May 2nd National Play Your Ukulele Day

It use to be uncool to play ukulele, but now it is making a huge comeback! Just goes to show what was old is new again. Back in the 1920’s it was very cool to play the ukulele. All across the country students on college campuses played ukulele, wore fury coats, and straw hats to celebrate ragtime music.

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It then fell out with the population along with swallowing goldfish but lately it’s becoming very, very popular again. The band Train featured the ukulele in Hey, Soul Sister and all of a sudden the stringed instrument became  featured in many, many songs by many, many artists.

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Of course, it never stopped being popular in Hawaii. Nearly every Hawaiian song you hear uses the ukulele. There is just something fun about the instrument and it generally creates happy music, perhaps because it is a light sound and cannot really be used in anything over powering or dynamic.

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Did you know that there are seven different classes of ukulele though!?! The smallest is the pocket ukulele, next the soprano, tenor (the most popular), baritone, bass, and contra-bass. Each gets larger with the contra-bass almost appearing to be a small guitar.

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So there is a World Ukulele Day, February 2nd, but today is just a National Day. It is still considered more of an ‘artsy’ instrument but it is coming on strong and gaining use by national, and international artists.

How to celebrate – Learn how to play ukulele. Go to Hawaii. Revisit the Roaring 20’s.

June 16th National Dump the Pump Day

What if you never had to buy another gallon of gas or never had to get stuck in traffic? What if you could read a book on the way to work or take a nap on your way home from work? Well you can if you use public transportation, though you might not want to actually take a nap.

The idea of National Dump the Pump Day is to try and get more people to use public transportation for all sorts of very good reasons. There would be less traffic on the road, less pollution, less road rage, and according to the experts, a normal couple would save over $9,000.00 a year by not having to buy gas, not having to buy licenses, tags, insurance…

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Also proven is that for every dollar spent on public transportation the economy gains four dollars according to the American Public Transportation Association, the APTA.  Insurance companies and gas companies are not too thrilled about this however.

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The fact is, if more people used public transportation our country would be a lot better off. Advances in transportation would benifit us all but it can only happen if we use what is already there.

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If you live in a city like New York, public transportation is practically a requirement. Even if you have your own car good luck finding a place to park it.

This is the 11th year this holiday has been celebrated.

How to celebrate:  Try using public transportation for just one day. Encourage others to use public transportation (if nothing else it will open up the roads more for you). Help change the things that are wrong with the public transportation in your area.