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    Noodling to backing tracks or YouTube videos to help with my improv skills. Also playing the same tune in many different keys or up the neck.

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    Good question. I am very much driven by playing with and for other people. Everything I do or was going to do has been cancelled. I find it hard to motivate myself to play for the entertainment of my walls and right now the weather has not been good for sitting on my front stoop and playing for people walking by on the sidewalk. But I've been playing it every day a little, if just to give my hands something to do. Like twiddling my thumbs, except twiddling my strings. I'm playing guitar a little. My wife and I are also tap dancers, so we've been working on a routine that our adult tap class is going to do for recital in June. That hasn't been cancelled yet. On the positive side, I write novels, the G&B Detective Agency series of anyone is interested, and I have been getting a lot of writing done.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    As I look around the house, it should be cleaning, however I run an assisted living and I'm on conference calls and writing policies dealing with COVID19 madness all the time. CDC had good info out for hospitals and skilled nursing out quick, but for assisted living they've been slow and just catching up.
    If you've bought a ton of masks, drop a couple of boxes at your local care home if they need them. In my area (CA) we're all screaming for masks and gowns.
    Luckily no one in my place is sick yet. I don't want to think about a house full of 90 year olds catching this.
    Everyone stay safe. Now, go wash your hands.

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    As I look around the house, it should be cleaning, however I run an assisted living and I'm on conference calls and writing policies dealing with COVID19 madness all the time. CDC had good info out for hospitals and skilled nursing out quick, but for assisted living they've been slow and just catching up.
    If you've bought a ton of masks, drop a couple of boxes at your local care home if they need them. In my area (CA) we're all screaming for masks and gowns.
    Luckily no one in my place is sick yet. I don't want to think about a house full of 90 year olds catching this.
    Everyone stay safe. Now, go wash your hands.

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    Regarding ukulele: working on Artist Works lessons and building YouTube lessons for my mom to learn ukulele, too.

    Guitar: I strung up my ES-125 with flats and need to transcribe the lessons from a couple jazz DVDs.

    Life in general: unfortunately talking my wife down from panic attacks and trying to distract her with TV shows and video games. Animal Crossing came out today and I'm hoping it'll do a lot to calm her down.

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    The last couple of days, I've been chatting (online!) with luthiers about a custom-built ukulele. I've been wanting one for a while, but now seems to be the right time to throw some business to an independent builder. I've got time on my hands, a decent tax refund, and nowhere to go, so the stars are all in alignment.
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    I'm playing my new Aklot all bamboo tenor cutaway uke with new D'Addario black strings because I'm really liking it. Also playing my new mini bass that I had converted from a short scale guitar, locking in the bass arrangement I did for the Sinatra/Basie version of "Fly Me to the Moon" doing straight ahead walking style, it's more intricate than I realized.

    (I'm also making my own chicken sausages, faro and black beans, avocado and green salsa, and many other items low sodium because in the last couple of years my blood pressure has gone up due to gaining too much weight, which I'm in the process of loosing.)






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    Well, I hear that we're going to have a shelter in place starting tomorrow, so there goes my 2nd job as well, for now.

    I'm reading through the ideas that you all have, and am sure that I can keep busy.
    Some of you have mentioned cleaning, which is something I should be doing, and who knows, maybe I'll get bored enough to do that, too. :-)

    Had to have the plumber come out again today, (got a new sump pump last week, have a battery back up sump pump, but still had water in the basement this morning....) Old habits are hard to break. His hands were full, so I went to go open the door for him. He stopped me, reminding me that I'd be closer than 6 feet if I did that. He was right, but instinct was to go open the door for him.

    Getting used to what will be the new normal for at least the short term is difficult.

    Glad that I have ukulele to help out. :-)

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    I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. All childcare now closed and we're in self isolation as the 1 year old has a high temperature and a cough. How am I keeping busy? By trying to work from home as well as provide full time childcare! I'm also keeping fit as their favourite activity is to be zoomed around the garden in the wheelbarrow.

    We start every morning with a singalong, so I'm getting my uke time in too which is nice. Am even mastering playing the uke whilst carrying the 1 year old around. Skills I never thought I'd learn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Jim View Post
    I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. All childcare now closed and we're in self isolation as the 1 year old has a high temperature and a cough. How am I keeping busy? By trying to work from home as well as provide full time childcare! I'm also keeping fit as their favourite activity is to be zoomed around the garden in the wheelbarrow.

    We start every morning with a singalong, so I'm getting my uke time in too which is nice. Am even mastering playing the uke whilst carrying the 1 year old around. Skills I never thought I'd learn...
    Hope that all will be well with the sick 1 year old. You've got your hands full, for sure.

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