Bummer. Well, at least you know MGM is working his voodoo magic to make sure it's a great player when you get it. So you mentioned taking lessons. Are you taking ukulele lessons? Where are these lessons at?
Oh, and since you asked...I've been playing since Memorial day (about 7 months). I used to play guitar...just was never good at it. Because I'm an engineer...I got into all the technical stuff like setup and intonation and adjusting the action. I even converted my acoustic guitar into an acoustic-electric (installed a preamp and undersaddle pickup). It turned out pretty nice...then I sold it.