RECORD STORE TALES #910: Fox on the Run
There’s a wily fox that’s been prowling the grounds up at the lake. This weekend I caught my first real sight of him. I saw him twice in one day. He has no fear of humans. He is usually carrying prey in his mouth. I’ve named him Reddy, after Reddy Fox from the classic children’s cartoon The Green Forest.
The first time I saw the fox, I was on the front porch rocking away as I often do. The porch did a lot of rocking this weekend. The star of the show was the new album by Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen. The debut Smith/Kotzen CD is turning into an early summer favourite. In particular, the song “Running” is quite incredible. I didn’t know how well the two very different singer/guitarists would mesh. Like cream and coffee. Glowing review to come.
Styx, Kiss, Queen, Ace Frehley, Rush, and Marillion all saw a lot of porch action this weekend. I was playing one of them when the fox ran past again, this time up close and personal. I saw a flash of red and then the movement. He was swift. He moved with the steady determination of a wild animal completely disinterested in its surroundings. He was within six feet me of when he strode past. It made a hacking sound. It did not care that I was there, nor anyone else that he galloped past on his way to wherever he was going.
On neither appearance did I have any chance of grabbing a picture. There was no way. It happened in two seconds. There only chance would have been if he walked past during the rare instances I was running my lake cam. But he never did. I know I’ll see him again. His blatant disregard for humans means he’ll be back. He wasn’t phased by the Schnauzers barking at him either. He’s like a Borg, only interested in one thing and that’s where he’s going. So long as you’re not in his way, he’s completely disinterested. He moves swiftly with no hesitation and no pause. It was an interesting thing to feel so completely outside of nature at that moment.
I’ve been coming to this place for almost five decades. I missed a few summers, but a fox is a rare sighting indeed. We’ve had plenty of rabbits, porcupine, skunks, and even a few deer and one bear. Foxes are elusive. Not this guy though.
I doubt I will ever be quick enough to get a picture of that fox, but I will make sure to keep my eyes open for a sighting. At least we know he’s not afraid of the sound of music. I have the new Styx on deck for next weekend. Let’s see what happens.