This Week in Milford

October 22, 2018

The Corner Of Noneya & Business

Filed under: big arms, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Milford Weirdos, premature baldness — nedryerson @ 7:11 am


Tiki Jansen drives a crappy, old car and he’s chronically late. His sister Angela is in the fifth grade. Andre Ruffin’s sister, who’s also in the fifth grade,  has never heard of Angela. Andre is determined to unlock the mystery.

Maybe Angela goes to a different school than Andre’s sister, be it private, special needs or just another school. I guess Milford is supposed to be small enough that there’d be only one elementary school and all the fifth graders should know each other.

What are we doing here? Why do these kids have to investigate each other?

I wonder what a strip with real stories of what’s happening in the lives of real kids would look like. I really do. In the last couple years a few books came out with some interesting perspectives on public school classrooms and the kids in them. These are both personal takes from a long time teacher (Hall of Fools) and an established writer who taught as a substitute for a year (Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids). Both of those were a little harrowing to read. Maybe it is better to live in the sanitized, “1950s with cellphones” Gil Thorp.


  1. Since when does a coach call a kid out of class to bitch-slap him or her? I thought that those kinds of talkin-to’s were reserved for after school practice. Now Gil, rather than Tiki, is the selfish dick by taking him away from some other teacher and basically sending the message to other staff that sez “I’m the head coach around here, I will do whatever the fuck I want, when I want, and I don’t GAF about you or your class or your position with the school, bitch”

    Comment by franku2016 — October 22, 2018 @ 7:29 am

  2. Do all these meddling Milford kids read Mary Worth? Why do they care so much about Tiki’s life? Yes, high schoolers like to gossip, but few like to put obsessive effort into digging up gossip, in my experience.

    This whole “kids work unfathomably hard at discovering other kids’ secrets” thing has been a hallmark ever since Rubin started writing the strip. Cully Vale, Andrew Gregrory, Darby Kiser, Aaron Aagard…

    Comment by billytheskink — October 22, 2018 @ 7:43 am

  3. Two points:

    1. “They could affect your eligibility, which is the only thing I care about.”

    2. So is the No Punter thing already over? Joe Bolek stepped in and everything’s cool? If so, that was a waste of space.

    Comment by jvwalt — October 22, 2018 @ 8:54 am

  4. ‘I never asked..’ — How long have they known each other? 2 weeks tops? Thats a question for at least a year-long friend.

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 22, 2018 @ 9:12 am

  5. My thoughts exactly, Rob. Stalker!

    That pile of papers on Gil’s desk is a true tribute to the man’s indifference to all but fielding a team good enough to not give Marty Moon too much to work with.

    Bonus question: why as Andre eating his lunch while wearing a golf glove on his right hand.

    Metapost: I assume (and hope) Ned’s OK with my applying category tags. If not, I’ll revert those changes.

    Comment by timbuys — October 22, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

  6. No problem, timbuys.

    Comment by nedryerson — October 22, 2018 @ 1:06 pm

  7. Wouldn’t be a Milfordverse storyline without some player getting their personal lives probed, amirite??

    Comment by hitorque — October 23, 2018 @ 8:13 am

  8. @hitorque: it seems like they do this story at least once a year with either nosy-ass friends or that busy-body bitch Daffy and her “mentor”, Rizzik.

    Comment by franku2016 — October 23, 2018 @ 9:08 am

  9. i hear Better With The Tardies is playing at PUB tonight

    Comment by Roscoe P. Soultrain — October 23, 2018 @ 10:01 am

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