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dash213
09-19-2012, 01:50 PM
I find I put off doing other things in favour of playing the ukulele.

Not that this is a bad thing.

Example:

I work shift work, so on my afternoon shifts I don't start work until 2:30pm.

I always plan to score some brownie points with my wife and do the clothes washing, dishes and general housework (dusting, vacuuming etc.), but after I take my daughter to school, I hear a song on the radio in the car and think, "I wonder if I can find the chords to this song".

So as soon as I get home, I google the song, find the chords and try and play the song. Next thing I know it's 1:00pm and I need to get ready for work.

When I get home at night (to a clean and tidy house, thanks to my wife), my wife says to me "What did you do today?" and i sheepishly reply "Played the uke".

Any one else have this "problem"?

Cheers
Darren

KoaDependent
09-19-2012, 01:54 PM
Anyone NOT have this problem?

Lalz
09-19-2012, 01:59 PM
Kind of... Ok, I admit: quite a lot right now, haha. I do have the excuse of being on sick leave at the moment, so I have way too much free time in my hands, and improving my uke skills seems to be a good way to spend it. Usually I manage to restrain my uke obsession to maybe an hour a day.

Newportlocal
09-19-2012, 02:07 PM
Yes........

kvehe
09-19-2012, 02:16 PM
Yes, it does. I also make people in my office listen to me talk incessantly about ukes. We are currently interviewing people for two new positions, and I kidded (sort of) that the successful applicants would be those who could stand to listen to my interminable uke stories.

PhilUSAFRet
09-19-2012, 02:31 PM
Yup! Shopping for them does too...if I practiced as much as I surf the web on ukulele related subjects, I'd be a gol danged virtuoso!

fernandogardinali
09-19-2012, 02:35 PM
Absolutely. I'm lucky my girlfriend is into ukes, so we can talk a lot about it!

Freeda
09-19-2012, 02:36 PM
If it wasn't the uke it would be something else. I am a master procrastinator.

Dougf
09-19-2012, 02:40 PM
My wife asked me yesterday, "How many more of these ukulele seasons contests are there going to be?"

ksiegel
09-19-2012, 02:49 PM
Any one else have this "problem"?

It is only a problem if you let it be a problem.

Like when I don't hear the oven timer go off because I'm playing, and let the pizza burn...

So I solved that by playing in the kitchen when I've got food in the oven. I can smell "done" before I smell "burned", so missing the timer isn't a major problem anymore.


As long as I set the timer on my phone, as well...

Lalz
09-19-2012, 02:53 PM
It is only a problem if you let it be a problem.

Like when I don't hear the oven timer go off because I'm playing, and let the pizza burn...

So I solved that by playing in the kitchen when I've got food in the oven. I can smell "done" before I smell "burned", so missing the timer isn't a major problem anymore.


As long as I set the timer on my phone, as well...

I love you guys! What a great bunch of nutcases we are :)

Hippie Dribble
09-19-2012, 03:32 PM
I have no idea what you're talking about

sillymonky
09-19-2012, 04:05 PM
Yup! Shopping for them does too...if I practiced as much as I surf the web on ukulele related subjects, I'd be a gol danged virtuoso!

I hate to admit how often I have this exact same thought.

wendellfiddler
09-19-2012, 04:13 PM
Yeah, I find I tend to keep up with my practice a bit more when there's something else I'm supposed to be doing. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (a blessing, a curse, I don't know?) and lately I've been reaching for the uke more than others, even though I have stuff I maybe should be practicing on other instruments. It's so darn comfortable! Love it.

doug

consitter
09-19-2012, 04:21 PM
I'm sorry, what was the question? I was playing my uke.

peewee
09-19-2012, 04:36 PM
My wife asked me yesterday, "How many more of these ukulele seasons contests are there going to be?"

That sounds really familiar...

Nickie
09-19-2012, 05:23 PM
You guys are a hoot!
I don't know if I'd say "taken over", but my house is a mess, sometimes bills get paid late, my car is dirty... I told a colleague yesterday that if I ever can't play, I don't wanna be around anymore! And I meant it!
No, it hasn't taken over...

we tigers
09-19-2012, 11:54 PM
I decided to take part in the seasons and let my wife sing the songs. Now she's becoming a part of the ukecraze...
...infection has started.... mwoehahaha!

savagehenry
09-20-2012, 12:09 AM
If you would have told me a few years ago that my future self was going to spend this much time reading about, shopping for, and playing ukuleles, I would have laughed and said no way. I do love it though it is tough to explain to someone else.

barefootgypsy
09-20-2012, 01:00 AM
I hate to admit how often I have this exact same thought.What he said.......

drbekken
09-20-2012, 01:14 AM
At least it's not a hostile takeover.

ukeeku
09-20-2012, 03:28 AM
I have no idea what you're talking about

Exactly. I can quit anytime..... I just don't want to

luluwrites
09-20-2012, 03:45 AM
It did this summer. I'm just now getting some of that life back -- I have writing to do and marketing stuff and workshops to lead but I put it all off this summer because I was completely obsessed. I still play at least an hour a day, but I'm more balanced now. Which is good. Can't buy another uke unless I sell some more books!

vanflynn
09-20-2012, 04:22 AM
When I take a weekend trip without a uke I find myself thinking about what songs I want to play as soon as I get home.

PS. does checking UU at least every hour at work count too?

sillymonky
09-20-2012, 07:06 AM
What he said.......

She said ;)

JerBear
09-20-2012, 07:09 AM
If it wasn't the uke it would be something else. I am a master procrastinator.

This. This x 1000.

I suppose it's a bonus that I at least have something to show for it after.

strumsilly
09-20-2012, 07:18 AM
My name is Strumsilly, and I'm a ukaholic. there , I admitted it. but I don't want to stop uking!

Uncle Rod Higuchi
09-20-2012, 07:55 AM
This is NOT the place to confess you ukaholic-ness.

we're all a bunch of enablers!

keep uke'in'... see what I mean? :)

mds725
09-20-2012, 08:09 AM
Does the ukulele "take over" your life?

Sometimes I wish it would do my laundry and go to my job for me.

Wongo
09-20-2012, 08:13 AM
Week three of paying the ukulele and I'm already waiting for my kohaloa KCM 00. It was cheaper when I was on drugs. I never knew wood could be so addictive

Garydavkra
09-20-2012, 08:20 AM
I have so many hobbies and interests that they all keep me from doing what I should be doing. My reasoning is that the other stuff will get done when it gets done.

strumsilly
09-20-2012, 08:48 AM
Week three of paying the ukulele and I'm already waiting for my kohaloa KCM 00. It was cheaper when I was on drugs. I never knew wood could be so addictive
I have a KCM 10 and it's just about my favorite. youu are going to love it. great choice, and their customer service is 2nd to none. they ROCK.

ukes_in_the_wire
09-20-2012, 12:02 PM
Moving house tomorrow. Should've been packing today. somehow it's gotten to 11pm and there appears to be a couple of new songs in my repertoire yet nothing in boxes.

~dave~~wave~
09-22-2012, 07:04 AM
My wife asked me yesterday, "How many more of these ukulele seasons contests are there going to be?"

That's priceless, Doug.
Did you explain the concept of infinity to her at that point, or take a different tack?

spookefoote
09-22-2012, 08:01 AM
Yes.............

jbpoolsfla
09-22-2012, 10:12 AM
i am playing my uku as i type

OldePhart
09-22-2012, 12:40 PM
What is this "life" of which you speak?

NewKid
09-22-2012, 03:12 PM
Does anyone else have ukuleles their families don't know about yet? Not that I do of course.

OldePhart
09-22-2012, 03:20 PM
Does anyone else have ukuleles their families don't know about yet? Not that I do of course.

The key is to have enough ukuleles around that they don't notice new arrivals...

barefootgypsy
09-23-2012, 03:17 AM
The key is to have enough ukuleles around that they don't notice new arrivals...I love that one! Working on it...!

26tiki
09-23-2012, 04:20 AM
Awesome.. I thought I was the only one. I'm obsessed. People keep asking me what my plans are & the answer is always to just play my uke! I either ignore chores completely or rush thru them so I can play, can't even visit the neighbour for a cuppa without taking it with me (she understands tho & nods politely to my nonstop uke chatter). I've even given up Facebook - who has time for that when there's uke'n to be done?!

UkuleleHan96
09-23-2012, 06:01 AM
the ukulele has taken over my life and all my spare time lol :P

Plainsong
09-23-2012, 01:42 PM
I gotta say it's yes and no. I don't have the mad skills with tab reading, so I don't learn tons of new songs to play all the time, and so I'm not madly playing all day every day, and in fact until yesterday it had been a couple of weeks since I picked up a uke at all.

BUT, thanks to the uke, I'm either recording, or working on a song in one form or another, and that's nearly all day every day. The songs often have at least two uke tracks, and if not for playing uke, I wouldn't have this sudden time-vortex hobby of producing, so in a way... yeah it has taken over my life. The frustrating thing is that it'll be a year or so before anyone hears it.