Sunday, February 1, 2009

ORCA Frag Auction

Last night I went to a meeting of the Orlando Reef Caretakers Association (ORCA). The meeting was held at a friends home and the place was packed. ORCA is a club for people who raise corals in reef tanks. I have had a reef tank for the past 5 or so years. I bought 6 coral frags to the meeting to be auctioned off. Last night they had over 270 frags to auction off. I got to the meeting at 6:30 pm and the auction was still going strong when I left at 12:30 am. John is in the middle of the sketch holding up a plastic bag containing a frag. He is holding a microphone so everyone inside and outside the house can hear. Most folks are sitting outside in a screened in pool area and the rest are jammed into the living room and kitchen. A fake palm tree is in the corner of the room. Each purchase is logged into a laptop.

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ambienthinker said...

Thank you for reminding me why I NEVER go to ORCA frag auctions any more. I heard there were at least 80 people there with almost 300 frags? Nick Gollinello, former ORCA pres from about 3 years ago, stopped in and said some pieces went for $70 or more. Jesus.

p.s. Is that John Wisdom on the mic or another John?

Thorsx said...

Yep, Wisdom is behind the mike. The meeting size and duration has gotten insane. Apparently the auction started late because they were waiting for someone to show up with 60 more frags. Toward the end of the evening it was like a dance marathon where people just bit as a way to stay awake.