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GreatGazukes
01-05-2011, 12:57 PM
Well almost,

As is my want, I travel to a uke goup on the train. The trip takes about an hour and a half each way and I have often sat there with my uke beside me thinking, I could be practicing this dang thing rather than bored off my brain. So last night on the 10.00 train home, I noticed, mmmm train fairly empty...what the heck, pulled it out and started memorizing a tune...well a dude gets on the train (I knew he was a dude/thug cos he had a hoodie) and swaggers a mile up the train (one of those new fangled ones with the 3 carriages linked open) gets to a spot a seat in front of me (all the while I been eyeballing him and just kept on playing) turns around and parks himself well down from me.

A ukelele victory I thinks to myself. Heck I think I'm gonna do this more often......

Just sharing, lol

SailingUke
01-05-2011, 01:01 PM
:) :) He was probably scared to death by a nut-case with a ukulele ! :) :)

mds725
01-05-2011, 01:19 PM
It would be fun to read his version of your interaction at the forums on hoodieunderground.com.

swervy jervy
01-05-2011, 01:35 PM
So, you beat a stranger off with your ukulele?

Chris Tarman
01-05-2011, 02:12 PM
So, you beat a stranger off with your ukulele?

Laramie????? You mean there is FINALLY a UU member from Wyoming?????

cletus
01-05-2011, 03:11 PM
So, you beat a stranger off with your ukulele?

I prefer a rented uke for such activity.

swervy jervy
01-05-2011, 03:29 PM
I prefer a rented uke for such activity.


Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck

philxbx
01-06-2011, 01:11 AM
Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck Smeck

lol! :)

You should get one of these...
http://www.zazzle.co.uk/warning_i_have_a_ukulele_and_i_know_how_to_use_it_ tshirt-235976117760005792

KamakOzzie
01-06-2011, 06:49 AM
Future traveling decision, do I take the "Moore Bettah" or the "More Beater" ?????

Bill

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-06-2011, 06:58 AM
If you were traveling with bagpipes you would've had the entire train to yourself!

Pueo
01-06-2011, 07:07 AM
If you were traveling with bagpipes you would've had the entire train to yourself!
:biglaugh: Thanks Chuck!

Chap
01-06-2011, 07:09 AM
Now I want to hear a bagpipes/ukulele duet.

ksiegel
01-06-2011, 09:12 AM
(Apologies in advance for any spewed coffee...)

I guess I'm just a little too much of a proofreader, and must be overly concerned with sentence structure, but I have to know...

Just how well did you know this thugs, and... What was the train doing with a ukulele?

(g)

GreatGazukes
01-06-2011, 09:33 AM
He was probably scared to death by a nut-case with a ukulele !

Oi, that's MR Nut-case to you....:)








I guess I'm just a little too much of a proofreader, and must be overly concerned with sentence structure, but I have to know...

Just how well did you know this thugs, and... What was the train doing with a ukulele?



My bad, ummm Man with an ukulele beats a thug off of a train????

I was surprised that playing the ukulele on a train was accepted by the other folk on board and didn't cause comment or derision. Of course I was playing softly and the train was fairly empty, still I felt a bit trepiditious, as one does when doing something unusual for the first time.

Cheers

Ukuleleblues
01-06-2011, 05:49 PM
Man runs off thug on suburban train with ukulele

philxbx
01-06-2011, 09:44 PM
Now I want to hear a bagpipes/ukulele duet.

Here ya go...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5tZeJOfsEE

TicToc
01-07-2011, 01:14 AM
Here ya go...

When the man walked in hitting the bass drum, I was laughing myself to tears. It's just so unexpected!

3nails4holes
01-07-2011, 06:51 PM
When the man walked in hitting the bass drum, I was laughing myself to tears. It's just so unexpected!

even when you know it's coming, it's still funny!

plus the hats are hilarious.

great stuff!

impossiblebird
01-08-2011, 06:01 AM
I had an experience which was sort of the flip side of GreatGazukes'. I got onto a near-empty tube train in London early on evening about 7 or 8 years ago. The train carriage was in three sections, thanks to two sets of doors a third and two thirds the way along the carriage. I sat down in the middle section; there was a young guy sitting exactly opposite me, and a few others in the outer sections. The train sat for some time before departure; as we sat there, more and more prople got onto the carriage, but almost all of them sat in the outer sections, leaving me and the young guy alone in the middle.

It gradually dawned on me that our fellow passengers were leaving a wide berth between themselves and us two, to the extent that people were standing up in the outer sections rather than sit down near us in the middle. It also dawned on me that he was (unusually) the only black guy on the carriage; as neither of us was in any way smelly or disreputable-looking, this may, sad to say, have been something to do with it, unless it was down to the fact that I'm a bit "Jewish looking" (apparently, and whatever that means; I can't be bothered asking). Anyway, we exchanged a look, and I could see he'd noticed we were being shunned.

He then pulled on the cord I'd thought was a duffel bag slung over his shoulder, and it turned out it was a ukulele! He started to play, and the atmosphere changed completely; our section started to fill up; people even requested the odd tune. He dealt with the situation with good grace, but it left a nasty taste in my mouth. The uke broke down barriers, but it was an unpleasant reminder how some folks choose to erect those barriers...

impossiblebird
01-08-2011, 06:09 AM
@ Chap #12:
A ukulele / uilleann pipes duet would be gorgeous!

GreatGazukes
01-08-2011, 09:39 AM
It's a pity that we live in a society that is very trepiditious about using public transport. Fortunately I have been spared any incidents after a lifetime of train travel, though a few times have been wary of "characters". But, as I said, I think I'll be more likely to practice stuff on the train from now on....If my playing is subdued, it can't be any worse than the passive phone conversations most of us are subjected to at some time or other.