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Cassie
08-20-2015, 04:23 PM
Are you a uke addict? Here's a little list of ways you can know if you're addicted.

[LIST]
You know if you're a uke addict if someone calls you crazy and you say G.
You know you're a uke addict if you go fishing and you're talking to the person you're putting string on the pole and you say, "Do you want a high G or low G on it?"
you know your addicted if you hear someone ask if you want a mango or pineapple and you say yes because you're thinking of ukes.
You know you're addicted if you refer to duke nukem as duke ukem.
You know you have a uke addiction if you listen to hawaiian songs and know exactly what kind of uke they're playing as well as the type of strings.
You know if you're addicted if you set your phone's alarm clock to play crazy G by Shimabukuro.
You know if you're addicted if you worship shimabukuro.
You know if you're addicted to ukes if you watch sponge bob squear pants just to listen to the uke in the background.
you know that you're addicted if you start refering to the UK as the uke.
You're addicted if you hear the word dolphin and you start thinking about the Kala dolphin uke.

And Last but not least, You know if you are a uke addict if you start saying ah shimabukuro instead of the curse word.
If you've said yes to any of these, then you have a major uke addiction. If you can think of some other silly ways to know if you're an addict, please let me know. These are meant to be funny,not taken seriously. Please feel free to come up with new ones.

DownUpDave
08-20-2015, 05:16 PM
I really like the dolphin comment. The same happens to me when I here shark, they use to scare me. Shark is a double whammy cause mentally I say, snark, snark, snark.

You know you are addicted when you wake up in the middle of the night and go down stairs to make sure your Oasis humidifers are full. So I have been told, not really my issue :o

Andy Chen
08-20-2015, 05:58 PM
You know you are addicted to playing the uke when you keep one under your desk in the office to play whenever there is a lull.

Cfiimei
08-20-2015, 06:05 PM
You know you are addicted if you telecommute to an IT job and always mute your phone and play your uke during meetings. The other day when I thought I was muted someone asked who had their radio on... Oops!

Andy Chen
08-20-2015, 07:06 PM
You know you are addicted if you telecommute to an IT job and always mute your phone and play your uke during meetings. The other day when I thought I was muted someone asked who had their radio on... Oops!

That's why I play a solid-body at work! Loud enough for me, but others can't really hear it if I am careful.

kohanmike
08-20-2015, 07:07 PM
You know your addicted if in the first 18 months of playing, you've gone through 16 ukes (guilty, but down to four now, and I know I'm addicted to bass ukes because in less than a year I have 6).

Purdy Bear
08-20-2015, 07:11 PM
You know your an addict when you already have two Ukuleles and you've only been playing a month.

You know your an addict when you have included your Ukulele in your emergency evacuation plans and kits.

Booli
08-20-2015, 10:07 PM
Are you a uke addict? Here's a little list of ways you can know if you're addicted.

[LIST]
You know if you're a uke addict if someone calls you crazy and you say G.
You know you're a uke addict if you go fishing and you're talking to the person you're putting string on the pole and you say, "Do you want a high G or low G on it?"
you know your addicted if you hear someone ask if you want a mango or pineapple and you say yes because you're thinking of ukes.
You know you're addicted if you refer to duke nukem as duke ukem.
You know you have a uke addiction if you listen to hawaiian songs and know exactly what kind of uke they're playing as well as the type of strings.
You know if you're addicted if you set your phone's alarm clock to play crazy G by Shimabukuro.
You know if you're addicted if you worship shimabukuro.
You know if you're addicted to ukes if you watch sponge bob squear pants just to listen to the uke in the background.
you know that you're addicted if you start refering to the UK as the uke.
You're addicted if you hear the word dolphin and you start thinking about the Kala dolphin uke.

And Last but not least, You know if you are a uke addict if you start saying ah shimabukuro instead of the curse word.
If you've said yes to any of these, then you have a major uke addiction. If you can think of some other silly ways to know if you're an addict, please let me know. These are meant to be funny,not taken seriously. Please feel free to come up with new ones.

Yes. YES! and OH HELL YES!!! to ALL of the above. I love it - you are an artful master of meaningful words.


I really like the dolphin comment. The same happens to me when I here shark, they use to scare me. Shark is a double whammy cause mentally I say, snark, snark, snark.

Shark and Dolphin are by definition Kala UKE models and anybody that thinks they are a species of FISH (or mammal) are just plain WRONG. LOL :)


You know you are addicted if you telecommute to an IT job and always mute your phone and play your uke during meetings. The other day when I thought I was muted someone asked who had their radio on... Oops!

That hasn’t happened to me yet, but one time while talking on the phone to a friend, I was tuning one of my ukes, and he just stopped talking for like a whole 2 minutes because he thought that I put him 'on hold' and was listening to some avante-guard elevator music...


You know your addicted if in the first 18 months of playing, you've gone through 16 ukes (guilty, but down to four now, and I know I'm addicted to bass ukes because in less than a year I have 6).

Eighteen ukes and counting (in 30 months since I started playing), and I have released/re-homed/sold exactly NONE of them. I will sell a few unplayed guitars first though.


You know your an addict when you have included your Ukulele in your emergency evacuation plans and kits.

Don't play with ME - I have a real problem deciding which of the only 1 or 2 ukes (of the 18 mentioned above) that I will take with me when the alarm sounds, and if both hands are full and I'm also wearing a backpack (my bug-out bag), WHO is going to take the CAT?!?! Maybe he learns to surf when the tsunami hits the USA East Coast...

For me, what's worse than that is when I am NOT playing the ukulele, I am sort of going over drills, scales and chord progressions in my head (and can even HEAR the uke in my mind) and I'm off mentally rehearsing songs, while trying to induce the sensation into my fingertips of actually PLAYING, even when no uke is in hand. Maybe I'm just 'mental' to begin with?

When I'm NOT actually playing, I am intensely THINKING about playing...

Cassie - THANK YOU so very much for this thread, this is a WONDERFUL topic! and one of the reasons why I love the folks here on UU so much, yes, I LOVE YOU! I said it and I do have a ukulele addiction problem -- MUUUAAAAAHHHH!!!

:music: :shaka: :)

Hippie Dribble
08-20-2015, 11:14 PM
When you pass by a lovely woman with an hourglass figure and think first of the body shape of a ukulele before anything else.

When you pick up your uke in the morning before your first cup of coffee and cigarette.

When every spare moment of the freakin day is spent looking at online ukulele marketplaces instead of porn.

:stop:

turtledrum
08-20-2015, 11:29 PM
When you bring the pocket ukelele to play in the waiting room while waiting for a friend's colonoscopy to end. (Did this Tuesday.)

turtledrum
08-20-2015, 11:33 PM
And when you start to really believe that you've been separated at birth from members of this forum!

PhilUSAFRet
08-21-2015, 04:04 AM
Just addicted to buying them. If I was as addicted to playing them, I'd be a lot better than I am.

Cassie
08-21-2015, 06:43 AM
All your ideas are Awesome! Now that we've got some good Ideas for uke addiction symptoms, we now need to figure out some good uke withdrawal symptoms. Feel free to tell me your experience with uke withdrawal and you can definitely give some more silly ideas for withdrawal symptoms. Keep them coming.

Jacman Rasta Bicycle
08-21-2015, 06:51 AM
You know you're addicted to the ukulele when Tiny Tim's CDs/LPs are in your collection.

Cassie
08-21-2015, 07:19 AM
All your ideas are awesome. Now that we have some ways to know if you're an addict, we need to find some ways to treat that addiction and bust the withdrawal. Speaking of withdrawal, tell me you're experiences with uke withdrawal if you've had to go through it before. They can be serious or silly. just keep the ideas coming. I myself can't think of ways to bust uke addiction but if you can, keep those ideas coming. I thought of one for withdrawal. You know if you're experiencing uke withdrawal if you make the chord shapes with your fingers without a uke in your arms.

Cassie
08-21-2015, 09:34 AM
Awesome! I love those. I don't even have my first uke and I'm already guilty of some of those. Especially the one about saying Ah Shimabukuro instead of the curse word. Here are a few more.
If you see a lady wearing a g string and you ask if that is a low g or high g you've got. I mean no offense to anybody and I apologize if it's too graphic.

SteveZ
08-21-2015, 10:47 AM
When your gear bag has at least four dozen loose nylon strings and none of them are marked or sized....

CeeJay
08-21-2015, 10:53 AM
When your gear bag has at least four dozen loose nylon strings and none of them are marked or sized....


When your WHAT ?


Oh silly me...I read that as Bear Gag .....oops

SteveZ
08-21-2015, 11:06 AM
When your WHAT ?


Oh silly me...I read that as Bear Gag .....oops

Well, four dozen nylon ukulele strings could definitely gag a bear......

Booli
08-21-2015, 12:07 PM
When you pass by a lovely woman with an hourglass figure and think first of the body shape of a ukulele before anything else.

When you pick up your uke in the morning before your first cup of coffee and cigarette.

When every spare moment of the freakin day is spent looking at online ukulele marketplaces instead of porn.

:stop:

Just priceless Jon!

Nickie
08-21-2015, 12:12 PM
LOL, you guys are killing me. I'm addicted, our ukes are the first things guests see when they come out, and the last things they see when they leave. Most of my friends play, and if they don't, I try to get them to. If they won't, I think they're sick. I keep trying to come up with more ways to get more people playing. Most of the music I listen to has ukulele in it. I hate TV, but will listen to a patient's TV to hear the ukes in the commercials. I'd rather play than eat....seriously. I've recruited at least 4 people into TBUS that are still members and still play. I "sold" a uke to a perfect stranger in Sam Ash Music once. We're friends now. I think of excuses to play or get together with other players when we can think of no reason to.
I've been depressed a lot lately, today is horrible, but at least I can post (I'm at work and bored). It's hard to pick my uke some days, but when I do, it makes me feel a bit better. I'll be glad when it's under control.

Booli
08-21-2015, 12:17 PM
All your ideas are awesome. Now that we have some ways to know if you're an addict, we need to find some ways to treat that addiction and bust the withdrawal. Speaking of withdrawal, tell me you're experiences with uke withdrawal if you've had to go through it before. They can be serious or silly. just keep the ideas coming. I myself can't think of ways to bust uke addiction but if you can, keep those ideas coming. I thought of one for withdrawal. You know if you're experiencing uke withdrawal if you make the chord shapes with your fingers without a uke in your arms.


How about FEAR of withdrawal...

as in you drive 1000 miles instead of taking an airplane, because the thought of them NOT letting you carry on your uke and forcing you to check it as baggage, and the worry and anxiety that it will not survive and will arrive smashed to pieces, and you simply cannot bear the thought of not having your uke to play when you first get off the airplane, nevermind the feeling of loss over the destroyed instrument...

I'd be forced to order a replacement uke with overnight shipping at my destination if there was no retail shop nearby.

Don't now how to fix the withdrawal or anxiety, but would just like to avoid it as much as possible.

Booli
08-21-2015, 12:20 PM
...If you see a lady wearing a g string and you ask if that is a low g or high g you've got. I mean no offense to anybody and I apologize if it's too graphic.

I think that is very funny. :rotfl:

Hippie Dribble
08-21-2015, 12:55 PM
If you see a lady wearing a g string and you ask if that is a low g or high g you've got. I mean no offense to anybody and I apologize if it's too graphic.
I've never met a G string that was too low.

Cassie
08-21-2015, 01:16 PM
I apologize if that last joke I made up is too dirty. If need be, I'll delete it. I'm not bad. My mind doesn't stay in the gutter that much at all. Yes, Fear of withdrawal is also what we need to bust. I don't even own 1 uke yet and I'm almost addicted to the sound of the uke itself.

Nickie
08-21-2015, 01:21 PM
Dirty?
Do you eat and then play your uke without washing your hands first? Now that's dirty!

Cassie
08-21-2015, 02:23 PM
I just thought of another joke. Don't worry, This one isn't dirty. You know if you're addicted to your ukulele if you play while walking on a treadmill and use the sound of your footsteps like percussion. Your playing matches the rhythm of your footsteps. Just make sure you don't set the speed too fast and if the treadmill you're using is motorized, make sure to securely attach the string that's connected to the key to your shirt or pants. I would also make sure that you have it set to a steady speed. Last of all, Don't try it unless you have some way of keeping from slipping.

CeeJay
08-21-2015, 03:01 PM
I apologize if that last joke I made up is too dirty. If need be, I'll delete it. I'm not bad. My mind doesn't stay in the gutter that much at all. Yes, Fear of withdrawal is also what we need to bust. I don't even own 1 uke yet and I'm almost addicted to the sound of the uke itself.

Do not fear withdrawal ...many, many, many, ermmm embarrassing predicaments :o and shotgun marriages have been prevented thusly......oooh shi......er shoot...er that's not the withdrawal we are talking about ? Well, I don't know what Bank you use.






Now that may be dirty rude you little rude monkey ....

Cassie
08-21-2015, 04:56 PM
I'm not talking about withdrawing money from the bank but I see what you mean.S

Russellbarnett
08-21-2015, 06:22 PM
I dithered so much about whether or not to bring my uke on vacation with me to Maui that I seriously considered renting a beater while I was there. I was worried about taking it on the plane.

Then I came to my senses and realized I could get a really nice hard case for about the same cost as the crappy rental for a week and did that. My wife told me to just bring the damn thing if it makes me happy, so I did.

Cassie
08-21-2015, 07:05 PM
I don't blame you. Just get a pocket uke and keep it in your purse or even better, in your pocket. What ever you do, don't let it stay in there when you change pants or it will bust. Then you'll really be in hot water. Water as hot as Pele's lava, lol. Have you ever had to leave the uke at your house for a long time?

bonesigh
08-22-2015, 06:22 AM
Loving this "string" about uke addiction.

You know your addicted if your laughing your head off at the computer and your family asks what is so funny. You read them a few lines from this "string" and all you hear is crickets.

If....your on a family outing and for the very first time you forgot to grab your uke on the way out the door and are actually seriously considering turning back when you are way too far away from home

If....your rewatching LOST with your kid and thinking......"I would have so thought of a way to make a UKE by now...what's wrong with these people!".

If....your thinking, "How could I incorporate this old plastic uke that plays like cra... into a fountain for my garden".

(っ◕‿◕)っ ♥ or figuring out which font and symbols make up the best looking uke
#=()•)

bonesigh
08-22-2015, 06:50 AM
Let's try this...♪♫ #▬[• ] Cigar box uke.

IamNoMan
08-22-2015, 07:32 AM
When I go to the Doctor's office, the first thing the nurse checks is the tuning on my Ukulele.

Cassie
08-22-2015, 10:12 AM
I have another joke. You know you're addicted to ukes if someone offers to send you flowers and you tell them to save up and send you a uke instead. How do you like that one?

Cassie
08-22-2015, 10:34 AM
I'm so glad you all like this thread. I want to keep it going.
You know you're addicted if your favorite country is the Ukraine.

You know if you're addicted if you watch ukeio instead of Yugio.

If you badly want to catch a uksi on pokemon. Uksi is actually pronounced uke-see.

kkimura
08-24-2015, 03:35 AM
You're addicted if;
you practice air strumming on the drive to and from work, or,
your cell phone background is a ukulele headstock, or,
you check this thread hoping to find signs of "your" addiction.

WaylonUkulele
08-24-2015, 03:54 AM
You know you are addicted to playing the uke when you keep one under your desk in the office to play whenever there is a lull.

I commute with my ukulele every day to work. 3/5 days it never leaves the case. I just like being close to it and those 2 times a week an opporunity arises, there's nothing like going out for lunch and sitting with the windows down in a coffee shop parking lot, strumming. 30 minutes of pure bliss away from the office.

The part in bold is how I know I'm addicted. :D

Fleacia
08-24-2015, 06:50 AM
I have another joke. You know you're addicted to ukes if someone offers to send you flowers and you tell them to save up and send you a uke instead. How do you like that one?

Almost - I've asked for strings and gotten them. :D

Fleacia
08-24-2015, 07:15 AM
If you know chord shapes and tunings in commercials...

If someone stays in the car with your uke...

If you get holiday/birthday accessories for your uke...

Well then you're good, er, U-dicted (LOL ubulele)!

Purdy Bear
08-24-2015, 07:31 AM
When it's raining the first thing you check is the wood drying for the Uke build before you get the washing in.

You might be addicted if when you look at other instruments you try to work out how they can be changed into a Uke.

bonesigh
08-24-2015, 07:50 AM
You might be addicted if...your cursor is a ukulele with a beating heart

You might be addicted if...you buckle your baby into your shopping cart

k0k0peli
08-24-2015, 07:32 PM
When I leave on a five-week vacation with one guitar, one tenor 'uke, and one mandolin, and return with those plus a soprano, a concert, a baritone, two more tenor 'ukes, a tiple, a Puerto Rican cuatro, a mandola, three mandolins (one luthier-crafted), some bone whistles, and two Indian drums, I know I'm addicted to something.

When the table next to my recliner is piled with a foot-tall stack of strings and reels of Seaguar Red Label fishline (and I don't fish), I know I'm addicted to something.

When I search for Sherlock Holmes 'ukulele connexions (Arthur Godfrey was a Baker Street Irregular) or google for "famous ukulele players (https://www.google.com/search?q=famous+ukulele+players)" (hey, astronaut Neil Armstrong!) or wonder what that sexy gal would look like with an 'uke, I may be u-dicted.

When I see a guitar drawing and think, "That has two too many tuning pegs", I may be u-dicted.

When I must consider for five minutes which 'uke to play before I go to bed, I may be u-dicted.

When I look at the puffy sky and see 'ukes writhing in the clouds, I may be u-dicted.

When I strongly defend Tiny Tim in casual conversations, I may be u-dicted.

Et cetera.

Meanwhile, Peter Asher will be playing nearby in a couple months. He was half of Peter and Gordon, discovered James Taylor, produced Linda Ronstadt's best stuff, and was Mike Meyers' model for Austin Powers. I wonder if he plays 'uke?

Cassie
08-27-2015, 02:31 PM
It sounds like you're more attached than addicted.

Cassie
08-27-2015, 03:04 PM
Dang! You're definitely addicted. I'd hate to see you going through uke withdrawal. You'd probably die from lack of uke playing.

Cassie
08-28-2015, 06:06 AM
What about some ways you know if you're hitting uke withdrawal.

kohanmike
08-28-2015, 06:34 AM
...one tenor 'uke... more tenor 'ukes...Sherlock Holmes 'ukulele... like with an 'uke... minutes which 'uke... sky and see 'ukes...

Your addicted if you put an apostrophé before the u with the intention that it be pronounced "oo-koo-lele" or "ook."

k0k0peli
08-28-2015, 06:34 AM
What about some ways you know if you're hitting uke withdrawal. Never happens. An 'uke (or mando or dulcimer or something) is always nearby. Unless I drive down the mountain to the county seat without one. Then I may start to get nervous, sweat slightly, itchy fingers... so I reach in my day pack for a mouth organ or tinwhistle. I *always* have those at hand. The tinwhistle isn't just for music -- it's also good as a defensive weapon against loose dogs or their owners. I suppose if I carried an 'uke with me on strolls in the forest here I'd have to embed razor blades in the headstock for security.

kohanmike
08-28-2015, 06:43 AM
Your addicted if you put photos of all your ukes (and basses) in your UU signature.

Icelander53
08-30-2015, 10:35 AM
You're addicted if;
you practice air strumming on the drive to and from work, or,
your cell phone background is a ukulele headstock, or,
you check this thread hoping to find signs of "your" addiction.

Yes to that and a lot more. I have a painful disease that is currently killing me and not softly. Some days the pain is scary and the signs of my impending demise are right here in the mirror to see. I've had it bad for about a year and I'm only posting now because I'm in a little remission that I get from time to time in between things going further south. The main thing that has kept me alive for better or worse is my ukulele. Some days, the good days I may play for three hours or more. On the hard days I still often do an hour. It's the only time I feel like I'm not ill and the only time I'm not thinking about scary things that are lurking in my body that just a short six months ago was a beautiful athletic body. In that 6 months I've lost 35+ lbs and I eat like crazy. (don't mind the eating like crazy part)

SO YES! I'M A FULL ON ADDICT.

Cassie
09-09-2015, 07:00 PM
I'm so sorry. What disease is that? Is it a cancer or something?

Cassie
09-10-2015, 06:42 AM
Keep those nice Ideas coming. Sounds like we have a lot of uke addicts out there.

bunnyf
09-10-2015, 07:02 AM
My husband says I strum in my sleep.

Rllink
09-10-2015, 07:52 AM
You are addicted, when the ukulele is playing you, instead of you playing the ukulele.

Cassie
09-10-2015, 01:32 PM
Hey bunnyf, How do you strum in your sleep? That's cool. You must be seriously adicted to ukes if you do that.

bunnyf
09-10-2015, 02:07 PM
I do play an awful lot. When I'm not playing, I can frequently be seen reflexively strumming to tunes in my head (practicing strumming patterns, I guess). Apparently this does not stop when I'm asleep. I must be dreaming about playing. My husband says he also hears me mumble/singing while I am doing this nocturnal strumming (working on lyric memorization I think). I am most certainly addicted. Btw, I also am a closet uker. I try to uke as much as possible when my husband's not around (which is hard, since he just retired last month) so he doesn't realize how much I REALLY uke. I also work on my song library on my iPad after he's asleep, so he won't realize how addicted I am.

Cassie
09-10-2015, 02:33 PM
You surely are addicted and must be treated. You might even infect your husband with it. I'd hate to see you going into uke withdrawal. Ukes are so addictive. I'd rather be addicted to ukes instead of drugs or cigarettes.

k0k0peli
09-13-2015, 11:58 PM
My name is k0k0 and I am a multiple instrument (ab)user. Playing a linear 'uke reinforces my long-term guitar addiction. Playing an 'uke tuned in fifths reinforces my very strong mando addiction. Playing an open-tuned 'uke reinforces my annoying dobro addiction. Playing a droning 'uke feeds my lifelong dulcimer addiction. Playing a re-entrant 'uke is its own disease and joy. I am doomed. And I did not even mention my banjo-'uke. Nor the charango and balalaika in my future. Ay yi yi.

Cassie
09-14-2015, 03:20 AM
Sounds like you have a bad case of UAS also. I know I do. I have it really bad.

Rtnrlfy
09-14-2015, 05:06 AM
You know you are addicted if you telecommute to an IT job and always mute your phone and play your uke during meetings. The other day when I thought I was muted someone asked who had their radio on... Oops!

I never thought of that... but that could get me into a lot of trouble. Still - hmm...

VegasGeorge
09-14-2015, 08:02 AM
I have Ukes hidden in strategic places all around the house.
When I take my Uke with me to a party, it's to play the Uke, not to be at the party.
I play the Uke quietly while my wife and I are 'watching' TV, and when she says something about the program, I pretend to know what she's talking about.
When no one's looking, I caress my Uke.
Some days I fearlessly sit next to Guitar players on the bus.
When I daydream about skipping out with that sexy young woman in that sexy new car, I always have my Ukes with me.
First thing I do each morning is get a Uke out, last thing I do each night is put the Uke away.
When I think about my finances, it's always in terms of the cost of Ukuleles.

NatalieS
09-14-2015, 12:07 PM
You might be addicted to ukulele if...

- you cry at a Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain concert because you just realized how many people in your town love this crazy little instrument, too

- you're discussing classes with your PhD advisor and they suggest you fit an elective into your academic coursework, like "ukulele lessons"

- you dream about ukulele all the time, and wake up in tears after dreaming you broke your uke

- you have an iTunes playlist entitled "uke music" that is 7 hours long

Cassie
09-14-2015, 01:08 PM
I'd have to agree with the one about dreaming of ukes all the time. At night, I dream of Christmas time and having my first uke cradled in my arms. I even get Heebie-Jeebies when I think of my mom showing her Pele like temper and busting it. Blast it! I just wish Christmas would hurry up.

You're addicted if you watch the jungle book and you remember the leader of the pack of wolves is named aquila and you start thinking of aquila strings. I might not have spelled the wolf's name right but you get the idea.

k0k0peli
09-14-2015, 06:59 PM
I try to remember what I dream of and I don't think 'ukes are usually involved. I have vague flashes of lutes and sex and mandolins and sex and soaring and sex and jogging and sex and I don't even like jogging. But I know mandolins are in there somewhere. Or lutes, maybe. Of course, bowlback mandos look like lutes. Maybe I need a bowlback 'uke. Maybe I need to build one from a coconut shell. Well okay, I do recall dreaming about building instruments that might be 'ukes. Does that count?

Cassie
09-15-2015, 12:18 AM
I guess so. That can be part of it.

VegasGeorge
09-15-2015, 01:25 AM
KoKopeli, contact me, I think I've found a common denominator in your dreams!

Rllink
09-15-2015, 03:28 AM
After reading all of these comments, I have come to the conclusion that I'm not addicted to the ukulele.

k0k0peli
09-15-2015, 03:45 AM
KoKopeli, contact me, I think I've found a common denominator in your dreams! I can't imagine what that could be. But if I start dreaming of 'ukes burning, shoot me.

VegasGeorge
09-15-2015, 11:36 AM
Wait a minute! Didn't Betty Ford play the Ukulele? I've really got to get back those UA meetings!

Cassie
09-15-2015, 03:37 PM
Now we know symptoms of uke addiction. How do you think we can treat it? This way I'll know what to do if I become addicted after the holidays. I notice that I'm starting to become addicted to browsing UU. That's busted.

whistleman123
09-16-2015, 12:29 AM
I really like this forum! It's my first stop when I turn on my computer. But some days my Vox Eukelectric grabs me and doesn't let go. It's not till the next day when I visit this forum again that I realize I've missed a day and have a lot of new posts to read!
Yes, I guess I'm addicted!

Cassie
09-16-2015, 01:55 AM
I don't blame you. I'm always browsing. I might have to bust this addiction so my UAS doesn't keep flaring up.

Plane Ignerints
09-17-2015, 02:11 AM
I'm waiting for the day my wife walks into a restaurant and sees my uke in the chair across from mine, and I tell her, "Well, you said I had to choose."

Cassie
09-17-2015, 06:11 AM
Oh snap! That's a major case of uke addiction. !

k0k0peli
09-17-2015, 06:20 AM
I'm waiting for the day my wife walks into a restaurant and sees my uke in the chair across from mine, and I tell her, "Well, you said I had to choose." If she reads this, you are dead meat, bro. Start running now. Or apologizing and kowtowing. Yes, abject surrender is your only hope. Unless you are *serious* about this. Yow. Hmmm, I've seen those lists about 50 REASONS A BEER IS BETTER THAN A WOMAN / MAN. Has anyone come up with such lists re: 'ukes? Have they survived the publication? :confused:

Cassie
09-17-2015, 11:29 AM
I still have a bad case but I'm not sure if that's the real cause.

Hammond
09-17-2015, 08:32 PM
When you are ready to go out, to a casual gathering/lunch/dinner/friend's place/meeting, and if you ever:

- spent like 30+minutes consider bringing the uke or not;
- walked out the door and back into your house just because you regret not bringing your uke;
- carrying your uke everywhere for no reason, but you are so comfortable with it;
- when your friends see you and ask "oh, you bring a ukulele, having ukulele session afterward or what?" and you do not know what to response because there is no reason of bringing it, you just did;
- carried the uke all day, even you knew there would be no chance to take it out and play, still feeling worth it;

then you know something happened to you.

How I treat this, is to make sure I get a proper uke bag with comfy shoulder straps to avoid shoulder pain, and nice to carry around.

VegasGeorge
09-18-2015, 01:28 AM
I'm waiting for the day my wife walks into a restaurant and sees my uke in the chair across from mine, and I tell her, "Well, you said I had to choose."

I can see it!
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Cassie
09-18-2015, 07:53 AM
I just hope I can avoid these symptoms of addiction when I get one. My UAS is still killing me but I think I can fight it off for now. Speaking of addiction, I know I'm already addicted to checking this forum. I check it all the time. I just can't keep away from it. I guess that's the reason my UAS never eases off. The first thing I dew in the morning is check my email for the uke talk update message. Through the rest of the day, I come back to see what else is new. Before I go to sleep, I check back once more. I went to see a friend of mine last weekend and I hit withdrawal but it wasn't bad.

k0k0peli
09-18-2015, 08:39 AM
(I thought I posted this last night but it disappeared -- I'll try again.)


- spent like 30+minutes consider bringing the uke or not; I'll spend time deciding just which 'uke AND mando to take along on any drive, whether for sightseeing, shopping, gathering, whatever. Informal occasions: the beaters. Formal occasions: the best. But they're mostly tuned differently. Do I want a mando in Eye-talian or Irish tuning? Do I want the 'uke re-entrant, cuatro, or linear? And which size, and which case(s)? Is a puzzlement.

Nickie
09-18-2015, 02:49 PM
I fell asleep with it in my arms yesterday. No one saw me except Tammy. She's done it with her guitar.....

VegasGeorge
09-18-2015, 05:12 PM
I fell asleep with it in my arms yesterday.....

Oh my, don't roll over on it! Has that ever happened to anyone? What a rude awakening that would be!

Cassie
09-19-2015, 12:49 AM
Did you sleep better with it in your arms? Just kidding. I would be really careful about that.

NatalieS
09-19-2015, 02:34 AM
Oh my, don't roll over on it! Has that ever happened to anyone? What a rude awakening that would be!

I had a dream that I did that, on the first night I had my new Kanile'a. I woke up freaking out and had to run and check that it was safe in the other room.

Mivo
09-19-2015, 04:25 AM
Oh, yeah, it was also unusual in that my dream was ukulele-related, which itself is unusual. Do cigarette addicts dream about smoking or avoid the issue in their dreams? Studies, we must have studies!

I think it's perfectly normal to dream about the things that affect us emotionally and that we think about a lot. I definitely dream about ukuleles, quite a bit lately, in fact. When I was really into Go (the board game), it was present in my dreams very frequently as well: I recall solving entire Go puzzles, which are like "achieve x in y moves" kind of chess problems, in my dreams, and remembered the solutions when I woke up. It's the proverbial back burner.

It's all those new, re-purposed, and refurbished synapses.

Cassie
09-19-2015, 07:58 AM
Speaking of ukes getting busted, I soooooooooooo want one for Christmas but I have this worry that my mom will bust it in one of her temper tantrums. When her temper is set off, it's not pretty. I had a clock of mine get busted in one of her fits before and that is what started me worrying about that. She took the clock and tossed it across the room. It hit the wall and busted. I really want a protective case so if she decides to show her Pele side, it will still be safe. She's not always like that but there are times when her Pele side shows itself. I wish to protect it.

CdnSouthpaw
09-19-2015, 08:17 AM
I wouldn't say I'm addicted but when I click with a particular instrument, I have a lot of trouble putting it down.

Cassie
09-20-2015, 10:10 AM
I don't blame you. I did the same thing with my Casio for a while.

Nickie
09-20-2015, 03:54 PM
Cassie, I hope you are safe....just so mom isn't throwing things at YOU....just sayin'.

Cassie
09-20-2015, 04:15 PM
Don't worry guys. Sometimes she gets really mad but she never means or tries to hurt me or my sister. This particular time with the clock, she was really stressed from work and upset because I forgot to do a job that she wants me to do. Most of the time she's a very nice and sweet mom to be around but just the insedent with the clock has started me worrying about the uke. Can anyone tell me of a really good uke case? I wish she'd learn more about the law of aloha.

Nickie
09-20-2015, 05:08 PM
I think my Uke Crazy case is pretty good. In three years I haven't had a mishap with a uke in it, and it gets banged around a bit. There are cheaper ones, but I found that they scrape up easily.

Cassie
09-21-2015, 03:06 AM
My only issue is Cash. Mom doesn't have a lot of cash and I really want to make sure that it's protected in case I drop it or she has another one of these fits. These particular types of fits don't happen that often but I want to be sure. Keep those ideas for uke addiction jokes coming.

Cassie
09-25-2015, 09:33 AM
You're definitely addicted if you worry about facing withdrawal. What do you think.

Cassie
10-14-2015, 10:23 AM
Well guys, I got my uke and I'm constantly looking for oppertunities to bring it from it's little satchel.

ukuleleden
10-15-2015, 07:48 AM
Just addicted to buying them. If I was as addicted to playing them, I'd be a lot better than I am.

Thats what happened to me in the beginning. And while I am still buying when I see something I like, the plan now I have set and followed is a practice/playing regiment that keeps me playing the same or more time than I would spend shopping for Ukes or talking about them on forums. With this change I now spend no less than 90 minutes daily and as much as 3 hours on weekends playing my ukuleles. So far it is working, and yes I did get my 90 minutes of Practice in this morning. I am getting my direction mostly from the Ukulele Aerobics book that I have made my main guidance at this stage and so far it's been great!

I wish there were some closer uke groups as that would be really fun to do more often rather than just on occasion and mostly practicing alone.
But hopefully that will change in about 6 years when both myself and my wife retire to a more tropical climate with a more robust ukulele player population... :cool:

vinceherman
10-15-2015, 10:11 AM
your cell phone background is a ukulele headstock
Thank you, I just set mine!
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