This Week in Milford

July 12, 2018

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Pelwecki?

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 6:20 am


Another strip already? I’m still mulling the meaning of the question “What about Kevin Pelwecki?” and why people will be asking it for the rest of his life. Does this mean he’ll always be the guy that gets excluded initially until the last minute when it suddenly dawns on someone that he hadn’t been given consideration?

“Well, I guess that’s it. We’re out of options. I guess we’ll just have to take the loss on this one.”
“What about Kevin Pelwecki?”
“Oh yeah, him. What have we got to lose? Send Pelwecki.”

Now on today’s episode of What About Kevin Pelwecki, where we join Kevin Pelwecki and Gil Thorp as they discuss the exciting future of Kevin Pelwecki. Gil seems to be advising Kevin to keep his options open which is code for “there’s no way you’re going to be walking on at State”. Either that or something way more racy like “it’s college, you’re supposed to experiment”.

“We need one more person for a proper Cambodian Flume Ride*, anybody game?”
“What about Kevin Pelwecki?”

The last time we saw Kevin, he was pretty pumped about going to State with an informal invite to consider the possibility of attempting to walk on to the baseball team. When did this become a problem for him?

“Oh shoot, I can’t think of anything else to put a button on this baseball season. Dafne’s going over to eat Ma Bader’s brownies. Del and Barry are still assholes, and we’ve done the requisite twenty panels of actual action. We’ve even thrown in four panels of softball but we’re still a few days short of a full season.”
“We can always just have Gil give some boilerplate advice to some kid about the future.”
“Yeah, but who should Gil be giving advice too?”
“What about Kevin Pelwecki?”
“Sure. Why not?”

*not a real thing



  1. That’s two consecutive strips that have ended with Gil saying something that makes no sense at all. Are we at the beginning of a long story arc about Gil suffering from CTE because of all those headshots he took as a star high school football player?

    Comment by jvwalt — July 12, 2018 @ 6:39 am

  2. The * today dashed my hopes of going on a Cambodian Flume Ride in the near future.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 12, 2018 @ 7:48 am

  3. It’s funny because a month later we STILL don’t know what Kevin is so pissy-shit about… Does he want a career in the big leagues? Does he want to play big-time college baseball and win the College World Series? Or is he just whoring for a scholarship because he’s desperate to pay for school??

    Comment by hitorque — July 12, 2018 @ 7:53 am

  4. Kev, you got into State University with mediocre grades (almost a 3.5 GPA) and, aside from being tall, you are unremarkable in all other respects up to and including the fact that your sole extracurricular activity can best be characterized as the most abject homage to George Plimpton I’ve ever seen. The only problems you’ve got can be solved with a pair of barber’s shears and a 2 in 1 conditioning shampoo.

    Comment by timbuys — July 12, 2018 @ 8:07 am

  5. jvwalt brings up a good point; GT probably has CTE especially from those kids, in 2012 I think, who purposely hit him in the head with a baseball several times and filmed it in order to get YouTube views

    Comment by franku2016 — July 12, 2018 @ 9:18 am

  6. Don’t know if you’re out there and/or already aware Jive Turkey but Mudhoney just released a single and have an album due out Sept 28.

    Wow, that’s unexpectedly pointed message-wise.

    Please excuse the brief Rock n Roll Thursday intrusion. We now return you to What About Kevin Pelecki?

    Comment by nedryerson — July 12, 2018 @ 9:20 am

  7. Oh man, I was totally going to go on and on about Elvis Costello in Wednesday’s post before I remembered mostly only I cared. Anyway, thanks to Ned for the reminder as I had intended to embed one of the last video recordings by him and his erstwhile band, The Attractions. Nothing wrong with the Impostors, but…

    Well, anyway, um, yeah, I could go on and on about that band.

    Comment by timbuys — July 12, 2018 @ 9:38 am

  8. Thanks Ned. I was not aware. I see they will be touring. Hope they will be coming to your town and mine.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am

  9. @timbuys, I might be a bit of an outlier among Elvis Costello fans, but Brutal Youth is pretty near the top of my ranking of Attractions era E.C. Not that the whole run of albums isn’t practically solid gold from top to bottom. Brutal Youth hit me just right with songwriting and production. (I’d also take a similar stand on Blood & Chocolate).

    @JT, I don’t know. Many bands don’t descend into Florida. The come south to Atlanta, then make a right turn and keep heading west.

    Comment by nedryerson — July 12, 2018 @ 10:13 am

  10. Important life lesson, Kevin. “You don’t have a problem. You have opportunities” means “You have a problem, and it’s going to get worse”.

    Comment by Philip — July 12, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

  11. @nedryerson – “Not that the whole run of albums isn’t practically solid gold from top to bottom”

    I love that you and I know exactly what you are talking about. There are some good songs and great performances hidden on that one. Nevermind that the conceit of the music video for I Wanna Be Loved was so clever that U2 outright stole it. Geniuses and all of that, I suppose.

    Comment by timbuys — July 12, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

  12. P4:
    Gil: “and yes”
    Moose: “yes what?”

    Comment by franku2016 — July 12, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

  13. It so happens that I have someone who has visited Cambodia right here. Me. While there, I was with a group of other students taking a little bit of a holiday and we spent several days exploring the Angkor Wat complex and other surrounding areas.

    The first day there, even though we were all exhausted, we got up early to see the temple as the sun comes up. It looks something like this.

    I say all this because on the back of my three day pass there were some very specific provisions regarding prohibitions on the establishment of flume rides.

    Comment by timbuys — July 12, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

  14. Gildo:”But that suggests you like variety”
    KB:”are you sayin I should be playin both sides of the buffet table?
    Gildo:”I was actually referring to the menu at the Bucket. Look, Kevin…we’re on the shading side of August, we’re still in school, you haven’t applied to any colleges yet and are pissed that they’re not beating down your door to go there.This trainwreck of a plot is going NOWHERE. Where’s it goin? It’s goin fuckin NOWHERE. So how’s about you leaving my office and letting me drink in peace. Shoot up a flare if you spot my kids.

    Comment by Knoxy — July 12, 2018 @ 6:08 pm

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