Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome

toubisard

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Help me someone please I've caught U.A.S. identified all over the planet as an unreasonable urge to by any old Ukulele. It started with a T.V. advert (the background music was played on a Ukulele) the advert was for a washing up soap called small and mighty. My god I'm messed up! Help me! Any way I bought a Ukulele bright yellow with black strings. I couldn't stop my self. I showed it to the guys at the music club and they all laughed at me and said never. A month later I played lead opener and they all slavishly backed me. Then I bought another Uke and gave it to a friend then a bigger one then another came my way. My wife tried to stop me but, what the hell she goes grocery shopping. I even hung a ukulele from a tree at the bottom of the garden. I've got one in my car in my shed, at work. I have pulled one to bits and I have rebuilt two and I have just bought three more to fiendishly experiment with, one gets narrowed, one electrically amplified and the last one gets a bigger sound hole. Please tell me that I'm O.K.
I've got a unnatural desire to become a ukulele manufacturer with a huge machine for creating Ukuleles. HELP....
 

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Sorry. We can't help you here. We can enable you, but we can't help.
 

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There is no cure, but talking helps. You are among friends.

My name is John Colter, and I am a uke-aholic.
 

toubisard

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I'm so greatful

I'm really messed up but so so glad you're out there for me.
What do I do next?
 

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I'm really messed up but so so glad you're out there for me.
What do I do next?

Buy another ukulele...it helps to ease the pain.:rolleyes: Especially if its unusual (or at least one you don't already have).:D
 

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I would think 99% of the people on UU has U.A.S. :smileybounce: Join the club.
 

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In this economy, it's not worth spending money on researching a cure for UAS. It's a lot cheaper to buy ukes and feed the addiction.

Plus, the more UAS sufferers, the better. This way, your significant other won't think you're an isolated case; you can tell him/her you're just one of many nutjobs on UU who can't stop.

Good strategies include getting defensive or indignant when someone questions your obsession. "How dare you trivialize my condition! Thousands of people go through the same symptoms and believe it or not, it HURTS inside!" Play the guilt card. Also, try to spread the UAS to people close to you, so they won't look at you funny or make your credit card mysteriously disappear.
 

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It might be contagious!

I say, passion is good. I think UAS can be contagious. If you have someone who is susceptible nearby (guitar players, banjo, etc) infect them and you won't look as weird. After all, if you substituted ukulele with the word "car" would your activities seem more normal?

If you go with your passion, you will hopefully find a way to make it pay for itself. Necessity is the mother of invention after all. Maybe you will create the next great thing in uke manufacturing!

–Lori
 

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Ukulele Apologists! There are valid reasons to have closet full of ukes. Different tunings, sizes, sounds... I don't hear golfers accepting some sort of illness just because they take 14 different clubs on the course. Its not an illness, its a... necessity.
 

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I can certainly understand UAS, ukuleles are just as much fun to shop for as they are to play! :music:
 

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If I had wall to wall Ukulele's I would still want more - is that UAS or greed?:eek:
 

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One very effective tool to help combat this disease is to....





















STAY OFF OF EBAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ebay is the devil!!!!!!!!
 

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haha I know what you mean. I've had this overwhelming urge lately to build my own uke, and I often find myself having to tear myself away from playing in order to do other things.
 

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You're all so kind..sob...

You're all so kind ...sob... I thought I was alone...sob... I know I can be a better person.. What do I do about the Ukulele I left hanging on the tree?

THOUGHT

Extreme ukulele playing as a sport. Tell me it will be O.K. dear friends.
 

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Extreme uke, eh? A friend of mine climbed the three tallest peaks in Great Britain in twenty-four hours, and played his uke at the top of them all.

But he's not planning to do it again anytime soon.

John C.

ps. I just ordered another uke - please stop me before I do it again!
 

toubisard

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Ukulele cold turkey.

Why don't we start to post pictures of Ukuleles in extreme sport or extreme places. We can monitor U.A.S. at the same time. It will serve as a diversion and help U.A.S. sufferers to focus on the ukulele in hand rather than be tormented by the search for that slightly better instrument.
I'm with you Ukanator don't be tempted by that demon ukulele. Focus...focus...focus...remember angels play ukuleles in heaven and they only get one each. (the harp thing is a myth)