way back in the day, there was a short-lived craze where men…and boys…and even some females…purchased and wore military surplus coats, hats, scarves…and yes, even military grade wool. wool socks. wool hats. wool thick enough to hold off a Siberian windstorm at 20 below zero. but at many surplus stores, the latter usually came in the form of these super-itchy blankets the color of a conglomerate of SOS pads.

so perhaps I was feeling a bit nostalgic when I purposed to purchase a nice pair of thermal wool underwear to place on the peak of my waffle-knit-wear mountain in the corner of my bedroom…something to throw on for a special occasion, like during a Level 4 doomsday warning.

after searching and searching for ages… I parked the car, closed the laptop lid, and hunkered down in a fit of reality- – for there was no wool in the end, and certainly not for my back end. No wool socks for under $40 a pair. No wool hat in the old familiar places. Not even a discarded mark-down on the shelves at TJ Max. And certainly, no 100% wool long underwear.

like a weary man settling for a day-old bag of waffle fries, I resigned myself to synthetic.

on a cold and lonely night, I will still be shivering, watching the cars go by as the snow falls outside, as I tape the last .5 millimeter thick material on the windows. and as the lamps alight, and the Christmas lights blink, I will sit down to drink a cup of hot chocolate and daydream…back to the days when the army surplus store sold those itchy grey blankets…








About thelostkerryman

Thelostkerryman is an author, and entrepreneur, living in the forests of a consistently confused country. Here in this hill country, hurling doesn't usually involve a hurley; store-made soda bread has the consistency of a sea sponge; and Kerrygold butter has finally found a permanent place on the grocery shelves everywhere. His blogs are an account of his adventures, thoughts, eclectic -and eccentric- ramblings, random or insightful poetry, humor and non-humor, pictures (photos), video, essays, fiction, poetic fiction, nonfiction, drama, and writing he has not classified in the description above. All of his posts from,,, and are copywrited according to international copywrite law.
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