This Week in Milford

January 9, 2019

In Milford It’s Still December


Now we know why story arcs in this strip run longer than their real-life seasonal counterparts. Check out the calendar on the wall behind Kaz; while we’re more than a week into January, in Milford it’s still December.

That’s not the only evidence that Milford is behind the times, even if it’s not quite the “1959 with cell phones” we often describe it as being.  I mean, look, they’re only on Billboard 3.0?  They haven’t even gotten to Billboard 95 or NT?  The rest of the world has been on Billboard 10 for some time now.  Fifteen-year-old Chevy Monte Carlos still ply the roads, their flanks slowly turning into powder.  (Come to think of it, that’s not out of the ordinary in the Upper Midwest.)  Newspapermen still call their bosses “Chief” Jimmy Olsen style, even while grooming their beards, though unlike Perry White the editors in Milford don’t seem to mind.

Is Kaz showing Gil a photo of Billboard 3.0 Kelly sent him, or has he “called up”  As Ned alluded to on Monday, none of us here at TWIM have yet to buy and direct it here (though GoDaddy would be willing to negotiate to have its owner sell it to you – thanks for the update, Ned :-) ), but that would require effort on our parts.  Maybe we should do a GoFundMe? Let us know in the comments.





  1. TEENCHY MY MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! CLASSIC, CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for bringin’ back the memories. I’d forgotten about that one but that collection is priceless.

    “Gil, that one billboard by the Milford Pawn Shop was pretty nasty. It said ‘Gil’s mother wears army boots and drives a Bucket Liver Cheeseburger wagon’.”
    “Man, talk about below the belt.”
    Oh, you ain’t heard nuthin’ yet. I saw one by my house that said ‘Only Bob Knight can throw a Broyholl recliner further than Gil’.
    “Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!! Kaz, go down to the precinct office and tell them I want Friday and Gannon on the case.”
    “On it, Coach.”
    AND DON’T CALL ME COACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What is this with 3.0?????? Okay, we know the number of billboards posted by Robby a/k/a Bobby a/k/a Dr. No has 2 significant digits in it. Thorpiverse, you picked a fine time to teach algebra.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — January 9, 2019 @ 8:44 am

  2. I give kudos for the drawing of Gil’s pissy face in panel three. If someone I work with tells me: “You need to see this. You don’t want to – but you need to.” and holds up their phone for me to look at, I think that is almost exactly the look I get on my face prior to looking.

    Comment by timbuys — January 9, 2019 @ 8:45 am

  3. P4: “…it’s a funny cat video from YouTube…”

    Comment by franku2016 — January 9, 2019 @ 8:58 am

  4. Here’s a bit of minutia that will interest probably nobody: I was looking a little more closely at the GoDaddy site probably just as teenchy was composing today’s post. I’m not sure if this was the case when I posted Monday, but at this moment is owned by somebody and what GoDaddy is currently offering is their “Domain Buy Service” where one of their “personal domain brokers” will contact the owner and negotiate on your behalf to purchase the domain. This goes for 69.99 (plus a commission of some sort) and does not include the price of the domain.

    I think that means that TWIM is priced out of buying this domain!

    But now I’m left to wonder if:
    a) somebody just coincidentally already owned the domain and just wasn’t using it………..(This is the Occam’s Razor pick).
    b) Rubin/Whigham (or their syndicate) bought it preemptively to keep us (or others) from messing with it………..(Ha Ha Ha! As if!)
    c) Some other domain speculator snapped it up when it first appeared Monday looking to cash in if Rubin, or TWIM or anybody wanted it…..(The joke would be on them.)

    Comment by nedryerson — January 9, 2019 @ 9:04 am

  5. Kaz is showing Gil a pic of his schlong.

    Comment by Name required — January 9, 2019 @ 9:12 am

  6. “Stop Calling Me Chief” was one of my favorite Letterman bits.

    Anyways, paging Marty Moon to the courtesy phone. Paging Mr. Moon…

    Comment by billytheskink — January 9, 2019 @ 11:28 am

  7. I was so taken in by Gil’s grim visage in p3 that I almost didn’t notice Kaz’s styling Nehru collar. Also Stuck Funky readers may recognize Arrogant Editor’s hairstyle as the reverse Skunkhead John.

    Comment by timbuys — January 9, 2019 @ 12:23 pm

  8. @timbuys. You are correct, and Kaz’s watch band looks like he pilfered it from a 1970 time capsule to match his haircut

    Comment by franku2016 — January 9, 2019 @ 12:36 pm

  9. “Chief” takes me instantly to Robert Shaw in “Jaws.” Also, my father, an old Navy man, always used that form of address on mock superiors, while novices and general incompetents were always referred to as “recruits.” I find myself using both terms in the present, almost forty years after his premature death.

    I agree with tdrew that teenchy’s take is classic. But as a long time Mac user I would rather see “Mojave” than “3.0.” But considering the low version number (Mfnrd really is behind the times, one of the reasons we love it) it should probably be “OS Kitten.”

    Comment by vaganova — January 9, 2019 @ 3:32 pm

  10. I guess vaganova doesnt want us to think he’s an old man or something… Chief in Jaws Was a chief– Chief Brodie was a police chief. But that didnt give him the authority to close the beaches.. as the mayor told him. :)

    Comment by robmize2013 — January 9, 2019 @ 8:27 pm

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