Just a reminder that today is the “Summer” Solstice (yeah, winter for you folks down under…) and the longest day of sunshine in the northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern).
As temperatures lag a few months, the next 3 months are the hottest (coldest) it will get this year. Plan accordingly. In either case I expect it to be wetter given the spectral distribution of sunlight putting more into prompt ocean evaporation from IR / reds and less into deep ocean heating from UV / blues.
In other news:
I was down to my last pair of dress socks. I hate this time. I have a size 10 1/2 foot. I used to buy size 10 socks. Slowly over the years socks have shrunk.
At first I moved up size to 11, then 12. Somewhere in there they moved to “size 8 to 12” and my toenails began to curl into my toes from the fabric stretched over them. These are really size 8 socks that can be stretched with enough pressure to a 12.
About a decade back? I moved to “Big & Tall” 12 to 14 size and they JUST fit, nicely. A clean size 11 with added stretch.
Well, today was the day to once again deal with buying socks. I went to Target, where I bought my last batch that fit back when on contract in Orlando. A good 5 years ago I think. They had a choice of ONE package. Hanes. I took it.
Well, seems the “shrink it more make another penny” folks found they had a place they had not shrunk yet. On getting them home and cut from the plastic staple; I got to try them on. The foot portion fits nicely. A tiny bit closer than last time, but not stretching and bending toe nails. UNfortunately, the “calf” is sized just about right for my wrist. Pulled on as it ought to be, it digs about 1/2 of diameter (or a 1/4 inch or so each side all around) into the calf. Uncomfortable at best.
I’m hoping the elastic will stretch / fail in the wash, or I’ll have to wear them with the tops down around my ankles. 90% of the other socks being sold had no tops at all. Why folks want socks that are going to show your ankle between your slacks and your dress shoes is beyond me.
No, I’m not going to take them back. They are better than nothing AND will serve as a constant reminder to NEVER buy another pair without cutting them from the carrier in the store and putting them on; screaming clerks be damned.
If anyone knows where to get real, honest sized, socks, please let me know.
While I’m hoping to spend the rest of my years in rubber flip flops at the pool, there are times one wishes to dress up, and or attend some event. Who knows, I might actually be asked to work somewhere; and while I’m now “minimally prepared”, I’m not happy about it.
So the socks are in the wash, sandals are headed for my feet, and I’m hunting for where I left that 1/2 gallon of Tequila last Friday ;-)
Enjoy the sun, and ditch the socks!