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My wife will be giving birth to our new son in April and I'm already feeling the early pangs of dojo separation. Dunno how long I'll be gone this time but I'm in an absorb-as-much-as-you-can mode right now.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could rent an uke for those long absences? You know, head into the local Uke's-R-Us and select from a wide range of sizes and weights to lease out for however long you needed them.
They would be fully-animatronic of course (no consumption expenses there) and could be neatly folded for easy storage when done training.
But I suppose there would be insurance issues if the dog got ahold of one or if it got stolen...
Hmmm, I wonder how much they would go for?