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Discussion: Wedding rings--take them off?

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Jan. 15, 2007
stattad
Men's 65
178 posts
Wedding rings--take them off?
I have worn my wedding ring for over 20 years while playing softball, but now I regret it. I hurt my ring finger in Seattle and it swelled up. I took the ring off and haven't been able to get it back on since. After 3 months I went to a jeweler and found my finger is 1 1/2 sizes bigger now and I had to buy a new ring. I will try to remember to take it off from now on.

Do you guys play with it on or off?
Jan. 15, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2734 posts
off. I have heard stories of guys that have caught their ring on the fence etc. There's no sense in taking a chance. Of course it all depends on what the wives say!
Jan. 15, 2007
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
that is why they have the rule no jewelry but like other rules not enforced that often.
Jan. 16, 2007
RDSinNEOHIO
Men's 50
14 posts
I've seen too many dislocated fingers, I take mine off. We're also not allowed to wear rings at work for safety purposes. Over the years, there's been more than one person catching a ring on something and pulling the whole finger off.
If the wife's at the game or tournament with me, she'll put my ring on her finger during the games. She gets a kick out of it and it works as a good luck charm of sorts.
Jan. 16, 2007
Gary Heifner
248 posts
I remember a headline in a St. Louis paper a few years back. "He went up with 5 and came down with 4". A guy slammed dunked in a park district basketball game and his ring got caught on the loops that hold the net and tore the finger out of socket.

I took my ring off one week after I got married and lost it somewhere around the field. I replaced it a week later and lost it again at a tourney several years later. My wife said don't worry about replacing it again-just wear your championship rings. We are still married after 41 years.

Jan. 16, 2007
stattad
Men's 65
178 posts
Softball is not basketball, and my ring finger is usually under my mitt, but I'm going to try to change my habit. This is my 2nd replacement, and I sure don't want to lose any from taking it on and off constantly!
Jan. 17, 2007
mad dog
Men's 65
3958 posts
back in my early 20's,had just got married and wifey then said i shouldn't take ring off.well first time i swung a bat and it pinched my finger that was it.also heard from coach in high school about guys catching hand in nets and etc,but as kids we thought that won't happen to us.i go in the military and it was a requriement to remove rings to work on the planes.i still have all my fingers b/c of this rule.now a days they can't make you take it off,but you must tape over it,so as not to catch it or make contact with electricity.
oh yeah the mil showed us films in a safety course what could happen if you left rings on at work,they were worse than the VD films.
Jan. 17, 2007
DMac
Men's 60
186 posts
Bob,
Your mention of military films brought back some fun memories. I'll never forget the one about the dangers of drinking. It showed a sailor sitting at a bar next to an ugly hag in her sixties. The clock behind the bar said 7pm. As each hour went by, the woman got younger and better looking. By the time it reached eleven o'clock our hero was smashed and the woman looked like a movie star. I completely lost it when the guy next to me leans over and asks me, with all seriousness, "Is there a point to this movie?"
Jan. 17, 2007
chollis
79 posts
I talk mine off. Matter of fact, it stays off during the season. After taking BP my hands swell and I can't get it off till they go down. On another note, I always heard mechanics should not wear rings or watches with metal bands. For years I wore a leather strapped watch. Finally my wife bought me a metal band watch and about a week later while working on the car, leaning over the engine to do something at the back of the motor with my right hand, I rested my left hand on the motor, or so I though. The metal band hit and stuck to the nut on the back of the alternator which shorted through the watch band turning the whole band cherry red finally melting the band so I could get my hand away from it. It melted the skin off my wrist. Lesson learned!
Jan. 17, 2007
4x4
Men's 65
597 posts
I used to teach for Chevron. Their tech's that work around machinery are not allowed to wear rings or watches. One of the displays I used to illustrate was to wrap a metal coat hanger around a frozen hot dog - hanger = ring//hot dog =
finger then connect both ends of the hanger to both posts of a battery ---- it was grisly but got the message across.
Even ithe your ring on the gloved hand my ring still got squared on the bottom through the glove. I keep a spring clasp on my key ring and put the ring on that then put it back on when I get my keys.
A couple of years back a team mate that hardly ever was away from his wife took his ring off and lost it! Boy he didn't want to go home without that ring. Luckily the next day the team went to the field early and we all searched and found the ring. He was stressed! But going home without it would have been more stressful no doubt.
Jan. 18, 2007
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2734 posts
Having worked for "the phone company" all my life I have to be careful when working in the back of a switch or, now days, in a computer. I didn't wear a ring for many years but started doing so about 15 years.
I also have a spring loaded clip on my bat bag where I keep my ring and keys during a game.
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