This Week in Milford

May 30, 2018

Making Things Worse


I’m struggling to grasp anyone’s motivations here other than, perhaps, Ma Bader’s. Well, I suppose Barry’s motivation is that he’s a hot headed moron* with self esteem issues but that doesn’t make for the most compelling protagonist. At least not as written here…

Bonus points:

P1: Ah, the rare ANDS brand laptop, disfavored by Milford teens who prefer |||| brand computers. I’ll leave speculation as to the nature of the mysterious foreground display to our wonderful commenters.

P2: I’m digging the Bader’s mismatched chairs at their tiny kitchen table underneath the chandelier they stole from a TGI Friday’s. Also, Steve Luhm has clearly been moonlighting.

P3: I’m sure I’ve floated some truly idiotic ideas in front of my mom over the years but I don’t think I’ve ever given her occasion to give me such an exaggerated (and presumably genuine) stinkeye.

* Seriously, ‘enoblers’?

Metapost: As this year’s Memorial Day celebrations recede into memory, please bear in mind the veterans who surely number amongst this count.



  1. Quite the change in appearance for Mother Bader from when last we saw her. Switched from glasses to contacts? The Chief needs to go back and check his model.

    Comment by teenchy — May 30, 2018 @ 10:39 am

  2. The only times I have ever read of a convict’s relatives being interviewed have been when the case was in dispute– under appeal, or with a petition for a pardon underway. Like Hitorque, I have some experience in writing for publication, and what the Trumpet is trying to do is simply not done.

    Comment by vaganova — May 30, 2018 @ 10:44 am

  3. I assume that’s a SONY computer. SONY hasn’t made laptops since 2014, and even before that they were VAIO branded.

    If I were Ma Bader, I’d be giving my son the stinkeye. “Talking to a reporter about our family disgrace — how could it hurt?” is right up there with “Hey, let’s go get a drink. The Titanic will sail itself!” on the Bad Idea Continuum.

    Comment by jvwalt — May 30, 2018 @ 11:09 am

  4. Instead of keeping his mouth shut and just possibly being thought of as dumb, Bader removes all doubt about how stupid he actually is by opening his mouth and saying “enoblers”

    Comment by franku2016 — May 30, 2018 @ 11:46 am

  5. We sit here blaming Barry for “enoblers”, but we should remember that he is repeating what he has been called. Negative points there for the whole Milford school system.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 30, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

  6. Fair point, billly. Enoblers is a perfectly cromulent word.

    Let’s get back to P2: I just now noticed that crazy tall soffit looming over their breakfast nook. How tall are the ceilings in the kitchen anyway?

    Comment by timbuys — May 30, 2018 @ 2:05 pm

  7. While the rest of you obsess over soffit and fascia, I’m mesmerized by whatever is on Barry’s spoon on Panel 3. Creamed corn? Hominy grits? No, I’m going with a microscopic, unseen dollop of plutonium on the spoon proper, and the detail above the spoon is the radioactive aura.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — May 30, 2018 @ 5:10 pm

  8. Moon Mullins, I was going to weigh in with Lucky Charms With An Attitude but your Lost in Space cuisine would have taken 1st Prize at the Milford County Fair(ha). BTW, LOVED, Thumbhead. I think you unwittingly added a criminal to the Rogues Gallery next to Pruneface. You da Man.
    Timbuys, I swear, I was frothing all day with the gruel Oliver Twist has on his spoon(“I ‘ad ta beg fo’ mo’ Malt-o-Meal whilst spillin’ me entrails ta Daffy, Mum”) but I was busy ALL day and couldn’t get roundtuit(haha). The carriage hasn’t turned into a pumpkin yet.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 30, 2018 @ 6:28 pm

  9. “Gee, Mom, this doesn’t taste like Wheaties. Are you sure you went to Publix this week?”
    “Yes!!!! I went there Thursday. You can ant the rest of these eggs? Because I’m going to throw them out if you don’t.”
    “No, go ahead.”
    Mom Bader gets up and scoops the detritus, plus the empty Alpo Chicken ‘n’ Grits cans down the garbage bag.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 31, 2018 @ 4:30 am

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