Rule of Thumb

Banned, again!                   

I walked in the door yesterday, and as usual, noticed something new added to the pile of whatever on the kitchen peninsula counter top.  Along comes the next new phase in the silicone rubber jewelry phenomenon, and this time, it has nothing to do with “boobies”.

(For those of you who are newer to JAK Happenings than last summer, you can read “Wrist vs. Risque” here:

What sat on my counter was the most clever marketing campaign item I’ve seen come along since the “Livestrong” bracelets: Read more

A little red thumb ring, embossed as pictured…



According to my now licensed, textaholic, 16 year old daughter, some kid was passing those little gems out at school.  Fashionable?  Well, this mom seems to think so.   I wore it last night.  And it is mighty comfy.

Effective? Well, we’ll see.

It’s obvious that you cannot help but see the bright wrapping (hers is red, though when picture was in color, you could barely see any embossing) around the thumb.  Yet, will it stop the pending perpetrator from tapping out just one little message?

The state of Wisconsin’s anti-texting ban went into effect just this past December,  which outlaws texting  while behind the wheel at the time.  Fines for first-time violators range from $20 to $400, with 4 points against the drivers license.  Most tickets cost violators $188, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.  Texting is considered a primary offense, allowing officers to pull over and cite violators for that reason alone.

I don’t know about you, but geeesh $188 is so not worth it to me.  Sparing a  life on the other hand, is priceless.  I say break out the cheap little thumb rings.  They might not stop someone from breaking the law, but perhaps serve as a fashionable constant reminder of the dangers of text messaging  while driving.


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    Hope said,

    I first saw these on Extreme Home Makeover, maybe they even first created them, when they did a show about a teenage girl who was killed, and her parents took her mangled car around to high scools, teaching other kids the dangers of texting and driving. It seems like a good idea to me.

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