Thursday Thirteen: Holey Socks!


I’m in a mood. Sit back and have some fun with me.

1. You’ve met Soul Bendorff on these pages before. Here. And here. Only sorta here. But very definitely here.

2. Like many young men out on his own, Soul would wear socks with holes in them.

3. No big deal, right? I mean, come ON. You’ve had a favorite pair or two of socks that you haven’t been able to part with. I know you did, even if you won’t admit it.

4. But when you’re a rock legend in the making, people talk about your socks. (among other things) Especially the fact that you wear them at all. (especially when you looked as grungy as Soul did.)

5. Or that his were dark blue, worn with his dark blue Chuck Taylors.

6. Dark blue was the Soul Bendorff color.

7. But back to the socks. It was amazing that Soul wore socks. But have YOU even worn Chucks with no socks? Onstage? Under hot stage lights?

8. It was at a party one night, when Soul had wrapped each talented hand around the very cool, long neck of a bottle of booze (he never cared WHAT booze, only that it was booze), that he let some girl take off his shoes. She wanted to play with his toes, she said.

9. Now, I know you’re expecting me to say his big toe was sticking through that hole I’ve hinted at. But… you’re wrong.

10. It was his heel. Soul had narrow heels, you see. They always rubbed, no matter what shoes he wore. Socks wore out after a week, it seemed. But see above about why he didn’t just chuck the things entirely.

11. So this girl picks up Soul’s foot and finds the sock. She sticks her finger in and tickles. He’s not amused. Wants her to put his shoes on.

12. Someone hands him a fresh bottle. He forgets about the girl. He’s had enough to drink, he can’t feel his feet anyway.

13. Five years after he dies, she donates them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hole and all.



  1. Tracie

    March 17, 2010 10:39 pm

    I love this sock story! (You definitely have to have socks on with Chuck Taylors…it is a rule…even if only in my mind!)

    Linda Fairstein came by your blog…..I am in awe! I am jealous! I am dreaming that it might just happen to me one day! ….thanks for the picture love too! =)
    .-= Tracie´s last blog ..-Thirteen Books I Can Not Pass By =-.

  2. Adelle Laudan

    March 18, 2010 12:10 am

    LOL I love the way your mind works! Fun story.
    Happy T13!
    .-= Adelle Laudan´s last blog ..Happy St Patrick’s Day =-.

  3. Mary Quast

    March 18, 2010 12:26 am

    I enjoyed having fun with you. Let’s do it again real soon. Happy T13!

  4. Alice Audrey

    March 18, 2010 1:12 am

    Tsk, swiping the sock right off the feet of a talented drunk. *shaking head sadly*
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..13 Things to do on St. Patric’s =-.

  5. Ann (bunnygirl)

    March 18, 2010 1:17 am

    I really don’t understand the socks-with-holes thing, myself. But men will keep on wearing them until you sufficiently embarrass them or just toss the darn things yourself. Go figure.
    .-= Ann (bunnygirl)´s last blog ..New Steal Tomorrow Flash – Three Word Wednesday =-.

  6. Deb

    March 18, 2010 3:07 am

    So much said in only 13 statements.
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..13 Things to do at Night =-.

  7. Shelley Munro

    March 18, 2010 3:14 am

    For while there I thought Soul and I might be related, what with the sock thing and all. I really need to get some new socks. 🙂
    .-= Shelley Munro´s last blog ..Driving Me Crazy =-.

  8. Hazel

    March 18, 2010 3:23 am

    I’m with Alice Audrey – I’ll have a St Patrick pinch on my nose.
    .-= Hazel´s last blog ..Coffee over the classics =-.

  9. Mee2

    March 18, 2010 4:17 am

    Is an aMETALas the same as having buns of steel? I used to want to be a writer. But then I didn’t. It’s tough having so much anxiety. Always worrying about what other people think. It’s hard to write my blog, even. Anyway, love what you do here. :o)
    .-= Mee2´s last blog ..unWordless Wednesday =-.

  10. Anthony North

    March 18, 2010 4:57 am

    Socks are so important. My favourite ones keep walking away from me, though.
    .-= Anthony North´s last blog ..ILLNESS =-.

  11. Melissa Mashburn

    March 18, 2010 5:47 am

    I enjoyed reading that.
    .-= Melissa Mashburn´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen – March 18, 2010 =-.

  12. sandy

    March 18, 2010 7:24 am

    How funny – this winter I bought socks at dollar General and every week they would fall apart . I’d go in every week and buy a new pair haha sandy
    .-= sandy´s last blog ..ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE 2009 =-.

  13. Janet

    March 18, 2010 8:15 am

    she got her a souvenir, that’s for sure!
    .-= Janet´s last blog ..Today I will be happier… =-.

  14. AD

    March 18, 2010 9:47 am

    you actually have me in the loop 🙂

    Upcoming and Awaited

  15. jehara

    March 18, 2010 10:53 am

    All my favorite socks have holes. I really need to get new ones, but I’m kinda lazy about sock buying.
    .-= jehara´s last blog ..TT in pictures =-.

  16. Grandma

    March 18, 2010 2:49 pm

    Fun one. Reminds me of the time our priest was giving a sermon on raising money for the Holy Father. My husband pulled one foot out of his shoe revealing a toe poking through the sock. “I think he’s talking about me”, he whispered. No, I didn’t save those socks. And I’m quite confident that no one would want to view them. 🙂

  17. Celticlibrarian

    March 18, 2010 4:15 pm

    Figures that a man called Soul would have so much sole as to be too much for a pair of socks.

    Naughty girl running of with those socks he liked. Le sigh. Ah well. At least she donated them rather than selling them on ebay.
    .-= Celticlibrarian´s last blog ..13 Things From AtoZ the USA =-.

  18. Thomma Lyn

    March 18, 2010 6:35 pm

    More Soul — I like, I like! 🙂 And ha, I often wear my socks out at the heels, too.
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Bald-Faced Liar or Creative Writer? =-.

  19. Cacai M.

    March 19, 2010 2:20 am

    Nyahahah.. that is funny that makes me dig in more about him and see those socks in person.. I wonder how it looked like.. weeee.. those are embarrassing moments?! 🙂

    My Thursday Thirteen thoughts
    .-= Cacai M.´s last blog ..My Thursday Thirteen #2 =-.

  20. Jennifer

    March 20, 2010 7:01 am

    I can tell you that I have not worn Chucks with no socks, onstage, under hot stage lights. And who could blame that girl?
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..I carry the heavy water =-.

  21. Dee

    March 21, 2010 9:40 am

    See, that’s why I have issues with throwing things away – you just never know what might be worth something someday….
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Kindle Fodder – ShapeShifter Demo Tapes =-.

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