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ukunuke
01-16-2011, 07:56 PM
Just got back from a couple weeks on Bonaire, and was surprised at how many times during vacation that I wished I'd brought along my ukulele. I'm not sure if this is a common feeling, or if I have a serious addiction starting. So has anyone else experienced the same thing? if so, where were you when the "need a uke fix" came over you?

TCK
01-16-2011, 07:58 PM
Everywhere...so I have resorted to always having one handy

MiG-19
01-16-2011, 08:35 PM
Everywhere...so I have resorted to always having one handy

Amen, brother!

SailQwest
01-16-2011, 11:57 PM
Everywhere...so I have resorted to always having one handy

What he said.

Harold O.
01-17-2011, 04:27 AM
I especially notice it when I'm in waiting. Such as, at the airport or sitting outside my daughter's school waiting for the bell to ring. I try to keep an el Cheapo in the car.

Meekomonkey
01-17-2011, 04:37 AM
It was all the way back on New Years Eve in 2010 (my god that was a long time ago! XD) at my friend, Jill's house.
There was only 4 of us at her house, and the neighbourhood seemed deserted, so the whole place was quiet.
One of my friends and I were kicking-back and chilling in a large hammock, that Jill had connected between 2 palm trees.
It was really peaceful and relaxing to watch the leaves sway above us while the hammock was gently rocking.
The temperature was perfect; lovely and warm (it's summer time in Australia).
And the sun was about 30mins - 1 hour away from setting, giving the sky a lovely clear and vibrant colour.
I had only had my uke for under a week, so it may have contributed to it, but it was at that moment, where everything was peaceful and calm, that I wanted to play my uke. It seemed like the perfect time to strum something out. But seeing that I didn't have it with me....I hummed instead XD

Mandarb
01-17-2011, 04:46 AM
When I travel - I usually take an ukulele with me.

cletus
01-17-2011, 04:55 AM
It's why I got a Fluke.

I Ukulista
01-17-2011, 04:56 AM
On holiday.
My wife (love her)will not pack a ukulele.
Strain on the relation ship!
Got me a Kala travel soprano and a sopranino.
Separate holidays have been mooted......

Fuzzy
01-17-2011, 05:27 AM
My family and I spent the Christmas week in the Dominican Republic. I wasn't sure what the uke travel situation would be like, so I carried my beater with me on the plane. I considered not taking one, but I'm glad I took the chance! So that was a situation where I would have missed my uke if I hadn't had it.
The moral of the story is that it's better to take the chance and have one with you rather than playing it safe and missing it.

Papa Tom
01-17-2011, 06:32 AM
I wish I'd had my uke:

1) While my father-in-law was still alive (He was BIG into music and loved the songs of the Roaring 20's, Al Jolson, and the WWII era)
2) While my mother-in-law and grandmother were both in the same nursing home at the same time. We had a small group of residents who used to meet in the lobby several nights a week at 6pm and I would play old recordings on my computer while we all talked and goofed around. It was a very special time for all of us, but it would have been really amazing had I taken up the uke around that time.

This Christmas, I brought my uke to my mother's house in Florida again, although it never seems to get played while I'm there. I almost left it home this time, but I grabbed it at the last minute. For the first time ever, not only did it get played, but it contributed to one of the best memories my mom (and her best friend) will have. I had brought some sheets of Christmas songs and we sang our hearts out to each and every one of them. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my Old Time Singalong book, but I was able to fake my way through songs like "Ain't She Sweet," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," etc, so we really had a great time.

From now on, the uke comes with me EVERYWHERE!

(This was a great idea for a thread, by the way. Thanks, ukunuke!)

Tantal
01-17-2011, 06:45 AM
Last week for me. I was in Chicago on a business trip and could not bring my Uke since I did not have a case. Talk about withdrawal...

Ron
01-17-2011, 06:48 AM
This IS a great idea for a thread.
Like several above I've taken to packing my uke for just about any trip we take.
When i first started playing two years ago, I was a bit shy about getting it out in company (I mean my uke ;-). But I did cart it to Australia to a friends birthday party and overcame that shyness to play often over the weekend. I'd learned a song especially for her so that was a hit and boosted my confidence.

We recently visited a family member in prison. In that stark and loveless place I wished I could sit and strum as we talked. They wouldn't let it in anyway though. Probably concerned about a case of spontaneous joy breaking out in their little dark kingdom.

kenikas
01-17-2011, 07:07 AM
Everytime I'm on a flight at the airport sitting in the plane waiting for my passengers to show up.

UkePhilly
01-17-2011, 07:07 AM
This is why I love my RISA Uke Stick. I can bring it anywhere (fits in a briefcase) and play it non-amplified if I don't want to bother anyone, or stick in an AMPUPLUGNPLAY to play at normal volume. I'll even plug it into my iPhone/iPad via AmpKit to mess around with some funky effects.

fumanii
01-17-2011, 08:20 AM
I always wish I had mine after I am done paddle boarding. I like to just sit and stare at the ocean and drink my coffee. I just hate to leave my uke in the car while I am out in the water. I guess I will have to just buy an inexpensive uke.

Papa Tom
01-17-2011, 08:22 AM
>>>I guess I will have to just buy an inexpensive uke.<<<<

That is why ALL my ukes are inexpensive ones.

pdxuke
01-17-2011, 09:34 AM
Faculty meetings. Especially at the university level...:cool:

GX9901
01-17-2011, 10:20 AM
A couple of years ago I went to Maui without bringing a ukulele. I suffered from ukulele withdraw (how can you not play the ukulele on the balcony while facing the ocean in Hawaii???) so I bought a Kamaka on the 2nd to last day. The following year when I went to Oahu I made sure I brought a ukulele with me...and I still ended up buying one there!

Gmoney
01-17-2011, 10:27 AM
Everytime I'm on a flight at the airport sitting in the plane waiting for my passengers to show up.

LOVE that one! 'Cause... I'm sometimes in the gate area, noodling quitely on my uke while waiting for the plane to load.

OldePhart
01-17-2011, 12:29 PM
Today - team meeting - 6 hours, at least half of which probably would have been more productive for all concerned if we'd been playing ukes... LOL

Last October - team meeting in Joisey - a week with no uke - ended up going into Manhattan and buying a pocket uke at Sam Ash 'cause it was the only thing that would fit in my carry-on bag on the way back.

John

Gillian
01-17-2011, 01:16 PM
During the 15 minute intermissions between the periods at Sharks hockey games....especially if they are losing....which has been a lot recently....

JoshFromTallGrassUkes
01-17-2011, 01:19 PM
This year I did the Bike The Drive here in Chicago––10 lanes of Lake Shore Drive get closed down for a Sunday morning bike ride. I saw a guy riding with TWO ukuleles on him. I asked why two, and he replied, "you never want to want an instrument.

Amen.

Harold O.
01-18-2011, 04:23 AM
During the 15 minute intermissions between the periods at Sharks hockey games....especially if they are losing....which has been a lot recently....

Hmmmm...maybe you should contact the Sharks marketing squad and see about having a uke night. They could distribute ukes throughout the crowd and have people play during the breaks.

OK, maybe not. You'd never be able to get everyone playing the same thing. You'd never get the JumboTron guy to put up a G and C chord diagram at the appropriate time for a round of Jambalaya. You could never get enough ukes in the house. With fifteen minutes, you could never get a two-chord song out of the crowd, JumboTron or not. You could never get ahold of the marketing team in the first place. Even if you did, you could never get it shown on TV or YouTube. Nope, never.

heh heh, never say never.

You don't have to give one to everyone. Just have the ushers walk around and offer them to as many people who will take one afetr they've been seated. The crowd will already be in on it, not need to surprise anyone. It would be a controlled environment flash uke mob.

Chap
01-18-2011, 04:28 AM
Hmmm....maybe we need to set up an emergency rent-a-uke hotline in various cities. :P

aljanny
01-18-2011, 04:33 AM
Whenever the weather is nice! Sunshine makes me happy, and happiness makes me think ukulele =)
Can't think of a better way to express being alive than strumming my uke in the sunshine (preferably with palm trees and a gentle ocean breeze!)

paper moon
01-18-2011, 05:04 AM
everywhere i didn't have it.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
01-19-2011, 03:42 AM
Here is a song about that: It's Insane to be without a Uke (tune: Those were the Days)

http://www.4shared.com/audio/-UIFXKTk/Its_Insane_to_be_without_a_Uke.html

http://www.4shared.com/document/Q84kkA4G/Its_Insane_to_be_without_a_Uke.html

Keep uke'in', and always take a uke along with you!

PoisonDart
01-19-2011, 04:13 AM
You went somewhere without your uke?

Why did you do that?

Did you forget your pants too?

Sake1one
01-19-2011, 04:34 AM
Everywhere! I try to have a uke quiver big enough so you can pull the right one out for the right occasion.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
01-19-2011, 05:55 AM
Yup, forget bout those single-uke gig bags... uke quiver! Wow, what a concept.

I do have a double-racket tennis racket case that can carry a couple of ukes (incognito)
along with songbooks and even music stands! It does get heavy though. lol : )

Keep uke'in',

Uncle Rod Higuchi
01-19-2011, 06:04 AM
You went somewhere without your uke?

Why did you do that?

Did you forget your pants too?

As you know, many songs derive their inspiration from heartbreak and sorrow, the unfortunate parts of life.

By not leaving home without a uke, well, we wouldn't be on this thread, but more importantly, we wouldn't
be able to feel each other's pain when we find ourselves in this unenviable situation. : )

BTW, I did remember my pants. lol

Keep uke'in',

diego
01-19-2011, 03:09 PM
I always take my Uke with me when I go to Bonaire, I spend more time hanging around airports than actually in flight haha. Anyway, I wished I had my uke and my camera to film myself playing over the rainbow with a rainbow behind me two days ago, and this morning again.

Ukuleleblues
01-19-2011, 03:51 PM
I'll keep a laminate in the car for ocassions like this. When waiting it helps you pass the time, great for learning new songs and you'll meet some of the nicest and sometimes strangest people (whick I like).

This is how I got my first and second Gigs. I was waiting for my wife outside a store on a bench, sitting around playing, a person came up, started the conversation and next thing you know I got a gig.

pulelehua
01-20-2011, 09:50 AM
Here. Now.

richman
01-20-2011, 10:48 AM
Spent 2 weeks in France last summer. I missed my tenor uke from the moment I left home until the moment I returned. Especially would have liked to have had it to play while waiting in line to go up the Eiffel Tower in Paris and while sitting on the beach in St Malo.

ukunuke
01-20-2011, 07:51 PM
Diego: I'm digging your post. What really set me to thinking about this was when I got up in the morning and looking out over the water, there was a full rainbow. And I thought the same thing, "DANG! this is "over the rainbow" weather! I'm back in Washington state now, but will NEVER head to Bonaire without my uke in tow again. Peace - Ukunuke

MiG-19
01-21-2011, 12:53 AM
Okay, this past Wednesday, kind of a stressful day at work. My wife was taking her piano lesson just down the street from my workplace, so I escaped and went to meet her just as she finished, which was a big surprise for her. I offered to take her to lunch and we started to drive, ended up at the sea wall. It was a beautiful Spring-like day here in Okinawa, temperature in the mid 70's, blue sky, and the water was crystal-clear. My beautiful wife was dressed to the nines, and I was wearing a tie, but we got out and walked along the sea-wall, finally sitting down and watching some fishermen as they sat back drinking beer and kind of napping in the sun, not caring if the fish were biting or not. As I sat there with the most beautiful girl in the World in such a pristine setting, looking at a beautiful tropical seascape, I felt like I was truly in Paradise, and I just needed my adz to make it complete. If only I had it with me! Oh, we never did eat, we just enjoyed a beautiful hour sitting and talking.

Gillian
01-21-2011, 07:26 AM
Hmmmm...maybe you should contact the Sharks marketing squad and see about having a uke night. They could distribute ukes throughout the crowd and have people play during the breaks.

OK, maybe not. You'd never be able to get everyone playing the same thing. You'd never get the JumboTron guy to put up a G and C chord diagram at the appropriate time for a round of Jambalaya. You could never get enough ukes in the house. With fifteen minutes, you could never get a two-chord song out of the crowd, JumboTron or not. You could never get ahold of the marketing team in the first place. Even if you did, you could never get it shown on TV or YouTube. Nope, never.

heh heh, never say never.

You don't have to give one to everyone. Just have the ushers walk around and offer them to as many people who will take one afetr they've been seated. The crowd will already be in on it, not need to surprise anyone. It would be a controlled environment flash uke mob.

Actually, I AM going to bring a uke to the games. I'm turning my chipped Makala Dolphin ukulele into a SHARK-u-lele!

I'll post pix when its finished.

Uke Whisperer
01-23-2011, 12:49 AM
Everywhere I go (almost)!

My wife and started-out on a hour drive the other day and I made the statement that I wish I had brought my Uke. Her comment was something like "you silly old man, you can't play the uke and drive". My response was "your right, but you could drive"! After considering what I had just said, my next comment was "on second thought, I'll just wait to we get home"!

Lola
01-23-2011, 03:39 AM
Actually, I AM going to bring a uke to the games. I'm turning my chipped Makala Dolphin ukulele into a SHARK-u-lele!

I'll post pix when its finished.

You absolutely MUST record The Hockey Song when you're done with it! :p My hockey allegiance belongs to Detroit, but this sounds like a fun project.

I don't think I can afford to press my luck getting a uke in to a game, though, since I'm already smuggling 200+ tinfoil hats into Joe Louis for my next trip down there (a giant charity/online meetup.)

Pyrateknight
01-23-2011, 05:35 AM
When I was visiting some friends I had forgot to bring it along and it was irking me the entire time. I would hear songs that I wanted to figure out and I didn't have the uke with me.