Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Creature

So, I found this spider recently. In my house. Right next to my naked foot. What would you have done?

10 comments:

Keera Ann Fox said...

I would have done my usual: Screamed a very loud, very high-pitched scream and transported myself in the blink of an eye a good 50 feet away.

So, what did you do? Besides take a picture, I mean.

(Word verification: Gnash. Heh.)

alice said...

Took a few photos and looked it up on the internet, which led me to believe it was probably either a black widow or its relative, so I gnashed* it. ;-)

I don't kill spiders as a matter of course -- just the potentially harmful ones.

*not really. I just squished it between the wall and a long stick, then took it outside and ground it into the earth.

Keera Ann Fox said...

Black with red on it is never a good sign. Stomping's good.

Most impressive spider-stomping ever? When my grandpa kicked a tarantula out our kitchen door and finally stomped it to death on our patio (we were living in the desert). He was alerted by a scream as described in my first comment.

alice said...

Stomping a tarantula has got to create quite the icky mess. :-P

Ginormous bug-like creatures are just some of the many reasons I'll never live in the desert.

Keera Ann Fox said...

He buried it, to keep me from poking it with a stick or a finger or a toe. It is a huge regret of mine that I didn't get to see the body.

Other than the tarantula, I never saw icky things in the desert - roadkill notwithstanding. The dead snake was just cool - and poked with a finger. I loved living in the desert.

alice said...

My cousin lives in the Arizona desert, and he's constantly posting photos to facebook of the giant, poisonous, creepy, crusty creatures that crawl and slither into his home and garage. Ugh. No, thanks!

Keera Ann Fox said...

Well, it's Arizona, innit. I hale from California. ;-)

alice said...

Arizona, California... the desert's the desert, if you've never lived in one. Wait, no, I take that back, because some of the things people have found in the Australian desert are positively unearthly!

Keera Ann Fox said...

What I remember is that the high desert (mountains) has different flora and fauna from the low desert. Also, some things grow in California that don't grow in Arizona and vice-versa, and I'm pretty sure that if we throw in New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, etc. that list will just grow.

Your comment reminds me of my own attitude before seeing Alaska: I already live in a place with deep fjords and rainy summers, so what's the deal? But AK was definitely awesome in its own way. Oh, and we ended up in the desert in Canada (said our guide). Carcross, with meadows and trees that hardly ever see rain. It's all in the definition.

alice said...

Yeah, I figured as much, but I'm ok with just globally rejecting the desert since the lack of humidity makes the ends of my fingers crack in an incredibly painful fashion -- even southern winters are hard to bear.