December 21, 2006

No, really!

They really ARE my duckies!

In recent conversation via e-mail with a reader I shall leave unnamed, there was shock and surprise that the above picture was of my collection of rubber duckies.

Believe me, nobody is more surprised than myself at the size of my flock... but how did it start? Ah, now THAT is a fine question. I remember that day as if it was yesterday...
(cue 'flashback' music)

I was a senior at Duck U., the very place I work at now, and one of my friends had had a death in the family. She was quite saddened by the loss, and I wanted to do something to cheer her up. I nipped off to We 'b Toys to look for something silly and cute... and found a duckie. It just yelled "I'll help her," so it made the trip back to the dorm and found its way into her hands.

She carried that duckie with her EVERYWHERE for the next week. After the funeral, she presented me with, as she put it, a "thank you duckie." That duckie, named "Scooter," is still in my flock, as a matter of fact... here's a not-so-great photo of him, from the original used above:
Scooter, the ORIGNAL Wonderduck.

After that, people began to give me duckies... for Christmas, my birthday, as a thank you for a 'job well done' after a difficult lighting design, whatever.

That's how the flock began... but it really took off just a few years ago. For example, in one year, I added nearly 50 duckies to the flock. It went from a small group that fit on a single shelf to what you see up top. Nowadays, it takes nearly two hours to clean them; about a third of them need to be cleaned with a (really) soft toothbrush.

So, that's the story of The Pond's Flock. They never fail to bring a smile to my face after a long day, and isn't that the point?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:50 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 The one in the very upper left, with stripes and ears, looks as if it's a fox-in-duck-clothing.

I'm reminded of a line from the third Harry Potter movie, delivered by Ron's father: "Harry, you must know all about muggles. What is the precise function of a rubber duck?"

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 22, 2006 08:57 AM (+rSRq)

2 Sorry, that's from the second Harry Potter movie.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 22, 2006 08:58 AM (+rSRq)

3 Close, Steven... he's a Rubbaduck ( and is called "Ducknip." His ID tag suggests a cat-duck.

Maybe not quite as good as a catgirl, but...

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 22, 2006 11:45 AM (YadGF)

4 What a sweet story. Hmm..I many you have now? I have quite a few myself. An embarrassing amount actually-haha-but they make me smile also.

Posted by: Digicolleen at March 29, 2009 09:00 PM (G2gtL)

5 Right around 270 or so.  I should take a census one of these days... and photos.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 30, 2009 12:46 AM (tMdKd)

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