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wickedwahine11
01-16-2010, 05:19 PM
Looks like Bill Cosby's trip to Hawaii was a great one for any sufferer of UAS. Not only did he get a KoAloha jukulele (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?24760-Bill-Cosby-meets-KoAloha&highlight=cosby), he also received a Kamaka ukulele as well according to this article and photo.
http://www.starbulletin.com/features/20100117_cosby_superb_in_two_hour_show.html

pithaya9
01-16-2010, 05:23 PM
Wish I would get a Jukulele. At least I got to play with one at the factory.

Tigeralum2001
01-16-2010, 06:12 PM
Very cool. Any idea of list price when these debut?

experimentjon
01-16-2010, 07:22 PM
The KoAloha Jukulele is about $4000, and a Kamaka Tenor around $1000.

I have an opinion on Cosby's gift etiquette, but it has been requested that we not post on it, so I'll leave it at that.

Dallas Pursley
01-16-2010, 08:23 PM
Did he at least give them a pudding pop in return?

johncaudrey
01-16-2010, 10:32 PM
A bit of Deja vu creaping in here. ;-)

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?24760-Bill-Cosby-meets-KoAloha

luvdat
01-17-2010, 01:23 AM
FYI, Bill Cosby is simply excellent not only as a comedian, actor but also as an American with a consistent solid view of educational reform.

Most of the people here, including myself, should be lucky enough to have a stick of chewing gum associated with our names.

What I've learned in life is that the truly great people know how to make others feel great. I've met neurosurgeons who were more humble than nursing assistants.

Many people are unknown mediocrities by comparison who think that when someone else loses their job they themselves suddenly have more money.

Aside from pride, here's another deadly sin: envy.

I wish he had come back with 10 high-quality really expensive ukukeles.

And BTW, so much for "making the uke more widely known." Are there provisos attached to that?

MartinLil
01-17-2010, 02:45 AM
FYI, Bill Cosby is simply excellent not only as a comedian, actor but also as an American with a consistent solid view of educational reform.

Most of the people here, including myself, should be lucky enough to have a stick of chewing gum associated with our names.

What I've learned in life is that the truly great people know how to make others feel great. I've met neurosurgeons who were more humble than nursing assistants.

Many people are unknown mediocrities by comparison who think that when someone else loses their job they themselves suddenly have more money.

Aside from pride, here's another deadly sin: envy.

I wish he had come back with 10 high-quality really expensive ukukeles.

And BTW, so much for "making the uke more widely known." Are there provisos attached to that?

This really confused me. You believe a nonplayer should get tons of exceptional ukes given to him just because of his name and fame? You decided to include (the christian) religion in this as well. Veeery interesting.

Pippin
01-17-2010, 03:32 AM
This really confused me. You believe a nonplayer should get tons of exceptional ukes given to him just because of his name and fame? You decided to include (the christian) religion in this as well. Veeery interesting.

What makes you think that Cosby is a non-player?

clayton56
01-17-2010, 03:49 AM
How's he going to become a player if he doesn't have a uke?

And as far as the makers giving him a uke, that's a cheap way to sell 1,000,000 more ukes...

Cosby obviously has the money to buy them, if they were gifts then it's as a courtesy. Are you jealous of his money, too?

Tigeralum2001
01-17-2010, 04:32 AM
I've met neurosurgeons who were more humble than nursing assistants.


Let me know when you find a cardiothorasic surgeon that is humble! :)

luvdat
01-17-2010, 06:31 AM
Let me know when you find a cardiothorasic surgeon that is humble! :)

Let's put it this way: maybe you want someone with cajones to put their hands in your chest and save your life.

Humilty is usually reserved (as a requirement) for the other guy...

as in this thread, Bill Cosby.

Not being humble ourselves (easily offended, need to get our way too frequently, looking at other people's faults) would we really even recognize "humility?" Probably not.

luvdat
01-17-2010, 06:59 AM
This really confused me. You believe a nonplayer should get tons of exceptional ukes given to him just because of his name and fame? You decided to include (the christian) religion in this as well. Veeery interesting.

True confusion is actually pretty rare. What most people experience is not confusion but "I don't know." This can be generated through lack of knowlege or as in this case a sense of overinterpretation or maybe even an acceptable (in their minds) prejudice. Fine. There's really no "confusion" at all. Everyone need a certain "glue" to keep things together, just like ukes. I think what's best to realize and be happy about is that "confusion" whether induced by chemicals, anoxia, brain injury or disease is not the case here.

MartinLil
01-17-2010, 07:23 AM
True confusion is actually pretty rare. What most people experience is not confusion but "I don't know." This can be generated through lack of knowlege or as in this case a sense of overinterpretation or maybe even an acceptable prejudice. Fine. Everyone need a certain "glue" to keep things together, just like ukes. I think what's best to realize and be happy about is that "confusion" whether induced by chemicals, anoxia, brain injury or disease is not the case here.

Thanks for telling the anthropologist about people. Maybe that can go into my Ph.D. dissertation. By confusion, I will use the offical definition of your written thoughts as a blur, or, in other words, indistinct, not clear, etc.

I do not mind what people do with their money or wealth. If a company wants to give ukes away, I support it. I support it even more when they're going to those in need. I give often and would never stop. I think being accused of envy and thrusting one's religion upon one is, however, very disrespectful.

What made me think he is a nonplayer was Papa KoAloha teaching him how to play.

Sambient
01-17-2010, 07:28 AM
Doctor Bill Cosby is very involved with music. Maybe an 'ukulele hasn't been part of his life thus far, but that could change.
If not, one never knows, maybe one of the music schools in Philadelphia that he's involved with will be the recipient.

MartinLil
01-17-2010, 08:28 AM
I think getting invloved with music is awesome! I hope he can do those ukes some justice, especially since he is involved in music. Ukes that good are hard to put down.

luvdat
01-17-2010, 08:33 AM
Thanks for telling the anthropologist about people. Maybe that can go into my Ph.D. dissertation. By confusion, I will use the offical definition of your written thoughts as a blur, or, in other words, indistinct, not clear, etc.

I do not mind what people do with their money or wealth. If a company wants to give ukes away, I support it. I support it even more when they're going to those in need. I give often and would never stop. I think being accused of envy and thrusting one's religion upon one is, however, very disrespectful.

What made me think he is a nonplayer was Papa KoAloha teaching him how to play.

Your welcome. I like anthropology. I think the "Western mind" in particular overestimates concepts of "understanding" and "knowing." When you continue teaching (or even in the midst of research) and one of your students says, "I'm confused," just tell them, "You're not confused, it's just that you don't know." I've used that with students in the past and they actually enjoyed those moments, laughed.

As far as "thrusting one's religion" the last time I looked the seven deadly sins are pretty much a part of parlance...but hey, I should not assume that and yes, historically you are correct and no disrespect is intended. I could see how you could "assume" something about my my religion. But I'm not a medieval scholar. I'm not a Roman Catholic and stating that is not meant as a disparagement. But what if I had just seen that Brad Pitt psychothriller: "Seven?"

I think it's good to learn from one another. So thank you.

You might be suprised but I feel the same way and I'm not being sarcastic here but honest. I had lunch with someone yesterday who hammered me with their political and religious beliefs. It was a turn off.

I would rather have people thrust free ukueleles upon me...something we both can agree on. Let's both enjoy the rest of the weekend. Go Jets!

rayan
01-17-2010, 09:04 AM
FYI, Bill Cosby is simply excellent not only as a comedian, actor but also as an American with a consistent solid view of educational reform.

Most of the people here, including myself, should be lucky enough to have a stick of chewing gum associated with our names.

What I've learned in life is that the truly great people know how to make others feel great. I've met neurosurgeons who were more humble than nursing assistants.

Many people are unknown mediocrities by comparison who think that when someone else loses their job they themselves suddenly have more money.

Aside from pride, here's another deadly sin: envy.

I wish he had come back with 10 high-quality really expensive ukukeles.

And BTW, so much for "making the uke more widely known." Are there provisos attached to that?

There are some details of some events that you might be unaware of which are leading some of the members to make some of the comments you are reading. We have all been asked to not talk about them anymore by the parties that be. That being said, lets just end it with there are always 2 sides of a coin.

haolejohn
01-17-2010, 11:07 AM
FYI, Bill Cosby is simply excellent not only as a comedian, actor but also as an American with a consistent solid view of educational reform.

Most of the people here, including myself, should be lucky enough to have a stick of chewing gum associated with our names.

What I've learned in life is that the truly great people know how to make others feel great. I've met neurosurgeons who were more humble than nursing assistants.

Many people are unknown mediocrities by comparison who think that when someone else loses their job they themselves suddenly have more money.

Aside from pride, here's another deadly sin: envy.

I wish he had come back with 10 high-quality really expensive ukukeles.

And BTW, so much for "making the uke more widely known." Are there provisos attached to that?

I heard that mr. cosby might be running for president. Any truth to that? i love Bill. I think he is one of the best people alive. I love his stance on America and he would be a great ambasador for the ukulele.

MartinLil
01-17-2010, 12:26 PM
I thought he was awesome until he did that something that cannot be spoken about

wickedwahine11
01-17-2010, 12:33 PM
There are some details of some events that you might be unaware of which are leading some of the members to make some of the comments you are reading. We have all been asked to not talk about them anymore by the parties that be. That being said, lets just end it with there are always 2 sides of a coin.


I thought he was awesome until he did that something that cannot be spoken about

Oh you guys are killing me. Is it the fact that I have a bachelor's degree in journalism that causes me to want to get to the bottom of things? Or is it just because I'm nosy and curious?

Sorry to dredge up anything, I just thought it was an interesting article when I initially posted it... :(

haolejohn
01-17-2010, 12:40 PM
Oh you guys are killing me. Is it the fact that I have a bachelor's degree in journalism that causes me to want to get to the bottom of things? Or is it just because I'm nosy and curious?

Sorry to dredge up anything, I just thought it was an interesting article when I initially posted it... :(

WW, You didn't do anything. I am confused right now. I went back and read the koaloha thread and I have no idea how this thread was headed in the direction that it is headed in.

PeformanceUke
01-17-2010, 05:28 PM
I thought he was awesome until he did that something that cannot be spoken about

I don't see anything wrong with what Bill Cosby did. Kalei approached him and gave him the Kamaka ukulele, its only respectful to accept it especially upfront of a crowd.

Ahnko Honu
01-17-2010, 06:29 PM
I always thought Bill Cosby was an accomplished Jazz musician if not an aficionado. I would be offended if Bill refused a gift from me especially a very nice gift (as opposed to a plate lunch). I see nothing wrong, aloha in giving, aloha in receiving.

rayan
01-17-2010, 06:53 PM
once again, most people don't know what we're talking about and they're asking it be kept that way so you all can stop speculating. It has nothing to do with any thread posted here on the boards.

PeformanceUke
01-17-2010, 08:47 PM
Despite any vibes i got off this post.

Bill Cosby is a great guy, he has made it a point in his career to help many young children , there is very few famous people who show this type of sincere devotion to helping the young ones, he is a good man in my book, and has my respect. I wish i got to see his show and I loved the original pudding pops.

jqrcaliman
01-17-2010, 09:16 PM
Im curious as to who the parties that be are? just curious.

luvdat
01-18-2010, 12:53 AM
WW, You didn't do anything. I am confused right now. I went back and read the koaloha thread and I have no idea how this thread was headed in the direction that it is headed in.

Decided to reply publically to you and not just PM.

If the "higher ups" wanted really to close discussion on this topic, this thread would have been long ago CLOSED. Instead, this same pattern of "almost letting the cat out of the bag" continues along with that "You don't know all the details" which continues to create a sense not simply of "mystery" but controversy. By "appearance" the entire process seems somewhat "generated" since other threads with noxious buffonish comments (though cited by mods) for 2010 also continued and another thread popped up...and still continues.

Everyone values their "name." Ukulele Underground values ITS name.

If one of the moderators were focused on in this way "Well, you don't know everything about so and so" it would not fly too well...nor if any member was focused on in this way.

If I could summarize this approach in one word it would be that of "immaturity." And that would be my best most kind view not seeking to ascribe malicious motives. A less kind view: catty.

Please close this thread if the "higher ups" really want to end this discussion really a non-discussion.

Considering everything else that's going on in the world now...cliche though it is...life is too short...earthly life.

We're hard on others, easy on ourselves. My father shared this farmer's expression with me when I was growing up: "It all depends who's kid's got the measles."

buddhuu
01-18-2010, 01:35 AM
Moderation at UU is not heavy handed, so the thread remained open as there was no specific reason to close it.

IMHO, with the last post that has changed. We have strayed off topic into meta discussion and complaint.

Let's go talk about ukuleles.