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The Stalking Spider - Karen's Musings
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The Stalking Spider
Last night a spider the size of a freaking nickel was stalking me. He would sit in the middle of the living room floor laughing at me while I cowered on top of the table (okay, I was just standing on the chair, but you get the idea). Every time I'd build up the courage to get close enough to squash him, he'd scurry under the entertainment center. A few minutes later, he'd pop his beady little eyes back out, walk defiantly back to the middle of the living room floor and start laughing again.

Maybe if I hadn't looked so silly standing on the chair aiming a shoe at him, he wouldn't have laughed at me.

Current Mood: pathetic

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From: cecerose Date: April 28th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
A few minutes later, he'd pop his beady little eyes back out, walk defiantly back to the middle of the living room floor and start laughing again.

I *really* hate when they do that...


estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nasty little buggers.


No pun intended.
bluejeanjexy From: bluejeanjexy Date: April 28th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
And where was your hero of a husband while this was happening?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sleeping, the little traitor. ;)
bluejeanjexy From: bluejeanjexy Date: April 28th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought he was like six foot 75 or something. That's not little.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Details.
From: gittygiggles Date: April 28th, 2004 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
who saved you???? i had a scary spider on the window sill in the bathroom yesterday. i saw him while i was on the potty and w/o thinking, i jumped up, grabbed a wad of tp and pulled up the windowshade and killed him!!! brave gitty! unfortunately, i was standing bottom naked in front of an open window. oops
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
No one saved me. I cried myself to sleep with visions of the viscious creature attacking me in the middle of the night.

Your story's pretty funny, though. Not sure I'd have thought it was funny if it had been me though! It's funny, I've gotten to the point that if I don't have time to think, I can just react and kill the stupid things. But if I see it crawl out from it's hiding place and I have to contemplate its existence, it doesn't matter how tiny it is, I'm petrified.
From: gittygiggles Date: April 29th, 2004 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
i thought it was funny too after i realized that i mooned/flashed our neighbor
drmellow From: drmellow Date: April 28th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe if I hadn't looked so silly standing on the chair aiming a shoe at him, he wouldn't have laughed at me.

I'm two states away and I'm laughing at you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
If that hadn't made me laugh so hard, I would probably be offended.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah!

though, that actually sort of helps. It actually IS sort of ridiculous to think of a creature without vocal cords trying to snicker at me.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: April 28th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why on earth would you squash a spider that tiny?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I spent years denying that I had arachnaphobia. It seemed too stereotypical, too stupid, definitely beneath me. But I've come to the realization that my fear of spiders, however irrational, really is a phobia, not just a skittishness. And when you're as terrified of spiders as I am, a spider the size of a nickel looks like a spider the size of a rottweiler. Only without the cute wagging tail and the drool. Just the fangs.

I am fascinated by spiders, in a ridiculously morbid way, but they terrify me. Believe it or not, though, I'm much better than I used to be. A year ago, I would have let out such a scream that you would have heard me in Australia.

Hey, speaking of Australia, I still haven't received my ebay-purchased book which was supposed to come from Australia. Any idea how long a parcel from Australia ought to take to get to the U.S.?
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 28th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL. If you ever get a pet spider to fetch your slippers, I will NEVER visit you again. Not that I've done a lot of that. Come to think of it, how do I know you don't ALREADY have such a pet? Gah!

Long ago, Glen made a post with links to pictures of all the nasty spiders he's found in his garden. Including some lethal ones. Ack! Any hopes that I'd ever had of visiting Australia were dashed in a single post (actually, I think it was two consecutive posts).
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glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 3rd, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nasty?

I wouldn't call net-casting spiders nasty! They're exquisitely beautiful. One that I thought had disappeared when the electricians stomped all over the pot plant she was in turned up recently. With babies! A couple of weeks back we had a hatching. Hundreds of tiny net-casters. They're *so* cute. Of course, as always with spiders, most of them died within a few days, more is the pity.

Golden orb weavers - wonderful. No, most of the spiders aren't in the least nasty, though admittedly quite a few of them are bigger than a nickel.

Most of the spiders we get can't even bite you (they can't get their fangs forward far enough to bite a person), and for most of the ones that can, it's generally no big deal.

On the good news side of things, it appears that white tailed spiders don't cause necrotising arachnidism after all. Of which I am glad, because we get a lot of them.

Turns out was all just a media beat up that some doctors got caught up in and once a few diagnoses appeared, the poor spiders got blamed for every second ulcerating wound. A careful study of more than a hundred documented white tailed spider bites reveal not a single case of it. (I can provide a link if anyone cares)

When I catch big spiders (like huntsmen, which can be huge), what I'm most afraid of is hurting them. Being bitten is a very remote possibility (I have caught hundreds and never been bitten). That's not to say I'm not keen to avoid being bitten (fear of spider bite is fairly deeply ingrained in humans), but I've been bitten by dogs maybe 20 times and by spiders 0 times (that I can be sure of - I've had a few minor insect bites that might have been spider bites) - which one should I fear?

I wouldn't keep a spider as a pet. Not because I wouldn't like having a spider, but just because I prefer them wild. Nearest I got to having a pet one was as a teenager I had a small spider (not all that much bigger than a quarter I guess) living a few inches from my bed. I made sure everybody left it alone. It was there for a couple of years before it eventually died, presumably of old age. )

glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 3rd, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Depends on how it was sent, and how backed up US customs are at searching for bombs and anthrax and such.

Pre 11 September, airmail was 1-2 weeks, surface mail 4-8 weeks.

Post 11 September, add a week at least, possibly two if they're feeling skittish.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 3rd, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

It arrived Friday. I'm very excited. I might have to enlist your help translating, though. This damn book is written in Australian. ;)
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 3rd, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any help I can give, sure.

There are online dictionaries with Australian idiom in them which may help.



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