They keep time, too

Merry Xcess

December 12, 2003|By Susan Reimer | Susan Reimer,SUN STAFF

Those novelty wall clocks offering bird calls on the hour must be a bigger hit than we imagined, because copycats (excuse the pun) abound.

This holiday season, the Paragon catalog celebrates a classic car's golden anniversary with a 50th Anniversary Corvette Clock, featuring a distinctive engine sound every hour, including those of the original 1953 Corvette, the famous Sting Ray and the 2003 model. You, too, can feel like you are trapped in the garage with your favorite grease monkey while he works on his car.

For a lesser roar, the Improvements catalog offers a grandparents' version of this timepiece. With the Recordable Clock, every hour they can hear a different 5-second message from one of the grandkids. For added personalization, you can replace the hour numerals with school pictures.

Our Christmas wish? Grandma takes the actual kids for a weekend, too, and we get the sound of silence.

50th anniversary Corvette clock, item no. HA9117, $32.50. Call the Paragon at 800-657-3934 or visit Recordable clock, item no. 223192, $39.99. Call Improvements at 800-642-2112 or visit www.improvementscata

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