Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Ring! Ring! Hello?
Question? Why is a Texas Aggie’s hand like a lemon pie?
Answer: Because it has ma rang on it.
And I my hand does have my Aggie ring on it. I could also wear rings from Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. The Universities – not the actual people. I was not acquainted with either.
The ring ceremony at SFA is called The Big Dip. Participants receive their ring then dip their right hand into a vat of water colored with purple dye. The water comes from the SFA Fountain. I did not realize fountain the SFA waters were that special. In fact, I do not even remember an SFA Fountain. Supposedly, the purple dye fades after several days, but the ring and you’re your memories stay forever. Oh futures, bright with hands purple and white…
I was unable to find a great deal of information regarding the ring ceremony at Sam Houston State. I did read that “your ring must be ordered in time to spend the night at Sam Houston State prior to the ring ceremony.” Maybe there is a Giant Dip and all of the rings are dipped into a vat of orange dye. Maybe the rings spend the night at Sam Houston’s grave.
There is an official ring ceremony at Texas A&M University. Of course, the original (and best) unofficial ring ceremony belongs to Texas A&M. While at the local intellectual salon, The Dixie Chicken, the ring is placed into a vat of beer and one chugs the beer and tries not to swallow their newly purchased ring.
My official ring ceremony consisted of me going to the Post Office and picking up my ring. I have never had an unofficial ring ceremony at The Dixie Chicken or anywhere else. Perhaps, I need to Uber a select group of friends and head down to The Chicken. I’m sure my friends will go for that much quicker than watching me dip my hand in purple dye.