Monthly Archives: January 2014

Laughed At Him

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Gordon enjoyed hiking in Redwood today. He was relatively quiet this time. He did bark at some woman though, who laughed at him ūüôĀ

Baby Strapped To Her

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Gordon had fun in Redwood today. He met a very nice brunette lady with a baby strapped to her, which made Gordon very happy. He didn’t leave me for her though, which made me happy.

Enjoyed Scaring

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Gordon enjoyed scaring a young Doberman and a young Shepherd today. We hiked along the creek, which was very nice.

Decided He Was Deaf

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Gordon got very messy in the creek today. Then he decided he was deaf, then he was suddenly on a leash. Amazing.

Variety Of Little Frisky Dogs

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Gordon attracted a lot of attention in Leona Canyon today. A variety of little frisky dogs tried to rile him up for a chase, but Gordon was uninterested. Oh well.

Wigged Out

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Gordon enjoyed an extra long extra doggie hike in Leona today. A youngish wacky Shepherd tried to play with Gordon, who wigged out, jumped way up in the air and ran for safety. Silly Gordon.

Big And Powerful

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Gordon and friends hiked a Chabot trail we have been avoiding due to foxtails, which are basically gone now. We met some little dogs, who made Gordon feel big and powerful.

Only Barked At A Few

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This weather is great! Gordon liked it in Redwood today, where he only barked at a few people, who all very nice about it.

All The Treats

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Gordon got very dirty today at the creek. He also didn’t try to leave me. All the treats I gave him probably helped a little.

Björk at the Craneway Pavilion Ages Ago

(oh look it’s another gem from the¬†drafts¬†folder)

Ages ago (May 2013?), Cassie and I and a bunch of folks went to see Bj√∂rk at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, which used to be part of the Ford Assembly Plant there. It’s suitably cavernous and industrial, but they’ve done a good job of sprucing it up as a venue. Because of its location on the edge of the Bay, some people arrived by ferry, which was pretty cool.

The show was in the round, with a central stage surrounded by a standing area and then tiered seating.¬†The audience was a very mixed crowd, including lots of hippies (and pregnant women, for some reason). At first, we sat down, but when it became clear that there were going to be hippies expressing themselves through dance in front of us, we stood up and moved into the crowd. It wasn’t a mosh pit, so it was OK. Anything rather than watch hippies dance.

The music was mostly taken from Biophilia, which seems to be the soundtrack for a weird episode of Wildlife On One. In fact, David Attenborough had been roped in to record little introductions to each song. Björk herself was looking very much the part, with a huge crazy red rats-nest hairdo.She was accompanied by a choir of ethereal looking singers, apparently also from Iceland. They alternately stood like ghosts and danced like nutters.

Also on the stage was all kinds of unusual musical kit. Chaps with laptops (actually pretty standard these days), that amazing interactive surface thing she’s used before, and a harpist. There were some big pendulums too, but I don’t think they made a noise.

And let’s not forget the Tesla coil that descended on the stage from time to time and played the bass line to some of the songs, in a harsh powerful voice. This was used most memorably in the last song, Declare Independence.

I was only a little sad they didn’t play the Fluke remix of Big Time Sensuality, which has always been a favourite of mine. That intro! But this was about the new stuff, and rightly so.

Great show. Lots to look at and listen to, and the feeling that you’d been to a special event in a unique space.

Bj√∂rk was never a huge thing for me. The Sugarcubes were on the scene when I got into that kind of indie rock – it was all Birthday, Eat The Menu (still a favourite of mine) and¬†Planet with “Shouting” Einar on Transmission at 3am on Sunday (before Dennis Pennis came along and ruined it).

Then they got all popular with Hit¬†when I was at college.¬†When she went solo, it wasn’t a surprise, but the music was. It was a staple at many parties, and most shelves had a copy, except mine. I didn’t feel the need, it was everywhere anyway. Since then she’s never stayed still, and I’m glad I had to chance to see such an iconic performer in such a cool show.