I certainly didn't plan to do it. I mean, who would? No, several factors converged to lead me to this fateful purchase.
I'd been thinking for a while about making a donation to a charity as Christmas approaches. I wanted to give more.
On the way to the Delta Rae concert, Kyle was opining that the most efficient way to help a food bank was to give it money to buy food.
Near the end of their show, the Delta Rae folks encouraged us to hit the merch table and noted that on that very table was a ukulele they had used in the show--one they had both used and signed. All the money from whomever bought the instrument would go to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
I've long wanted to teach myself how to play a ukulele, though that desire had never reached a tipping point--until that night.
So, there I am, at the merch table, picking up a Christmas ornament, and suddenly I find that I'm telling the folks there that I'll buy that uke if I can do so quickly and leave, because the crowds were getting to me.
The merch team makes it happen.
People notice and applaud. I try to hide and fail, so I just leave as quickly as I can, feeling a bit embarrassed. I had imagined I could sneak out with no one noticing.
It didn't help, of course, that I was carrying a Delta Rae ukulele case.
Inside, sure enough, is one signed uke.
And that's how I came to own a $500 ukulele.