This Week in Milford

February 13, 2021

Today I Learned Privilege Is a Thing in Milford


Lemme get this straight. Doug Guthrie decides when he blows off practices and when he suddenly unmisses games there are no consequences from the coaching staff. He speeds through town just as snow beings to fall – from a clear blue sky no less. (I know that when it rains while the sun shines, the devil is beating his wife; what’s he doing when it snows while the sun shines?) He gets pulled over and let go by a deferential Milford cop who asks him pretty please to slow down. Let’s not even bother to guess whether Doug’s self-assessment of his driving skills is sarcastic or not and cut to the chase: just who is Doug’s father anyway?

Could it be there’s finally a man in Milford who is so powerful and influential that even Gil Thorp dare not cross him? Is he the Thorpiverse’s version of Skip Barber or Bob Bondurant? If Pops Guthrie is so wealthy and has such an in with the po-po, why doesn’t he slide them some coin? This poor Milford cop is under-dressed (no coat in the snow) and appears to be driving a Crown Vic Police Interceptor that is ten years old at the newest.

We’ve been wandering almost rudderless for two months now. This latest development has the potential to be more interesting than the social butterfly who can’t play defense stroking the PA announcer with CP’s ego, or why the fire hydrant with a chip on her shoulder cares about any of it. Of course, this means we probably will hear no more about Pops Guthrie until we find out he’s paid off Chief Lind after Doug does donuts on Dr. Pearl’s lawn.

Speaking of donuts on lawns: Doug may own a GTO, but if he owned a Camaro you know it’d be bitchin’.


  1. Killer tune , teenchy. Haven’t heard that one. Could I’M DOUG’S dad be none other than Jackie Gleason from the Smokey and the Bandit movies? I’m in HOT PURSUIT! If so, then My Dad’s Dead by the Frantix should be cued up. ROCK ON !!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 14, 2021 @ 9:05 am

  2. This is one of many side stories Rubin is once again throwing into the blender. I’m not sure how this is gonna tie together. Hard to make sense of it as it is.

    Comment by franku2016 — February 14, 2021 @ 10:44 am

  3. Teenchy, you is ROCKIN’ today, My Friend!!!!!! Excellent add to an excellent post.

    Advanced Driving Skills???? Doug, that’s a title to an earlier REM tune that was a demo from “Dead Letter Office” that never made the cut. Until today. You’re on a roll with your cryptic observations. Stay on a roll.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 14, 2021 @ 4:03 pm

  4. I still want to know who is paying his insurance

    Comment by Hitorque — February 14, 2021 @ 10:13 pm

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