This Week in Milford

April 29, 2019

What’s The Deal With Linda?

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Fontastic, Just plain sad, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 6:16 am


David and Linda started a conversation at The Bucket last week. The conversation continued on the phone over the weekend and now here we are at Milford High School picking up where we left off.

David is summoned via text (he has installed a customized font package on his phone’s messaging app) to meet Linda in the Media Center. I’d like to point out that the Milford High School still has actual books on shelves and subscribes to at least one print periodical. I’m going to assume that the copy of SPIN that Linda is reading is part of the Media Center’s collection. Would anybody buy their own copy of SPIN these days? Can you buy a copy of SPIN these days? (The answer to that question is no. SPIN has been online only since 2012.) Maybe the Milford High School Media Center is as frozen in time as many other aspects of MHS and Linda is currently leafing through the March 1989 of SPIN magazine, which features a cover story on Edie Brickell and New Bohemians.

With all the curious details out of the way, I now barely have the energy to untangle the main point. What is the deal with Linda? She was fired up about her teammates missing the scrimmage because they had other commitments. Her steady beau, David Walter, pointed out her hypocrisy since she has her own other commitments. She rankled at this, but they moved on.

Since then, all of the other commitments her teammates have been put under a microscope and evaluated for their uniqueness, or too cool for schoolness and this somehow led to the introduction of a stuffed rally hippo. This has somehow led Linda to again question her own too cool for schoolness and feel inadequate because her volleyball scholarship doesn’t measure up. She’s wondering if she’s just not that into volleyball anymore. Geez, what a predicament.

Well Linda, if you don’t want to listen to David’s straight advice, take a tip from Edie Brickell (by way of Popeye the Sailor Man): “What I am is what I am, you what you are or what?” That means do volleyball if you want or don’t do it if you don’t. I think, or at least that’s the “talk on the cereal box”.


Have any members of New Bohemians ever been heard from since then?

Edited to add, in response to Tim, that SPIN featured KISS on their cover several years later (August 1996)…Looks like one of those four covers, collect them all!! type deals.



  1. Don’t tell Gil that Milford High has a media center. He hates the media. He’ll probably think the media center is where Marty Moon and Bruce Panzer of TAP go to plot against him.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 29, 2019 @ 7:21 am

  2. Seems sadly ironic that the school changed the name of the library to “Media Center” but it still contains nothing but books and old magazines.

    Comment by jvwalt — April 29, 2019 @ 7:56 am

  3. Hey is that Mark Arm? “I got a guitar. Check it out I’m a star. Hey kids, how do I look on the Cover of Spin?!”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 29, 2019 @ 8:37 am

  4. A little harsh? Kind of like Bill Murray and Chevy Chase harsh?

    Comment by franku2016 — April 29, 2019 @ 9:07 am

  5. And to think that all it took was a knit cap and cheesy stuffed animal to make her rethink a free college education, Her parents will be supportive, I’m sure….

    Comment by franku2016 — April 29, 2019 @ 9:10 am

  6. I have a great many strong opinions about Edie Brickell, The New Bohemians and related people, none of which I shall chose to share publicly here on our little Gil Thorp blog.

    That said, I will share that I find the notion that Spin magazine apparently did a Kiss at fifteen years retrospective endlessly hilarious. I almost want to read it just to see what, if any, prognostications about the band’s future were contained therein.

    Bonus question: What the hell is that meathook doing on Linda’s shoulder? You can’t convince me that is David Walter’s left hand… serious Thing-from-the-Addams-Family action going on there.

    Bonus point: I like the ruffled cuffs on Linda’s sleeves.

    Minus question: Isn’t volleyball a fall sport? Of course no one gives a flip about it during softball season. Linda needs to put on her hat, get herself a stuffed hippo and get with the program.

    Comment by timbuys — April 29, 2019 @ 10:32 am

  7. @timbuys – she might be playing club or travel volleyball, which never ends. The competition is better than HS and it allows college coaches to watch players that they are interested in play during time frames when colleges aren’t playing. The schedule for such teams is pretty grueling too. My daughter did it for 2 years but quit before she got a college offer, not after, like this nitwit is contemplating.

    Comment by franku2016 — April 29, 2019 @ 11:46 am

  8. Multiple opportunities for Bill Murray references here:

    @franku2016: a red cap and a Speedo might set her right.

    @timbuys: He’s giving her noogies, of course.

    Comment by teenchy — April 29, 2019 @ 12:38 pm

  9. Those Kiss covers sure are something. Thanks for posting!

    Comment by timbuys — April 30, 2019 @ 8:17 am

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