Sunday, June 01, 2008

Meet Duke.

Hi, all.

I went home last long weekend. It was meant to drive away my blues, and it did, for the most part, but it also made me more homesick.

I've been back at work for two weeks now, which means there are another two weeks left to conquor.

Then, I'm off on another adventure.

I may have mislead people with my post about Dublin. I didn't mean to write that I'll be in Ireland for a month, but I'll be in Europe for a month. 28 days. Whatever. I'll be in Dublin for 5 days. (I'll spare those who have been to Ireland the trouble of commenting: woefully too short, I know.)

Here's the plan:
June 15th: leave Toronto
June 16th (am): arrive London
June 16th (pm): arrive Dublin
June 20th: return to London
June 22nd: arrive Verona, stay on Lake Garda for 3-4 days (so close to Clooney!)
June 29th: arrive back in UK after driving from Italy along the Rhine through Germany
July 10th: arrive back Toronto.

Yes, there's a gap there. What do I do/were do I go for those 11/12 days before I go home. It's not settled yet. I want to catch a cheap flight to somewhere I've never been, but I also have a sneaking suspicion that I'm going to want to return to the Emerald Isle after getting a taste.

Now for something completely different:

I got a ukulele, and I love it. It's a pretty cheap one, so it goes out of tune as fast as you can say Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole, but it's such a plinky-plonky bit of summer fun, I really like it.

Its name is Duke. It's cartoonishly small. Actually, it's so small, sometimes it's hard to hold. I need to get a strap so I can take my act on the road.

The chords are not too hard to learn. In fact, because there are only 4 strings, barring is much easier. The strings are vinyl, too, so they're more comfortable than a guitar's. I'm still getting some familiar callouses on my left hand that I haven't had since I stopped playing bass.

I've also found a ukulele hero. Her name is Jules Nunes, and by god, this chick's got talent. She can jam on the uke, and damn, she's got some video editing skills. This is my favourite one (but also check out her "Her Majesty" and her "God Only Knows").

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