There are many ways of coping with tough breakups. You can have a few drinks, spend more time with friends or just hit the dating scene hard. Or you can do what this guy did and use the money from the engagement ring you bought your ex to buy a full suit of Master Chief armor from Halo.
Eric Smith's girlfriend had often described what her perfect engagement ring would look like: a white gold band with a particular shade of canary yellow on the diamond. Smith went to great pains to re-create her description exactly and had a one-of-a-kind ring made.
Then, while the ring was in his pocket, she dumped him.
At first, Smith says, he just tossed the ring in his closet and left it there, but soon the need to get rid of it hit him, and he found an eBay buyer. But what to do with the money?
"The funds in my PayPal warmed my heart for the most part, but lurked there, reminding me of what I lost and where that money came from," Smith wrote. "I had to get rid of it. And not just some of it, but every last penny. On something I always wanted, but could never afford. Something that would make me feel a little less empty inside."
So Smith got rid of the engagement ring money in one of the geekiest ways possible. He bought a 40-pound suit of fiberglass-and-metal Master Chief armor from an artist in Detroit, and topped it off with an authentic helmet custom-made by a stormtrooper armor maker in the Philippines. The armor arrived in seven shipments over eight months, and Smith still says it's what he always wanted.
"The Halo armor was a long time coming. For years I'd mused over the idea, driving my closest friends mad," he wrote. "One day when I have the money, I'd say, thinking about that canary yellow diamond. I have to be responsible right now."
Smith needs two other people to help him put the armor on, and even when he visits cons and other events to show it off, he has to move very slowly for fear of toppling over and damaging both the armor and himself. Still, he says that somehow that armor helped him get over the girl who broke his heart.
"I'd wanted the suit for so long, and after such epic heartbreak, receiving each piece of armor—arriving in seven shipments, over the course of eight months—became an unintentionally cathartic proces," he wrote. "As the shoulders, forearms, chest-piece, and helmet arrived slowly, one section at a time ... well, with each part I got a small piece of myself back."
So, what have we learned about Master Chief today? That's right, he kills aliens and unbreaks hearts.