Why Am I Always Missing A Sock When Taking My Clothes From The Dryer?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Car Mechanic Jerry Seinfeld once said that out of your entire wardrobe, socks suffer the most boring existence.  Worn on our feet and living in the worst of all possible dresser drawers, socks attempt to cheat fate by planning their own escape on the night before laundry day.  And, while I can neither confirm nor deny the validity of this theory, it's certainly an amusing explanation for what is otherwise a frequently common and mystifying occurrence.  Quite honestly, I have found that our lives are filled with many puzzling, baffling, and head-scratching situations.  "Missing Sock Syndrome" is one example –  and a vehicle that magically repairs itself immediately upon arrival at the auto repair shop is another.

Recently, I went to a mechanic seeking the identification of and cure for suspicious noises emanating from my vehicle.  Here's how the scenario typically unfolds:  You pull into the mechanic's driveway.  You and the mechanic head out for a little fact-finding mission together.  However, during the entire ride, it is so incredibly quiet inside your car that you both can literally hear a pin drop.  All of the rattling, clanking, and grinding has suddenly stopped.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nothing.

Have you ever tried to describe to a mechanic exactly what those non-imaginary noises "sounded like?"  Essentially, you know it's futile because the all-too-familiar response goes something like:  "If I can't hear it  –  I can't fix it."  Soon afterwards, you leave the auto repair shop with your head hanging in disbelief.  You know what you've heard happening over the past week.  Yet, unfortunately, your car had other plans and wouldn't cooperate.  That is, until you pull into your own driveway  –  precisely the time when all the noises return.

Come Back, Jerry Seinfeld ... I Need You!

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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I love this one Carie.. I can so relate to the story here!! and yes.. Jerry Seinfeld.. a favorite of mine! There will never be a show like his again... as it was about nothing! can you imagine what he would say now? i mean .. an entire episode on LOL and OMG? and ???

Jul 01, 2012 11:37 AM #2
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Carie, I can identify with the sock and with the car noise.  If Jerry was still writing his weekly show, we might know what's wrong with your car.  Then again, we might not know! 

Jul 01, 2012 12:02 PM #3
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Margaret:  He does have a comically refreshing perspective on life's circumstances.  And, regarding our vehicles, sounds like you feel my pain!

Janis:  He's definitely one-of-a-kind and a favorite of mine too!  Like you, I would love to hear what he has to say now as well :)

Sharon:  It's so bizarre, isn't it?  Yes, if Jerry was still writing his show I would definitely know what was wrong with my car ... LOL!

Jul 01, 2012 12:24 PM #4
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Carie - I can relate to both of these...for some unknown reason, the missing sock always shows up in the next load of laundry that I take from the dryer...BUT there will be another sock missing a mate...

When I had the mysterious noise in the car that vanishes when the mechanic rode along baffled me at first...eventually I figured it out - the added weight of the mechanic (200 lbs., <>, was enough to stop the noise from occurring. But as soon as I was driving alone, without the additional weight, it started up again! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!


Jul 01, 2012 12:45 PM #5
David Grbich
Realty One Group - www.FindCARealEstate.com - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484
Too funny - missing socks are truly one of life's great mysteries! Regards Dave
Jul 01, 2012 02:06 PM #6
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Morning Carie ... You make me smile -  Even at 2:00am.... :)

Jul 01, 2012 05:54 PM #7
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Diana:  LOL!  Seems like we all can relate to the missing sock situation.  And, your theory about your car noises disappearing is hilarious :)

Dave:  Missing socks is truly one of life's greatest mysteries, isn't it?

John:  My pleasure ... Happy to make people smile anytime :)

Jul 02, 2012 12:09 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Carie, I was just in to see the auto serviceman last week explaining a hum I was hearing and he said he had never heard of that. He did end up replacing some foam stripping around the doors. I got back on the interstate and heard the hum again and called the service dept. Now I have to make time in my schedule to leave the car with them so they can figure it out. Go figure!

The socks are trying to escape we decided at our house. They must make a clean get-away because they never show up again. LOL

Jul 02, 2012 12:40 AM #9
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Indeed, one of life's little mysteries, the disappearing car noise. I solved that problem by turning my radio up.

Jul 02, 2012 01:21 AM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I had a similar incident with a car that kept quitting.  The electrical systems would just go out and the car would just stop.  I took it to the dealership and they hooked it up to computers and couldn't find the problem.  Two days later, in rush hour traffic, going over a blind hill, it did it again.  I was furious at the dealership.  Computers have taken the thought out of car repair and thanks to that, I could've been killed.  

Jul 02, 2012 03:17 AM #11
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Carie~ I've had a similar experience.  It's terribly frustrating.  It doesn't even have to be the mechanic, it could just be another person that I'm trying to explain the noise to and it doesn't happen!  ARGH!

Jul 02, 2012 07:05 AM #12
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Debbie:  Sorry to hear about your car woes ... it's a drag, isn't it?  And, many of my socks have made a clean get away too :)

Malcolm:  Ha!  That's one way to deal with the noise issue :)

Chris Ann:  That is so frightening but I'm glad you're okay!  I agree with you ... computers don't always catch what the human eye can see!

Donna:  You're right ... those darn noises don't discriminate when it comes to disappearing :)

Jul 02, 2012 12:03 PM #13
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

HI Carrie, yeah this has happened to me both with the sock and the car noise :)  Great post ..suggested.

Jul 02, 2012 03:09 PM #14
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Carrie - this is so funny; I was just thinking that I know I put two socks in the laundry hamper and yet I only have one coming out of the dryer. And, you're so right about car noises--do they understand what we say?

Jul 02, 2012 11:23 PM #15
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Carie, I can surely relate to this while bringing my car in to the shop and hoping it will make that clanking sound, but it doesn't. Too funny.

Jul 03, 2012 01:38 AM #16
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Rebecca:  Both seem to be common dilemmas :)  And, thanks for the 'Suggest!'

Toni:  Mind boggling situations, yes?

Sandy:  We seem to have so much company with regards to the disappearing car noise problem, don't we? :)

Jul 03, 2012 10:13 AM #17
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Carie -

Hope you enjoyed a great 4th and are looking forward to a great Thursday.  You're comments, input and support in the Rain is always great appreciated my friend.


Jul 05, 2012 01:02 AM #18
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

I loved this post.  BUT, I think I have a solution!  Next time the car starts making those mysterious noises, turn on the video camera on your phone.  You won't need to take any video, but the sounds should be recorded to a degree that the mechanic might recognize the sound.

I know what a pain that is....it happened to me in the LandRover and I had to drive 120 miles round trip for nothing!

Jul 05, 2012 06:43 AM #19
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Carie, I really got a kick out of the illuatration.  Sometimes I feel like that when I am working on the lawn tractor.  I never lose socks in the wash, but Chief Cook is also Master Laundress. 

Jul 06, 2012 07:07 AM #20
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Maybe the socks are finding their way into your car engine?  In my house, the dog usually bears some responsibility for missing socks.

Jul 07, 2012 01:04 PM #21
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