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1937Scott
05-16-2012, 07:06 PM
I do! I am blessed! In-between flights, I get to sit and play...here's a pic.

Post a pic if you get to take your Uke to Work with you!

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beginnerukeman143
05-16-2012, 07:24 PM
haha that's awesome... Sadly I am not old enough to have a job yet... but I hope wherever i work they let me play! :music:

Mandalyn
05-16-2012, 07:34 PM
I work at a daycare and I usually bring my ukulele in on Friday. I have pics of the kids with my uke but I wont post them online. I guess on Friday I will have to take a pic of my Ohana in the classroom minus children. :)
I also used to work at a gas station and I would bring in my ukulele to play once a week (after I clocked out though) We would call it Ukulele Friday or Ukulele whatever day of the week I was playing. Sadly I do not have any pics of this.

weerpool
05-16-2012, 07:36 PM
that is awesome Scott! didnt know you got wings. what type of plane ( private or service) do you fly? are you based in Stead?

1937Scott
05-16-2012, 08:01 PM
Based at RNO, a Citation Jet XLS for a private company that flies the western U.S. for business. Sometimes I sit in an airport all day......playing ukulele!! Here's a pic of the outside:

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grandpoobah
05-16-2012, 08:15 PM
I keep a plastic uke at the office. I work in tech and I have a lot of time to kill waiting for progress bars and reboots. The crazy airconditioning in my building and server room leaves the humidity at like 10%. That's why I rock the plastic.

1937Scott
05-16-2012, 08:21 PM
You should take a pic with all of the servers and cool stuff....

And the plastic uke!

itsme
05-16-2012, 08:35 PM
I am looking forward to the time I'm gainfully employed and can spend my lunch hour at my leisure, like walking to a nearby park and eating my sandwich from home and being able to relax and practice for a while.

In all too many jobs, if you eat at your desk, someone will come along and interrupt you and expect you to do something for them immediately, even when they can plainly see you're eating.

whit
05-16-2012, 08:46 PM
I keep a uke by my desk. We have a few guitars and a mandolin in the office and have been known to break for jam sessions.

weerpool
05-16-2012, 08:51 PM
youre a lucky man my friend. musical instruments is yet to be allowed in med-surg unit at Saint Mary's Hospital where i work.
Based at RNO, a Citation Jet XLS for a private company that flies the western U.S. for business. Sometimes I sit in an airport all day......playing ukulele!! Here's a pic of the outside:

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watrr
05-16-2012, 08:54 PM
Currently workin' as a lead tour guide at a kayak and bike spot in san diego, boss doesn't dig it so much but I bring the ukes anyways!

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UncleElvis
05-16-2012, 09:07 PM
I'm lucky in that the ukulele IS my job! Less lucky that I lost my job in December, true! Lol, but it's slowly working out. Three gigs a week so far! Dream come true.

Mandarb
05-17-2012, 03:49 AM
In all too many jobs, if you eat at your desk, someone will come along and interrupt you and expect you to do something for them immediately, even when they can plainly see you're eating.

Yup - happens all the time.

To the OP - no uke at work.

Zaki
05-17-2012, 04:50 AM
That's a nice idea :) I'll take my ukulele to the lab (I'm a PhD student) on weekends :)

Yes, I usually go to the lab on weekends :( but I can listen to the music that I want and sing with all my lungs :)!

luluwrites
05-17-2012, 04:53 AM
I work at home -- but I'm leaving in an hour to go teach at a four day conference and am debating whether or not my ukulele should accompany me.

uke4ia
05-17-2012, 05:05 AM
There's a couple of picnic tables on the grass outside my office. I used to bring a uke sometimes on warm days and play outside at lunchtime. But then a co-worker started practicing his bagpipe outside at lunch, and I couldn't even hear myself play over him. But I can understand why his wife would rather that he do his practicing at the office. :)

csibona
05-17-2012, 05:07 AM
I work from home so an ukulele is almost always near by.

Freeda
05-17-2012, 05:08 AM
Yup, I run a company that provides in home supports for developmentally disabled/mentally ill adults. I typically have one in the car and one in my office. I also take one to the psychiatric hospital for my twice monthly visits, they love it.

janeray1940
05-17-2012, 05:40 AM
Yes, and no.

Yes: I work from home some days, and allow myself occasional uke breaks. While technically I could bring my uke to the office (a couple of folks bring their guitars) I haven't done this in a while; I'm practically the oldest person there and when I used to bring it, everyone who noticed it would ask me if I could play "Hey Soul Sister." Um... no. I got tired of disappointing the young folks.

No: a couple years back, I was the only employed person among my uke friends and they would come meet me for a bit of lunch-hour ukeing on occasion. We got banned (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?38406-no-ukeing-at-work) from the courtyard of the neighboring office building, which was the nicest nearby option for meeting up.

kirbo
05-17-2012, 06:00 AM
Yep. I bring my uke to my morning kindergarten ESL class. In the afternoons, I recently started a uke class for my elementary school students even though I am a beginner myself. Some of them are crazy fast learners and I have to practice a lot just to stay ahead of them.

mattydee
05-17-2012, 06:35 AM
Yep. As an actor, sometimes I even find a way to get the uke into the show I'm doing, so I have to play at work ;)

But even if the show itself doesn't allow for a uke, I'll often bring one to play on breaks.

uke42
05-17-2012, 08:44 AM
I take one of my ukes to work everyday and it's rare when I don't. I usually practice during lunch or in my cube when I need a break. I feel sort of naked without it like when I forget to put my watch on. I should probably leave one of them here at work but I'm afraid someone might steal it. Would you leave one of your kids at work alone by themselves?

kameeley
05-17-2012, 09:30 AM
I work in a lab but I didn't want to go all the way up to the lab to take the pic. Uke keeps me sane at work!

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pootsie
05-17-2012, 09:36 AM
Polymers at interfaces? Is that a book about gluing the joints on your ukulele?
a little light reading ...

flyingv8
05-17-2012, 09:48 AM
Sadly I can't bring my uke into the engineering dept. But I do bring it on tuesdays when I have lunch with my parents. They love it and they love to sing along. When I have it with me in my truck I play as I am waiting for lights to change. We have tons of street lights here in Erie, Pa. and I don't mind when they are red when I have my uke with me!

kameeley
05-17-2012, 09:54 AM
Now you know why I need to uke at work!

Polymers at interfaces? Is that a book about gluing the joints on your ukulele?
a little light reading ...

thesillydave
05-17-2012, 10:46 AM
i keep 2 ukes here at my restaurant, my ohana pineapple and a no name tenor, if/when it's slow i practice, or today, i'm smoking ribs, chickens, and brats, so i tend the smoker and strum away the day!

uke4ia
05-17-2012, 11:32 AM
I went today for a retirement luncheon of a guy in our Boston headquarters office. Three people said to me, "You didn't bring a ukulele?" Hmm...

gyosh
05-17-2012, 12:10 PM
I'm a teacher and even though I have a few ukes hanging around my classroom, I seldom have time to play. :(

Capt Roy
05-17-2012, 01:55 PM
I'm retired so I have mine with me everyday..

guitarsnrotts
05-17-2012, 02:50 PM
I get to take mine to work, but I work in a music store so that may not count.

OldePhart
05-17-2012, 02:55 PM
I work from home since I went to work for our business systems unit out of Teterboro & LaGuardia - so, yeah, I get to play ukulele at work. :)

Even when I needed to go into my old office two or three days a week for a big project we were working with them I bought an eleuke so I could close my door and take a short mental-health break a couple of times a day.

Actually increases my productivity quite a bit. Some people step outside for a cigarette, I close my door for a strum. :)

John

stevepetergal
05-17-2012, 04:49 PM
I've got a pic here somewhere playing the uke on the bumper of the Fire Truck. I'll post it when I locate it.

joekulele
05-17-2012, 05:56 PM
I teach elementary school and I play my ukes for the kids every day. We sing all our learning songs, and whatever songs go with our language arts unit. Right now our unit is "By the Sea" so I've taught my kids "Under the Sea" from Little Mermaid, Octopus' Garden by Ringo and Baby Beluga by Raffi. I am a lucky guy to be able to play every single day and get paid for it too!
Peace through ukulele,
-joe

Nickie
05-17-2012, 06:14 PM
Yup, take it to work every day. I just played for my patient and his family, they loved it and were singing along. Last night my (different patient) patient's wife laid a $5 bill on my uke because I didn't play, LOL!
Sometimes if I play it gently, I can get a restless patient to sleep. My bosses love it. Don't know what I'd do without my uke. If I couldn't play at work, I have to find a different job!

Rick Turner
05-17-2012, 06:22 PM
My uke(s) is(are) my work(s). I'm never more than about 30 feet from a uke...or a dozen or more under construction.

Rick Turner
05-17-2012, 06:28 PM
i keep 2 ukes here at my restaurant, my ohana pineapple and a no name tenor, if/when it's slow i practice, or today, i'm smoking ribs, chickens, and brats, so i tend the smoker and strum away the day!

Smoking brats? Just put them in detention... Or do you like brat jerky? You cannibal!

thesillydave
05-17-2012, 07:25 PM
sorry...bratwursts! i use the bad kids for fuel!

Maiyah888
05-17-2012, 07:44 PM
I teach beginning ukulele 2-3 times per week.

Lately have been so busy with other teaching (qi gong, yoga, Pilates) that I rarely play outside of class/prepping for class.

Vladim
05-18-2012, 01:45 AM
What a great idea to bring the uke to work!
I'm a tech support engineer in a medium company. My job doesn't allow me playing while working but I can easily use
lunch time for strumming. I have three ukes and play soprano rarely if ever. It just hangs on the wall and collects dust.
Why don't bring my Kala KA-S to work? Our factory is placed in the outskirts of the town in an industrial zone. During lunch-break
I leave the building and have lunch outdoor on the grass. I have 30 minutes in my disposal and they can be utilized for playing.
The uke can be left in a dress-room and picked up on the way to lunch. Decided! Next week my little soprano goes with me to work.)))

stevepetergal
05-21-2012, 06:40 AM
Yes!

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lambchop
05-21-2012, 07:18 AM
I take it everyday - don't always get a chance to play, but it is with me. Mike

haole
05-21-2012, 07:34 AM
Nope. I actually have to work. :(

The Big Kahuna
05-21-2012, 07:43 AM
I work from home 90% of the time, so I'm looking forward to getting plenty of practice. And even when I'm "out" at work, I can take one of mine with me. One of the advantages of a huge MPV with black windows. Park, climb in back, put feet up, shred.

Tazthedog
05-21-2012, 10:02 AM
I'm thinking of starting a lunchtime uke session at work for beginners - anyone else tried it?

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