This Week in Milford

April 9, 2022

Barbarians at the Fence

I don’t know if Rob’s writing up a post as I write, but I have a concert to go to tonight so I’m going to double up for sake of continuity.

April 8, 2022

Hey look, Milford High has a girls’ tennis team! I can’t remember the last time there was a girls’ tennis plot in Gil Thorp. I don’t think there’s been one since I started blogging here, anyway.

A new name, Charis Tompkins. Charis isn’t a very common name; the only one that springs to mind is Charis Wilson, model and one-time wife of the famous photographer Edward Weston. Charis Tompkins IRL appears to be Canadian.

St. Casilda of Toledo was born a Muslim princess, the daughter of the ruler of Toledo, who showed kindness and charity to Christian prisoners. She appears to be the patron saint “against sterility.” Her feast day is today. I cannot find any record of a St. Casilda High School on the North American continent.

There’s no cheering during points in tennis, but wouldn’t it be more interesting if there was? Same goes for golf. There are also no tennis balls that color. That thing almost looks like an Osage orange.

April 9, 2022

Know what else is cute? How the Milford teams always show up to watch their opposite number play after their own practices are over. I’ve long suspected they only do it to check one another out wearing less clothing than they typically do in school. Today they might’ve gotten more than a glimpse as Charis went from Milford red to green and black in the blink of an eye.

Know what’s not cute? Charis’ boyfriend. Is it Scooter? The mind boggles at the thought. What strangeness brought these two together? Will it keep them together through the spring? Reckon we’ll find out.


  1. Scooter is either: 1.) Hung like King Kong or 2.) A trust fund baby and has a lot of money to keep Chair-iss entertained or part of the cool kids clique or 3.) A guy with a bitchin ride, like what Vic Doucette tried to do to get the attention of some tail or 4.) She’s a baseball trivia nerd and Scooter is “fun to be around” because of his baseball trivia knowledge sure ain’t because of this guy’s looks, personality, athleticism, or future income earning potential. What is certain is that this story is going down the rabbit hole of nothing, real fast.

    Comment by franku2016 — April 9, 2022 @ 2:38 pm

  2. Teenchy — No I wasnt writing, I had just sat down to watch the Masters and saw you wrote a post so I will skip it this week. I looked at the strip yesterday afternoon and didnt feel like commenting about it with the other stuff I had to do. I was out all evenng too.

    The tennis angle Im sure is temporary and its ridiculous that a whole baseball team in uniform is watching a match and nobody else apparently is. I remember the tennis team in my high school getting to go downstate and they had the whole school stand in the hallway and cheer them on as they ran past us down the hallway on their way to the bus that would take them there. . (The boys team by the way) That was the extent of anyone cheering for the tennis teams. Nobody went to watch a tennis match, and I mean NOBODY.. I found out about how they did in the school yearbook at the end of the year. If you didnt play tennis you didnt give a rats ass about the teams. And if we have to watch tennis for 2 months god help us all.Yes I watch tennis occasionally – ON TV. Thats all I need.

    And Im sure todays high school kids dont march out to the tennis courts to cheer “Go ….whoever their school is.

    In todays strip, P3 has the St. Casilda player with a stringless racket. No wonder she lost. Who expected the artist to draw tennis competently when they can barely draw the regular sports right?

    And whos the short guy? Scooter or someone else? We have no reference. Is ‘that one’ Scooter? Or the short guy? Hey Claris – you’re as much a dope as the rest of em.

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 9, 2022 @ 3:33 pm

  3. Thanks for understanding, Rob. I wasn’t trying to step on toes.

    Just got back from the concert. The JLCO (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) with Wynton Marsalis performed a Charles Mingus centennial tribute. Simply outstanding.

    Comment by teenchy — April 9, 2022 @ 9:04 pm

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