This Week in Milford

November 19, 2018

The Family That Jogs Together Slogs Together

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


Remember when we thought that Tiki’s sister might have had a developmental delay or other specific learning disability that would require her to attend school somewhere other than Milford’s traditional elementary (where all the fifth graders know each other)? Was it just me, or did Rubin really kind of lean into that point? I guess that was just an early glimpse into the Gordian Knot of Tiki’s relocation from New Thayer to Milford and wasn’t really intended to be explored in any depth.

We went on to focus on crappy cars, crappy apartments, tardiness and eligibility to play sports. It seems like Rubin really stepped in it on the eligibility story. The Jansen’s tried to pull a fast one, or so it appears. Kaz got to do some  more of his fancy detective work, and then ultimately threatened to kill Tiki to get the truth. Then Gil pontificated about eligibility and keeping his own scrupulous adherence to the rules on point, without ever indicating that he really has a personal mastery of what the eligibility requirements are at all. Now that’s what I call Gil Being Gil.

So the heart of the story is that Tiki got mixed up with the wrong crowd at New Thayer (some nasty people) and his family orchestrated a transfer to Milford. They may have fudged a few things, but it was only out of concern for Tiki and getting him away from the bad element at New Thayer. How bad was it? Only a Gil and Mimi training montage can do justice to the depth of criminal behavior Tiki was party to! Gil and Mimi’s jogging will wash away the stain of nastiness and then we can move on, right? Right?

Tiki’s use of the word crosswise is interesting. Tiki got crosswise with the guys doing the vandalism and the burglaries. Does that mean he got involved or that he was a witness? Are we talking about some sort of witness protection situation here? C’mon Rubin.

It only dawned on me about a month late that I’ve been blogging to one extent or another on This Week in Milford for ten years. Here is my first post. Funny how time flies.



  1. Congratulations on 10 years Ned… I think.

    In any event, Tiki’s situation would not likely make him ineligible around where I live, kids/parents do it with frightening regularity (I say frightening because many of these kids are fleeing, sadly, some very poorly-performing schools). I’m not sure what bugs Gil so much about this…

    Comment by billytheskink — November 19, 2018 @ 8:57 am

  2. Apparently to be a bad egg kid these days one has to live in one of the “other” Valley Conference towns. Were those evil cheating teenage mutant golfers also from New Thayer?

    Congrats Ned, you are always hilarious, and your continued dedication to this site is very, very much appreciated! I remember that day well when you took over for Jason, hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Thank you.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 19, 2018 @ 9:44 am

  3. That “witness protection” remark reminds me of a certain Gil Thorp storyline from ’95, in which a new kid transferred into Milford High. Funny thing….he alway wore dark glasses while in school. Care to guess why ?!

    Comment by Howard S Sample — November 19, 2018 @ 9:55 am

  4. and when was he gonna tgell the whole story? January? Now I get it– he’s late for school because he doesnt really LIVE in Milfords district. He lives in New Thayer. But cant he just leave home earlier?? All this because he cant get his ass out of bed a half hour earlier? Sheese.

    Comment by robmize2013 — November 19, 2018 @ 10:36 am

  5. The Great Detective Kazinski put his heart and soul into this thing. He did what, make a phone call and hover threateningly over Tiki until he spilled his guts? Not exactly Sherlock Holmes.

    Comment by jvwalt — November 19, 2018 @ 11:49 am

  6. “He’s such a clean cut kid. I could understand if he had dreadlocks but…”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 19, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

  7. Congrats Ned! Gawd bring this storyline to an end already. The football season has been one lame storyline after another with minimal attention paid to football games. Nothing memorable for sure.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 19, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

  8. Yeah. I wish that they would get back to painting lines on the street with itty-bitty paint brushes; that was hilarious

    Comment by franku2016 — November 19, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

  9. 1. Who are those two kids in panels 2+3, and how do they know so much about this story?

    2. “Clean cut” kids don’t “accidentally” wind up with the bad crowd…

    3. Am I the only one shocked that Gilberto+wife spend every waking hour outside of school talking about their players’ private lives or listening to the White Power Hour with Martin Mooney?

    Comment by hitorque — November 19, 2018 @ 4:57 pm

  10. Happy 10, Ned.

    Comment by Prof. Anthrax — November 19, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

  11. In today’s strip, Gil talks about the ass-whipping Tiki, got, something lile this:

    Comment by franku2016 — November 20, 2018 @ 10:13 am

  12. Congrats, Ned. If I hadn’t given up the weekly routine, I would be closing in on five years.

    Comment by timbuys — November 20, 2018 @ 3:38 pm

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