This Week in Milford

June 23, 2021

Suspension of Disbelief? More Like Expulsion of Disbelief!

Gentle readers, I am no less flabbergasted by this strip since Saturday than you are. The time jumps, the unstated assumptions and the unprecedented presumptuousness on Mimi’s part are so mind-boggling that I barely know where to begin and what assumptions to make. That’s the main reason it’s taken me so long to get this post up today.

Going back to Saturday’s strip: Despite her protestations that she doesn’t want or doesn’t intend to go to college (BTW, her eyes were blue when she made that statement; they’re brown now so since then she’s become full of shit), Corina took the ACT. Taking the ACT costs anywhere from $60-80, so it’s not money easily blown by a family tight on money to begin with. How worried is she about her mother and her family finances then, really? Couldn’t she be mopping floors nightly like Zane Clark if she was really worried?

Now let’s try to figure out what kind of machinations Mimi went through to get us through today. Did she apply to the community college in Syracuse (and why Syracuse? Because all of the out-of-conference games for Milford this season were against Syracuse high schools?) and to Le Moyne (also in Syracuse) on Corina’s behalf? Forge her signature? Write her application essay? How do we know Corina’s community college grades will be good enough to allow her to transfer to Le Moyne? How do we know the Le Moyne players will still need a roommate more than a year from now, when the time comes to transfer? There’s just way too much assumed here for us to suspend disbelief.

In today’s last panel, Mimi’s got Jack Elam eyes. Please tell me Corina slapped her walleyed.

metapost: robmize isn’t the only one who can take off for Myrtle Beach on a whim. yhs isn’t spending any time on a golf course, however. Instead I’ve been hobnobbing with the mascot of Myrtle Beach’s minor league baseball team. (They’re a Cubs affiliate, BTW; rob, did you catch ’em while you were here?)


  1. I call bullshit. This entire thing is a fabrication by Mimi to get PP to make her own decision on her future. No way could she do all this stuff without a letter of intent or opening herself and the school up to a lawsuit. It would still be fun to see PP lose it and beat Mimi to a pulp before she could tell PP that her little plan isn’t even true

    Comment by franku2016 — June 23, 2021 @ 1:54 pm

  2. As one who knows Syracuse, OCC, and LeMoyne College, I predict that if this comes off, Corinna will hang herself out of sheer boredom before winter break.

    franku is of course dead right that on our planet, Mimi could not possibly have arranged all this without Corinna, her mom, and half a dozen other principals being involved. Thus this rabbit out of a hat is absurd. The days when you could call your old friend the governor and set this all up went out with Henry Adams.

    That said, I have to say again (encore une fois!) that I like the Corinna character, even if no one else at TWIM does. I was a career teacher for almost forty years, and ran into a number of Corinnas, kids who had difficult things to handle, did not always handle them well, got knocked around as a result, and compensated for it by dealing with others with what Scott Fitzgerald called “a hostile levity.” Kids like that who played sports inevitably became great teammates, as Corinna clearly has.

    Comment by vaganova — June 23, 2021 @ 2:14 pm

  3. Yeah, Mimi is making this up. It’s impossible for her to arrange all that, especially for someone else, who isn’t even her own kid. Kind of weird for her to lay all this out to Corina the minute one of their games or practices ended. I assume that’s the case, since Corina is in full gear and is sweating her ass off (as all Milford players are required to do once the game ends). Unless she recently developed a horrible case of facial warts.

    Comment by MopMan — June 23, 2021 @ 2:19 pm

  4. I agree that this pla. Is BS. Mimi is looking to get a rise out of PP. This scenario could not be put into play without consent of the player.

    Nice flop sweat on PP by the way.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — June 23, 2021 @ 2:35 pm

  5. There are so many things wrong with today’s strip that I am experiencing what we computer people call stack overflow. I’m sure I’m leaving some out:
    1. Onondaga Community College is the only Syracuse junior college. They are not famous for being selective, and may not have required Mimi to forge an essay. But I’m sure they require letters of recommendation, at least from a guidance counselor. I’m sure Milford would have required Corina to release her transcript, so Mimi must have signed Corina’s name to that. There was at least one point where Mimi represented herself as acting on Corina’s behalf without Corina’s knowledge, let alone approval, at least a misdemeanor.
    2. OCC is right across the street from Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center, so there’s that.
    3. Seven RBI or not, most coaches want players who want to be there, or who at least have heard of the school.
    4. Last summer, Corina said her mom was being treated for depression and anxiety attacks. She might want to double up on those meds before she starts to fill out the FAFSA.
    5. The only thing Mimi could have said that would have been more arrogant would be: “Oh, by the way, from now on, your favorite color is blue.”
    6. The Le Moyne website says: “A Le Moyne education encourages you to integrate contemplation and action, building a well­-developed mind, generous heart and reflective soul”. Well, there’s Corina in a nutshell.
    7. I have been unable to find out why the sports teams at Le Moyne are called the Dolphins when the school is about 200 miles away from any kind of actual dolphin habitat.

    Comment by Philip — June 23, 2021 @ 2:42 pm

  6. or P 4: “…bitch, your gonna’ need a roommate in the hospital by the time I get done with you…”

    Comment by franku2016 — June 23, 2021 @ 3:20 pm

  7. Bravo, Philip. Your description of the relevant places in the Salt City is perfect.

    I was never sure how Le Moyne (located on Salt Springs Road in the town of DeWitt) happened on “the Dolphins” either. But it was back when people made a distinction between the mammals then called porpoises and the fish then called dolphins. That’s all been paved over by now, and unless the actual dolphins have a class action suit in the system, the distinction is lost. In the 60s, LeMoyne was largely a commuter school specializing in business, but now almost 60% of stoonts live on campus and the course offerings have expanded. But I suspect the place is still about as stimulating as a taffy pull.

    Comment by vaganova — June 23, 2021 @ 3:38 pm

  8. I know she’s just fucking with Patty here (who is surprisingly gullible for a 3.7 gpa student I think?), but let’s be honest here — Patty deserves every bit of shit coming her way and then some.

    Comment by hitorque — June 23, 2021 @ 3:47 pm

  9. Ya goin’ to Community College?
    Ya go local. Always free, always close.

    Comment by Downpuppy — June 23, 2021 @ 4:15 pm

  10. No Teenchy I didnt see any baseball down there. Didnt even know they had a team. Thanks for the heads up for the future though.

    Comment by robmize2013 — June 23, 2021 @ 6:56 pm

  11. I had not thought much about LeMoyne since escaping the place, but have now looked at their website and find there’s been a great deal of construction and that they now offer nine masters programs. More to the point for Corinna Karennadanna, their sports teams are now Div 2. i remember reading about thirty years ago that they had gone Div 1, at least for baseball, and had produced a couple of major league pitchers, but they appear to have gone to a more realistic level given the size of the school. I’m not sure why I’m writing all this, since Mimi’s actions seem insane, but suspect it’s “therapy,” refining my thoughts on why I disliked the place so much.

    Comment by vaganova — June 24, 2021 @ 7:38 am

  12. […] Wondering even more whether Barajas will tackle another of today’s hot topics in the aftermath: the selective enforcement of the law. In a world where a kid gets expelled for bringing peanut butter and a butter knife to school with no criminal intent and a coach does nothing to stop it, what will that coach do when his own flesh and blood straight up cold-cocks another student? Looking forward to following Keri’s arduous path through Valley Modified to Onondaga CC and Le Moyne. […]

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