Promise Rings! Hot Symbols of Commitment Since the 16th Century!

What’s all this fuss about promise rings? Are they something new or have they been around for a while? What do they mean and why is my teenager wearing one? If you’ve ever wondered what the rage is all about, then you’ve come to the right place!

What exactly is a promise ring?

When an agreement or oath has been made between two people, a promise ring is a piece of jewelry given as a token of the commitment that was made.

Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well, be careful because the promise made between two people can be practically anything. It’s imperative that both parties are clear on the meaning of the pact or pledge. For example:

  • Monogamy: A promise to stay faithful to one another.
  • Chastity or Purity: A promise to keep ones virginity until marriage.
  • Friendship: A promise to seal a pledge of eternal friendship.
  • Substance or Sobriety: A promise to remain free from addictive behavior (alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, etc.).
  • Religious or Christian: A promise to remain committed to one’s faith or belief in the God of their understanding.

These are just a few of the more popular reasons to give or wear a promise ring.

Pre-Engagement

That being said, the most popular reason to give a promise ring is for pre-engagement.

Are you confused yet? Pre-engagement is actually not as bad as it sounds. It has always been popular to exchange promise rings, so a couple can showcase their commitment to one another prior to getting engaged. In other words, this ring is symbolic of a promise there will be an engagement ring forthcoming.

If you are old enough to remember “going steady” with someone then giving this type of promise ring is kind of the updated version of going steady. The symbolism of the promise ring is really no different than a girl of years ago wearing her boyfriend’s high school ring on a chain around her neck or wearing her steady boyfriend’s letterman jacket. If you are too young to understand this analogy, talk to your parents or grandparents and they can enlighten you.

This trial period before the engagement is a good way for a couple to test the waters before they make an actual commitment to marriage. Some may scoff at this gesture of pre-engagement. However, with the rise in divorce rates in this country it may be wise to start off slowly in the relationship instead of rushing ahead into something you are not ready for.

The other good news here is that a promise ring costs significantly less than an engagement ring. It makes a wonderful alternative for the couple who chooses not to spend a fortune on a ring at this time but still wants to make a statement about their commitment to one another.

How does one wear a promise ring – which finger, which hand?

Basically it’s strictly a matter of personal preference, however the finger and hand you choose can depend entirely on the type of ring it is and in some cases the type of pledge. For example, an Irish Claddagh ring can have several meanings depending on the way it is:

  • Worn on the left hand, the wearer has made a promise of love and fidelity.
  • Worn on the right hand with the heart facing outward, the wearer’s heart is free.
  • Worn on the right hand with the heart turned inward, the Wearer’s heart is taken.

If you are exchanging friendship rings, it may be wise to wear the ring on your right hand so there is no confusion about romantic ties. There are many different types of rings you can share with a friend that will be meaningful to you both. A fun vacation you went on or the love of a certain hobby or animal, for example. My best friend and I share a love of cats. Therefore, we bought matching kitty cat rings, gold with diamond pave no less! These rings are special only to us and are a symbol of our friendship.

Most people associate the wearing of a ring on the left hand ring finger to mean that a significant commitment of some sort has been made.

If the promise is for pre-engagement, many couples choose to wear this ring on their left hand ring finger. They then switch the ring to their right hand once the actual engagement ring or wedding band is received.

Likewise a ring exchanged for the promise of monogamy or fidelity would be worn on the left hand ring finger to symbolize that the wearer’s heart is taken.

Where did the promise ring originate?

Rings themselves have been symbolic for many thousands of years. The circle has no beginning and no end and is a strong symbol for eternity.

Have you ever heard of a scribbling ring? In sixteenth century England, uncut diamond crystals were set into rings and exchanged by lovers. The wearers of these scribbling rings would use the points of the diamonds to etch (or “scribble”) romantic writings to each other in glass, mirrors or windows.

Another popular ring exchanged during Shakespearian times was called a Posey Ring. Posey rings are inscribed with poetic phrases or dates significant to the wearer.

It is believed that wearing words next to ones skin has a magical effect. These symbolic words may be carved on the outside or inside of the ring, or on both sides, there is no right or wrong way to do it!

Posey rings are a romantic way to share an expression of love and come engraved with beautiful sayings. It is no surprise that since French is said to be the language of love — the French poseys are very popular. Some special phrases include:

  • A Ma Vie De Coer Entier – My whole heart for my whole life
  • A Vila Mon Coer, Gardi Li Mo – Here is my heart, guard it well
  • Amor Meus – My Love
  • Autre Ne Veuil – No one, but you
  • De M’Amoure Soiez Sure – Of my love be sure

Ok, so maybe French isn’t your thing – how about one of these:

  • In Gaelic – Anam Cara – Soul Friend
  • In English – I Am My Beloved’s & My Beloved Is Mine
  • In Latin – Semper Amenus – Our love is forever
  • In German – Mine Genyst – My heart
  • In Hebrew – Mazel Tov – Marital good luck ring
  • Christian – With This Ring, I Thee Wed
  • In Italian – Mani In Fede – Hands Together in Faith
  • In Spanish – No Tengo Mas Que Darte – I have nothing more to give you but my heart

Use your imagination and write a Posey of your own!

The list of Posey ring sayings is endless! If you really want to “wow” the love of your life, come up with a special phrase that is meaningful to just the two of you. Having a special ring engraved with one of your own poseys would be a very romantic way for you to share your most heartfelt sentiments with a special someone you care about!

Top Ten Tips For Trading Tennis

Tennis is one of the most popular sports to trade because no matter the outcome of the match, if you hold your nerve and keep your discipline you can almost always make a profit. This doesn’t mean that you will but if you follow these top tips you will increase your chances.

1. Do your research – you wouldn’t buy shares in a company without doing research on that company so don’t trade a tennis match without doing your research. If you are using the Back the Server strategy, its important to look at the Service Stats for each player, a strong server will win around 80% of their service games and you can also see what percentage of points each player wins on both their first and second serve.

Write these stats down and use them to draw up your strategy, if you know for example that a player wins 80% of their first service points and 58% of their second service points then the Back the Server SHOULD work well. This same player may also have fairly weak return stats so you may come to the conclusion that you can adopt the Back the Server strategy on both players.

If a players odds look too high or too low before a game, ask yourself why, if you have good knowledge of the market then there will be a reason why the price is not as you expect. For example, Nadal was playing Tsonga last week and his odds before the match were 1.36 which we thought were very high, it turned out the reason they were high were because he had a fever! You all have access to the Internet, there is no excuse for not doing your homework.

2. Write down your strategy – We find that if you physically write down what you are going to do it helps because it is visible and keeps you focused during the match. An important part of this strategy is your Exit strategy, know what this is before you ENTER a trade and do not deviate from it.

3. When starting out, only trade on a couple of specific points eg. only back the server at 0 – 0 before a service game starts or Lay the Server at 15 – 40. This can be boring as you may not enter many trades but it is good for discipline and you will learn a lot just by watching how the odds move on each point when you’re not actually in a trade. Remember its quality of trades not quantity!

4. Give yourself the best chance of success – use the technology available – use a Trading Tool such as ISI Trader so you can instantly see whats going on in the market. If you can watch the game live on TV then all the better, a live scoreboard is OK but it doesn’t give you things like a players facial expressions, or you can’t see if a player is struggling physically for example. If you intend to trade tennis then its worth getting the satellite channels, most of the tour events are on ESPN.

sometimes there is a lag on these scoreboards but they are usually good enough and when you get used to trading tennis you will know the outcome of a point by looking at the market anyway.

5. Liquidity in the market is Key – do not trade on matches that do not have at least 60k matched on them before the match starts. This is very important as remember you can only Exit a trade if someone is willing to match your trade. If things go against you in a match that has low liquidity you can find yourself unable to exit the trade or having to take a ridiculous price to exit. Remember its better not to trade than to trade the wrong market.

6. Remember to switch ladders – Tennis is a two competitor sport so as one players price increases his opponents will decrease. Always trade on the favourite’s ladder at the start but if he is losing and his odds go above 1.9 then look at his opponents ladder as you will find that the majority of traders will always be trading on the players ladder with the lowest odds at that time. Remember to hedge out on one ladder before you move to the other players ladder. Don’t worry if you have a red figure on the favourite you can still make this up on the other ladder.

7. Never be afraid to leave a match with a loss – some matches just don’t go the way you expect them to – that’s sport. Maybe a very strong server just has a nightmare day on serve or maybe the underdog plays the best tennis of his life. If you are following a strategy with discipline but the points just keep going against you then sometimes you just have to accept that its not your day. Move onto another match. Its actually incredibly satisfying to leave a match in control with a small loss and then if you continue to trade with the same discipline, you invariably make the losses back and finish the day in profit. Remember minimising your losses is the Key to Successful Trading.

8. Only trade the first set of a match – even for experienced traders I would recommend this for several reasons. If you only trade the first set then you can trade several matches in a 3 hour trading session with fairly low stress levels and still make good profits. Consider this scenario: would you rather trade one match until the end and make 100GBP or trade 5 matches for the first few games of the match and make 20GBP per match – same total of 100GBP?

The latter is much lower stress and the more games you trade the more opportunities you have open to you. If you trade 5 matches you may Back the Server on 2 of those matches and have made your profit in the first 6 games if both players hold serve, you may trade 2 matches that are extremely one sided so you Back the player on top and leave the trade open with a Stop Loss that will get you out at your minimal profit level. You can then leave that match and just keep one eye on the scoreboard in case of a dramatic change but even then your Stop Loss would get you out for a profit.

If you trade a match all the way through then not only are you missing out on other opportunities but you are exposing yourself to unnecessary risk as the odds fluctuate much more wildly the closer you are to the end of the match, these odds will fluctuate massively if its a deciding set especially as remember one players odds has to end up at 1 and the other 1000 so imagine a scenario in a deciding set where the score is 4 – 4 and Player A has a break point to go 5 – 4 up, his odds may be trading as low as 1.2 but if Player B saves that break point and goes onto win the game so the score is 4 – 5, Player A’s odds may be as high as 2.8, do you really want to expose yourself to that risk? This is too much like gambling.

9. Discipline, discipline, discipline….you can never say this too many times. If you trade with discipline and follow our strategies you will make profit but 9 times out of 10, when we analyse why traders are losing its because they are not trading with discipline. To help with this use Stop Losses as a matter of course and only trade with small stakes until you feel you can control your discipline. Work on percentages, if you are trading with 10GBP and you are consistently making 2.50GBP profit (25%) on each match you trade that is excellent, if you are trading with 1,000GBP and use the same discipline you will make 250GBP per match!

10. If you feel your blood pressure rising and you start thinking about doing stupid things like increasing your stake to claw back losses take a deep breath, hedge out and go and take the dog for a walk. This will give you perspective back and when you come back you will trade much better with renewed discipline.

Oh and nearly forgot, get a lock on the door in the room in which you trade! Maybe this is a bit extreme but distractions can be very dangerous so only trade when on your own and when unlikely to be interrupted.

Play Dragon Ball Z Games

The original Dragon Ball was a Japanese manga series which was first serialised in a Japanese weekly. It first appeared in 1984 and was extremely popular. It spread throughout the world in a variety of formats and translations and appeared on television as dubbed serials. Dragon Ball Z was created after the original series was completed and continued where this left off. As with all successful television series, there has been a great deal of merchandise released. Items such as cards, games and toys have been a huge hit with children and have increased the popularity of the Dragon Ball stories. With computer games being so popular, it is no wonder that many children, and indeed adults, are keen to play Dragon Ball Z games and these are now huge sellers.

If you want to play Dragon Ball Z games you will find that there is a huge choice of titles available in the United States. These games are available for all the popular consoles including Playstation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Gamecube, X Box, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced. All the games feature the well known characters and most will include up to 150 different characters and many levels of play.

For the younger fans who are keen to play Dragon Ball Z games, you will find that the fighting engine in some of the games, for example Ultimate Battle 22, make the play simple enough for even the youngest players. Most of the games can be played by multiple players and some, such as Taiketsu, are absolutely brilliant for challenging your friends in multi player battles.

If you want to play Dragon Ball Z games amongst your friends you must be certain that you have compatible equipment and all aspects of installation are correct. You will then be able to have long and heated battle amongst your friends. Some of the later Dragon Ball Z games show in improvement in the graphics. This was always a great aspect of the games, but recently you notice some wonderful facial expressions during the fighting and if they are not doing too well then you may start to notice that the characters start to look a little battle weary and their clothes show the effect of repeated fighting. Every little detail, such as these, goes to make the series of games very enjoyable.

Some of the games can become quite involved. In most cases, as you progress, you will meet up with new characters, of which there is a seemingly unending supply. You do not need to be a fan of the Dragon Ball series to play Dragon Ball Z games. A general understanding of the story lines can be gained from playing the games themselves and keeping an eye on things. Scenarios can become quite complicated at times but, as you get to know the characters and plots, you will find that you can become as involved as you wish.

Knowing When to Bluff

When money and prestige are at stake, it sometimes takes a little strategy to nail a victory – strategy that will not allow you to leave a table – a poker table.

Just like what a typical player bitten by the poker bug would say, poker is a game that only takes minutes to learn but a lifetime to master. This is so because it really takes impeccable bluffing skills to pull off a good game. A lot of things are factored in for one to be considered a really good bluffer and body language only comes second to timing.

It is true that the best chances to bluff are only a few but if you’re good at knowing the exact timing to bluff, you could just outsmart the majority playing on table.

One of the best time to bluff is during the pre-flop. Mind you though, although professional poker players do it, they don’t do it all the time. Try to “thin slice” the players on the table first. If you’ve noticed them to be tight in their game, doing the bluff at the start of the game might just scare them off. Again, if it works, do it only sparingly.

Another good opportunity to bluff is during the flop. There is a great possibility that you might pull this off especially if you have previously made the other people in the table believe on what you wanted them to believe during the pre-flop.

Now, aside from considering the timing, it is best to always use bluff simultaneously with thin slicing.

You’ve noticed that I have mentioned thin-slice more than once in this article, but what does it actually mean and how can a poker player use it?

Briefly, thin-slicing is the art of making quick decisions with only very little information. Just like in the case of poker. People on the table would do their best not to show too much expression that could easily give away the cards that they have. Once you’re able to thin-slice accurately, that would give you a more reliable indication to bluff or not to bluff.

Another good time to try to bluff is when majority of the players have already folded in the game. The reason for using this opportunity is simple – it is easier to fool a couple of players than majority or everyone on the table.

Overall, while these bluffing techniques have helped a lot of poker players survive in the table, doing it all throughout will not help you win the game. If you have not factored in the right timing and applied any thin-slicing, there is a great chance that bluffing will not work in your favor. Bluffing for the sake of bluffing is never a good way to go other wise it going to backfire at you.

And, oh, don’t attempt to bluff if you have already been caught doing it.