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Chap
03-21-2012, 08:06 AM
I was at a local grocery store, and happened to be wearing my UU shirt.

The checker noticed it, and the conversation went like this...

Checker- "That's a great shirt!".

Chap- "Thanks! The ukulele is my latest obsession".

Checker- "You know, there are people who play *real* music on those things. ".

She was so earnest and amazed at the same time, it amused me.

fitncrafty
03-21-2012, 08:07 AM
Makes grocery shopping more fun doesn't it?

PoiDog
03-21-2012, 08:33 AM
Chap- "Thanks! The ukulele is my latest obsession".

Checker- "You know, there are people who play *real* music on those things. ".



I don't believe it. After all, aren't 'ukuleles just toys?

ksiegel
03-21-2012, 09:13 AM
What, people play *real* music on t-shirts?

Getoutatown!


Although I was given a tie once that has a keyboard built in.. Shame it only does one octave, and one note at a time...



-Kurt

Plainsong
03-21-2012, 09:19 AM
Yeah we got notes and chords and everything! It's amazing!

Nah, she was on our side, it's ok, it's just an instrument that somehow became the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments, gettin' no respect. :)

1931jim
03-21-2012, 10:01 AM
What, people play *real* music on t-shirts?

Getoutatown!


Although I was given a tie once that has a keyboard built in.. Shame it only does one octave, and one note at a time...



-Kurt
Tie notes.......HaHa!!.....one note at a time. Gosh just look at the TIME. Gotta have a wee nap now.

OldePhart
03-21-2012, 11:19 AM
Yeah we got notes and chords and everything! It's amazing!

Nah, she was on our side, it's ok, it's just an instrument that somehow became the Rodney Dangerfield of instruments, gettin' no respect. :)

I blame Tiny Tim... :)

OldePhart
03-21-2012, 11:23 AM
I had an interesting experience at the grocery store yesterday, too. Only, mine had nothing to do with ukes.

The cashier was making small talk as he rang up my purchases and he asked if I'd found any cheap gas lately.

"Only when I eat beans," was my instantaneous response.

After a moment of stunned, "did he really say that to strangers" everybody around about fell on the floor laughing. I thought we were going to have to send for an ambulance for the little old lady that checked out just ahead of me.

I think that was when I realized that I may have reached that age when it's just not safe to let me out in public without supervision... :)

John

Plainsong
03-21-2012, 12:48 PM
I forget that there's such a thing as small talk at the register. They don't do that here, but if they do, humor of any kind is much appreciated.... so that would be me. But what's the big deal it happens to everyone! :)


I had an interesting experience at the grocery store yesterday, too. Only, mine had nothing to do with ukes.

The cashier was making small talk as he rang up my purchases and he asked if I'd found any cheap gas lately.

"Only when I eat beans," was my instantaneous response.

After a moment of stunned, "did he really say that to strangers" everybody around about fell on the floor laughing. I thought we were going to have to send for an ambulance for the little old lady that checked out just ahead of me.

I think that was when I realized that I may have reached that age when it's just not safe to let me out in public without supervision... :)

John

mm stan
03-21-2012, 01:03 PM
Was the checker checking you out...ha ha but love the ukulele shirt opening line...

veejayblox
03-21-2012, 01:47 PM
i guess she wasn't the romantic type. :confused:

larrypresson
03-21-2012, 02:11 PM
I guess Tiny Tim was a good musician but he set the ukulele back 30 years

kapahulu50
03-21-2012, 09:44 PM
"Only when I eat beans," was my instantaneous

I think that was when I realized that I may have reached that age when it's just not safe to let me out in public without supervision... :)

John

oldephart telling fart jokes. Hilarious!

Gwynedd
03-21-2012, 11:40 PM
You know, I don't disagree with the cashier. I didn't myself take uke so seriously (and I learned to play in the 60's)--until I saw Jake S. (right now, you have to make that angelic Ahhh Ahhh tune in your head --as in "hearing the music.") Yeah, everyone loves him and Aldrine (ahh ahh) but seriously, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is about as serious as the uke gets. Astonishing.

stevepetergal
03-22-2012, 01:02 AM
I'm gonna stop using the self-checkout lane.

Skottoman
03-22-2012, 04:49 AM
I get more comments when I wear my UU t-shirt/hoodies than any other things I wear.

There's just something about clothes with the word UKULELE on them that make people start up a conversation.
It's true I tell ya!
Cheers,
Skottoman

Sporin
03-22-2012, 05:42 AM
I guess Tiny Tim was a good musician but he set the ukulele back 30 years

It really is true. Sadly, the ukulele is seen as an instrument of comedy by most Americans. That is starting to change though, and it only takes a song or 2 to show people the light.

I had a similar experience at an open mic last week. People expected Tiny Tim, I gave them Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan. Got a TON of respect for the old guy guitar players there for it.

I dont' think people are genuinely prejudiced against the instrument, they just honestly don't know any better. Once you show them, they love it.

MisterRios
03-22-2012, 07:05 AM
What, people play *real* music on t-shirts?

Getoutatown!

-Kurt

Check it out: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?53884-Ukulele-wear&p=774808#post774808

Nickie
03-22-2012, 04:56 PM
I had an interesting experience at the grocery store yesterday, too. Only, mine had nothing to do with ukes.

The cashier was making small talk as he rang up my purchases and he asked if I'd found any cheap gas lately.

"Only when I eat beans," was my instantaneous response.

After a moment of stunned, "did he really say that to strangers" everybody around about fell on the floor laughing. I thought we were going to have to send for an ambulance for the little old lady that checked out just ahead of me.

I think that was when I realized that I may have reached that age when it's just not safe to let me out in public without supervision... :)

John

OMG, John that was funny!
(Remember, never trust a fart)