This Week in Milford

December 28, 2020


Filed under: Gil Thorp, metapost, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 7:27 am

Oh boy, we get three more panels of Doug Guthrie’s appeal to Gil be excused from practice for a Senior Kart race in Florida! Let’s just settle in and enjoy the splendor of Doug’s enthusiastic pitch to Gil conveying the thrills of Senior Kart racing.

Now Gil, being Gil, has to have a sarcastic response belittling Doug’s hobby as something for kids, like the kind of thing one does over in Central City! Gil dispenses his snark from the comfort of his bizarre office chair with oddly contoured padding. Maybe his chair is made from recycled volleyballs.

Au contraire, says Doug Guthrie. Senior Kart racing is not for kiddies! It’s a thrill ride at dangerous speeds and poses serious risks to ones tailbone! Yes Doug, that does sound like a party!

Do we need three more panels for Gil to deliberate? Maybe we need at least one for Gil to look Doug in the eye and ask him to never do whatever he’s doing in Panel 3 again. C’mon, attempt to be cool, Doug.

metapost: Here’s a little secret that only a few TWIM insiders know. nedryerson is just the account name I set up to comment here ages ago and I just continued to use it when I started blogging here. My actual name is Doug. (I mean, there’s really only one Ned Ryerson, amiright? Bing!) I just note this here because it’s weird writing my name over and over in this post. Also, this is the first character named Doug that I recall in the Gil Thorp strips I’ve seen, so that’s….something. I guess it had to happen eventually. Also, here’s a plug (a Doug plug) for Doug Benson’s podcast Wide World of Dougs. It’s kind of about Dougs, I think.


  1. Haha…I like how Dougie is doin’ a Beavis imitation in P3…”yeah…go-karts rule…I’m gonna’ score..”

    Comment by franku2016 — December 28, 2020 @ 8:44 am

  2. It’s only a party if you crash, dude. In a previous strip Dougy said we talked about this so Gil should be somewhat aware if they really did talk about this. May the biggest turd win.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 28, 2020 @ 9:25 am

  3. Thanks for the Doug confession and the link to “Wide World of Dougs”, i will check it out. We named our oldest son Douglas, he’s now in college (although he still doesn’t seem as old as the high school kids in Milford!) My wife and I both had several friends we admired named Doug over the years, it also fit with her Scottish heritage, and we also agreed we’d never met someone named Doug we didn’t like. From your clever writing over the years, I’m sure we’d like you in person too.

    But strangely enough, Doug is not that common a name in the younger set these days. In our son’s school district of some 2,000 kids growing up, he was the only Doug.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — December 28, 2020 @ 9:53 am

  4. Thank you for the kind words, Moon Mullins.

    Here are some numbers from the Social Security Administration about the rankings for boys named Douglas in the U.S. by decade

    1910s – 142
    1920s – 103
    1930s – 72
    1940s – 30
    1950s – 28
    1960s – 30
    1970s – 50
    1980s – 73
    1990s – 156
    2000s – not in top 200
    2010s – not in top 200

    This does bear out what you are saying about Douglases* your son’s age, Moon Mullins. The name seems to have fallen off the charts over the last 2-3 decades.

    I was born in the sixties, so it looks like I came along at the tail end of “peak Doug” in the U.S.

    *I worked closely with another Doug for a brief period of time. A coworker referred to us as Dougli, his fancy rendering of a plural form of Douglas.

    Comment by nedryerson — December 28, 2020 @ 10:31 am

  5. There was a show I think on MTV in late 80’s or early 90’s that had a Doug. Sketch comedy. May have been The State but I’m thinking it was some other show with a name I can’t recall. Pretty funny though. This Doug character would start off saying “I’m Doug” and then go off on a tangent. Any recollections from the class?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 28, 2020 @ 11:04 am

  6. Is Doug having a bowel movement in P3?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — December 28, 2020 @ 11:26 am

  7. There’s a song about Doug…

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — December 28, 2020 @ 11:44 am

  8. @Jive Turkey,
    I remember that character from The State. He usually had on a white tee shirt and aviator shades and he would say, “I’m outta heeeeeere.” State clips on YouTube are a mess, or I’d share something. The most memorable one was where Doug (and his friends who always flocked around behind him) were talking to Doug’s dad who was the coolest (“Bob Dylan? You mean Uncle Robert? I produced his last two albums.”) but Doug was determined to paint him as uncool.

    Yep, there’s that Doug song. The Hangover also had a character known as “Black Doug”.

    There was a band out of Atlanta (I think. They were on DB Records) named The Coolies. They’re second album was a “rock opera” called Doug. The titular character was a punk with the pledge of allegiance tattooed on the side of his head. He killed this transvestite chef, stole and then published his recipes and became wealthy before succumbing to drug addiction. I was already aware of The Coolies from their first album of punked up Simon & Garfunkel covers, so I was intrigued by Doug, but it really didn’t deliver for me.
    Here is the opener:

    Comment by nedryerson — December 28, 2020 @ 2:15 pm

  9. Yes “I’m outta here!”. Worked with a guy who would say that occasionally. Which I thought was pretty cool when most guys his age were quoting Adam Sandler movies I guess.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 28, 2020 @ 2:27 pm

  10. 1. God damnit… What did I say yesterday about wearing your gameday jersey to school? Gilberto hasn’t even mentioned it yet?

    2. Uhh… Shifter Karts can get up to 110 at Daytona:

    3. For someone in Middle America who supposedly know everything about all sports, Gilberto seems oddly ignorant about motorsports?

    4. The kid is going about this all wrong — He needs to stress to Gilberto that Daytona is a *premier* event on the Kart series calendar, that this is a real competition with real cash prizes and not some day trip to the county fair, and it is a unique opportunity to drive at one of the Top 3 iconic racetracks in U.S. history.

    4a. Where is Peppermint Patty? Maybe she can trap Gilberto in his office for an hour and explain it to him like he’s a four-year-old…

    Comment by Hitorque — December 28, 2020 @ 3:42 pm

  11. Bobby Joe, That was funny!!!!!!!! You da Man!!!!!!!!

    Doug, I had the problem in reverse. I was the only Drew in school. So whenever I’d hear my name, I knew they couldn’t be talking to anyone else so I always turned around to answer(ha).
    As I got older, from where I lived, many people went from naming their sons Dave, Mark, Steve, or Scott to Chad, Tyler, Matt, with a few Drew’s mixed in. Darn, my name wasn’t the only name in town(ha ha).
    So after a while, I had to get used to hearing “Hey Drew Carey” quite a bit. I took it in fun. Nice to be compared to a guy I think is really funny anyway.
    And my neighbor would always call me Drew Pearson, the famous newspaper columnist. Again, I always took it in stride.
    Interesting stats, BTW.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — December 28, 2020 @ 8:59 pm

  12. tdrew,

    Your neighbor definitely dated himself with the Drew Pearson taunting. The (somewhat) more contemporary Drew Pearson was the 70s-80s Dallas Cowboys WR.

    In my world, Douglas McArthur was the go-to Doug/Douglas until he was surpassed by Doug E. Fresh.

    Comment by nedryerson — December 29, 2020 @ 8:48 am

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