This Week in Milford

July 3, 2017

Pretending To Be Interested

Filed under: Just plain sad — nedryerson @ 5:15 am

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So, Gary, Carrie, Jimmy and Dafne were at Jimmy’s and Carrie put a move on Gary which Gary rebuffed. Carrie, upset by the abrupt rejection, ran off in tears. Jimmy then puts a move on Dafne, but Dafne’s having none of it because her concern is with her “bestie”, Carrie. Then Jimmy comes clean with Dafne about Gary’s feigned interest in Carrie in support of Jimmy’s interest in Dafne.

Will Dafne level with Jimmy that she had no interest in Jimmy and was only hanging around because Carrie’s been crushing on Gary since the early days of this horrible plot? Will Jimmy then cry and run away (even though it’s his house) leaving Dafne and Gary to drink the rest of the Cokes? Maybe Dafne and Jimmy can just have a laugh about the awkward situation created by this sixth grade relationship fumbling. Somebody should get a laugh.

Haven’t these kids been hanging around enough to exchange phone numbers and text back and force enough to figure out where things stand vis a vis hook-up potential? Kids do stuff like this I presume.

May 10, 2017

Help Your Buddy Out?

Filed under: general nonsense, Just plain sad, Milford Idiots, softball — timbuys @ 6:59 am

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Ho boy… Sorry folks but I don’t have the stomach for teenage romantic hi-jinks this morning.

I do find it kinda amusing that Gary is still complaining about/questioning the reason why he is attending the game as they are walking up the sidewalk that leads directly to the batter’s cage in panel one.

April 15, 2017

Giving Up Walks with a Ghost

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Reading yesterday’s strip left me scratching my head.  I wasn’t sure if Dafne Dafuq was trolling Carrie Hobson by tagging her the “star pitcher” or simply trying to boost her ego.  After all, Carrie’s track record isn’t much to get excited about, so why not get her excited about a track athlete?  Because nobody gets excited about track in Milford – nobody.

Carrie knows the score and isn’t afraid to admit it. In so doing she hips us to the fact that the late Boo Radley was a junior last season – a fact I don’t think Rubin hipped us to before. (Thanks billytheskink for the confirmation; I hadn’t had my coffee yet this morning when I posted.)  Dafuq then seizes the opportunity to further troll Carrie by calling her by Boo’s nickname for True. I think we’ve got a real shit-stirrer in the making here, on the diamond or off.

BTW, have we learned Double D’s position yet? Between those Ernie Lombardi mitts of hers and her penchant for needling people, she seems a natural behind the plate.

Today’s post title inspiration:

March 21, 2017

So, Gil’s Office Door Opens Right Into The Locker Room?

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I am amazed, again, at how much this whole thing is just Gil winging it and largely deferring to AaAa’s whims.

Panel three raises all kinds of questions as Mike’s hangdog expression and Ken’s exploding eyeball suggests that they still feel like they should be solving the case of the kid who’s parents do drugs (and/or live in Norway).

March 18, 2017

In Like a (Home)wrecking Ball

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, Gil Thorp, hideous scar faces, Just plain sad — teenchy @ 11:09 am

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Yesterday we finally found out what Gil’s been feeding Aaron – Purina Rat Chow. Today Gildeaux, the one-man crisis intervention squad, keeps moving the chains forward.* But to get to the goal of a healthy life for young Aaron, he seems determined to drive through the red zone of breaking up the Aagard nuclear family.

What next then for Aaron? Does he become the Thorps’ replacement child? Does Gil have a seven-day plan for him? Does this arc drag out into baseball season? Let’s hope not!

Show of hands: How many of you looked at P2 – especially the B&W version – and thought Tina Aagard was looking through her glasses through her hair a la Cousin Itt? Thought so.

*Yeah, I know football metaphor, so sue me.

March 4, 2017

You’re Floored? I thought you were Gil Thorp!

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It was once suggested that the caption “Christ, what an asshole.” works with every New Yorker cartoon†. It’s also been suggested that “What a misunderstanding!” and “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” can also be used as universal New Yorker cartoon captions. There have been even ruder universal captions that I won’t link to directly but you can find them via this link.

The first universal caption immediately sprang to mind when I looked at today’s strip. Gil sure looks like he’s trying to stifle a laugh behind his hand as he listens to the family Aagard’s tale of woe. (Semantics question: when a person confesses to something, doesn’t that mean they’re making an admission of something about themselves they would otherwise have kept hidden? Isn’t Aaron simply diming out his mom here?) A subtle twist of the eyebrows would’ve gone a long way here.

Now that Tina Aagard’s dirty laundry has been hung out, it’ll be interesting to see who Gil brings in to help make things better for the Aagards. A doctor? For all we know, a doctor may be enabling mom’s habit. Social Services? The League of Women Voters? The Illinois National Guard? No matter, I suspect we’ll see this scene play out at Schloss Thorp, Big Ken Brown’s House of Making Things Happen and other Milford abodes in the coming week.

†No offense or shock value intended on my part.

January 25, 2017

This Is Going To Be The Most Awkward Intervention Ever.

Filed under: actual action, basketball, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad — timbuys @ 6:50 am

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Panel two sure is carrying a lot of narrative weight, isn’t it?

Anyway, Molly isn’t a drug she’s a girl and AAAA’s mom is clearly another Rustbelt opioid addict.

Bonus points:

The risers on those bleachers look rather comfortable if impractical.

It’s nice to see Lampy from A3G picking up work.

December 6, 2016

Does Gil Even Have A Seat On The Bus?

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Well, Heather didn’t end up in a refrigerator, so this is a slightly more satisfying wind up of the plot than the Addison ‘Boo’ Radley arc.

Gotta give Gil credit for flat out admitting he hadn’t really given a lot of thought to the VT game.

If I could see one alternate panel, it would be a close up of Austin’s face while Gil is delivering the panel one dialogue. I wonder if Austin is a senior?

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