This Week in Milford

April 23, 2021

Zane is not Abel

Filed under: freak hands, huge earrings, Pissy faced minor character — robmize2013 @ 11:59 am

So we find out at dinner that Zanes family cant afford cable. I digress…

In the summer of 1983 I went off to college and discovered cable for the first time, in my dorm room. So cool to watch tv without worrying about the antenna being juuuust so to optimize the picture. Plus I saw all those games I couldnt see before. Then when I got home from college later in the fall, I saw this black box on top of the TV downstairs. We had bought cable. Just on 1 TV. So I figured out that the tv had to be left on Channel 3 all the time if you wanted a picture, and all others would produce static. We also purchased HBO and Showtime so we could watch some movies. Back then of course, cable consisted of about 25 channels, but it was still way more then before, and I loved it. Im pretty sure we had the same box for 14 years. We actually ran the antenna into my bedroom so I could get a better signal on my Tv, but it was only regular channels there. The monthly cost was around $35.

Of course when we moved 14 years later we bought Jones Intercable, which became Comcast, and as cable technology improved so did the number of channels, and the cost. There were so many channels to watch movies that we dropped HBO and Showtime (which now have their own tier of channels). Satellite came along and offered their own cheaper alternatives, and finally after 34 years I dropped cable and switched to satellite. At the end the monthly cable bill was around $180, which included internet service. My promo period has since ended, but Im happy with what I have.

It was never something we couldnt afford, as we made sure we werent paying for the largest packages that we didnt need. But there are plenty of people that have cut the cord lately, as several alternatives besides sattelite have come up, like Hulu, Youtube TV, etc. So Zane has plenty of company in that regard.

So the point of this strip today is the library is useful for some people, and Abel should respect that. As far as 3 kids sharing 1 outdated PC, hey kid, in my day we had Zero PC’s. And we managed. We used something called an encyclopedia.

I’m sure the next step will be for Abel to join the library board. More chaos will ensue as he votes to cut down the number of PC’s resulting in Zane not having one when he needs one down the road.

I love Mrs. Britos earrings but really, how come everyone has the same style? Huge black and round. She also has changed her hair color already, from yellow to brown. Obviously someone didnt tell Whigham they use color in GoComics now.

And my god Zane– comb your hair before you come to the table. He looks like he just rolled outa bed.


  1. 1. I hate being that guy, but I just want to say that for the $300 Zane almost certainly spent for a new glove, cleats and other sundry consumables to get him through the season (bulk purchases of eye black, pine tar, Powerade, Big League Chew, sunflower seeds, Slim Jims, Red Man Wintergreen, etc.), he could have gotten a brand new laptop from freaking Best Buy – Hell, he could have gone to the nearest college and bought a used one off a student for even less than that — Just sayin’… So you’ll forgive me if I wonder if the young man’s priorities are in order, unless he has some longshot dreams about Gilberto pulling some strings and getting him a scholarship offer up at Statesboro University like he did for Kevin Plawecki a couple years back…

    1a. Yeah I know that he’d still need internet access – Just cut a side deal with the next-door neighbor or hang out at Starbucks or god forbid the public library system have their own wi-fi…

    1b. Zane seems to have a lot on his plate right now… If only there was some kind of nearby Modified High School located in the Valley somewhere specifically tailored for students with very unique life circumstances, from teenage moms to juveniles who have to wear those probation ankle bracelets, to dudes going back to get their high school diploma at age 36… I’d think such a school would have very flexible hours to account for student job/childcare schedules along with a well-stocked computer lab, wouldn’t you?

    2. I swear I’m really trying to understand Abel’s point, but it seems like he’s saying that on the one day he absolutely positively needed a PC to finish an assignment (you know, for that job he needs to provide for himself and his family), he would have been *MUCH* happier over the allocation of his tax dollars if he had gone to the library and stood in line behind ten people waiting to use three computers with a half-hour max time limit?? Because honest to God that’s exactly what he sounds like… I dunno, maybe he’s really nostalgic for the era of pricey internet cafes to return?

    3. Brito: “Seriously, WHY do you need all those computers?!”

    Zane: “What the hell you asking me for? Why not ask someone who actually WORKS there, chief? Go have a chat with the County Council or the Mayor’s Office! Contact your congressman, the Supreme Court, I don’t give a shit… Go get your gun and storm the Governor’s Mansion for all I care! You might as well ask them why all the taxpayer-funded water fountains over at the playground aren’t constantly in use, or why our public roads are so underutilized since they clearly aren’t stuffed with traffic 24/7! You’re aware that ‘barely adequate’ isn’t the threshold the county strives to provide for, right? I have no fucking idea why you’re so worked up about this and think you know the whole picture of how libraries work after only *ONE* visit! Do you have a single solitary idea of what ‘providing a public service’ means? Clearly not because your ignorant money grubbing ass can’t see the value of anything not measured in dollars and cents! And now you’re fixing to jet off on some holy political crusade over some GODDAMNED BARGAIN BASEMENT PCs (procured from the state in bulk, naturally) that probably account for 0.8 CENTS OF WHAT YOU PAID IN STATE TAXES LAST YEAR! YOU KNOW WHAT? I JUST LOST MY APPETITE, SO YOU JUST SHUT UP ABOUT THAT SONOFABITCHIN’ LIBRARY ALREADY!! I DON’T GIVE A GOOD GODDAMN ABOUT YOUR SMUG, ENDLESS BLOVIATING NOBODY ASKED TO HEAR IN THE FIRST PLACE ABOUT HOW TAXES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SPENT!! YOU TAKE EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM LIBRARY BOOKS AND JAM THEM STRAIGHT UP YOUR RECTUM WITH NO VASELINE – JUST A MATCH AND A LIL’ BIT OF GASOLINE! YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY LEARN SOMETHING FOR ONCE, BUT I DON’T CAAAAARE! YOU HAVEN’T BEEN IN THEEEEERE!!!!! JUST SHUT UP!!! ENOUGH NOW!! SHEE-YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT THE FEE-YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Er, um… Well! Now how about those Oakland Athletics, huh?? They’re streakin’ baby!!”

    Comment by hitorque — April 23, 2021 @ 12:34 pm

  2. 4. Abel Brito = “AB” = Archie Bunker… Coincidence? I think not.

    Comment by hitorque — April 23, 2021 @ 12:35 pm

  3. Geez….this guy is such a fuckin’ dick, that he makes PP look lovable. Zane should smart off to him a little bit too…”….say!….Mr Burrito….you look like some of the guys that I see in some vintage 1970’s movies that I have to watch on our old VHS player since we don’t get cable or internet anymore…”

    Comment by franku2016 — April 23, 2021 @ 12:35 pm

  4. Hearing about Abel Brito makes me think he was named by the military, i.e. “Abel Brito Charlie”.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — April 23, 2021 @ 12:51 pm

  5. A comment, and a question.
    Rubin’s doing it again. We’ve already established this guy is a jerk, and he’s obsessed about the library and its public access computers, and we’re wasting panels by repeating what we already know. He may want those panels back along about week 12 when he realizes he’s got three weeks of plot to jam into ten days.
    And the question: hitorque touched on it. Does anybody know what kind of computers – as in, how expensive – a typical library buys? I figure they don’t need gaming type speed (a lot of libraries don’t want you playing games), or a big hard drive (you’re not allowed to keep files there), so I’m suspicious that the real expense would be the tech support contract. Just asking.

    Comment by Philip — April 23, 2021 @ 1:38 pm

  6. @Philip — I can’t imagine them being that expensive… Dell offers brand new all-in-one desktops for $450, and that’s before you negotiate a bulk rate with a wholesaler… If you want to go really cheap or refurbished for desktops, they fall below $200 per unit…

    But the actual cost is irrelevant because unless Milford’s Library System is flagrantly buying top-of-the-line stuff at three grand a pop so some crony can get a kickback, or unless he’s audited the complete annual budget and can easily pinpoint large amounts of waste, Brito’s bullshit rage is stupid, hollow and misdirected… As others have noted, it’s not like he’s a regular visitor to the library anyway (maybe he was there during a down time?), and if he’s such a beancounting hardass when it comes to government waste, I assure you he’d find much more egregious examples in his city, county and state if he did 90 fucking seconds of research… In the grand scheme of things these PCs mean jack shit to Abel’s blessed paycheck withholding…

    And I sure as hell hope Brito keeps himself and his family to the same stringent fiscal standards that he holds the Public Library up to… He’d better be accounting for every stray penny in the couch and his wife’s purse… Lemme guess — He’s going to present Zane with a bill for dinner, isn’t he?

    Comment by hitorque — April 23, 2021 @ 2:32 pm

  7. And since none of us knows exactly how large “Milford” is (Like Westview, it seems to be a neighborhood, small town, large town, small/mid sized city, county, or external suburb of a major city whenever the plot calls for it), for all we know the library PCs could have been procured by the city instead of through the library budget… Or the library could have been *contractually obligated* (just like the entity I work for) to buy from a specific wholesaler for a fixed price… Hell, they could have just been a fucking donation from some local company seeking a writeoff! The whole point is we don’t know, Zane doesn’t know, and you can bet your ass that Abel Fuckin’ Brito doesn’t know…

    I also want to reiterate this once more, since the more I say it the more batshit it sounds: Abel Brito was in a bind because his shitty Verizon service conked out in the middle of an important assignment he was working on at home. With no other options he went to the library, AND HE IS LITERALLY UPSET THAT HE WAS ABLE TO USE A COMPUTER RIGHT AWAY INSTEAD OF HAVING TO WAIT…(!)

    Comment by hitorque — April 23, 2021 @ 2:47 pm


    (and I’m done)

    Comment by hitorque — April 23, 2021 @ 2:51 pm

  9. In my state, schools are required to supply the essential equipment for sports teams. Some kids will elect to pay for the latest and the greatest, but Zane is obviously not one of them. He is no doubt wearing school-supplied cleats and the glove his father got him three years ago before his stroke.

    And as others have pointed out, to provide a service means to provide a service. No doubt the computers– and the reference librarian– were busy during the day with people dropping in to print things, and from 3-8 with school kids doing homework with the help of basic search engines and dbases. And no, public libraries do not usually supply the software for gaming, a luxury. Just basic internet access, a search engine, and a WP program. Most libraries pay little for such basic equipment, because manufacturers provide them for free or at least at at steep discount, as a public service.

    Brito needs to get his head out of his ass and recognize he knows nothing about libraries or their funding. But he won’t, because he is only the latest in Mfnrd’s endless series of pissed-off ignoramuses.

    Full disclosure: my first job was in a public library. Believe me, the only leaner and less wasteful operation on earth is a public school.

    Comment by vaganova — April 23, 2021 @ 3:34 pm

  10. What says Abel joins the library board and loses his day job before this arc is over? He and Katy will be damn glad for those computers then.

    Also: Does Abel have runes tattooed on his knuckles?

    Comment by teenchy — April 23, 2021 @ 9:34 pm

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