Rachel suggested that in order to minimize my sock agony I mark my left socks with a Sharpie. What a great Heloise idea, since they already say Hanes on them anyway! But this would get in the way of my sock-system: I hate the chore of matching socks after they come out my dryer (in my $30K laundry room!), so I buy about 20 identical pairs at a time and wear them until they are all shot, and then start over. No matching! No folding! Just one big mass o' socks! Unfortunately this system breaks down when it comes to dress socks, which I hate wearing anyway. There are few things more frightening than seeing an overweight guy standing naked with nothing but black socks on. Run away! Run away!