A few sea horse stickers to make it mine and it wasn't long before I could hack out "Ukelele Anthem," "Changes in Latitudes" and "Adventure Time." She was right when she said it only takes about an hour to learn how to play.
While bar chords still vex me (really only some do, others are fine), I'm having a great time tooling around on it.
I'll probably never front a punk band singing song about how all college students look the same with a cockney accent. I'll probably never be mistaken for an underground icon. But I can sit and play and make myself smile and remember that there's something magical about that little bit of wood and plastic.