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Monday, January 19, 2009

Pop goes the Uke

My funky fresh gal pal Jacqui, with whom I happen to work, has talked me into documenting our attempts to become competent, failing perhaps complete virtuosic mastery, with god's instrument - the ukulele. Several months ago, I'd talked her into talking and smiling her way into inexpesive baritone ukulele ownership, based on a promise that I teach her everything I know about playing it. Things were going swimmingly until a few days ago, when her beloved uke "snap popped into dust." She let me know that she had finally found the limits of how cold a ukulele can get before it gives up. The neck blew off, the tension of the strings pitched it forward like a dinghy in an angry sea. Hearts were broken. Lower lips were gnawed. Fingers were crossed and recrossed.
Luckily, though, Jacqui and I work in a string instrument repair shop, so we are in with all the right people for a situation like this.
She figured that while she was regluing the neck, she might as well make some other adjustments as well. A bridge plate was added, the bridge was adjusted, the neck and fretboard reglued, and in a matter of hours, a bariuke was reborn.
Some photos of this magnificent operation are en route. I'll post them soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Post the first.

Alright, so to anyone out there who happens to be traveling through the series of tubes and happens upon this humble blog - a mission statement might be in order.
Originally I'd intended for this to be an outlet for my musings on pop culture. A rant here, a suggestion there, and puns aplenty. The goal was to eventually showcase my dazzling, lyrical droning to the right people and then thoughtfully sell out to advertisers.
I now realize the folly of my ways.
So this post is an attempt to set the bar a little lower. I have no real goals or expectations for this experiment, so maybe it's more appropriate to say that the bar has been altogether removed from the equation. As Hemmingway said, the first draft of anything is shit. I invite you to eat shit with me, and let me know how it tastes.