The Red Coats (and Sox) Are Coming!

Two Hundred and Forty years ago today Paul Revere made history with his “Midnight Ride” from Boston to Lexington and Concord.  Yet, few know that the ride nearly didn’t happen.  And it was because Paul couldn’t find his socks – well, his left sock to be precise.  From his diary:

“…twas dozing in a peaceful slumber, my bare feete warmed by the crackling fire, when I receiv’d word from Joe1 that the Red Coats had taken to march.  Springing to my feet, I dress’d hurredly but was halted by the absense of a stocking…”

Paul goes on to explain that, after enlisting his wife, children, and a servant to help search, he was finally left with the only option of borrowing his wife’s sock, described as “being of a rose hue with a sort of lace and frill.”  But if it weren’t for that pink sock, we may still be subjects of Her Majesty.

River Island Pink cable knit velvet frill ankle socks

1. Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress

Lady Icarus

On April 16, 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel – and she did it in less than an hour.  Plus, this was just seven months after becoming the first woman to earn an aviator’s certificate from the Aero Club of America.

But, Ms. Quimby wasn’t just a pioneer of aviation.  She was also one of the first screenwriters of Hollywood.  Seven of her short screenplays were directed by D.W. Griffith in 1911.

Unfortunately, Harriet flew too close to the sun, so to speak.  Less then three months after her historic flight in the UK, she flew in the Third Annual Boston Aviation Meet.  But this was to be her final flight, as her brand-new monoplane crashed and both Harriet and her passenger died.

Harriet is often overshadowed by Amelia, but she still holds a special place in history.



Stupidity And Madness

I lost a sock sometime last year
Which caused some consternation
I guess it longed to be alone
And sought some isolation.
The next day after this though
My problem ceased to be
When the sock that was left behind
Chose it would also flee.

This seemed to solve the issue
I have more space, moreover
Loneliness no more abounds
With no odd socks left over.

And then about a month ago
When I thought such was banished
My sock drawer took a holiday
When in the night it vanished.
The subsequent day to this one
Somewhat predictably
My other chest of drawers left me
Quite inexplicably.

So while it grieved me much today
To wake and find out that
I no longer had my bedroom
Where I once slept and sat.
It’s fair to say I’m fretting more
Of the potential sorrow
Of what I’ll lose when something will

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Dead On My Feet

Canadian Gift Guide

Soxfords Zombie Survival KitWhat It Is: I suppose first I ought to introduce the brand – Soxfords – which specializes in high quality, quirky socks for the professional male (and woman, surprisingly). The particular gift idea you see up above is one of their ever-changing gift set combinations, themed to those who love all things zombies. You’ll nab a dashing pair of lilac-hued socks emblazoned with zombie embroidery and the words ‘Brains Please’ at the toes. To top it off, you’ll also get a fun collection of indie zombie short films to watch, a handy zombie survival guide, a combat survival kit, and a tasty bag of gummy brains to prepare yourself for the reality of becoming a zombie. This is one of a few gift sets offered by Soxfords so if you’re shopping for a sock lover, look no further.

Who It’s For: Your snappy dressing coworker, to add to their collection…

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