Sunday Salon: One Sick Puppy, One Wandering Cat, and Bingeing on Cool Museum Visits.

Clovis is one sick puppy.  We think he probably ate something that has upset him.  If you’ve ever had a Bassett hound, or really any dog I suppose, then you know they will eat anything they can find and the not being able to chew it is no problem.  Very likely he found an old plum under the plum tree and went for it.

He was up most of the night going from bed to couch, couch to bed, trying to get comfortable.  He threw up this morning and is sleeping now.  Why is that throwing up always makes you feel better?   I get that you’re expelling stuff that’s making you sick, but throwing up is so gross we all try to avoid it as much as possible.  Clovis is currently sleeping deeply in the Victorian bedroom downstairs.

So the sick dog is why we’re staying home today instead of going to the Turner show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.  I still have another week off and we’re members so we can go on Tuesday.

Last week we binged on museums.  We went to the Oakland Museum, which is one of the best ones in the Bay Area.  Very under-rated.  They have a terrific new nature floor, probably the best California history museum in the world on the second floor, and a darn good art collection, all California artists, on the third floor.  We always have a good time there and usually come away having learned something.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, and at least five or six of you out there are, you know I’m big on California history.  While most of the Oakland Museum’s California history exhibit is permanent, they do have some rotating exhibits so there’s always something new for me to see.  They have this very cool room featuring an array of large display boxes that they let people in the state decorate to show their experience of living in California.  It’s always fun and interesting and often very moving.  This time there was one featuring six tiny television sets, each showing an important news event from the last 60 years.  The first three had just the news footage while the second three had the news footage with closed captioning.  The man who made the exhibit said this exhibit shows what it was like to be deaf before and after the advent of closed captioning on television.

Last Tuesday we binged on The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The American Bookbinding Museum, all three in one busy day.  It was loads of fun and all free on the first Tuesday of the month.  Some pictures of what we saw:

The American Bookbinding Museum features a collection of bookbinding equipment, much of it from early San Francisco. This is a paper cutter capable of cutting large stacks of paper used to trim the edges of text blocks once they have been sewn. I really, really want one.
This is a still form a large video piece at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The show is called Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Time and Space. The video is a series of panning shots of different alleys. The “trick” is that the walls of the alleys have been reduced to thin lines. It’s really cool. You should see it if you get a chance.
The current exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. It’s a wonderful show, a little strange, a little beautiful. Not really for kids, but great fun for adults. This picture is part of a piece by an artist who dressed up as a large bobble head of himself and interacted with the public in costume. I really want to have myself made into a bobble head now. Loved it.

I will embarrass you if you go to a museum with me.  People are usually so quiet and respectful at museums you’d think they were in church. While I am quiet in church, at the museum I will freely and openly express my opinion of the work on display whether I like it or not.  This often produces reactions from the people around me.  I’m not rude about it, but free speech, baby.  I’m talking.  When I figure out something not everyone else has, I like to tell them about it, too.  C.J. says this is the teacher in me acting the field-trip tour guide.  At the Contemporary Jewish Museum I pointed out the sound domes over some of the artwork.  If you stand under them you can hear the soundtrack that goes with the piece.  I think that’s really cool, but not everyone appreciated hearing about it from me.   At the Oakland Museum I encourage people to go into the small room with all the house hold items on the wall because it had an electric piano in it that you could program to play each item.  You could set it for dish pans and every key play the sound of a dish pan being struck to hit that particular note.  How fun is that?  People should know about it.  So I told some young people about it, they went into the room, and laughter was soon heard.  I think the Jewish Contemporary Museum gets a lot of serious hipsters while the Oakland Museum gets a wider range of more local folks out for a good time.

Meantime, Beau the cat has finally started to wander out of the library where he has been living for the past six months.  If the dogs are outside, he’ll go into the bedroom and join whoever is there reading or listening to the radio.  This morning, he came in, hopped on the bed and starting giving me those little feed me cat nudges I’ve heard so much about.  While I did have to get out of bed and feed him eventually, it was just so darn cute that I didn’t mind.  This is the first time he’s done it so we have a few more weeks before the cute wears off.  So now he’s up to two of the six rooms on the main floor of the house.  Progress.

 

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10 Comments

  1. As one of your regular readers (and I believe there are more of us than you suspect) I appreciate your non-book posts as well as your reviews. I’m particularly engaged with Beau’s progress (or lack of it.) Sorry about the dog. Hope he’s ok now.

    1. We took Clovis to the vet this morning. He’s much better. He’s eating bland food today and tomorrow. Looks like he probably did eat something he shouldn’t have.

  2. Once I retired from speech path. I trained. As a vet nurse and worked part time at my local vet. We had a dog that came in with a peach pit in his stomach. Surgery was performed and the pit removed. The tree over hung their back yard and dee aches would fall into it. The next year, same month of January the dog came back. Another peach pit stuck and again a surgery. The following January guess who turned up with a peach pit. The owners agreed to yet another surgery but this time they told us the tree had been cut down.

    1. That’s crazy. We used to worry about Dakota eating the peach pits. She loved peaches. So much she would kind of crawl up the tree in a Basset Hound sort of way to get peaches still on the branches, but she never ate the pits as far as we know. Left lots of them all over the house. She used to grab a peach, come in the house, sit on the sofa in the living room where she was comfortable and eat it.

      We still miss here.

  3. Lisa says:

    I was just going to write that I hoped Clovis was doing better – so I’m happy to see the update.

    My younger cat (which I still call the “new” cat) was bad about nudging and nipping at me in the early morning, when she wanted breakfast. She has finally learned to wait quietly, though if I manage to sleep in, past a certain point she loses patience.

    I think you & I would get along very well in museum excursions!

    1. I’d love to have some new people join us at the museum. They are always more fun when a fresh perspective is added to the mix.

  4. shoreacres says:

    Happy to hear Clovis is better, and that Beau is expanding his territory. I so much enjoy these Sunday posts. They’re just full of interesting tidbits, and in their own way encourage me to get out and about in my world — although there aren’t quite the riches available that you have. I think it will become easier as we move into fall. The actual high today is going to be 104F, with a heat index nudging 110. That’s not the sort of day that makes me want to get out and about.

  5. Wishing us all cooler, wetter days ahead. Both C.J. and I do worry about having fewer things to do when we retire and move to the gold country, which is still our plan. But even in smaller towns, there are things to do and see if you look for them.

  6. Literary Feline says:

    I am glad Clovis is feeling better. I woke up this morning to find my oldest cat had thrown up–again. I have a feeling he will be seeing a change in his medication soon. Poor guy. I am glad Beau is exploring more. It can take time, but eventually he will rule the house. 😉

    Your mention of the project sharing people’s experiences living in California reminded me of a project our city’s art and nature museum had residents of the city fill out postcards of their experiences living in the city. This year the big project involved a painting of a tree that was cut into cubes and city residents were asked to paint on the cubes. I haven’t seen the finished project yet, but I hear it turned out nicely. Some of the people I saw painting on their cubes were very talented. I didn’t contribute, but rather helped my daughter pain a tiny cube she was allowed to take home as it wasn’t part of the bigger project.

    1. That’s the one trouble with pets. They bring so much into our lives that is positive, so much that makes their downsides absolutely worth enduring, but the are also something we worry about.

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