or does that read like Father Bader killed a girl who was driving drunk?

*Remember, he’s already had a cup of coffee with the Nats. On that topic, the inspiration for the post title:




  1. The impact of the Boo Radley arc continues to echo in my life as I have now seen a ton of Little Libraries spring up over the last few years including no less than two within easy walking distance of my house.

    I have yet to find a more efficient way of disposing of gently worn children’s books and other such works (why do I own a book by Henry Kissinger?) of passing literary merit.

    Comment by timbuys — April 26, 2018 @ 8:02 am

  2. And Boo Radley gets dragged from the grave for a brief cameo, yet again serving as an emotional McGuffin and nothing more.

    Comment by jvwalt — April 26, 2018 @ 8:12 am

  3. GT: “Yeah, and even though it happened over two years ago, we can’t EVER let this go and by law we’re required to hound Barry about this every day since all our parents are 100% perfect in everything that they do!

    GT 2: Just a brief reminder at how God awful inept Bader’s attorney was, telling his client with a straight face that a plea for 8+ years was the “best deal” he could negotiate instead of just going to trial…

    Comment by hitorque — April 26, 2018 @ 11:21 am

  4. They way that went down was all pretty sketchy but if I recall Boo did get killed in an incident where Pa Bader was a repeat DUI so that probably gave the DA plenty to work with.

    Comment by timbuys — April 26, 2018 @ 11:58 am

  5. hitorque, the best-we-can-do 8-year plea reminds me of an exchange in Monty Python’s “Life Of Brian”.
    Brian: “What’ll they do to me?”
    Other prisoner: “Ah, you’ll probably get off with crucifixion.”
    Brian: “CRUCIFIXION?”
    Other prisoner: “Why not? First offense!”
    And, apart from that, the spring story will apparently involve Bader’s abrasive personality and Kevin once again trying to overcome his athletic limitations, this time with launch angles, which may possibly lead to vector calculus. Also Dafne and Jorge are present, so we may wander into investigative journalism or re-engineering an electrical grid. This promises lots of action over the next 13 weeks!

    Comment by Philip — April 26, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

  6. “He’s been drunk for 24 yeeeeeaaarszah!
    If he had a dime for every time,
    Someone one tried to change him,
    He’d be drunk for 24 more!
    No, not picking on Baders pop. Or even Gil. That’s “Twenty Four “ by Mudhoney which is part 2 of Rock n Roll Ttttthhhhhhuuuurrrrssssdaaaayyyy! It appears on March to Fuzz which is a best of and rarities double CD. The rarities CD has some covers such as Fang’s “The Money Will Roll Right In “ , Black Flag’s “Fix Me”, “Dehumanized “ by Void and covers by Motörhead, Angry Samoans and Adolescents among others. Another great song appears called Drinking ForTwo” which has a country honky tonk sound.
    The “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge LP came out in 1991. Highlights include “Generation Genocide” , “Good Enough”, Let it Slide”, “Into the Drink” and “Check Out Time”
    1992 brought us Piece Cake LP. Songs include “No End in Sight”, “Suck You Dry” and “Acetone “ which departs from the typical Mudhoney sound.
    In 1995 we are treated to My Brother the Cow with 13 tracks. Track 13 is quite a treat. It plays the whole darn album backwards! No satanic lyrics here that I could detect. The 12th track is called “ 1995” with a tip of the cap to the Stooges “1969”. Other songs include “Judgment, Rage, Retribution and Thyme”, “Into Yer Shtik” and “Generation Spokesmodel “
    Last album I’ll talk about is Tomorrow Hit Today which debuted in 1998. Two great songs on this on are called “ I Have to Laugh” and “ Beneath The Valley of the Underdog “
    A great place to start is the March to Fuzz twin set. But check all the albums because there are some gems that don’t appear on the best of/rarities. I’ve seen these guys twice post 2010. Didn’t see them in their prime but still great and hope to see them again.
    ROCK ON !!!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 26, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

  7. The essential problem with both Bader Sr and Jr, to use precise clinical terminology, has been that they’re both shitheads who take credit for everything that goes right and blame someone else for everything that goes wrong. OK. Kevin Palooka and launch angles. Barely Bader. Jorge Padilla (does Paloma play softball? Never mind– we’d never see it if she did.) Dafne DeFoliant. The passing Carrie Hobson and the no doubt soon to reappear Karina. This is like opening the refrigerator and thinking “OK, I have some leftover chicken, an onion, some tortillas, a bag of lettuce, and that salsa I haven’t tried yet. What can I make with this? Do I need to go buy tomatoes or am I ok now?”

    Comment by vaganova's fortuneteller — April 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

  8. @timbuys:
    I’m way too tired to dig it up, but citing Ohio law as an example (because that’s where I’ll always insist Milford is) I did post an analysis during the trial pointing out the reasons why that “deal” was way out of line with what people usually get in that situation.

    @vaganova’s fortuneteller:

    “…they’re both shitheads who take credit for everything that goes right and blame someone else for everything that goes wrong….”

    I can’t quite place it… This oddly reminds me of some smug small-time high school coach, his butt buddy with hipster sideburn and their racist radio broadcaster BFF, whose names I can’t remember…

    Comment by hitorque — April 26, 2018 @ 4:16 pm

  9. @Philip:

    Yes, I’m looking forward to Kevin’s lecture on launch angles when we discover he can’t even make contact with the fucking ball, much like his lifelong dream of playing QB and getting all the girls only to find out he could neither handle the snap nor hand the ball off without fumbling…

    And I don’t care — I still want an explanation on what is presumably a 6’4, 245-lb second baseman… No way in hell is the THAT nimble…

    Comment by hitorque — April 26, 2018 @ 4:21 pm

  10. Fair point, Hitorque, and I’m not gonna look it up either. I will note that, not that it applies to Milford or Ohio and forgive me if I’ve already mentioned this, it so happens that the county in which I was raised, there was a judge whose daughter was killed by a DUI and took all of the DUI cases in that county. In that state there was Big City in Big County, where you presumably knew somebody who knew somebody, and the conviction rate was very low; the rest of the state where you could usually work something out if you hired a local attorney and then there was our county. You did not want to get a DUI in our county.

    I mean one shouldn’t want to get a DUI or be subject to arrest for DUI in any county because they got behind the wheel of a vehicle after a night on the town but you get what I’m saying.

    Comment by timbuys — April 26, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

  11. […] about as subtle as a blowtorch in doing so.  (Ya know, since it was Jorge Padilla who asked what Barry’s deal was, maybe he’d have been a good person to grill Barry instead. He could always pull the new guy […]

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