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Question about men and .... SOCKS

Posted on 10/17/2008 10:18:01 AM PDT by PERKY2004

My wonderful DH and I have been married 5.5 years. He is currently deployed to Iraq, so I decided to take inventory and straighten out his dresser drawers, plus the drawers in the closet. (With his blessing and permission, mind you.)

He has socks in 4 different drawers. He has over 80 pairs of socks. Most of his socks are black (work) or white (non-work), with a very few pair of other colors.

Ummm.... is this normal? Socks in 4 different drawers? Over 80 pairs? Or am I just married to a guy who loves his socks?

Molly


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1 posted on 10/17/2008 10:18:01 AM PDT by PERKY2004
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To: PERKY2004

What is a DH?


2 posted on 10/17/2008 10:19:05 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: PERKY2004
The things you have described make me fear for your safety. It is obvious that this man is a borderline-personality-disorder with acute schziophrenia and long periods of delusional hallucinations. He cannot be trusted around chainsaws, or anything containing peanuts.

Run, do not walk.

3 posted on 10/17/2008 10:20:40 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Secondhand Aztlan Smoke causes drug addiction obesity in global warming cancer immigrant terrorists.)
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To: Joann37
What is a DH?

Covered in my text, above. Delusional hallucination.

4 posted on 10/17/2008 10:21:21 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Secondhand Aztlan Smoke causes drug addiction obesity in global warming cancer immigrant terrorists.)
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To: Joann37

That would be a “Dear/Darling Husband”. You see this in common usage on many womens forums. Also DD (daughter) and DS (son). My wife tells me this at least.:)


5 posted on 10/17/2008 10:21:27 AM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: PERKY2004

He probably bought only a few pairs of black and white socks. In a dark warm drawer, they breed.


6 posted on 10/17/2008 10:21:29 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Joann37

DH=Dear Husband?


7 posted on 10/17/2008 10:21:36 AM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: Lazamataz
LMAO, nice one Laz,

btw, what the heck was the "free laz" tags about?

8 posted on 10/17/2008 10:21:36 AM PDT by MetalHeadConservative35 (The 2008-2009 NHL Season is underway GO FLYERS!!!!)
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To: Allegra

You help is desperately needed on this thread


9 posted on 10/17/2008 10:21:44 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: PERKY2004

That is odd.

My suggestion- make them into puppets or monkeys.


10 posted on 10/17/2008 10:22:18 AM PDT by retrokitten (We are Joe the Plumber)
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To: MetalHeadConservative35
btw, what the heck was the "free laz" tags about?

They got tired of paying for their laz.

11 posted on 10/17/2008 10:22:20 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Secondhand Aztlan Smoke causes drug addiction obesity in global warming cancer immigrant terrorists.)
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To: PERKY2004

I do have alot of socks (many not even worn in the last year or two) and alot of shoes too, I like to rotate them.


12 posted on 10/17/2008 10:22:27 AM PDT by ropin71 (God Bless our Troops!)
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To: PERKY2004
Women will throw socks away when they thing the socks are too old. Men do not throw socks away.

Ever.

13 posted on 10/17/2008 10:23:05 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Joann37

Designated Hitter - he bats for the husband while he’s away. ;)


14 posted on 10/17/2008 10:23:20 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: PERKY2004

LOL! I think many men find socks hard to throw out. The socks may not be exactly suitable for wearing, but on the other hand, they don’t have gaping holes, and thrifty men are reluctant to throw the socks out until they are verifiably useless. Plus, if he travels, he probably buys new ones, brings them home, and just adds them to his collection.

Would he object if you helped him sort through them and maybe got rid of the worn ones?


15 posted on 10/17/2008 10:23:45 AM PDT by livius
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To: PERKY2004

What I’d like to know is where are the mates to the socks my husband has. Seems every time I wash those socks, I’m able to match up less and less of them.


16 posted on 10/17/2008 10:23:46 AM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: PERKY2004
Normal. Men buy socks. Actually, women buy men socks. Especially if they have some with holes in them.

However, men never through away socks. They're still good. You can wear them.

Wait 'til you see what's in the back of the underwear drawer.
(Or as my father would say, "The drawers fulla drawers.")

17 posted on 10/17/2008 10:24:06 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter. Before the late bell. When I close the door.)
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To: PERKY2004

I knew a single guy that got tired of cleaning his house, washing dishes, etc.

He threw out every dish expect one, all of his silverware except one set, all of his chairs except two (a kitchen chair and an easy chair), etc. Don’t know about the socks!

My answer would be 20. Actually maybe just 7 darks, 7 whites. But a few spares of each would be good. Give them to the Goodwill NOW. He’ll never miss them.


18 posted on 10/17/2008 10:24:08 AM PDT by 21twelve (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: PERKY2004

Count your blessings it’s only a dresser and some socks. My sweetie has a pole barn out in the country that makes Ali Baba’s cave look like my kitchen junk drawer.

If this collecting/hoarding escalates, be prepared for anything! :)


19 posted on 10/17/2008 10:24:29 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: PERKY2004

If most of them are old and worn out it’s pretty normal. We have a hard time throwing out articles of clothing that still have a few threads left. If they’re all in good condition then he is very strange. Most guys have one weeks worth of socks maybe two at the most.


20 posted on 10/17/2008 10:24:43 AM PDT by BubbaBasher (www.HypocriteLibs.org - Tracking the Slandering Liars in the MSM)
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To: Joann37

“What is a DH?’

Designated hitter?


21 posted on 10/17/2008 10:24:45 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Designated Hitter - he bats for the husband while he’s away. ;)

I'd be banned for that.

I might even be in trouble for quoting it.

22 posted on 10/17/2008 10:24:56 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Secondhand Aztlan Smoke causes drug addiction obesity in global warming cancer immigrant terrorists.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Yes, they breed. When you have too many, you’re supposed to put them in the washer so that they can be converted into wire hangers that will appear in your closet.


23 posted on 10/17/2008 10:25:11 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Teachers open the door. It's up to you to enter. Before the late bell. When I close the door.)
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To: PERKY2004

Molly, how old is your husband? I’m 39 and I have two drawers of socks...dress sock in one and non-dress socks in the other. And how big are these drawers? Mine are about 2.5ft square. Now the funny thing is that as soon as I got married for the first time (at 37), my wife went through my t-shirt, underwear and sock drawers and tossed the “bad” ones. I have been informed that this will happen regularly so I might as well get used to it.:)


24 posted on 10/17/2008 10:25:14 AM PDT by The Unknown Republican
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To: PERKY2004

It could be that he only wants to wash his socks every couple of months...


25 posted on 10/17/2008 10:25:16 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: PERKY2004

So, what your saying is, all the socks I lose, apparently wind up in your machine... I knew it, I knew it! There is a washing machine conspiracy... They are all connected in their own little world wide pipe system..


26 posted on 10/17/2008 10:25:18 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS
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To: PERKY2004

I have 2 types of socks. white socks for every day use and black socks for when I’m forced to dress up. I have about a dozen of the black and about 2 dozen white.

None of them have holes, if they do, they are immediately trashed, it’s bad luck to have a hole in a sock.


27 posted on 10/17/2008 10:25:40 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: PERKY2004

Only 80 pair? What a piker. Everyone knows that all real men should have at least 200 pair of socks.

60 pair of white cotton athletic socks
25 pair of black or patterned dress socks
10-20 pair of merino woll hiking and backpacking socks of verying thicknesses
10-20 pair of Pearl Izumi cycling socks
10-20 pair of polypropylene sock liners
4-10 pair of Skiing socks
4-10 pair of snowboarding socks
25 plus pair of assorted thermal socks for hunting and outdoor use.

You should get to the store quickly and get him the socks he needs to be a real man.

Then make sure that you thank him for me for serving our nation.


28 posted on 10/17/2008 10:26:30 AM PDT by cyclotic (Is Michelle Obama really Rita X?)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Yes, they breed. When you have too many, you’re supposed to put them in the washer so that they can be converted into wire hangers that will appear in your closet.

There was a scifi story about this.

Wire hangers were bicycles in larvae-stage.

29 posted on 10/17/2008 10:26:37 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Secondhand Aztlan Smoke causes drug addiction obesity in global warming cancer immigrant terrorists.)
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To: PERKY2004

You are married to a guy who won’t pitch the old ones.

I own all black socks, same brand, same type. That way I don’t have to check to see if they match. Once a batch gets worn out, they go in the rag bag.

Cost? $15.00 to $20.00 a year. I waste more than that sitting at stop lights.


30 posted on 10/17/2008 10:26:48 AM PDT by listenhillary (Should we turn Alaska or Texas into our Galt's Gulch?)
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To: PERKY2004

Sounds familiar to me as well. I have been married for 17 years. He always buy socks without fail when ever we shop and don’t matter where we shop. You are not alone.

(NoCoGOP’s wife message)


31 posted on 10/17/2008 10:27:48 AM PDT by NorCoGOP ((borrowed from another Freeper) "They have Obama...we have Oh! MAMA!")
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To: Lazamataz
You are Soooooooo obviously wrong on this one.

This man just prepares ahead.

Imagine, if you will, that he keeps all his socks in one drawer, sort of like keeping all your eggs in one basket.
If that drawer goes up in flames this man is now SOCKLESS!

He is just spreading it around, sort of like squirrels with their nuts, so that should a catastrophe occur, he will not be without socks.

(Being without socks, outside, in your underwear, is kind of like a porn starlet without a bustier. It just doesn't look right.)

32 posted on 10/17/2008 10:27:57 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: PERKY2004
I can clear this up with some NativeSon Wisdom(tm)...

When I get up in morning, execute the 3 S's, then go to get dressed, the first thing that I go for is the sock drawer.

Socks are the start of a good day, the foundation if you will.

When I cannot find matching comfortable socks, I go slightly, just slightly mind you, insane(r).

And socks that feel good when you put them on then creep off and slip into your shoe when you move about? meh, that's another story.

So your husband is wise, 'cause when I can't get my sock fix in the morning, guess who I blame?

33 posted on 10/17/2008 10:28:31 AM PDT by NativeSon (off the Rez without a pass...)
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To: Tanniker Smith

There was some comedian talking about the “bottom of the drawer underwear” a long time ago. “So there I am in the ER. And then I remembered! It had been awhile since I had done the laundry and I was wearing my bottom of the drawer undewear. YOU know the kind. Clean - but a few holes here and there. The elastic isn’t really elastic anymore - and not much use regardless as half of it is ripped away from the fabric. Perfectly usable, but not very presentable in the ER”


34 posted on 10/17/2008 10:29:14 AM PDT by 21twelve (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: 21twelve

If you go throwing out a man’s socks you better be prepared to stay on top of the laundry situation. That’s why we horde these things, we don’t like to do laundry when we’re single, and we have a fear of being dependent on somebody else when we’re not. So we have lots of socks and lots of undies and can generally go at least a month without laundry being done.


35 posted on 10/17/2008 10:30:08 AM PDT by dilvish
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To: Lazamataz
I might even be in trouble for quoting it.

You might be. ;)

36 posted on 10/17/2008 10:30:54 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: PERKY2004

What are the brand names? I’d like to invest in the company while the market is still down...


37 posted on 10/17/2008 10:31:47 AM PDT by Andonius_99 (There are two sides to every issue. One is right, the other is wrong; but the middle is always evil.)
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To: PERKY2004

no, it’s not usual. Here is a few things to look for:

1. Are they organized based on color? If so, does he do this with the rest of his clothes or just socks? If it is only the socks, then you got some kind of childhood issue. If he never takes off his socks (including during sex) then you just know you have somebody trying hard to cover up something unconsciously (not like a murder or bad things like that).

2. Does he have more than 10 pairs of shoes? I’ve got 30 at least but I’ve only got about that many pair of socks. Other than sports socks, the others are all very different and match different shoes. If the shoes and socks match, no problem specifically. It’s just a little strange.

3. Does he scrimp and save things which you find maddening? Like ziplock bags, dental floss, aluminum foil? If so, he is just a patrack type and is unknowingly terrified of losing things. It’s not worth drugging somebody over but it also explains the socks.


38 posted on 10/17/2008 10:32:34 AM PDT by bpjam (FREE Sarah Palin!!! FREE Sarah Palin!!!)
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To: PERKY2004

Spare ammo,,,watch yer mouth.


39 posted on 10/17/2008 10:33:50 AM PDT by Waco ( G00d bye 0'bomber)
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To: PERKY2004

Let’s see..... 80/5.5 = 14.54 ....
That’s about right
;~ )


40 posted on 10/17/2008 10:34:10 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists// Rove>Biden is a Big,Blowhard Dufus)
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To: PERKY2004; Admin Moderator
My wonderful DH and I have been married 5.5 years. He is currently deployed to Iraq, so I decided to take inventory and straighten out his dresser drawers, plus the drawers in the closet. (With his blessing and permission, mind you.)

Oh, dear...this is quite dire indeed. I'm most alarmed about the fact that he is here in Iraq right now, because in almost all cases, we just don't have that much room for things and must be space economical.

80 pairs of socks is impressive. I don't imagine he has that many over here, but I certainly recommend about 14 pairs to start. You see, we walk a lot here and socks can wear. You always want to have those backup pairs on hand for that dismaying morning when you find that a toe or heel is beginning to wear slightly. And we all know that the PX stocks pretty crappy socks.

What I would do is suggest to him that he start an online account at Hanes. And as his socks wear, he should throw them out. Do not insult our local hosts by offering them less-than-stellar socks.

80 pairs of socks is great for the U.S. (perhaps he should maintain a separate closet back home for his socks so as to make the daily color and style selection a little easier?), but here in Iraq, it just isn't practical.

I hope this has helped you and anyone else who may have a similar problem.

41 posted on 10/17/2008 10:34:48 AM PDT by Allegra (NO giving up, NO quitting, NO doom and gloom, NO drama queens...Keep up the faith)
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To: The Unknown Republican
That would be a “Dear/Darling Husband”...

Uh huh, sure. That's what they tell YOU. What it really means is: Damn Husband! :)

42 posted on 10/17/2008 10:34:59 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: PERKY2004

If he took his socks with him on a long deployment, well I could explain that one.


43 posted on 10/17/2008 10:35:06 AM PDT by lilycicero (But I won't.)
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To: Allegra

I think you can handle this one


44 posted on 10/17/2008 10:35:49 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Courage is not the lack of fear it is acting in spite of it<><)
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To: wideawake; Lazamataz
Women will throw socks away when they thing the socks are too old. Men do not throw socks away.

Ever.


I disagree. I wear holes in mine, or they become too used, they're gone. I walk about 15 miles a day at work, and if my feet hurt, it's a b*tch to do my job.

BTW, Hope you're doing well, Laz.
45 posted on 10/17/2008 10:35:53 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: PERKY2004

I have a hole in my sock, darn it.


46 posted on 10/17/2008 10:36:14 AM PDT by edzo4 (Vote McCain, Keep Your Change)
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To: PERKY2004

The number all depends on how often he does laundry.

Living in a house of “girls” I do my own. That way it gets back to my closet and drawers - not in some basket at the end of a dark hallway.

My dirty cloths hamper holds just shy of a load so when it gets near the top I grab it and any dirty towels I can grab on the way and run it through.

Now if I can only train them to put the lid down when they’re done. :-)


47 posted on 10/17/2008 10:36:36 AM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: PERKY2004

80 pairs is a little out of the ordinary, but the color selection is about right.


48 posted on 10/17/2008 10:37:17 AM PDT by redangus
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To: Allegra

Never mind I pinged you at 12:35 and you were here at 12:34

Always Late I am


49 posted on 10/17/2008 10:38:19 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Courage is not the lack of fear it is acting in spite of it<><)
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To: PERKY2004

— Guys rules of socks —

No one looks at socks, but they can smell them, so change them when they stink.

Have enough socks to survive without doing laundry for more than one month. (80 pairs is good for about 30 days for an active, single male.)

There are only two kinds of socks. Black and white.

White socks are for running and athletics.

Black socks are for formal occasions and work.

All socks should be functionally identical so when folding, any two random black socks will always make a pair. (the same goes for white socks.)


50 posted on 10/17/2008 10:38:19 AM PDT by MediaMole
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