Ahhh, the pleasure I get from the misfortune of others.

Filed under fun times on the subway

Leaving the subway station the other night, a girl in a posh red swing jacket, black trousers, and black heels cut in front of me. As I followed her up the stairs to the street, her pants swished around her ankles and revealed bright white cotton socks.

Not even realizing it was going to come out, I said under my breath with delight, “White socks!” The girl totally turned around and looked at me, and I was like, ” . . . ,” but there was no one else around to blame.

I really feel myself becoming a strange old woman.


  1. Jessica says:

    I had the same feeling the other day. I’m sure it had something to do with my becoming a crazy cat lady, but I’m also worried about my tendency toward becoming one of those weird, outspoken, eccentric old women who no one likes to hang out with except for young gay men. Or so I’ve heard.
    On second thought, it might be okay.

  2. Serial says:


    Of course, I would never be as nice as that guy. I’m much closer to your curmudgeonly manner. And that’s how I like it.

  3. spaghedeity says:

    I really feel myself becoming a strange old woman.

    I didn’t want to be the one to have to tell you. At least you have Elise to keep you company. You can talk about your saggy boobs and drooping vaginas.

  4. Kim says:

    I mean, as a young bitchy woman, anyway.
    Old women with no filter irritate me, but I guess I’m (almost but) not quite old enough to have grown out of my ageism yet.

  5. knittinglizzie says:

    Fun slightly racist fact of the day: White socks are called “parmas” in parts of Ohio because all the polish girls wore them.

  6. kylie says:

    at least you didn’t say “SWEET DELICIOUS CRISP WHITE SOCKS!” or “GOD I WANT TO SNIFF THOSE SOCKS!” it could be worse.

  7. caropal says:

    I kind of imagine that I could have been that woman.

  8. okay okay okay,
    the other day i found this word –


    and i’ve since been in love with it.
    And when i saw that you find pleasure in the misfortune of others, i thought you might like it.
    It basically means that. Someone who finds pleasure in the misfortune of others.

    and if you already knew that…

    i like your blog. :P


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