There are many people that have great ring collections. I don’t think mine is any better than most, but I happen to own some very special rings.
I’ve earned rings throughout my life and I’ve only lost one, my High School ring, and I will get that one replaced one day.
Below are some pictures with stories about my rings. I hope you enjoy it.
First up is my college ring. I graduated from McNeese State University in 1988. McNeese is in Lake Charles, LA. I grew up nearby.
It took me 4 and a half years to graduate because I bounced around between schools. I started out at McNeese, then transferred to the University of Louisiana. From there, I took some classes at Houston Community College so I could continue working at the waterpark I was working at year round. After all of that, I transferred back to McNeese and graduated.
After graduation from McNeese, I went to the University of Houston for Post – Baccalaureate work.
I enjoyed college and had some very fun times. I remember drinking lots of coffee and staying up all night to finish a project or cram for a test.
I made lots of friends in college and I often wonder what they’re up to. Maybe one day I’ll track them down and surprise them.
When I wear my college ring, I wear it with pride because I know how hard it is for some to afford college, or even make the grades to get into one. Hell, I got into four, lol.
I like my college ring because it reminds me of my friends from school, the good times and the hard work I put in to earn it.
This ring will always be very special to me.
My next ring I earned while working at a waterpark called WaterWorld in Houston, TX.
I was on a lifeguard team that won 9 straight State Championships. We were awesome.
This is another ring that reminds me of good times and old friends. When we had our moment in the sun, we were the best and we reveled in it.
Not many can say that they were a champion lifeguard when they were in their youth.
After lifeguarding for over a decade, I went to work in motorsports.
It was my job to travel all over the U.S. and attend these big auto races and do marketing for really big companies.
I got to work hand in hand with the race teams and I got to know and like them all quite a lot.
I was with Sam Hornish, Jr.’s team, Panther Racing & Pennzoil, when he won his two IndyCar Championships. That’s how I received this next ring.
Working in the IndyCar series, I attended the Indy 500 every year and that was a blast.
I came close to being eligible for a team ring for the Indy 500.
Sam never won the Indy 500 while I was working with him, but after he changed teams he won The Great American Race, the Indy 500.
I like my IndyCar Championship ring. It reminds me of all the fun I had at the Indy 500 each year.
I have lots of photos and videos to remember those days, but my ring is most special to me.
While working in motorsports, I also worked in NASCAR as well as Indy Car. I also worked in the NHRA too.
When I was working in NASCAR, I got to work with Jeff Gordon’s team doing Marketing work and entertaining their VIP guests.
I would take the VIP’s down into the Pit Area and Garage before the races and teach them all about NASCAR and racing.
What I taught them in about 30 to 45 minutes improved the quality of their race viewing that day because they understood better what was going on.
I traveled to many tracks across America to earn this ring and I’m probably most proud of it.
Jeff Gordon is a four time champion and I worked with his team for all four championships.
They say that there’s about 75 million NASCAR fans. I bet some would give their right arm to have had the chance to earn a ring like I did.
I’m one of the few people living that has earned a ring in the IndyCar Series and also NASCAR. Pretty rare, I have to say.
Here’s another ring from my NASCAR days. It’s from one of the bigger races in the season.
It’s from the Brickyard 400, which is run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track.
So I got a ring from Indy after all, lol.
In 2010, my mother and father passed away within two months of each other. It was a pretty sad time.
My dad left me a little money, so I decided to buy myself a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
When I bought the Harley, I also purchased an Owners’ Ring. It has the VIN number inscribed inside the ring.
It’s a very cool ring. There’s lots of guys out there who would love to know how to ride and then own a Harley.
I had many mishaps while riding motorcycles. I wrote about them in an earlier post.
When I got tired of riding, I sold my Harley back to the dealership.
This ring reminds me of all the fun I enjoyed while being a motorcyclist.
Even though I had several wrecks and crashes, I loved being a biker. Wearing the leather jackets and black boots was a pleasure for me.
This ring will always remind me of how I dared fate to ride a motorcycle and how I survived to write about it. There’s many who ride and die.
In 1987, I got certified as a SCUBA Diver.
I went on several dives and loved diving.
I went down in the Bahamas, in the Florida Keys and some places in Texas.
I had this ring made for me specially because the Dive Organization doesn’t sell them.
One day, I’ll get them to use my design and sell it to other divers. I know other divers would love a dive ring once they got certified.
In my youth, at the waterpark, my friends called me Spider.
This ring has a Skull in the middle and a spider on a web.
It’s a pinky ring and I like to wear it some days.
I have some other rings in my collection, but these are my favorites.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my rings and reading about them.
Cheers to you and have a great day.