This Week in Milford

July 30, 2022

Leaving the Light On for Gil

Midday Saturday, I don’t see robmize’s post and I’m in between errands so I’m gonna do a twofer. Thanks for covering for me while I was island-hopping, rob.

July 29, 2022

It doesn’t look like Gil took the crazy bet from Hairy Hands Martinez. Why would he? If Martinez is new at Valley Tech, how has he been tired of watching Gil win the COTY award “every year”? We need a bit more backstory to buy anything Luke’s spouting. No doubt it’s the liquor talking, which is why Bethany the barkeep is cutting everybody off, including Gil.

As Gil saunters off through the bar’s doorway, Bethany gazes wistfully in his direction. In her tiny voiced farewell are traces of a desire to make something else stiff for Gil besides an old-fashioned. Nice tiny, dashed word balloon by the Chief there; can’t recall the last time I saw one of those from him.

July 30, 2022

Can’t recall the last time we saw the Thorp kids, either. Some posters on the ‘mudgeon suggested that it was in the Christmas 2008 strip. A lot can happen in thirteen-plus years (I’m still holding out for the convent and military school angle, myself) so this retcon better have them back as young adults and not preteens, is all I’m saying.

The Valley COTY award ceremonies weren’t held in Milford, apparently but somewhere where there’s an Embassy McCormick Suites Inn. Wherever it is, that’s where Gil’s been staying at least for the past night… plus? Emmett Tays drops in on Gil in the breakfast room to drop off the COTY golden butt plug he left on the podium the night before, gets the lowdown on the kerflulffle with Martinez, then opens the can of worms by asking about la famiglia Thorp. Sit back and order another round, gentle readers; we’re in for a whole lotta backstory next week.


  1. So it looks like Gil wore jeans and a polo shirt to accept the COTY award? I guess we can tell how much he respects it and his colleagues by dressing up for the ceremony. Next time Gil, really show how much it means to you, and send out Sacheen Littlefeather to accept your talisman.

    Even worse, next morning it looks like he slept in the same clothes and is wearing them to the complimentary hot breakfast. Perhaps he didn’t even bring a suitcase, and just has one set of clothes which he’s wearing, and a toothbrush in his pocket, like Jack Reacher.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 30, 2022 @ 2:37 pm

  2. Who cares who runs Milford. It probably isn’t some Barney Fife cop. It matters who runs the Valley in this instance. And who can drink who under the table. Gil better get in shape and load up on the rotgut.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 30, 2022 @ 4:43 pm

  3. Word on the street is that the Thorp kids are older than we last saw them, but not 14 years older. Keri will be in high school and Jami middle school I believe.

    Comment by MopMan — July 30, 2022 @ 5:22 pm

  4. Can’t wait to see what Mimi’s problem is. Probably sick of a husband who’s never around and is happy with 2nd place in the Valley. Coach of the year, my ass, she’s thinking

    Comment by franku2016 — July 30, 2022 @ 6:52 pm

  5. Now how would Emmett find this out? Some anonymous tipster? To quote John Walsh on “America’s Most Wanted”, your call kept Gil from getting broadsided by a barstool at Milford Lounge. Nice to know that I don’t have to identify myself or pay for the call when I’m ratting on the Valley Conference coaches.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 31, 2022 @ 7:54 pm

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