In college I went to Russia for the Study Abroad program, and among other things, I ended up bringing back a guitar. Basic dreadnought, and for 20,000 rubles (USD$20) it was mine!
I never really played it that much, but kept carting it around with me. Today I bring it in to work to have some of the rockers with which I work take a look at it and hopefully tune this bad boy so I can start learning git-tar. It turns out that the neck is at such an angle that playing notes toward the body will pull it out of tune.
My boys like to play with this guitar, and I've been preventing them from really cutting loose on it just in case I need to start learning on it, but I think it has officially become their guitar. I'm in the process of checking American Musical Supply, Guitar Center and Musician's Friend for both acoustic and electric packages, as well as banjos and mandolins - two instruments I've always wanted to play.