This Week in Milford

August 12, 2019



I love these green suits on Ed Baxendale and Chet Ballard. Yes, we finally know Ballard’s first name. He’s Chet Ballard of Ballard Insurance and lime green suits are his thing.

Chet’s looking for an easy way out of this pickle. Since he’s apparently chummy with Ed (they share a haberdasher) he’s thinking maybe Ed can put a muzzle on his daughter. Geez, give it up Chet. You got caught doing your job poorly and now you’re just digging a deeper hole. Plus, we know from one of the other boring digressions of this summer plot that Ed has little sway over Hadley. (I’m still not sure what Ed is doing here.)

Chet’s suit color reminded me of the Plymouth Duster on the cover of The Cars Heartbeat City Album:


I just learned that this piece of art is called Art-O-Matic Loop Di Loop and it was created in 1972 by Peter Phillips.





  1. “Get her under control”? Why don’t you grow a pair, Chet, and handle her yourself? Her arguments are lame and can be easily dismissed. This isn’t even a school board issue. R&W are stupid too if they think it is.

    Comment by franku2016 — August 12, 2019 @ 6:59 am

  2. “Chet…hmm…Ba-…ker? Oh, Chet BALLARD!!!!!! I didn’t think you were. Chet Baker didn’t pop his eyes out like in P3. I was going to have you do ‘I’m Old-fashioned’ on your trumpet but see you brought your tonette out of your Lucky Charms Green suit. Sure, if you’ll do ‘Almost Like Being in Love’, I’m sure my daughter and Tiki will drop the suit. We’ll wait while you go get your trumpet out of the trunk.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — August 12, 2019 @ 11:21 am

  3. Hadley’s firm’s pro bono committee have got to be some of the most cynical folks out there and we’re talking about big city Big Law partners which is really saying something.

    Comment by timbuys — August 12, 2019 @ 11:55 am

  4. I went to grade school with a guy named Chet Ballard. You know I was hoping when I saw the name Ballard that he’d be another name. My Chet got kicked out of altar boys for stealing hosts, and once kicked a kickball through a basketball hoop during recess (we were playing kickball, so it was a legit freak shot. The hoops just happened to be on the sidelines. I was in left field and had a great look at the parabala as it swished right through the chain net. What a shot!) He later worked as a car salesman in Florida and Wisconsin. I’ve lost track of him as he dropped off Facebook, and he hasnt attended any class reunions. But his name lives on in the Thorpiverse!

    Comment by robmize2013 — August 12, 2019 @ 4:34 pm

  5. Two guys in green suits are in a pickle?

    You go, nedryerson, you are on a roll (hopefully not an olive roll, though!)

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 12, 2019 @ 5:17 pm

  6. My sons name is Chet after the great Chet Lemon. If you see a Lemon Jersey at Comiskey, yeah that’s probably me. Here is some odd ball Sox trivia as I noticed this while watching a program about HOFer Harold Baines. He wore number 3 but in his first game he wore 29. I don’t know why or how long he wore that. I happened to notice the number while watching highlight when he reached first base on an error.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 12, 2019 @ 6:08 pm

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