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Good/Bad/Different - Paint It Black
Living the American dream one heartbreaking piece at a time
Good: A link I suggested has been posted to Boing Boing. If you're like me and frequently find yourself on the verge of a psychotic break while trying to fold fitted sheets for storage in the linen closet, I suggest you give it a look. I'm making civilized life better for all of us. Go me.

Bad: My white cotton socks get dirty. This is a normal thing that occurs during day-to-day sock operation (note: if you wear white socks all day long and they do not get dirty, I can only surmise you're an alien with technology far in advance of our own and I desperately want to join your society on Buugan-Selta-Three as an emissary of my people). What's abnormal -- and bad -- is that they never come clean no matter how many times I wash them. I'm not completely compulsive about having my whites their whitest, but it still irks me when the bottom of my socks are grey-brown even after being laundered. When I take a pair out of the drawer and find that funky ground-in dirt I feel like I'm scavenging socks from the bedroom floor rather than putting on a clean pair like all the rest of us upright-walking apes. These socks... they vex me with their dirtiness. I've washed them with regular detergent. I've washed them with bleach. I've washed them with detergent and bleach. I've watched them with detergent and bleach and OxiClean but still they do not come out remotely whiter on the bottom!

Different: I put up a curio shelf today, then I put a scented candle on it. I believe this is 65% "domestic" behavior.

And as a special Friday bonus, I give you an additional "D" for no added charge!

Disturbing: Buying 5.1 speakers for my PC and then testing them by experiencing the Ravenholm chapter of Half-Life2 in surround.

needs a headlight fixed

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chebutykin From: chebutykin Date: February 10th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
The fitted sheet thing convinces me that there are strange space folding techniques in the universe that I have not yet observed.

Have you opened your Unspeakable Xmas Gift from The Asylum yet?
From: duncandahusky Date: February 10th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still remember (approximately) the fitted-sheet-folding instructions atara related to me many moons ago on IRC:
1. Fold the sheet in half, nesting the opposite corners within one another.
2. Fold in half again, again nesting the corners.
3. Wad the sheet into a ball and place in linen closet.

Oh, and have you considered maybe...buying new socks? I think Wal Mart sells them for $10 a metric ton.
feren From: feren Date: February 10th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
[have you considered buying new socks]

Yes. I've done that, and guess what? Wear them once, launder them and they become FILTHY! and refuse to come clean in the wash, like all their disturbing bretheren!

I must just be really hard on socks.
From: duncandahusky Date: February 10th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must just be really hard on socks.

...or have really dirty shoes ;-)
nonethewiser From: nonethewiser Date: February 10th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering this, also. Or are they leather shoes, and badly dyed?
feren From: feren Date: February 10th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost never wear shoes. My footwear of choice is the Stanely steel-toed workboot (seen below) produced by Wolverine World Wide. Oil-resistant, waterproof and all-leather construction for the uppers. The first week I owned them I broke them in by jumping into a lake with captain18's father while wearing them.

When I'm not outside and I'm just bumming around the house the shoes are off and I'm in socks only.

nonethewiser From: nonethewiser Date: February 10th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
It could well be that the dye from the leather is what is staining your socks. And leather dye is hard to get out.
nonethewiser From: nonethewiser Date: February 10th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or dirty floors... hm.
megadog From: megadog Date: February 10th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dr. Dog's solution to the sock-quandary: Buy black socks.
feren From: feren Date: February 10th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's absolutely brilliant -- and just crazy enough to work.

I like how you think, stranger.
From: neowolf2 Date: February 11th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should throw out all your socks, then buy a large number of identical pairs (maybe buy one pair of that kind first to make sure you like them.)

When they start to wear out, throw them all away and repeat. No more sock matching insanity!
shaddragon From: shaddragon Date: February 10th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
> Buying 5.1 speakers for my PC and then testing them by experiencing
> the Ravenholm chapter of Half-Life2 in surround.

Yes. YES, definitely disturbing. Gah, that place is bad enough with crap speakers like I used during.
ottr From: ottr Date: February 10th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You really did put a scented candle on it? And here I was just teasing...Otter for the win!
From: almanzo Date: February 10th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well as you had stated. . . yes, white socks are predisposed to have this sort of scurvy fate. So I'm assuming the tone of this post is more of a feeling of "I hate that white socks get like this" as opposed to it being an unusual problem. I for one dislike how much more easily white socks develop holes compared with dressier socks.

If I were King, I would have blindingly white socks all the time, because clean white socks are sexy.
nekosensei From: nekosensei Date: February 10th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
What...is this the domestic post or something? :)

Actually, I was going to suggest the same thing megadog said. Buy a shitload of black socks. I used to wear white socks, but I had the same problem with them getting dirty or not looking right with this pair of shoes. Then I switched to black. I swear...black goes with just about everything...
fiskblack From: fiskblack Date: February 10th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
How to fold a fitted sheet. *crumple into wadded ball* *toss into closet*
catdragon From: catdragon Date: February 10th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. One cup bleach.
2. One cup detergent.
3. Hot water wash, cold rinse.
4. Leave the washer top open so it agitates, then soaks until you close it, then the spin cycle begins. Do this for at least 20-30 minutes.
5. Make sure socks are white before they are dried, or the grey gets dried in.

If this does not get your socks white, I owe you a beer. ;)
daf666 From: daf666 Date: February 10th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am excellent at folding fitted sheets.

almanzo can testify to that. :P
From: neowolf2 Date: February 11th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
And now, how to wash fitted sheets:

1. Wash in washing machine with warm water, scent-free detergent but no bleach.
2. Tumble dry on low heat.
3. Spread on the bed, pulling down opposite corners and smoothing until tightly fitted.
4. Watch as the cat jumps up, rolls around, and smears its unclear anus all over the fresh sheet.
5. Repeat previous steps until the cat is asleep elsewhere.
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