Douglas Adams was completely wrong. The most useful item, not to mention the most necessary (except that I just mentioned it), is socks. Soft, comfy but still durable socks. I'm very particular about my socks. Lu would say I'm obsessive but she wears ankle length socks with jeans so what does she know? I like mine thick, white and knee length. Not 'have to tug them up with block and tackle to get them to just touch the general knee area' knee length. That's simply barbaric and a practice enjoyed only by sock masochists.
A couple of years ago, to finally get me to stop complaining and whining, Lu went on the 'Great Sock Research Project'. She visited stores, went online and spent literally hundreds of seconds searching for the perfect Six Sock. At the end of her exhaustive search she succeeded. Behold the World's Softest Sock.
Unlike more pedestrian and lesser socktorial offerings these socks are both immensely comfortable and quite durable. I've got a couple of pair that are well past 5 years of constant wear and still going strong. And soft. Have I mentioned how soft they are? If these socks were a tree...well I don't know what tree they'd be but you can bet your last weasel it'd be a soft one.And they're actually knee length. They go all the way up with nary a tug or curse word. Bliss.
I'm pretty sure they're made from Unicorn fur and are darned by kindly old grandmothers who live in shoes and raise vast hordes of children who will someday grow up to become Keebler Elves.
I hate to run short so Lu orders me 10 pair whenever she hears that whiny tinge in my voice. These came in just the other day, shipped in a plain brown box to fool the Sock Stealer Cartel and your prone to jealousy neighbors.
Tactical Ninja Old Guy Knee High White Socks. Yeah. That's right. I went there. Of course you don't have to get them in white. They do come in other colors. If you're a philistine.
I love me these socks.