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Ukuleledad
10-21-2017, 08:27 PM
So, my good lady Wife embarked on a large scale excercise to clean & tidy my little corner of the house.

After a while she approached me & stated that in her opinion my behaviour had become a concern and that owning 16 ukuleles was ‘excessive’.

My immediate thought:

‘She hasn’t found all of them!’

Booli
10-21-2017, 09:40 PM
You could show her all the UAS threads - then she will see that 16 ukes is only slightly below 'average'

...then tell her why socket sets have all different sizes

...and why there are screwdrivers with different tips and sizes

...i.e., that you need the right 'tool' for the job at hand, ukes are the tool and the job is music :music:

If questioned and the other person reacts with shock and/or horrors, these^^ are what I do.

~

If that dont work maybe mention how lucky it is that you do not collect classic cars, like Jay Leno or Billy Joel, since for that you need to own a 75,000 sq foot warehouse to keep them all safe...

good luck!

Croaky Keith
10-21-2017, 10:44 PM
.......
‘She hasn’t found all of them!’

:smileybounce:

Maybe, if they were neatly arranged, like books on a shelf, they wouldn't look so many. ;)

Tootler
10-22-2017, 03:11 AM
I think my wife prefers not to ask. Then there's the recorders and harmonicas. If a new instrument arrives, there's a certain raised eyebrow look. OTOH, the less said about the baskets and boxes of wool and fabric piled up in the conservatory, the better. :rulez: :old: :biglaugh:

SoloRule
10-22-2017, 03:16 AM
Hide your future purchase under the bed in the guest room. She will never find it !
You need to learn how to hide them well!

DownUpDave
10-22-2017, 03:17 AM
So, my good lady Wife embarked on a large scale excercise to clean & tidy my little corner of the house.

After a while she approached me & stated that in her opinion my behaviour had become a concern and that owning 16 ukuleles was ‘excessive’.

My immediate thought:

‘She hasn’t found all of them!’

My vote for funniest one liner this year!!!!

My wife said my ukes all look the same to her. "Good" I responded I can buy more and you would never know. She said " I can count cases big boy"

Ukecaster
10-22-2017, 03:34 AM
Yeah, blame us...then start the shoe & bag inventory.

Doc_J
10-22-2017, 04:00 AM
Thanks for the humor.

Fortunately, my wife is a quilter, and has quite a fabric stash, with new acquisitions arriving much more frequently than my additions to my modest uke collection of less than 20.

Your wife needs her own hobby/collection/obsession.

Tootler
10-22-2017, 04:05 AM
Thanks for the humor.

Fortunately, my wife is a quilter, and has quite a fabric stash, with new acquisitions arriving much more frequently than my additions to my modest uke collection of less than 20.

Your wife needs her own hobby/collection/obsession.

Mine's a knitter as you may have guessed from my post earlier. I agree, it's better if you both have a hobby.

Rllink
10-22-2017, 04:08 AM
Plead the fifth and just don't respond. Anything you say will most definitely be used against you later. Trust me, you may say something that you think is clever and funny, but it will just backfire on you. You are not clever. Best just to remain mute about the whole subject and work on the blank stare. The blank stare is your only defense. I've been there many times, just not with ukuleles.

Rllink
10-22-2017, 04:12 AM
:smileybounce:

Maybe, if they were neatly arranged, like books on a shelf, they wouldn't look so many. ;)Perhaps one could put them on a shelf two or three deep, so that the ones in the back are hidden. That might help. Anyway, I'm a pretty tidy person. My wife has no reason to get into my stuff. Just a good practice, I think.

This isn't the case with the OP, as he still has undiscovered ukuleles, but I always wonder what people are trying to prove when they buy ukuleles and immediately run home an show them to their spouse? I mean, especially if the spouse is not into ukuleles. Better to just be casual about it. No good can come from giving them a running count of all the ukes that have come through the door.

Ukecaster
10-22-2017, 04:45 AM
Oh, that old Martin? I've had that for years. It's just a broken down wreck I got for next to nothing...nobody wants those old things anymore ;)

kohanmike
10-22-2017, 05:33 AM
Here's my remedy; I've never been married and have 7 ukes in a cabinet in the living room, preparing for an 8th, plus 15 bass ukes hanging on a wall rack in the 2nd bedroom/office/music room with more to come.

Joyful Uke
10-22-2017, 06:21 AM
The funniest thing I've read in a long time. Thanks for the much needed laugh.


So, my good lady Wife embarked on a large scale excercise to clean & tidy my little corner of the house.

After a while she approached me & stated that in her opinion my behaviour had become a concern and that owning 16 ukuleles was ‘excessive’.

My immediate thought:

‘She hasn’t found all of them!’

DanY
10-22-2017, 06:29 AM
LOL, too funny


So, my good lady Wife embarked on a large scale excercise to clean & tidy my little corner of the house.

After a while she approached me & stated that in her opinion my behaviour had become a concern and that owning 16 ukuleles was ‘excessive’.

My immediate thought:

‘She hasn’t found all of them!’

bratsche
10-22-2017, 07:10 AM
Good grief! In addition to my 2 ukes, I have multiple violin and mandolin family instruments. I recently had the third bedroom (a/k/a clutter room) re-floored, after the tedious, months-long ordeal of totally un-cluttering it, and now it's pristine. All of my instruments now reside in their cases on a single heavy three-tiered piece of crude 'furniture' that in its former life was an end-cap grocery store display, holding bottles of wine. There are only 14 instruments (I just re-counted to check!), but my husband was shocked and appalled when he saw them all together for the first time. I even had to reassure him that the 3 cases and 2 gig bags I have inside an armoire were all empty. I know I'll never be able to get another instrument unless I get rid of one first - the one-in, one-out rule. (But don't let me get started on all his books taking up every shelf in the house...lol)

bratsche

kvehe
10-22-2017, 09:37 AM
In reference to a certain recent event in the USA, a person commenting online in response to a New York Times article said something along the lines of "there's something wrong with someone who has 47 of anything". Uh oh...

bratsche
10-22-2017, 10:07 AM
What irks me the most, when it is the male spouse who has an acquisition syndrome, is when he is encouraged (by other males) to bring up the female spouse's acquisition of shoes, purses, etc. Really? As the female spouse, let me say that my modest instrument collection far exceeds my shoes and purses combined! Talk about stereotypes. Sheesh!

bratsche

Rllink
10-22-2017, 10:30 AM
What irks me the most, when it is the male spouse who has an acquisition syndrome, is when he is encouraged (by other males) to bring up the female spouse's acquisition of shoes, purses, etc. Really? As the female spouse, let me say that my modest instrument collection far exceeds my shoes and purses combined! Talk about stereotypes. Sheesh!

bratscheYes, as a male I agree. Read my thoughts about that on post #12. I never take the advise of my drunken friends when it comes to my wife. They are not as smart as they think they are.

Down Up Dick
10-22-2017, 10:57 AM
My wife and I both have our own money. She buys cloth and sewing stuff for quilting and knitting, and I buy music stuff. She has a big sewing room that looks like a cloth store, and I have a smaller, music room and the annex (bedroom).

We moved here to downsize, but it didn’t happen. :old:

acmespaceship
10-22-2017, 11:06 AM
So, my good lady Wife embarked on a large scale excercise to clean & tidy my little corner of the house...

Speaking as one of those "woman" people who wear shoes and carry purses and often play ukuleles as well, may I point out there is a perfectly simple solution to your problem:

YOU can clean your corner of the house! :cool:

RafterGirl
10-22-2017, 11:41 AM
My mom lives with me, and she is used to my hobbies. She's just glad that my ukuleles take up a lot less space than my rafting and kayaking gear. It helps if I play one of her favorite songs every so often and we have a nice sing along.

phil hague
10-23-2017, 02:41 AM
My better half plays Acordion and Northumbrian Pipes, not to mention piano. You should see the price of those things !
So I can get any uke I like and no criticism from her. Thank heavens she is not a shoe or bag fanatic.

besley
10-23-2017, 06:29 AM
Thanks for the humor.

Fortunately, my wife is a quilter, and has quite a fabric stash, with new acquisitions arriving much more frequently than my additions to my modest uke collection of less than 20......

As I've mentioned here before, my wife is a professional quilter who owns 12 (and counting....) sewing machines - just one of which cost over $35,000 and takes up the entire front room of our home. So since I only have three ukes so far I figure I've got plenty of room to grow.

Ukulele Eddie
10-23-2017, 06:49 AM
Funny!

When I started with the uke I was under-employed. My wife set a limit of 2, which I managed to expand to 3. Once working regularly again, my collection has grown. I'm currently at 9 (down from my peak of 14, I think) with two more being picked up at UGH. I generally have four out (three in hangers and one on a stand) and rotate them periodically. A few weeks ago she needed something from the storage closet where those not out are kept. I was out of town and get a text:

Wife: "Wow, you have a lot of cases!"
Me: "Careful, ah, some of them have ukes in them."
Wife: "(having removed them all from the closet) It looks like a music store in here!"
Me: ;-)
Wife: "Is 15 the new "2"?
Me: "Naw, I think 12 is my limit. Any more and I cannot play them enough to not feel guilty."

She is coming to Hawaii with me for UGH. I just hope she doesn't open the plane door and push me out when she finds out I'm picking up two more. Or if she does, she waits for the return flight so I can be buried at sea with them. ;-)

Ukecaster
10-23-2017, 09:10 AM
I love it..."Is 15 the new 2"?

She has a good sense of humor!

actadh
10-23-2017, 12:17 PM
I am fortunate to have a spouse with a fishing hobby. My UAS pales in comparison.

photoshooter
10-23-2017, 01:07 PM
She: Do you really need all those ukes?
Me: Yes of course
She: Why?
Me: It's cheaper than therapy. :)

Truth be told my wife likes my hobby and it's rubbed off on the kids. My daughter started playing and my son has a strong interest.

komedy
10-23-2017, 05:05 PM
you must try get your wife into ukuleles, like I did, now we have almost 27 ukuleles combined and still growing.

Rllink
10-24-2017, 04:37 AM
you must try get your wife into ukuleles, like I did, now we have almost 27 ukuleles combined and still growing.


A great project for those who have a spouse it to work out a duet to play and sing on your uke. The Uke wanter has to make sure the other spouse chooses music and sets a standard of playing to be achieved before being expected to participate. Part of the deal is that whenever feasible, all uke playing will be in the shared part of the house and criticism and performance goals to keep playing in the shared area must be accepted and worked on. Improvement is going to be much faster if you let your spouse help incentivise your musical work.
I know that couples can each have a hobby, but music is about community and inclusion. You will enjoy it most when you can include your favourite people in some way, whether it be as a happy audience, back up singer or sideman. Try to do what is required so that your spouse enjoys having musical instruments in the house.
I hate always being a naysayer, but we tried that in my house, and it didn't work. My wife used to be a very good musician and played several different instruments. Most of all she was a singer. But she hasn't really been involved with music for a long time. Anyway, when I started playing the ukulele and singing, I wanted her to sing along with me, which she did for a while. We even did a couple of gigs together. Then she won a ukulele and started playing it a little. But it didn't go so well. We argued a lot about music. I think that we finally decided the ukuleles were my thing, and music was not something she was that interested in anymore. So once in a while she will still sing a few songs with me, but not all the time. She is supportive, but I've gone off in my own with the ukulele.

Note, she doesn't count my ukuleles, but then I don't have that many ukuleles. But I'm sure she would be not be worried about how many I had unless they started cluttering up our home. She has an interior design going on that does not include ukuleles.

bratsche
10-24-2017, 09:11 AM
Wouldn't work here, either. Hubby is tone deaf and disinterested in music. Luckily we have other things in common.

bratsche

Down Up Dick
10-24-2017, 09:35 AM
My wife sings in church, and that’s about it. She does like dancing, but, of course, I don’t. We both kinda got into it during the “Disco” days, but it was mostly just the music and watching for me.

She mostly pals around with her knitting and quilting buddies, and I serenade the neighbors. :old:

ksiegel
10-24-2017, 02:14 PM
I have 22 ukuleles. I have sold one (to a UU member who needed it), given one away (to a friend of a friend who is a pro musician, and needed it for a project) and have suggested selling another, but my wife won't let me, unless and until I find a replacement for it. (And I'm not currently looking, because I don't currently have the room for another.

My wife is a knitter, I am a spinner, and we have both been bitten by the weaving bug. I probably have enough roving to last me for at least 10 years, if I start spinning more than two nights a week. We won't talk about yarn. Or electronics, Or Stained Glass supplies, wine, artwork, or stuffed animals.

I have never tried to hide any of my instruments - truth be told, I provide the entertainment at the Yarn Shop during Special Events, and we all agree that different songs call for different instruments.


-Kurt

Cornfield
10-24-2017, 02:36 PM
I took inventory today’s. 3 ukuleles, 2 mandolins, 2 organs, 2 pianos, 6 guitars and 1 cornet.
My wife has Multiple earrings, necklaces, rings, shoes and outfits. I used to have many cars, instruments take up less space

Nickie
10-24-2017, 05:13 PM
Here's my remedy; I've never been married and have 7 ukes in a cabinet in the living room, preparing for an 8th, plus 15 bass ukes hanging on a wall rack in the 2nd bedroom/office/music room with more to come.

Bwaa haaa haaa Mike. Very funny, but certainly one solution.
My wife has more ukes than I do. Now she plays her UBass in our band.
However, if I show up with another uke, I'd better have the keys to my own apartment with me....

UkingViking
10-24-2017, 08:06 PM
Considering that it takes some time for a spouse to accept the buying of more than one, or a few, ukuleles, I wonder how a single ukulele player/collector would go about telling a date about a 10+ ukulele collection.
I didn't buy my first ukulele until after I met my wife, and she didn't quite understand why I got a second. Or the third. Or...
If she had seen a wall of ukuleles the first time she saw my flat, she might have run away!