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Personal: The Fable of the Fox and the Idiot 
12th-Feb-2006 08:11 pm
I See You!


That said, I have to give some background. I generally walk around with my camera. My rule is, "You never know when you'll see something extraordinary, so always keep your camera on you." Simple rule. For the last week or two, though, my camera has sat on the dining table, asking me "What about the rule?" And I kept blowing it off, because nothing unexpected and extraordinary has happened in a while. As though this were not part of the definition of "unexpected" and "extraordinary."

So. I'm walking across campus a little while ago, coming out of Coughlin Hall after dropping something off for my professor for tomorrow morning. And as I'm coming out of the building there it is, coming around the corner and almost right at my feet: a red fox. Here on Marquette's campus, miles from the edge of the city, from the edge of the suburbs, and us with interstate highways on two sides of campus and only a few blocks from the tall towers of city center. The fox darted away and I lost it around the corner of the building for a while as I was trying to confirm that that was indeed what it was and that I hadn't mistaken some deformed cat for a fox. But I caught up with it over by the Joan of Arc Chapel and got a good couple of looks and eye-locks with it before it (foxlike) doubled back on itself and disappeared into the darkness over near the Theatre Building. So, a red fox on campus and me without my camera. And I want you all to believe me, because it was really cool.

Edit: I cross-posted this entry to marquette_u, and I'm told by fellow students there that the fox (or foxes) are actually local and it was just that I had never seen nor heard of them before. So, just like nimoloth had responded to me: the foxes have been going urban.
13th-Feb-2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Some moments are best as memories.
13th-Feb-2006 06:09 am (UTC)
I know. But this wasn't one of them: much better a camera-capture, this. :-)
13th-Feb-2006 04:00 am (UTC)
oh damn! i hate when that happens.
13th-Feb-2006 06:10 am (UTC)
Me, too, clearly. :-)
13th-Feb-2006 05:24 am (UTC)
omg. *traumatised by huge block letters!*

i feel for you, though. foxes are most beautiful creatures.
13th-Feb-2006 06:11 am (UTC)
I wanted to convey trauma. Big, block-letter, Charlie-Brown-flies-through-the-air-after-a-failed-punt-because-of-that-darned-Lucy trauma.
13th-Feb-2006 06:20 am (UTC)
i've decided to not believe you
13th-Feb-2006 06:24 am (UTC)


13th-Feb-2006 10:54 am (UTC)
I believe you. There are many more foxes in the city than in the country here now. I've seen loads in the city, but only now and again in the farming country where I live (although they are there). I had a most lovely experience in a patch of woodland in Eastwood, in the heart of the subburbs, when a red fox appeared unexpectedly once.
13th-Feb-2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Really? I had no idea!
13th-Feb-2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
Been there too many times. Worst photo experience I had along those lines was having taken some stunning shots of tundra and fog, and arctic foxes, only to get this sinking feeling that something was wrong. When the counter went past 40, I knew then that the film had failed to grab hold on the take-up sprocket thingy.

13th-Feb-2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, the worst! I did that with virtually the only roll of film that I shot during my entire undergraduate: a 36-shot set of portraits--some of the composition of which I remember as quite amazing--and all of which ended up exposed on the same frame because I didn't know what I was doing as I loaded the camera. I would give an awful lot for those shots now....
13th-Feb-2006 10:03 pm (UTC) - hahahahaha
What a brush with greatness. Redd Fox? I havent seen him since Sanford and Sons. LOL BTW, I found some interesting camera work on the web concerning Superman, but alas I am a blog buffoon. How do you add a picture on the Post?
13th-Feb-2006 10:09 pm (UTC) - Re: hahahahaha
the code is img src="the URL of the item" and all of that is bracketed with these:<>. I had to try put it that way because I think that if I did it in those bracket/symbols, you might not see the instructions.
13th-Feb-2006 10:09 pm (UTC) - Re: hahahahaha
And that was a wretchedly horrible joke, by the way.
13th-Feb-2006 10:40 pm (UTC)

13th-Feb-2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
PS. I'm thinking of coming to see you during the week at the end of february/beginning of march. Open for business?

14th-Feb-2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Beginning of March would probably rock: I have a deadline at the end of Feb and probably will be pushing it. You're on break? Or is there some other occasion for traveling?
14th-Feb-2006 01:02 am (UTC)
We are in fact on break.

14th-Feb-2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, give me a heads-up on specific dates that you have in mind and I'll give a final look-see at the schedule. You'll be in South Bend for most of the time, I take it?
14th-Feb-2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Actually I'll be driving here there and everywhere. I was just in SB this weekend, so my family won't feel neglected.

14th-Feb-2006 01:00 am (UTC)
14th-Feb-2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Da. For forgetting your camera.

14th-Feb-2006 01:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, well....
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