We bought a guitar yesterday after much hemming and hawing. Both of us are interested in learning to play guitar (you know, for taking on camping trips and playing songs for our hypothetical babies-to-be), but we were also both worried that we'd buy a guitar and then not use it. But we decided that if both of us try to learn to play guitar, there's a better chance that at least one of us will use it and it won't be a waste of money.
We bought the guitar from Gryphon in Palo Alto. You know how we love supporting local businesses, and these guys especially seem really cool and excited about guitars, so I was happy to give them our money. The guitar we bought was one of their cheapest models (they also have some really super expensive and beautiful guitars that we admired from afar). We probably could've gotten a guitar for half the price at Guitar Center instead, but where's the fun in that? I'm glad we went with Gryphon.
We debated what to do about the fact that I'm left-handed and Patrick is right-handed, and we decided to buy a right-handed guitar. I can just learn to play right-handed, since that's more common anyway. So far, Patrick is picking it up faster than me. I think my fingers are too short--they're always pressing down on the wrong strings! I guess I just need to work on arching them properly.
Also, I don't think I've mentioned that Patrick is taking a welding class at College of San Mateo on Thursday nights. He hasn't gotten to weld anything yet (they're still learning about safety right now). I think it's a cool class; hopefully he'll pick up some good skills so he can make us awesome metal sculptures or something.