The ring.

Michaelyn and I are not very materialistic.  It’s always more important to us, when giving gifts, to give meaningful gifts rather than expensive gifts.  She didn’t want a diamond.  Once, I gave her a plastic ring with a Jolly Roger out of a quarter machine at the bowling alley and asked her to marry me.  She suddenly got a little more materialistic.  Pffft.

So knowing she didn’t want a bigass rock, I had to do something unorthodox.  We’re a long-distance relationship, so she introduced me to Doctor Who.  I was instantly hooked as much as she.  I love Matt Smith, but David Tennant is the straight up shit.  We’ve since spent a lot of time on Skype watching the show.

Then it became our engagement ring.  Behold!  A message in Galifrayan is etched onto her ring.

Better than a diamond.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Sarah

    Way better than a rock. Good on ya.

  • Karen

    My engagement ring is a small ruby set on a slim gold band. It was what he could afford without paying on credit (long before the price of gold skyrocketed or colored stones became “in”). That was 32 years ago and I still cherish it. It helps that I’m still extremely fond of the guy who gave it to me!

  • Christina M.

    Not sure if I missed this announcement before, but this is the first I’ve heard of it so CONGRATS!

  • Ged

    Oh Congratulations :-)

  • Laurence

    Matt Smith and David Tennant have nothing on Tom Baker.

    • Grikmeer

      and Tom Baker has nothing on Bill Hartnell :)

  • Andrew B.

    Who needs a big pricey rock when you have creativity and originality (not to mention quirkiness)? Congrats, JT & Michaelyn.

  • PhysicsPhDstu

    Congrats ! What is the etched message ?

  • rufus

    Congratulations! What’s the ring made of? My wedding ring isn’t really that spectacular to look at – two light stripes running parallel on a dark background. With the date and her name engraved on the inside (sorta “if lost, please return to -”)
    What I like about it is both it’s weight and it’s general indestructability, it’s made of Tungsten Carbide.

  • blotzphoto

    You are one lucky son of a biscuit! Congratulations!

    • blotzphoto

      Now I’m jealous, my wedding ring was stolen from my locker at the Y years ago. I hadn’t really missed it until now. ;(

  • Ani J. Sharmin

    Cool ring.

  • Sithrazer

    “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. >.>

    • baal

      There are licensed “One Rings” for sale. I’m tempted to order.

  • TGAP Dad

    My daughter is there at Skepticon 5. See if you can bring her into the time lord fold, and make her a whovian, too.

    I think you should have an ood officiate the wedding.

  • B-Lar

    Congrats to you both. Thats like +20 to your Relationship stat right there. Enchanted rings are awesome!

  • Drew

    Well if you decide that you do want to get her a stone or some earrings or a pendant or something drop me a line (you can gather my email from my posting here), I wholesale diamonds (it’s a relatively recent second job), so I can get you them at wholesale prices (generally half of retail). I am going to try to make the meetup on the 19th.
    We do more than diamonds as well, all precious and semi-precious stones, and we work with setting manufacturers so we can get the settings for cost and have them mounted as well.

  • RuQu

    Congratulations. What does the inscription say and where did you get it done?

    My wife, also a lifelong atheist, refers to the Doctor as her god, and calls watching Dr. Who “doing her devotionals.”

    • JT Eberhard

      It’s the Doctor’s name. :)

      • RuQu

        Copied from “A Good Man Goes to War?”

  • The_Zarina

    “I love Matt Smith, but David Tennant is the straight up shit”
    David Tennant is the best doctor ever (as a poll said not only me). And he is surely a gorgeous actor.

    • Nate Frein

      Meh. David Eccleston was the sexiest doctor.

      Matt Smith is the best “doctor” :3

      David Tennant felt too human for me.