This Week in Milford

January 8, 2018

The Ellipses Of Jordy

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 7:50 am

Jordy Castillo is an apprentice in the electrical trade. That is awesome. The skilled trades are really where it’s at these days. You might even say skilled trades are “the place to be”, what with all the baby boomers retiring. I mean, Gen Xers and millennials want nothing to do with the skilled trades. They want to be in some other place, I guess. They want to do things like practice law or have viral videos. I don’t know, really. As a commenter pointed out, maybe we will have Mike Rowe make a cameo and explain it to us.

Jordy has his union swag, so he must be committed to this trade. However, he needs something from Gil, something related to “place to be”. Does he need a place to stay? Stay tuned…


April 27, 2015

But What About Jordy Castillo?

Filed under: Boredom in Milford — nedryerson @ 3:52 am

April 27, 2015

Now that we have the mandatory baseball roster announcement out of the way, we can turn back to the centerpiece of the spring plot, Boo Radley and her further manipulation of her parents. Fuel costs of the 2008 Jeep Compass (guilted out of Dad) have now been underwritten by guilty Mom. Well played, Boo.

Next up, Boo’s Compass needs an oil change. What will happen?

January 13, 2018

Gil Thorp Doesn’t Care About Huddled Masses


Boy, I sure feel like trotting out my New Yorker-referencing post from last March. Could Gil be any more of an insensitive prick? Jordy’s cousin Jorge has had his home destroyed and is just looking for some semblance of order in his life right about now. All Gil cares about is that the kid isn’t as tall and broad as he’d like in the showers on the court. Remember, Gil, you go to war with the basketball team you have, not the one you might want or wish to have at a later time.

Surely Coach Thorf can pull out his Little Golden Book of Sports Strategies from the Early 20th Century and find one suitable for a team full of guards. Small ball, run-and-gun, a lot of forced switching up on defense, with a focus on speed, agility and a whole lot of conditioning training – the options for a size-challenged basketball team are out there. Then again, for a coach who pulls old formations and strategies out of his ass mid-season and expects his players to adapt almost immediately, that may be too much to expect.

Jordy Castillo is becoming that rarest of birds in the Thorpiverse: a guy with a goatee who isn’t a cardboard villain or fly in the ointment.  Jorge looks to come from good stock.

January 6, 2018

Look for the Union Label


Jordy Castillo was Milford baseball’s best story almost three years ago, but his story was never told.  Now it might be – or at least his backstory since then.  I think Kaz is trying to tell us Jordy went to play junior college (a/k/a “juco”) baseball, since junior chambers of commerce don’t typically have baseball programs.

Looks like Jordy’s already joined the union, if I read the lettering on his jacket correctly. What brings him to Gil’s office, and what’s captured his attention there?

“Say, Coach, that’s a nice team photo of your state football champions you got there. Looks like there’s some substandard wiring behind it, though. I heard the Milford School Board went with the lowest bidder when they upgraded, went with some scab – I mean, non-union – outfit to do the job.  It’d sure be a shame if it shorted out back here.  You could lose all these nice pictures, and that coffee pot, and your mug with your name on it… Oh, where was I? So, yeah, I’m an apprentice electrician now.”

It’s way too early to tell if Jordy is Chekhov’s electrician, but if this arc turns into a story about the current job market and the pursuit of a trade versus a college degree after high school it could be interesting, if not ham-fisted as per usual.

May 30, 2015

Smokin’ in New Thayer

May 30, 2015


“…That’s been Milford’s offense through five innings!”

“Marty! I told you no smoking in the house!”

“Aw, Mom! It’s just an e-cig. Less smoke and smell than a tobacco cigarette. Besides, all the cool kids vape now!”

“Marty, you are not now nor have you ever been cool. Now throw my laundry in the dryer!”

I always find it mildly amusing when Gil Thorp tries to be hip and incorporate current popular culture, which is why I’m imagining that’s a e-cig he’s holding in his crate.

The lede makes it sound like New Thayer Star Wade Mason is a one-man team, but he does have a catcher and a fielder out there with him. Kind of like The King and His Court.

Not sure what that scout’s clocking; it looks like he’s watching Bender on Futurama. Maybe it’s the blernsball episode.

In any event Jordy Castillo’s keeping Milford in this game – at least long enough for them to scratch out a 2-1 lead and offer True Standish an opportunity to blow a save.

April 25, 2015

Our Best Story; Maybe We’ll Tell It

Filed under: baseball, Boredom in Milford, Gil Thorp, Marjie Ducey, Neal's friends — teenchy @ 6:37 am

April 25, 2015


Mouseketeer Roll Call usually comes a bit earlier in a story arc, but we’ve been treated to a bunch of slightly less boring football recruiting strips instead. Pretty sure we’ve seen most of these names before:

– C Mike Granger subbed for hooper Max Bacon at season’s end

– 3B Luck(e)y Haskins was last season’s baseball arc protagonist

– SS Knox Foley Esq. was the season before last’s pro/antagonist

– 1B Ken Brown makes everything happen on the basketball court

– LF Max Ortiz was called up to football varsity at True’s behest

– CF Don Stebbins plays all varsity sports well enough to get called out occasionally but is never a central character

This leaves us:

– SP Jordy Castillo who sells mortgages when he’s not cleaning up at the plate. He’s the best story; maybe we’ll get to hear that story before long

– 2B Garry Bowers, replacing Jimmy Jo-Jo Jarbo Junior Shabadoo who has departed for parts unknown (maybe joining his dad at the Speedco)

– RF Collin Lalonde who, given his talents as a headhunter, perhaps should join the starting rotation

The only other items of note today are of note only by their absence:

– the circle in P1 could be a baseball or an empty Jack Elrod ball; it lacks details to confirm

– Marjie interviews Gil while holding an invisible recording device

May 7, 2014

Playa’d Out

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Just plain sad, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 8:30 am

May 7, 2014


Oh hey, we’re doing the ‘yesterday’s panel three is today’s panel one’ thing again. Well, if they can recycle artwork and dialogue, there’s really nothing stopping me from recycling snark. Let’s see how this goes:

Panel three one: The lengths Conrad will go to put a ‘sunnyside spin’ on getting an apparently pretty bad case of mono are almost troubling. Say, what’s with the chin grab thumbs up there as he’s talking about himself as a ‘playa’? Look out, Rob! I think Luckey is hitting on Marjie!

Hmmm… that worked pretty well and it was environmentally friendly too! In the interests of conserving our dwindling snark supplies and leaving a better world for our children, I think I’ll just skip right over panel two.

And, here in panel three, we see another classic Gil Thorp plot motif: the jealous teammates. Did I say jealous? Now that I’m taking a second look, that guy in panel three (are we supposed to know who he is? I guess we can be reasonably sure he’s neither Jordy, Scott, Lucky or Amy, Amy Lange) looks positively deranged. That he’s facing ninety degrees away from the person he’s presumably addressing doesn’t help matters.

Bonus points: I so hope that the brief glimpse of Marjie’s notes reflects pretty much the entirety of what she’s getting out of the interview. “Doubles, Lucky, STD’s, blah-blah-blah…”

I know I said I was going to skip panel two, but what the heck… Do the kids these days wear a lot of Captain Marvel themed clothing? Have they perhaps recently rebooted that into a major summer blockbuster starring large explosions?

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