This Week in Milford

April 7, 2021

Two Nights – and One Mouth – Running

In the days before the Internet when dinosaurs roamed the earth and yhs was a teenager, part of my weekday routine during sportsball season involved walking uptown from the high school to the public library after classes ended, studying and doing my homework there, then walking back to the high school for late afternoon/early evening sportsball practice. After practice I either hitched a ride home with an older teammate who had his license and lived near me or called my folks from a pay phone at the convenience store nearest the high school and waited there for them to come pick me up. (Oftentimes dinner on those nights would consist of a Stewart hot sandwich and a Coke with salted peanuts in it. Training table of champions.) Same thing applied on game days/nights, though my folks almost always came to games even when I wasn’t a starter or guaranteed to see any playing time.

Guess what I’m trying to say is that the public library’s busiest hours don’t always come in the evenings. Not that it matters to old culo rojo Abel here. Nope, if that place ain’t hummin’ when he’s there, it ain’t hummin’. Speaking of which, why isn’t he there during normal business hours if he needs online access for work? Pulling on his widow’s peak to make it peakier? Oh wait, the pandemic hasn’t hit the Thorpiverse and neither has the concept of working remotely (though that’s what Abel’s doing at night, isn’t he?).

I’m sure that router will be delayed by another day – long enough for Sr. Brito to go back to the library and find out from Dr. Pearl-with-a-dye-job that there’s an opening on the Milford Library Board which he can fill. (Damned if this comic strip isn’t filled with boards and board meetings! You’d think Milford’s adults would find other ways to make life difficult for their children pass their time.) He’ll be slashing budgets and locking doors in no time flat.

Not sure what Sra. Brito is reading but it could be one of many books titled Blue Moon or this. Wonder if she got it at the library.


  1. Abel looks like what was known in my day as a dick with ears.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 7, 2021 @ 11:22 am

  2. What about all those books that “aren’t being used”? This guy is the latest GT dick-wad character parent/adult relative in a long line of them (Wildcat, softball moms, Knox Foley dad, uncle Gary, HvB’s dad, Chet, etc). And what is he working on? Sending out resumes? He seems like the kind of unemployed dad with too much time on his hands that would worry about such inane bullshit. He would also be the loudest one whinin’ like a bitch if he had to wait for a machine “because that damn library is underfunded and don’t have enough of them”. My daughter sez that at the school where she teaches, the biggest pains in the ass are the dads that don’t work, like Mr. Burrito-head here.

    Comment by franku2016 — April 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

  3. Blue Movie, by Terry Southern
    Not available at any library in the Minuteman Network

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — April 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

  4. It’s a recurring theme in GT. An ill-tempered sorehead takes aim against something he knows essentially nothing about. Brillo will run for the library board or get himself appointed, and in the process add to the litany of various dingleberries who have accused Gil of manipulating a star prospect, or who have sued the wrong gas station, or any number of other steps arising from ignorance and self-importance. I already don’t like this guy and am looking forward to his going down in flames somewhere around June 15th, when the unbearable Mfnrd CC summer plot will begin.

    Comment by vaganova — April 7, 2021 @ 2:34 pm

  5. Vaganova, When I was a route driver, one of my stops was 2 stores in Eldorado, Illinois. There were 2 things I learned about the town

    1) George Harrison used to play in clubs there because his sister lived 1/2 hour up the road in Benton. In fact, he used to walk the streets of Benton because nobody would EVER believe that that’s a Beatle in rural Illinois(Interstate wasn’t built then or very incomplete, so traffic was light). The State of Illinois made his sister’s house a Historic Site.

    2) They used to have a sign at the city limits “…Population 4,149 and 1 ole sorehead.” Mr. Brito fits that bill to a tee. Why they all congregate in Milford is anybody’s guess.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 7, 2021 @ 3:23 pm

  6. Oh, he’s one of *those* fuckin’ types of people… He must be the life of the party at home and at work and has hundreds of friends…

    Let’s just skip to the part where he applies for the vacant spot on the local Library Board so he can flex his iron-fisted beancounting skills…

    Comment by Hitorque — April 7, 2021 @ 4:23 pm

  7. Late 1990s, there was a movie, Roadside Prophets. where the leads (John Doe & a Beastie Boy) wander across Nevada looking for El Dorado before figuring it’s really Jackpot.
    (A real town in Nevada where it took me over an hour to lose $5 in credits in poker slots)
    No real Mfnrd content, but a good movie. DP says check it out.
    (Yes, my one pornstar follower shares my Twitter initials, Go figure)

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — April 7, 2021 @ 4:39 pm


    By the way… Peanuts in coke? How have i never heard of this living my entire life in the south? It’s just crazy enough to work!

    Comment by Hitorque — April 7, 2021 @ 11:11 pm

  9. @Downpuppy, Blue Movie was my guess too. I read that ages ago, and the copy is still on my shelves. Terry Southern is an oddity.

    @tdrewhardin There was a documentary about George Harrison visiting his sister in Illinois. It’s kind of cheap and lo-fi, but might be of interest to anyone from that area or Beatles fanatics. It’s on Amazon Prime: George Harrison – A Beatle In Benton, IL.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 8, 2021 @ 6:11 am

  10. “Oh, and never mind the computers! Thousands of books on the shelves, and how many were being read? Maybe twenty!”

    Comment by teenchy — April 8, 2021 @ 9:28 am

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