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Laid To Rest.....
Laid To Rest.....
Recently, I threw out a pair of navy blue socks that were so old and worn that when I went to pull them up, while changing my shoes, my heel tore through the few remaining fibers that were holding the heel portion of the sock together.
This pair of socks was over 20 years old..!
I know their EXACT age, because I bought two pairs of them, shortly after my oldest son was born.
The other pair...I still have...and are still serviceable...at least I think so..!
My wife, when informed of the age of the pair I threw out after she spotted them, could not believe that I have articles of clothing that are so aged.
Her mouth and jaw dropped, as I pulled socks...t-shirts...sweatshirts, and two pairs of jeans out of my drawers, and chronicled the age of each item. She was positively aghast...!
Now before you start imagining that these items of clothing are so thread-bare that the Salvation Army boxes would reject them on sight, let me explain their true conditions.
Socks - I have dress socks (for work), that are mostly brown or black (with a few pairs of navy). I've bought most of them at a sock-Factory Outlet store, over the past 20 years, simply because they are, after all...just socks...AND, because they fit...last forever, despite the number of times worn and washed, and they are usually 3 pairs for some-ridiculously-low price...usually about $5.00.
I'm guilty of displaying OCD tendencies, when it comes to my socks.
I ALWAYS put both of them in the laundry hamper together...when I fold and sort the laundry, I ALWAYS find BOTH of them...and if there are more than two of the same color, I'll match them by their level of wear.
Yes...there is wear..! Not to the extent that there are more holes than fabric, but when the heels of them get thread-bare...and that portion of them doesn't show when my shoes are on...I continue to cycle them for service.
My white, athletic socks aren't quite as old as my dress socks are, because, for some reason, the elastic fibers in the ankle portion of them don't survive as long. Must be the bleach that's added to the laundry detergent, when they're washed. When they start frumping down around the openings of my sneakers or shoes...and won't stay up, no matter how many times I pull them up...they get discarded.
Some of my colored T-shirts and sweatshirts are 15 - 20 years old, too. The reason being, is that I have too many...especially T-shirts, from vacations, etc.,...and, that I don't wear ALL of them, all of the time.
I'll basically have 5 - 10 colored T-shirts that I'll wear during the course of the Spring/Summer/Fall, when the weather is warm enough...and usually only on the weekends. I don't care if the silkscreening is long-gone from wear & tear and many washings...they're comfortable.
Some are relegated for "work-only," around the house and have more than a few rips...holes...and various-colored paint spots on them.
My wife has taken to wearing some of my T-shirts, also. Most of them are sized-XXL, so she likes the comfort of wearing them. Unfortunately, these T-shirts are usually relegated to "work-only" status after she wears them. With a magnificent rack of all-natural, 42DD's...let's just say that whatever my wife eats...looks good on her..!
The two pairs of well-worn jeans that I maintain are ONLY for work around the house. They've both been sewn, patched, and duct-taped repeatedly, over the years, to maintain some amount of public dignity when I wear them outside while painting, mowing the lawn, or digging.
Kids today will spend over $100.00 for a pair of jeans that look like both of them, versus what has taken 20 years to occur naturally with my jeans.
A few years ago, my wife was the artsy-fartsy designer of her company's Halloween display. One of those pairs of jeans became part of the display for a few weeks...and then were pressed back into service when I was cleaning out the rain-gutters in early November.
Frugal...cheap...raggedy-man..? I don't think so. I just don't like to throw out something that I can still get service out of.
My wife always has a comment when she sees me wearing something that is at least half her age old...but she also always compliments me whenever the rags come off...I've shit-showered-shaved and gotten dressed to go out with her somewhere...
"Honey...you sure do clean up nicely..!"
4/2/2006 5:20 pm
PLEASE come to my house and find all my socks!!! I have an entired drawer full of only one sock!|
4/3/2006 11:18 am
amberabercrombie - It's a guy thing..! happym;|
4/3/2006 11:21 am
cin - I can guarantee you one thing...if we come to your house, it WON'T be to look for orphan socks..! |