Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The great sock issue

Every now and then it is worth rising above geopolitical tensions and turmoil to consider more fundamental issues such as socks. 

As many chaps and no doubt lady chaps do, I buy identical socks in bulk to avoid the odd sock debacle when they emerge from the wash. If all socks are the same then odd socks don't matter as I'm sure you have observed.

The only real downside to this winning strategy lies in the purchase, specifically the problem of multi-packs bonded together with what seems like dozens of those little plastic tags. Somehow the end of every single tag buries itself into the sock so deeply and firmly that great dexterity is required to snip tag rather than sock. 

Not only that, but when snipped they fly around like toenail clippings, which I suppose is ironic in a way. I'm sure the above photo is merely an incomplete sample from my latest purchase. I'll find one or two more when I wear the socks and the rest will end up in the vacuum cleaner.

Ah well - back to the geopolitical tensions.


Michael said...

Not that this is totally relevant, but I got a letter published in The Daily Telegraph once, and as I'm short of news, I'll post it and remember your post here...

Mac said...

Thanks for the photo. I now know what those little pointy thingies look like as the ones I come across appear(?) to be invisible to old eyes.

A K Haart said...

Michael - I'll pop over and read it.

Mac - some are invisible unless you buy dark coloured socks. I don't know how tennis players manage.

Demetrius said...

This is a question for Sockrates to answer.

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - I'm not sure he'd meet with much sockcess.