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dkcrown
03-01-2010, 02:00 PM
I have been playing the ukulele for just over a year now, and I have to say it has completely taken over my life. Prior to taking up the uke, I had never played any kind of instrument. After a milestone birthday, I decided that it was time to try something new. I chose to learn to play the ukulele only because it made me smile whenever I heard it played. I knew nothing about its surge in popularity and booming sales. After watching Jake and WS64 on YouTube, my decision was sealed.

I eat, sleep, and drink the ukulele. When I am at work, I am constantly thinking about getting home and playing my ukes (and I love my work!) I surf all of the uke sites constantly and have bought more than my fair share of the little four string sirens. I stay up late into the night playing, practicing, and singing with the goal of becoming confident and competent enough to perform and jam with others. And in the morning, I have to play at least a couple of songs before I head back out to work.

And then there is the UU. I am not on facebook. I do not tweet. I am not on any other social networks. But I DO UU! A lot. And love it. It is such a wonderful feeling to be part of such a positive, welcoming community with one common bond, the mighty uke. I have never met any of you, but I feel that I know a little something about many of you. But yet I am still curious. What do you look like? How old are you? Are you male or female? The simple answer is that it just doesn't matter. Because we have something in common that is joyous to us all.

I think that I know the answer, but anybody else out there like me?

phanzo
03-01-2010, 02:04 PM
Many of us are just like you DK....you're not alone :D

RyanMFT
03-01-2010, 02:09 PM
You are so not alone.....I prefer to think of it as a joy and a passion. (read in total rationalization)

bunnyflower
03-01-2010, 02:13 PM
Yes, yes, yes! Really lots, and yes.

:D

UKISOCIETY
03-01-2010, 02:43 PM
I like you. I mean, I don't know you, but you seem a pleasant sort.


wait, what?

scottie
03-01-2010, 02:47 PM
so what milestone are ya'. . . a geezer or geezer wannabe?

ukejeff
03-01-2010, 02:49 PM
My life has become uke oriented. People at work are sick of hearing about ukulele and what song I am working on, my facebook friends are sick of me posting about uke stuff, but my wife and kids are happy that I play constantly. My home has become more joyous because these little four-stringed friends have filled me with joy. You are not alone!

dkcrown
03-01-2010, 03:01 PM
so what milestone are ya'. . . a geezer or geezer wannabe?

Depends on your definition. I am a geezer, but I feel like a whippersnapper:)

Ukeffect
03-01-2010, 03:35 PM
Welcome to the UAS club! Now...repeat after me: Hello, My name is "________"; and I am a ukeholic! I own "x" ukuleles, I have only room for ukes in my life!

*seriously, look at my signature portrait...I used to have hair...and, and normal skin tone...Arggggh!*:wallbash:

KamakOzzie
03-01-2010, 03:59 PM
Hello, my name is Bill, and I'm a ukeholic ! (before you ask, the soprano is Ozzie)
I became addicted in October of '09 when I restored an old banjo uke. The day I strung it up, I learned "Five Foot Two" from the internet. I've been riding the wave ever since.
I joined the uke a month club. Concert in Oct., soprano in Nov., tenor for Christmas, pineapple in Jan., baritone in Feb...
Oh, wait. It's March already !! Is that an electric uke calling me ???

And, yes, I got my Senior discount at Wendy's for lunch !

kenikas
03-01-2010, 04:09 PM
What? Obcessed with ukulele's? UAS? Oh no......not me! OK well maybe, if you concider that I started playing last August and now there are 7 of them in my house. But they're not all mine, 3 of them belong to my grandkids, but I get to play them too.

scottie
03-01-2010, 04:22 PM
Depends on your definition. I am a geezer, but I feel like a whippersnapper:) YEAH. . . 50 going on . . . . 22. . . that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. . .

Tigeralum2001
03-01-2010, 04:29 PM
My name is Tigeralum and I am a ukuholic. I own 3 ukes (with a new one scheduled to arrive Wednesday). I am a member of the Uke-A-Month club, as seen in my sig. Unfortunately, like a real addiction, it is putting pressure on my finances. There for I am quitting UAS cold turkey.

Like any junkie, I am looking for my next fix. I am hoping it will be a sitar-lele for Christmas. That would be cool...

grubblybubbly
03-01-2010, 05:07 PM
i feel the same. i started uke as my second instrument, with a years experience in guitar, and i loved. just like you, i am not on facebook, etc, but i post almost three posts a day (on average, check my profile). i am obsessed!

StereoJoker
03-01-2010, 05:21 PM
I check the Underground obsessively. I don't always have enough time to post anything (because apparently it takes me a bajillion hours to write out a simple reply), but I always read up. UU is my #1 source of procrastination.

My friends roll their eyes every time they hear me talk about ukuleles or get excited over things that are only slightly uke-related. I squeezed out the last bit of spending money I had from my last job to pay for my sopranino (which is great since I'm getting so much mileage out of it). In fact, if I play my guitar or mandolin at all, I feel like I'm cheating on my ukes; I try to have a pretty monogamous releationship with my Ohana.

...and okay, in just referring to having any sort of "relationship" with an instrument -- that right there should be clear enough evidence that I'm another uke-aholic.

dkcrown
03-01-2010, 05:31 PM
I check the Underground obsessively. I don't always have enough time to post anything (because apparently it takes me a bajillion hours to write out a simple reply), but I always read up. UU is my #1 source of procrastination.

My friends roll their eyes every time they hear me talk about ukuleles or get excited over things that are only slightly uke-related. I squeezed out the last bit of spending money I had from my last job to pay for my sopranino (which is great since I'm getting so much mileage out of it). In fact, if I play my guitar or mandolin at all, I feel like I'm cheating on my ukes; I try to have a pretty monogamous releationship with my Ohana.

...and okay, in just referring to having any sort of "relationship" with an instrument -- that right there should be clear enough evidence that I'm another uke-aholic.

I never talk about anything ukulele with my friends. None of them play musical instruments and only a few of my closest friends even know that I play. Someday, I will play for them and they will be floored. I only talk about ukuleles with my UU friends:)

ikarin
03-01-2010, 05:42 PM
I'm like you and many others in UU.
Yes, I'm UKUHOLIC, definitely, happily and proudly!

I only own one ukulele, but love it, play almost everyday for the last 4 month, join other uku players here in Japan.
I don't talk much about uke with my friends, but I dream many peoplein Japan will play ukulele and have fun like those in Hawaii, and I want to do something about it.

grubblybubbly
03-01-2010, 05:44 PM
I'm like you and many others in UU.
Yes, I'm UKUHOLIC, definitely, happily and proudly!

I only own one ukulele, but love it, play almost everyday for the last 4 month, join other uku players here in Japan.
I don't talk much about uke with my friends, but I dream many peoplein Japan will play ukulele and have fun like those in Hawaii, and I want to do something about it.

UKUHOLIC, now that describes me and alot of people on these forums!

jdogface
03-01-2010, 06:02 PM
the evil master chickens got you!

Lori
03-01-2010, 06:06 PM
I'm right in there with you guys! Totally crazy about UU and ukuleles. I can't get enough of it. It has helped brighten me up on even a dark day. It has been a great distraction, and I tend to do something ukulele related whenever I am stressed or bored. I too, was in the uke-of-the-month club, averaging about 1 ukulele a month for the first 8 ukuleles. I have slowed down a bit, but only because I am eyeing more expensive game, that must be played in person before I will buy. And, I am running out of space in my small apartment. Now I am spending loads of time and money on my Ukulele Half Strap project. Yes, the Ukulele has nearly taken over my life... about 75% anyway.

–Lori

hawaiianmusiclover06
03-01-2010, 06:36 PM
I am crazy about the Ukulele! I can't stop talking about or playing it. Currently, I have 3 Ukulele in my room. I have UAS. My current ukulele which I just bought is a KoAlana by KoAloha. I practice my Ukulele like 4-6 hours a day, but I can go longer if I wanted to if I wasn't a college student and homework.

pdxuke
03-01-2010, 07:20 PM
Yes. And yes. And yes, me too, again!

Joy

JOY


JOY!

That's what playing the uke and talking to others about all of this is.

Glad you're one of us.

TreF
03-01-2010, 08:42 PM
Im the same way, my biggest problem though is most of my time is thinking about Ukes, not actually playing mine. Working full time while going to school full time at night eats your Uke time.

But when im done this March i hope to get a good day job so i can play Uke all night.

dkcrown
03-02-2010, 12:50 AM
I like you. I mean, I don't know you, but you seem a pleasant sort.


wait, what?

Thanks Alan, errr, I think?

sukie
03-02-2010, 10:40 AM
UU is my #1 source of procrastination.

My friends roll their eyes every time they hear me talk about ukuleles ...

She speaks for me too.

obxtom
03-02-2010, 12:46 PM
I'm one more. Borrowed my son's Mahalo soprano last August and I haven't missed playing one day since! He has his little green uke back and I now own 3 of my own and have 3 more ordered. A year ago I couldn't clearly picture what my retirement would be like, but now I know a large and pleasurable part of it will be spent learning to make music, starting this summer. Best wishes to you.

bonesigh
03-02-2010, 12:50 PM
Yes! Totally addicted! Been playing for 7months now and doing well. My little one (5) wanted to play after seeing her Aunt play when we were on vacation. I bought her a very cheap one to see if she would really play it. Well, when it arrived I realized that I needed to know how to play it in order to teach her. Once I started that was it, (singing) " I lost my heart to ukulele". The little one bangs along with me when I play on my good uke but she does not have any interest in really playing. YET!

PorkLover
03-02-2010, 12:56 PM
I'm one more. Borrowed my son's Mahalo soprano last August and I haven't missed playing one day since! He has his little green uke back and I now own 3 of my own and have 3 more ordered. A year ago I couldn't clearly picture what my retirement would be like, but now I know a large and pleasurable part of it will be spent learning to make music, starting this summer. Best wishes to you.

... ahh retirement and ukulele... sounds like a pretty nice combo.

BarbaryBill
03-02-2010, 01:04 PM
I am so pleased that I am not alone. I thought I was strange. I feel so much happier now that there are so many others to be strange with!

Check out my OYAUUACCCDDSSRRFFTT entry ( Dirks great competition with the incredibly long title). It describes how the addiction spiralling out of control

Help me someone - please?

Stew

salukulady
03-02-2010, 01:09 PM
My name is Sally and I am a Ukeaholic.Two years and 16 uke purchases later, (most to play, some to share, some to give away), I am obsessed. My four children play uke. I'm in a working cover band because of the uke. My husband being our sound man has turned into a gear head because of the uke. Sound equipment has taken over my garage because of the uke. There are drums in my bedroom, because of the uke. There is no place to sit or stand in my living room because of all the instruments cluttering it because of the uke. Uke jams on UU is my nightly entertainment. I am traveling to Indiana in June because of the uke. Two other vacations this year are scheduled around ukulele gatherings. I have organized and put on three Aldrine concerts in different venues, becoming a half-assed promoter, because of the uke.

For those of you that would like to join us, many ukeaholics can be found on the Leader Board thread daily. That's our ukulele obsessed living room. Come on by and put up you feet and join in the conversation. We talk about EVERYTHING there. I have made many dear friends there.

dkcrown
03-02-2010, 04:44 PM
To all of you I say simply, Amen!

gallimander
03-02-2010, 04:52 PM
My life has become uke oriented. People at work are sick of hearing about ukulele and what song I am working on, my facebook friends are sick of me posting about uke stuff, but my wife and kids are happy that I play constantly. My home has become more joyous because these little four-stringed friends have filled me with joy. You are not alone!

haha same here.
teachers and aquaintances are not put off by it, but quite annoyed and sick of the constant practicing, playing, discussing, etc.
BUT, as the uke is such a bright, and enjoyable instrument i find all of my friends and family that care about me to be very supportive of my playing and in their words "love your dedication and drive with it"

happy strumming to all and if you find a cure for UAS, keep it far away from me :)

pdxuke
03-02-2010, 05:07 PM
We don't want a cure for UAS, do we?

Look, since I've been here on UU, I've joined Mike's Kiva group to Decrease World Suck, I've seen a guy help a brother by buying his uke and offering to sell it back when he gets back on his feet. I've read that Deach gives away ukes. Heck, even I HAVE given away a uke! What's happening to me? I'm surrounded by good people in a fun hobby and we're doing good and it's spreading, that's what!

Long live UAS. More!

Lori
03-03-2010, 05:59 AM
We don't want a cure for UAS, do we?
....
Long live UAS. More!
:agree: I think UAS is the cure. It's the cure (or at least a treatment) for stress and boredom and bad news. They should hand ukes out at the unemployment office, and at hospitals.

–Lori

kenikas
03-03-2010, 07:05 AM
:agree: I think UAS is the cure. It's the cure (or at least a treatment) for stress and boredom and bad news. They should hand ukes out at the unemployment office, and at hospitals.

–Lori
Well said, Lori! Maybe a new stimulus bill?......wait, what am I thinking, the government can't get anything done, so I guess we'll keep on ourselves.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
03-03-2010, 07:52 AM
What a wonderful thread!

I got started with the uke back in 1960 in the 6th grade so I'm way beyond
ukeaholism. I guess I'm just a chronic uker.

Great to hear from all of you posters. Would it be possible to have a 'live'
get together online? What would it take in terms of equipment and time
zones, etc?

Anyway, keep uke-in'

gnordenstam
03-03-2010, 09:00 AM
I have the uke infection too. I bought one on a whim to fill some time, now I can't get enough time with them. (Somehow it multiplied itself from on uke to three).
--G