I have determined that I have room in my luggage for two ukuleles. As of this morning, I own five. Of all my personal possessions I need to get rid of in the next 6 weeks, my ukuleles are my most personal, and none of these five are more personal that my only uke with a name, my very first uke, Wanguruwe.
I bought him from the proceeds of my piggy bank back in March of 2007. He's been signed by a couple famous names in the ukulele world. He's been in dozens of my YouTube videos, and his name 'Wanguruwe' will forever be google-linked with me and my first uke.
I did not have room for him in my luggage. He wasn't flat and square enough to fit into the two small boxes of stuff I'm leaving behind when I move overseas.
So, a week ago, I put out a notice at UkuleleUnderground.com asking for some local person to please adopt Wanguruwe. He deserves a better second-half of his ukulele life than to be donated to the Goodwill.
Susan, a lady whose involved with the art education scene in Tacoma responded to my ad. She met me here in Seattle today and took custody of Wanguruwe. I think, like me, he instantly recognized that this was a kindred spirit who would take good care of him.
Wanguruwe will become part of a children's education program sponsored by the Asian Art Institute in Tacoma. If the kids in the program fulfill their practice requirements, they can earn a free uke. Wanguruwe might be one of those.
I hope whatever kid earns himself Wanguruwe will enter his name in the YouTube search to understand what he or she is getting.
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