May 31, 2008
So now that I’ve finally got this little site up and running, I’m having trouble deciding what to do next. I have such a plethora of cephalopod-y curios that I find myself a little paralyzed in the face of abundant options.
This situation is not unlike what my wife experiences when a restaurant has more than one vegetarian entrée on the menu. And speaking of shameless plugs, be sure to check out The Suburban Herbivore, her blog about vegetarian living, cooking, and supporting local farming.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand…
Here is one of the coolest pieces in my collection–the squid clock.
It is an approximately 20 inch long (from tip of the mantle to end of the longest tentacle) red plastic shell, and it originally came from Taiwan, if I recall correctly. The only indication of a manufacturer is the word “A-RUX” on the clock face, but so far, I’ve been unable to track down any information on this brand (if that is indeed what it is).
I first saw this clock (or one very similar) on Ebay several years ago. I lost that original auction (to someone named “squidgirl,” so I know it went to a good home), but I was subsequently contacted by the seller who said that they were going back to Taiwan soon and would pick up another clock for me. Now, I know Ebay advises not to buy anything directly from a seller outside of the controlled environment of an auction, but in this case, I’m very glad I took a chance.