This Week in Milford

May 16, 2019

National Merit Scholarships Are TCFS?


Wait, Linda is trolling for a button/badge? And her teammate Nancy, who isn’t even sure if she is a part of things, denied her? But there does seem to be a specific set for couples TCFS achievement? Are there any written rules at this point or at least some sort of appeals process? Will a rival badge-less clique rise up to contest the new social hierarchy only to itself recreate the rigid social boundaries it was meant to disrupt? Will we leave lots of unanswered questions and then, all of a sudden but after several tall lemonades, see Gil teaching golf to surly seven year olds at the Milford CC over the summer?

I think we know the answer to that last one at least.

Bonus points: Nancy is depicted sitting as far away as possible from the steering wheel and its potentially lethal airbag as one should.  Not sure how well she’s going to be able to steer with her elbows locked like that, but one problem at a time I suppose.

Minus points: Even though Nancy has her hands at the recommended 9 and 3 positions, in the event of airbag deployment, her chunky bracelets are sure to become deadly, if fashionable, projectiles. Also, Nancy comes across as super passive-aggressive as she tells and tells us about what happened (or didn’t) after panel one’s exciting action.


  1. If you have to go and ask for the idiotic “TC” buttons, does that really make you cool? It’s getting to the point that “TC” means just the opposite of that.

    Comment by franku2016 — May 16, 2019 @ 9:12 am

  2. At first glance I thought what’s her name was in a one size fits all bumper car. Ah well.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 16, 2019 @ 10:18 am

  3. Nancy’s driving position is what was known long ago in racing circles as “Italian,” close to the pedals but far from the wheel. It was a big favorite with drivers such as Alberto Ascari and Tazio Nuvolari. It doesn’t feel as awkward as it looks, as race cars are normally set up for one turn lock to lock, thus you rarely have to change your grip.

    Comment by vaganova — May 16, 2019 @ 11:15 am

  4. Nancy is obviously not up to speed with advanced metrics, which would tell her that getting on base three times is a significant accomplishment without which nobody would have had the OPPORTUNITY to drive her in three times.

    Also, I would think that a bloop single game-winner would actually be more “cool” than a screaming line drive. But maybe I’m confusing “cool” with “ironic.

    Comment by jvwalt — May 16, 2019 @ 11:17 am

  5. Apparently, the “too coolness” has nothing to do with actually playing softball or baseball….just what happens anytime else

    Comment by franku2016 — May 16, 2019 @ 11:50 am

  6. Isn’t a National Merit Scholarship something you earn, you know, at school?

    Comment by teenchy — May 16, 2019 @ 12:53 pm

  7. What’s her name in P2 looks like she’s driving a semi the way her seat is adjusted.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — May 16, 2019 @ 2:55 pm

  8. You earn a National Merit Scholarship at school only in a manner of speaking. The criterion is a cut-off score on the PSAT, a one time pencil and paper test originally intended as practice for the SAT.

    Comment by vaganova — May 16, 2019 @ 5:27 pm

  9. tim, don’t you know she’s addressing the ball?? I thought everybody used that technique with Mercedes-Benz steering wheels and Topflites on Dog Leg Right on #5 She doesn’t get a button a for that????? Where’s James Bond and Miss Moneypenny when you need ’em???????

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 16, 2019 @ 6:37 pm

  10. @vaganova: Thanks for the clarification. I recall taking the PSAT and being a finalist, but not earning, an NMS. I figured school prepared me for that.

    @tdrewhardin: I don’t think Mercedes-Benzes (Mercedeses-Benzeses?) lend themselves to the Italian driving position; old ones had huge steering wheels but they weren’t situated so far away that you had to drive them arms-out. I did drive a friend’s Alfa Romeo Spider years ago and that required the Italian pose. Funky gearshift position too, IIRC.

    Comment by teenchy — May 17, 2019 @ 3:57 am

  11. National Merit is an odd name for a child.

    Comment by Ol'Froth — May 17, 2019 @ 1:32 pm

  12. PSAT, SAT, ACT, and the others are under increasing pressure to begin with, now more than ever with the rich-people-buy-their-kids’-way-in scandal. The original purpose, a “standard candle,” is all but forgotten. The idea was that if you had one applicant with a 90 average from a school the admissions panel was familiar with, such as Stuyvesant or Boston Latin, and another with a 90 average from George Armstrong Custer HS in Pavement Narrows, Montana, the SAT could suggest whether grades at the unknown school were on the level. Now it’s just another metric comparable to the formulae US News and the others use to rate colleges (multiply the percentage of PhDs on the faculty by the number of volumes in the library and divide by the depth of the swimming pool.)

    Comment by vaganova — May 17, 2019 @ 2:34 pm

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