SoCS and SoCKs

socs-badge-2015Earlier this week, I stumbled across a blog from one of my periodic blog buddies. I don’t mean that sometimes we are buds and sometimes not, but she writes on a somewhat irregular schedule. Anyway, Jess posted a 10-minuted SoC writing exercise and in my comment, I suggested that she might like to try the Dungeon Master’s Linda G. Hill’s SoCS challenge. I also gave that advice to someone who commented on Jess’ blog post. I told both of them that I usually “enjoy” these prompts. I hope to see what they manage to do with “socks” and I hope they; Enjoy!

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “socks.”  Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I think it will be easier for them, oops, here I go, flirting with disaster, because they are women. I think women have much more freedom when it comes to socks than men. For men, socks function to keep our feet comfortable in our shoes, to look decent connecting our pants to our shoes and to spare the world the view of our ankles. Socks on women can be yet another component of a complex fashion statement that makes them unique and interesting and, if it’s safe to say these days, pretty. OK, before I head down a rat hole from which there will be no escape, I’ll stop talking about women and their feet. Besides, after socks, come shoes and if I start talking about women’s shoes, I’m bound to get into trouble.

While I would like to end this here, draw the line between men and women and leave it between their collective feet, I should be a bit more forthcoming regarding socks, or at least my socks.

I like socks.

My socks may not represent a fashion statement, but trust me, I don’t pick them out of the drawer all willy-nilly. I choose the socks that I will wear, every day with an eye toward the day, the laundry schedule and the days that remain in the week. I have favorites and I like to make sure I can wear a favorite pair on special days.

For example, I have a favorite pair of warm winter socks. I bought them at L.L. Bean because someone gave me a $20 gift card. I didn’t want the gift card to become what L.L. wanted, an opportunity for me to put a down payment on a much larger purchase. I wanted in and out for under $20. I might go $25, but no higher. I found a pair of winter socks that were $18. $18 for a pair of socks?!?! It’s really not a lot for hiking socks, but these aren’t hiking socks. These are just heavy socks. They are the most comfortable socks I own, and I wear them sparingly because, like most clothing retailers, L.L. Bean takes the best things they make off the shelves in favor of the hot new hip style thing. I wear these socks on the cold winter days that I am going to be in socks and shoes for a long time.

My favorite winter footwear combination is those socks and my Solomon Snow Sneakers. Unfortunately, Solomon doesn’t make those any more either. Solomon makes a low-rise hiking sneaker that I love for walking, and because I know they will stop making that sooner than later, I bought a second pair.

Actually, my wife bought them for me. I said something like “I should just buy a second pair of these” but she’s the one that found them on line and bought them. They are under the bed with my backup / spare Wolverine work boots. When I did the addition on our house, I spent 84 days on ladders and construction-in-progress lumber and my feet never hurt – never! I wore a pair of those boots out on that job. Well, my wife decided that they were worn out. To prove that to me, she used a tire-tread depth gauge I had bought her as a joke. “If the tread won’t keep your car on the road, it won’t keep your feet on the roof.”

It wasn’t a hard transition, she had bought two or three extra pairs by then. When my brother flew here before we embarked on the Connecticut-to-Pittsburgh-to-Iowa journey, he looked at my boots and said that he should get a pair of work boots. My wife brought a box out of inventory and gave them to him. Fortunately, we wear the same size.

The only socks I own that are worn on schedule, are my Steeler Socks. Black and gold, in both short and long variety, I have them on before the start of every game the Steelers play. I’m not superstitious, but it never hurts to support your team.

Steeler socks
If you were born in Pittsburgh, you wear black and gold on game day. Right down to your socks.

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  1. In winter, warm favorite socks are the fashion equivalent of comfort food! Like the “Booth” character on TV, I think socks are a great form of self-expression.
    Hmmm… okay, so they have Boxing Day today in the UK. Maybe here we should have sock day. :D Huge hugs!

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    1. I do like that character (and he’s a Pittsburgh sports fan) but he can also pull it off better than me. Tall, handsome and a trained killer…hmm, I’m tall :) I do think we could be looser about fashion, at least socks.

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  2. I appreciate a good pair of socks. Booth does wear some good looking ones, but you do have to have the physique and the wardrobe to pull the showy ones off. My sock inventory is more comfortable – light and dark, short and long. It is also nice to know that I have company in buying two pairs of a comfortable pair of shoes when I find them. :-)

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  3. Mitchell will wear wild colors, and in socks that means yellow, orange, red and purple (not all at once, but as solid colors). He’ll also wear interesting shoes. Greens are quite quiet for him, as is the forest. But then, he’ll wear color in his shirts too, held back only by what looks good in is coloring. Be brave. Go for it. We notice!

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  4. Sock it to me, Dan. (There’s a time reference that I know someone of your age will appreciate! ;P) I’m surprised you went with the potentially dangerous gender-difference angle when you could have just riffed on why it’s so hard to keep socks mated after they’ve been through the laundry. Sure, it’s a cliche, but it can drive you crazy, and come on — what DOES happen to all those socks over the years? How can the simple act of reuniting every sock at the end of a load feel like such an accomplishment? I can’t be the only one who feels a small sense of relief when every pair makes it to the other side!

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    1. That would be a good approach to this prompt Paul. Still, it’s SoCS so I have to give the voices in my head their way. My wife thought I would have gone with a play in Fox in Socks but I was done (and no editing allowed). I do remember that Laugh In reference – thanks for that smile.

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  5. Wow. Men must think alike, ’cause my husband is just like you. He wonders when the next laundry will be done (light or dark clothes/socks) and wears his special extra thick/warm socks dependent on the weather and what he will be doing that day. My son, on the other hand, came over last week and after we complimented him on his new shirt and shoes, he lifted his pants to show us his thing–mismatched socks! What???!!

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    1. I love wearing my favorite socks the day before laundry day. That way, they stay available. I know, it’s crazy, but…At least I’m in good company :)

      I’ve worn mismatched socks, but not intentionally.

      MiMi has mismatched socks. Sometimes, it’s the only way we can tell her and MuMu apart, but they both tend to sit with that paw tucked in. https://flic.kr/p/aiV84H

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  6. The Mister and I LOL at the tire tread reference! Your wife, she is so funny!
    I really don’t think about socks as fashion, but I admit, when I go to The Palace of Rules, where I must take off my shoes and therefore, spend all my time in sock feet, I do put thought into which socks I’ll wear. At home, I only wear socks when I’m freezing, so you know, rarely.
    I had three pair of thick socks from LLBean when I moved to Georgia. I was stupid and got rid of them. They don’t carry those same socks anymore. Similar socks at Patagonia are $22.

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  7. You made me smile because I remembered our old area manager at the supermarket I work at: A small man in dark suits but always wearing brightly coloured socks. That certainly was a fashion statement! LOL

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  8. I need a tire tread gauge! With its help I’ll be able to deal to the ever growing pile of running shoes that someone in our house, not mentioning any names here but it’s not me!, reckons still have some life left in them. Funny, funny post, Dan.

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  9. I liked this post, which had your focus on socks; with a few notes included on shoes or boots. I plan my clothes out, including socks most of my days. Yesterday, I wore my “once a year” pair of Christmas socks. Not to be a “bummer” but the person who gave them to me died at age 42. She was my mentor, a fellow preschool special ed teacher in the next room, while I was in grad school. Jean was 9 years younger than I was when she passed away of cancer. I never put them on without sending out a prayer for her children and husband. Then I add a word of gratitude to God, for life, loved ones and all sorts of joy. Happy end of 2015. Cheers to a fantastic 2016, Dan.

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      1. I started out as a sixth grade language arts teacher, spent some years as a child advocate for a battered women’s shelter in Lsncaster, Ohio, (wrote a 60 page grant which was presented to the Ohio senate committee to get a bill asking for shelter money to include provisions for the children’s programs, Senator Gene Branstool supported this), did five years subbing in Delaware, worked for 5 years as an Activities Director, then 9 years as Early Intervention, special ed preschool teacher. In 2008, my position required a Masters so I had 45 of 60 credits, was losing my house, separating from ex who wasn’t working while I taught for last 4 years of the 9, scurrying from day job to waiting tables at Cracker Barrel 4 nights a week and courses on min campus of OSU. 2008- No Child Left Behind Act left teachers who had gone into jobs in areas/subjects which used to allow bachelor’s degrees “hanging,” Dan. I left teaching with a big retirement party, so sweet, 200 people, students, families, teachers and social workers. I have a nice photo album of the ones who left me written messages. My teaching asst made it for me. Lots of lives and memories of this chapter in my life. Hard to explain why bouncing from disciplines except my first job had to leave due to my ex husband’s job from Bowling Green to Lancaster, Lancaster to Delaware move was the best choice for my children, staying home and providing child care for 9 years was a wonderful period of my life. Then, subbing, nursing home and working on career. Women do this more than men. . . Sorry, no way to make this much shorter. Those bloggers who look on Linked In find my path clearer.

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        1. One of the things that bothers me about laws passed to “improve” things are that they often move very good people out and less good people in, based solely on the degree(s) they have. There is so much that you don’t learn in school that should be taken into account when judging the quality of a teacher. Sorry, but this is a thorn for me, as I know a couple of people who struggled with this same decision and left teaching. Also, while serving on a bunch of school committees, I saw many teachers that had all the required degrees that probably couldn’t teach my dog to “shake.”

          It’s quite the complicated career path, and it sounds like you did a lot of good along the way.

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  10. Great post Dan – and my oldest son would be able to talk with u on this topic for hours – he likes timberland boots and timberland socks – but really just appreciates good quality – like u! And fun tag your wife measured the tread!!! Oh and side note – just took a photo of a steelers fan – on a bench! Ha! Never really like the steelers – some baggage from past Broncos games – but we have never met a steelers fan we have never liked – serious – the black and yellow is synonymous with niceness (to us)

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    1. Yeah, there’s some history between us and the Broncos. The Steelers managed to create a lot of tough spots in the NFL but I think we are a good group as a whole. Timberlands are very nice boots, but I didn’t like the feel of their short work boots. I have tall ones.

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      1. Yes history for sure – and ever since the Broncos lost to steelers (was it ten years ago) you know with the song – roethlisberger – getting the job done – well ever since my spouse will never watch important games with friends – ha! But my so also won a steelers blanket from that party – door prize ! Glad that blanket is now gone – anyhow – we once were shopping and found a clearance Dickie with the steelers logo and our friend Neil loved it – side note – ll bean has nice stuff but usually so “boring” – ha

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        1. I am with your spouse. I hate watching important games with friends. I went to one Steelers Patriots game and I told my daughter that I will never do that again. I like to be able to tell at my team or cheer for them without feedback.

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          1. I hear ya – and I am actually a buffalo bills fan by brith – and so that team is woven into my life in so many ways – and recently ESPN did a nice doc about the Bills and their 4 Super Bowl losses and it was really well done- sad and moving and wonderful – like the Norwood welcome back rally and just so many things – my husband is not really a bills fan, but said the doc was really awesome –

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            1. Hahah – just saying I agree too! And steelers are not on the bad list for me – like seriously coming from buffalo my brothers would have flipped out if i got married to a dolphins fan or patriots fan – so thankfully the Broncos have little baggage with the bills – anyhow – some family was in town this week so they could see the bills redskins game last weekend – and they said when they planned their trips in August – they had expected the bills would have been doing so much better at this point – anyhow I am sure the head coach wants to whip up on the jets too – so let’s see – side note – can u believe the panthers lost??? Feel mad cos it is still the 72 dolphins having champagne again!!

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  11. I love socks. My favorite pairs are cashmere or wool hiking socks, and I wear them all year round!

    I like high top hiking boots, but haven’t had “work boots” in the sense you’re talking about them. I think it’s awesome your wife has an inventory of shoes for you!

    Steeler socks my crew has never had! Sweatshirts, hoodies, T-shirts, pajama pants, beanie caps, baseball caps, terrible towels, and pendants, but no socks. Seems strange to think they haven’t now that you mention them.

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    1. I learned a long time ago that the difference between hiking boots and traditional work boots is that work boots are designed for people who stand more than they walk. I started wearing hiking/hunting boots for working in my shop, and my feet felt so much better. The work boots I have are designed for people who move around a job site. The difference is amazing. I never really paid much attention to the type of shoes/boots I bought, but I do now.

      My socks might make up for the fact that I don’t have Steeler PJs :)

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  12. The Steelers lost several games in a row after I lost my first pair of Steelers socks. I still feel responsible. Apart from those, my favorite socks are all my hiking socks. They are expensive, but they’re worth it when you can come home after a long hike blister-free. Socks are important :)

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  13. I have a friend who it has always been our Christmas tradition for me to give her a pair of toe socks. The wilder colored the better. Except when we live away from each other like this year. It makes me sad to miss it. We have done this since high school. Me, I can’t wear toe socks. Actually I prefer naked feet as much as possible!

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  14. I’m going to admit something here I would not otherwise, but between friends, I think I am safe. Are you ready? First though I really enjoyed your post. Again your mixture of humor thrown in at strategic places was perfect. Now on to what I am going to fess. I wear hubby’s socks. Yup, I do. Plain white socks that I wear with my sneakers which these days are about the only shoe I do wear. These socks are thick, soft, and yes warm. I have a few really heavy socks that I do wear with my Sorrel boots when the temps are really cold, but other then that, just those white socks. In fact, hubby said last evening we are all out of socks and the look on my face was a face of shock for I would have sworn I just washed all those socks. *sigh* I know, that dryer monster must have eaten a whole bunch this time. So much for my comment. LOL Have a good day, Dan!!! Tee hee ….

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  15. Cute post, Dan! Personally, I’d like it if I never had to wear socks. Our all-too-short summer months are spent barefoot, and I cringe when doing that suddenly means I’m wandering around cold. And every year, it seems that happens earlier and earlier. Not that it’s the weather’s fault, but more that I must be getting old. ;P I will admit though, while I have plenty of plain old white socks, I also have a supply of “girly” socks. Fleecy pink, fleecy lime green (my two favourite colours), and some neon green knee-high socks that are wearing out WAY too fast with no place for me to go to replace them.

    Man alive, who ever thought we could find so much to say about socks?! O_O

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  16. I have a pair of sock that I bought in 1982 . I had 3 pair , all the same , but over the years some wore out , the washing machine his a couple . But I still have one —- wool — that I , as you said , use sparingly . Ah , socks ! I hate to pay the prices for good warm socks .

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  17. ‘The only socks I own that are worn on schedule, are my Steeler Socks. Black and gold, in both short and long variety, I have them on before the start of every game the Steelers play. I’m not superstitious, but it never hurts to support your team.’

    That made me smile. I know cricket fans in India who wear their team colours on important match days: right down to their inner wear :)

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  18. Dan, for some reason, my left sock usually gets torn faster than the right one. Sometimes it takes just a few days for that to happen. I bought an official pair in November. I wore them only once before my left big toe was poking out. It happens to my shoes too. My left foot is evil.

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  19. I definitely agree that socks are more of a fashion thing for women. Sure I only buy socks when I need them but when I do buy them I sure am getting the cutest and prettiest darn set I can find. If they’re needed to be fluffy and warm they best also be polka dot and pink lol. Whereas my husband just goes men’s socks that won’t rip in my work boots, charming! Because of course I’m the one who buys them lol, I’ve never met someone so reluctant to buy their own socks.

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    1. I do buy my own socks, but I typically just grab a couple of 3-packs off the rack in the store. Not a lot of thought going into tat decision. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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