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Over spring break we went to Florida for some family fun. The hotel was right on the beach. Most days we divided our time between the ocean and the hotel's two huge swimming pools. Toward the end of one day, the four of us, plus a stranger or two, were relaxing in the oversized hot tub in the pool area. A 5-year old kid, I'm guessing, wearing swim goggles, came to the hot tub, took a breath, and submerged. He stayed under for awhile then surfaced with treasure: a man's wedding ring and 75 cents in change.

The kid proudly showed off his find to his sister at the edge of the hot tub. I could tell from their reactions that this wasn't their first time. I'm guessing that every hour or so, he would go diving for loose change in the hot tub. Apparently it was profitable.

Then I noticed my wedding ring was missing. The kid was still displaying his treasure to his sister. Deciding that possession was nine-tenths of the law, I snatched it out of his hand like a seagull on a cracker. I figured it would be easier to argue it was mine once it was actually on my finger. Luckily the kid didn't put up a fight. Obviously he was new to this whole treasure hunting gig. Next time he'll know to bring a spear gun.

In the nearly three years I have owned my wedding ring, it has never once fallen off my finger. And it happened on a day I was in the ocean, a huge swimming pool, and then a hot tub. It was also the one time I have ever seen a kid go treasure hunting in a hot tub. These two unlikely events conspired to return my ring to me. Or maybe it was some other guy's ring. The point is that it fit. Whatever.
 
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May 20, 2009
You should have shouted "MY PRECIOUS" before snatching the ring out of his hand.
At least he wasn't wearing the ring, so you didn't have to bite his finger off to get it back!

 
 
May 20, 2009
Okay, I have you beat Scott! While on an extended honeymoon with my first wife (oh wait, she still is...) we were anchored in in the middle of nowhere on the Grand Bahama Bank. This is an area nw west of Nassua that goes for about 120 milew with no land in sight bout about 15 to 20 feet of water depth.

We had stoped for the night and I went for a swim off the back fo the boat. When I got out, my right was gone. It was the old shrikage problem. I threw on a mask and snokle and went over again. Now mind you, the boat is swing at anchor and it is getting dark. I took one look around, saw a glint on the bottom, dived and retrived the ring. Pure, dumb luck...
 
 
May 20, 2009
You should give some reward to the boy, I thing. At least 10 % of the ring price would be adequate.
 
 
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May 20, 2009
You should be thankful that you are not one of those recognizable celebrities. Otherwise, we would be looking at the following Inquirer headline in the grocery store check-out line next week:

DILBERT CARTOON STRIP CREATOR STEALS CHILD'S JEWELLERY DURING DEBAUCHED HOT TUB PARTY -- OJ SIMPSON'S LAWYER SLATED TO DEFEND"

"I was just trying to recover my own property", slurred a nearly naked Scott Adams as he was led away in hand cuffs by heavily armed members of the Miami Vice Squad"


Webster
 
 
May 20, 2009
I lost my wedding ring within days of getting it - on honeymoon in The Seychelles whilst swimming in the sea. I was new to this whole ring wearing thing and didn't realise they can come off in water. My wife commiserated with me, then lost her wedding ring and engagement ring in the same bit of water about half an hour later.
 
 
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May 20, 2009
Here Scott, thought you might like this with the recent posts on power generation:

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/15may_stirling.htm?list124765
 
 
May 20, 2009
HA!

GOLLUM...

ha.


 
 
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May 20, 2009
I hope that kid learned his lesson - don't hold up treasure for everyone to see.
 
 
May 20, 2009
I lost 1/2 of a $600 pair of glasses in Megan's Bay in St Thomas last yr. they're rimless and had been popping apart at the bridge every few weeks for months but I was always able to pop them back together. anyway, I got blindsided by a big wave which knocked them off my face & they must have separated - I was able to find one half but not the other. the really infuriating part is that I knew better: my neighbor lost a brand new pair in FL w/us the same way a yr before! anyway, an optometrist visit, puzzled look ("do you still carry these?") & $200 deductible later I had a new pair...
 
 
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May 20, 2009
Hm, I wonder what other body parts shrunk in size while you were in the hot tub...
 
 
May 20, 2009
"In the nearly three years I have owned my wedding ring, it has never once fallen off my finger. And it happened on a day I was in the ocean, a huge swimming pool, and then a hot tub."

Have you noted that your ring only seems to fall off in places where women can frequently be found with less than a complete set of clothing on their bodies?

Just sayin' is all...
 
 
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May 20, 2009
How curious...hot tub, lost wedding ring, opportunistic kid...hmmm? Pre-ordained or free-will?
 
 
May 20, 2009
Classic! I know I have lost my ring and all I can say is RUN!!! FAR AWAY!!!

http://officezombie.wordpress.com
 
 
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May 20, 2009
Did you turn invisible when you put the ring on.

On a completely unrelated topic... but one which comes up often, I have just watched this video which I thought was really interesting about decisions. Apologies if it's been posted/discussed and what not before.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/dan_ariely_asks_are_we_in_control_of_our_own_decisions.html
 
 
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May 20, 2009
You should've taken Gollum's 75 cents too.
 
 
 
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