This Week in Milford

June 5, 2019

Going Dutch at the Coffee Cantina?


Here at TWIM we’ve pretty much concluded Milford is in Michigan. While it’s true Michigan has some Dutch influences, I totally did not expect the Coffee Cantina to turn into a full-blown Amsterdam coffeeshop overnight. Had to run with the color version to confirm that the brownie was indeed a brownie. You know it’s a great brownie when you haven’t even taken a bite out of it. Contact high much?

Everyone (including myself) who had written Linda off as a loser who was willing to turn down a volley scholly because she wasn’t yet Olympian material can just hold that thought, at least for today. Skipping practice doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve given up on your sport (remember Allen Iverson?).

The less said about Mimi’s heavy-handed Animal Farm assignment, the better. I’m also disappointed that Mimi didn’t run ’em till they puked before convening Book Club, but if it leads to Molly and Nancy giving Linda a TCFS button for skipping volleyball practice to eat a hash brownie at the Coffee Cantina, I can live with it.


  1. “…sure, coach, …whatevs’…..can we go now?…”

    Comment by franku2016 — June 5, 2019 @ 11:28 am

  2. So, in plate o’ shrimp news, I happened to be driving my wife’s car this morning by myself. Two implications of this: One, her car has satellite radio. Two, when it’s just daddy, daddy gets to play his stations. So, anyway, this came on:

    Comment by timbuys — June 5, 2019 @ 11:41 am

  3. timbuys, I love that tune, I love that whole album…I was toying with embedding that video on Monday but I got wrapped up in my Marxist reading of Orwell.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 5, 2019 @ 11:57 am

  4. Yeah, I approached it more from an intersectional feminist perspective. That said, the Kinks are fucking awesome.

    Did you know one time Ray Davies got shot in the leg chasing down a mugger in the French Quarter? Rock and Roll!

    Comment by timbuys — June 5, 2019 @ 12:18 pm

  5. “I really don’t understand, Coach. All we did was print up some cheap buttons. It was all the other kids who tripped all over themselves trying to get one. Maybe you should have everyone else read this goddamn book.”

    Comment by jvwalt — June 5, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

  6. “Now can you explain it to My thick headed husband? He’s confused by the pictures in the book.”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 5, 2019 @ 5:08 pm

  7. Ned, excellent choice. A few years ago, Rolling Stone came out(and probably revises it from time to time) with The 100 Top Albums of All Time. I scored a respectable 85 in terms of the ones I have listened to(No doubt it helps that my father owned some record stores-ha).

    But I got Brain Fart Syndrome as that album was on my Roundtuit list, as in I’ll get aroundtuit one of these days and give a listen. That will change tonight as I will hunker down on this one cuz you’re right, critics considered it a killer disc.
    And you’re right, Timbuys, they are awesome. I remember a few years ago when they and The Beatles were at some beach resort, trying to outperform the other. The Beatles sweated this one, which was rare because they ran over the competition. Maybe that’s why they’re the #1 band of all time.
    But that night, The Kinks were there to stay.
    Again, great choice, Gentlemen. Keep ’em coming. I love to learn, especially in the music industry.

    BTW, Ned, I also like your subtle digs at Orwell, especially in relation to Gil & crew. Gil doesn’t know what hit him. Or Mimi, for that matter.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — June 5, 2019 @ 5:24 pm

  8. tdrew, I’m probably already in over my head in literary criticism. I think from my TWIM perspective, no matter how you view Animal Farm or where you come down on it’s literary or pedagogic value, Mimi’s “lesson” to Molly and Nancy was a real overreach. I think she probably could’ve found a Aesop fable or something with more relevance to the situation. Or she could have just talked to them straight and told them to knock it off, but then Rubin wouldn’t have had a chance to nod to the Western Canon.

    As far as The Kinks, my first exposure was the kinda middling early 80s stuff that might be celebrated so much these days but I will always have a soft spot for the album Give The People What They Want.

    What I discovered as I explored their catalog later is that I would place those mid sixties albums like Village Green, Arthur & Something Else at the very highest level of pop. I think Lennon & McCartney may have been pushed by Ray Davies to up their songwriting game. Heck one might even argue that Ray writing the bulk of the songs himself might have crafted stronger, more thematic albums than the Beatles in this period. Maybe.

    I can kinda go either way on the 70s stuff like Misfits, Low Budget, etc. I think they wanted to rock more to keep up with the times.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 6, 2019 @ 8:26 am

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