Monday, January 25, 2010

Absolutely Cuckoo

I love this cuckoo clock. It's soothing to hear the metronomic pendulum ticking along with the music in the store (karen dalton and buffy sainte-marie); twice an hour the cuckoo gives a reedy whistle and tiny baroque couples dance around. It took me a while to figure out how a cuckoo clock works. What I've figured out so far is that it has to be level for the pendulum to tick evenly, and the weighted pinecone guys have to be pulled up to the top every morning and evening for it to keep time. Can you imagine someone making these from scratch? It would be fun to decorate your own, paint it however you want and add all manner of mushroomy swiss/german adornments. Possible alternate themes:
*Alice in Wonderland cuckoo clock (with the cheshire cat as the cuckoo. Or the rabbit!)
*Haight-Ashbury cuckoo clock (Fritz the cat! Drug dealers in platforms chasinging around Hell's Angels!)
*Lewis and Clark commemorative cuckoo clock
*Extinct Species cuckoo clock (What did the dodo sound like, anyway? He MIGHT have said "cuckoo")
*Global Warming cuckoo clock
*War budget cuckoo clock
*The "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" cuckoo clock!! With evil Nurse Ratched shouting "cuckoo!" at you hourly.
Hmm, these are really terrible ideas. I promise, the clocks at Flutter are not such downers.

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