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Dougf
08-02-2011, 07:38 AM
My wife took my Makala tenor down to the post office to ship it to the contest winner (congrats snarf!), and the guy behind the counter had never heard of an ukulele before. Man, I figured that tribes people in Papua New Guinea probably know about ukes, so how could anybody in modern society still be so clueless? I guess the uke revolution still has a ways to go. :)

RichM
08-02-2011, 08:14 AM
I've shipped a lot of mandolins in my time, and the conversation at UPS/FedEx usually goes like this:

"And what does the package contain?"

"It's a mandolin in a hardshell case."

"A what?"

"A mandolin. It's a musical instrument."

"Like a guitar?"

"Yes. But smaller."

OldePhart
08-02-2011, 02:16 PM
Guy must have been at that "in between age" - too young to know of Tiny Tim (gag) and too old to have heard "Soul Sister" (also gag). LOL

John

ksiegel
08-02-2011, 07:53 PM
When I shipped my Firefly to the in-laws house, the guy at the UPS store type "Youkoolaylee" in the package contents field. He has no idea what a ukulele is.

-Kurt

dhoenisch
08-03-2011, 03:30 AM
That's some funny stuff. I get that a lot with my banjo. Folks look at the weird looking case and ask me what's inside of it. I tell them it's a banjo, and they usually come back with, what's a banjo? Then I ask them if they ever saw "Deliverance" and it clears things up, with the addition of a funny look.

Dan

joeybug
08-03-2011, 04:26 AM
When I shipped my Firefly to the in-laws house, the guy at the UPS store type "Youkoolaylee" in the package contents field. He has no idea what a ukulele is.

-Kurt

:rofl: :rofl: If I got a package that said that, it wouldn't click straight away. I do remember when I got Kupuna and the Royal Mail guy asked what an "Yookulaylee" was and I explained it was a musical instrument, like "a guitar but much smaller" he sort of smiled and nodded to appease the strange girl!

Joey :music:

marymac
08-03-2011, 06:54 AM
"And what does the package contain?"

"It's a mandolin in a hardshell case."

"A what?"

"A mandolin. It's a musical instrument."

"Like a guitar?"

"Yes. But smaller."

This is the EXACT conversation I had at the post office a couple months ago. I don't think it says so much about ukuleles and mandolins as it does about the limited exposure people have to making music themselves.

Noobulele
08-03-2011, 07:13 AM
That is your cue to bust out your Uke and get him acquainted.

patico
08-03-2011, 09:10 AM
This is the EXACT conversation I had at the post office a couple months ago. I don't think it says so much about ukuleles and mandolins as it does about the limited exposure people have to making music themselves.

yes, we need to spread our unspoken word, our music

Jnobianchi
08-03-2011, 11:47 AM
I was on jury duty and they had to xray my banjo uke to get into the NY Country criminal court building.

I did not expect the security guard to say, "That looks like a cross between a banjo and ukulele. Is it?"

"well, yes, it is"

"I thought so. Please play something so I can hear what that sounds like."

And so I did. Very odd to be playing around the handcuffed guys...

SailingUke
08-03-2011, 12:07 PM
I was on jury duty and they had to xray my banjo uke to get into the NY Country criminal court building. ...

And they still let you in ? :) :)

OldePhart
08-03-2011, 01:21 PM
And they still let you in ? :) :)

I guess they did - but didn't you notice he said that they put him in with the prisoners (handcuffed guys). :)

John

ksiegel
08-03-2011, 05:14 PM
My last trip through airport security, the TSA said that they had to check the instrument for any residue. I said that was fine, but I'd like to know what chemical they were going to use, before it came in contact with the strings. The agent said that the policy was to not touch the strings, but everything else was fair game.

And I watched him swab the top, body, neck, bridge, head, tuners, volume knob, and jack on the Fluke, as well as 3 spots onside the case. They asllo took out my little shaker - basically xtra small bbs in a plastic case, with an elastic strap. He looked at it quizically, but when he moved it, and it made the appropriate noise, he shook it in rhythm, smiled, and put it back.

I offered to play it for him, adding that I hoped it wasn't a federal offense, and he said it wasn't, and wouldn't be necessary.

(g)

The prior trip, the TSA in San Jose asked me to play it.

-Kurt

Gillian
08-03-2011, 06:26 PM
I had a similar experience the last time I was leaving Honolulu. The inspectors at the agriculture scanner asked me to play something for them. I obliged with "Do You Know the Way to San Jose". I think they were glad when I finished, but as I was leaving they were singing, "Wo,wo wo, wo,wo wo,....." Another good memory of my trips to beautiful Hawaii.

OldePhart
08-04-2011, 12:55 PM
I offered to play it for him, adding that I hoped it wasn't a federal offense, and he said it wasn't, and wouldn't be necessary.



Ahhhh, see, that's the main difference between us - in my case playing would be a federal offense... LOL

Kalimac
08-04-2011, 01:25 PM
A week ago I was on the local Army post and the post exchange ad had a ukulele "kit" that came with a uke and instruction book and DVD. I asked where I could find it in the store and the two guys trying to help me had no idea what I was talking about. I had to explain to them that it was a musical instrument, and they still didn't know what it was.
I guess that's what I get for looking for an instrument outside of a music store.

ksiegel
08-04-2011, 02:00 PM
Ahhhh, see, that's the main difference between us - in my case playing would be a federal offense... LOL

Well, he hadn't heard me play when he said that. I don't know if the Patriot Act addresses me with a ukulele.

It wouldn't surprise me, though.



..-Kurt