This Week in Milford

February 23, 2019

Now a sensible man, by and by a fool, and presently a beast.


Riddle me this, TWIMers: Is this our first visit to Barney’s Pub? It’s not one of Del Bader’s old watering holes, like Selasky’s Supper Club, is it? Did it take over the Coffee Cantina’s space, or did they just steal the CC’s plates? Something about the place seems a little off-kilter, like the nacho salad with ketchup and the idea of Marty Moon drinking in public rather than in the lonesome misery of his own four walls.

That’s what’s off – not just Marty’s public drinking but his choice of beverage. He’s been shown to be a Johnnie Walker man on more than one occasion. He’s also shown a historic callousness to the feelings of others, not caring who he pisses off as long as it’s good radio. That’s why I read his greeting to the ladies as a dig, especially at Mimi. Everybody’s been ignoring the Lady Mudlarks, so why shouldn’t Marty? Hell, he’s already mentally moved on even as Marjie Lite fires a lame retort. Look at the thousand yard stare on Evil Spock’s puss.

That said I expect Mimi, Peggy & co. will pull Marty back to reality over the next several strips, by pointing out that it’s not just them who’ve been ignoring him but WDIG listeners generally. They’ve come for the B/Robby Howry show and Marty is just old and in the way. That, and station manager LBJ’s diming B/Robby out for throwing broad hints at wanting Marty’s job, will be the straw that breaks the lush’s back. It’ll be Marty who runs B/Robby out of town on a rail, sparing the Coaches Thorp any dirty work and letting their players and ex-players remain squeaky clean.

Special Guest Cameo: Looks like Richard Moll is passing through Milford and has dropped in to knock back a frosty mug.

Apologies for the lateness of the post. I’ve been on a brief hiatus and my timing’s a bit off. That’s what spring training’s for, isn’t it? Inspiration for today’s post title, if not the name of this latest Milford watering hole:


  1. Need some aloe, Mr. Moon?

    Comment by Prof. Anthrax — February 24, 2019 @ 9:10 am

  2. Marty Moon: “Aloe-n again, naturally.”

    Comment by MTD — February 24, 2019 @ 10:07 am

  3. Please tell me that all of these ladies are six-sevenths of the way through their Barney’s Pub’s Happy Hour special Maggie O’Ritas.

    Comment by timbuys — February 24, 2019 @ 10:15 am

  4. This just shows how sad the night life scene is in Milford. The same bar has to accommodate lonely men getting hammered and Housewives’ Nights Out. Kind of a recipe for disaster, no?

    Comment by jvwalt — February 24, 2019 @ 10:47 am

  5. Has “Hello, Ladies” ever in recorded history been said without comic overkill?

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — February 24, 2019 @ 2:49 pm

  6. I think the Chief deserves a shout-out for continuity. Mimi and her friends are still in the same seats and have not exchanged hair color or other identifiers. But I too was a little taken by the name “Barney’s Pub,” and am pretty sure this is the first time we’ve seen it (billy?) Might be the place previously– and intermittently– identified as PUB, or it may have replaced Schultz’s Polynesian in the long row of Mfnrd beaneries and watering holes. This one does have a kind of French twist, though– notice that every mug of beer has a head spilling over the rim, evoking the Mont Blanc trademark. Of course if we see green beer on St Patrick’s Day (yes, we’ll still be at Barney’s) we’ll know it’s Irish.

    Comment by vaganova — February 24, 2019 @ 2:50 pm

  7. P1-“Tonigghhhhttt, let it be Lowenbrau.”

    “Here I am on top of the world/All I need is to run down some girrrrrrrrllllllllllsssssss…”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 24, 2019 @ 6:52 pm

  8. How many more strips of this little knitting circle before there is some plot advancement?

    Comment by franku2016 — February 24, 2019 @ 9:09 pm

  9. […] saw this coming a while back. Isn’t it convenient how the Thorps get others to do their dirty work for […]

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  10. […] been a good sign.) As it is the only rails to be seen – well, besides the ones at Barney’s Pub – are the ones the Lady Mudlarks’ season is going off. Mimi needs to get a handle on […]

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