I’m sitting in the cockpit plucking my uke and enjoying my free time in the warm afternoon sun. A guy walks by with his bongo and it’s on. The sun on my face, the rhythmic beat of his drums, it captures my soul and takes me back to Little Beach and my naked fire girls. I rip into Wipeout and he jams with me till I completely fuckup and lose myself, I’m still learning it. The scotch comes out and we talk about boats, independent travel and freedom.
Boats come in all shapes and sizes, some with big clean and white spaces , others lined with dark cozy aged teak. I’ve been on a boat that reminded me of the inside of a violin, with every joint fitted to perfection. Sookie is more like a ukulele, small, easy and ready for anything the world can throw at her. Her sophistication is in her simplicity and while I never stop dreaming of a larger boat I’ve turned down every offer made on her and some have been pretty amazing.
Buzzed on a tall glass of aged nectar I walk up to drop a load of laundry, my uke strung over my back just in case I find a perfect spot of shade or decide to give an impromptu show at the bar. My little uke literally saved my life last winter in Hawaii when a made nearly a hundred bucks busking, that night I have one of the most appreciated meals I’ve ever experienced but starvation will do that to a person.
Strapped to the back of my Brompton I carried my uke through the rainforests of Washington and down the wind swept Oregon coast, it made me no shortage of friends and seemed to get the party started everynight.
Like boats ukes come in all shapes and sizes, I like simple ukes, nothing fancy but the patterns of the wood. I love sapranos as their sound is magical. The tenor has always felt too large and more like a mini guitar. My little Koaloha concert hits every sweet spot both for a full voice, perfect sound and playability in the best size for travel. To prove my love for her she is getting a bath and new strings tonight when my fingers give out and the laundry is done.
Lifes simple pleasers come in many forms, for me it’s on a scale of the smaller side, a good boat, my uke and all the time in the world to do a whole lot of nothing. Should you feel inclined these guys will treat you like King Kamehameha…