#842 When the socks from the dryer all match up perfectly

match-those-socksPeeling apart that static-covered clump of socks is tense.

First you yank them from the dryer and dump the hot haystack on the bed. Then you start pairing up the easy ones — reconnecting brown argyle husbands with brown argyle wives and red-striped brothers with red-striped sisters. It’s free and easy love all around.

But then it happens.

You hit that big pile of white or black leftover socks and matching gets tough. You’re inspecting patterns and heel placements, checking textures and fades, all the while hoping, just hoping, that everything will work out fine.

As you approach the last few socks you do a quick mental count. You’re like a parent inspecting a newborn baby for ten little fingers and ten little toes, only all you’re looking for is whether or not you’ve got an even number of socks left on the bedspread.

If you do, and if they all match up perfectly, then you’re loving it. There are no missing tube socks or disappearing dress socks. Everything is locked and loaded, so you just put them all together, take that basket of well-worn lovers to the dresser, and dump them all in with a big smile on your face.

AWESOME!

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34 thoughts on “#842 When the socks from the dryer all match up perfectly

  1. Everybody knows that tumble driers have a built in stash of socks and when you put your own in there they switch some around.

    1. You lose socks, but coat hangers? Got a million of them. I think socks are simply a larval form of coat hanger.

  2. As someone who uses an old-school washing line, I miss out on this luxury. But at least my electricity bill is littler than you lazy tumble-dryers’, yeah.

  3. This happens to me from time to time, and I love it.

    What I find way more bizarre is when I do end up with an even number of socks, but the last two don’t pair up. Did the dryer eat 2 socks? Or did this particular couple never have a matching pair? Do you try to mix things up about to fudge a matching pair as best you can? Do you put them aside, and wait to see if the dryer spits up their long, lost lovers in future laundry loads? Never sure what to do there.

  4. I’ve spent the last two days reading through all of the previous entries, giggling as I thought about the times I’ve had something like that happen to me and admiring the other awesome events you have thought of and boy, let me tell you how happy I was when I got to entry #1000 and realized that I didn’t have 841 entries to read, but 159!! So now I can read along with each new awesome update, and not feel like I was missing out all of this time. There are still 842 awesome happenings ahead! Woooo!

  5. ahh this rocks when this happens, wish it would happen more. Use to help me along matching up all my black identical school socks…and if it didnt happen I had to go on comparing the heights to each one to find its pair. Way too time consuming.

  6. For everyday use a man can get away with having just one kind of black socks. I buy mine 8-10 pairs at a time, but after that I never pair them up. They wear out evenly, and if I lose one, I’ll never notice as I never pair them up. When the first hole appears, I buy a new set and start throwing the old ones out (after use of course).

    Now I never have to live with the agony of mismatched socks out of the laundry, and I have a sock with a hole in it maybe once a year.

    This might just be the key to happiness.

  7. The last time I wore matching socks was 8th grade. I am now a freshman in college. It gives me something to giggle about, knowing that I am above matching socks.

  8. It’s actually the washer that eats them. But since we never check between dumping our clothes in the washing machine and taking them out of the dryer, we never notice it’s missing. Regardless of where they get lost, it’s annoying. Especially when it’s your only pair of colored socks. =(

  9. Wow, I never knew how many people didn’t have matching socks until I read the comments… This happens to me about 95% of the time.

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