October 26, 2005

The Spider

As mentioned, here is my room-mate. S/he is far too big for words and quite possibly homicidal, considering I, veritable queen of the castle, ordered the banishment of her (?) egg-sac a few days ago. Can you blame me?! Look at the face on that thing! Living and breathing (presumably spiders breathe) not one metre from my pillow! It severely freaks me out and I go to sleep at night wondering if s/he is right that very moment about to leap off the windowsill and crawl into my ear. Ergh. One may well ask, why not get rid of the thing? To which I reply, in good time - I'm waiting for my brother to do it for me. He's moving up to Auckland from Wanganui, oh, any minute now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i completely understand why you would get freaked out about that thing. yuck. i don't mind them outside but do they have to inhabit the same space as me?!

hope you are well - missing you


2:43 AM  
Anonymous taryn said...

omigod please sleep on the couch

3:20 AM  
Anonymous Hugh said...

shit man - lighter and a can of hairspray - nuke the fucker. Sure they help natures chain of command, but killing the ones you (and us other arachnophobics)come across ain't going to make them die out....

kia kaha

5:11 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

Beautiful Spider!

I can appreciate why you might not want it in the room with you, but don't kill it... just put it outside. Please. :-)

7:55 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Hey Marilyn! I am well, hope you are too x

No way Taryn, I'm not letting it beat me - although Hugh's approach is too confrontational for me. I had considered vaccuuming it, but that doesn't appeal as it just seems to hide the problem away (plus what if it lives on in the vaccuum cleaner?!). No, I intend to employ Alan's method, I'm just waiting for my bro to do the dirty work for me! Don't worry, I don't kill spiders and anyway this one's way too big to kill. There'd be gore n stuff.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

gees Jess, just spray a wee bit of long-lasting flyspray in a line all around your bed - "no spiders allowed over this line" type of deal. Or conquer your fear and grab a large glass and a piece of thick cardboard and capture it and release outside. Please keep all legs attached or its screaming may haunt your dreams...Did you know that most people average 8 inhalations of insects [by nose or mouth!] in a lifetime? I once woke to find a dead spidey up my nose. Serves me right for picking!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Heck said...

Statistic: the average person swallows about 13 insects per year while sleeping.

I understand not wanting to kill any living creature (my stone wall is full of spiders and things which I'd rather not identify, I leave them alone and they stay hidden in between the pretty stones), but heck, if I had that monster sleeping next to me, I'm afraid my survival instinct would have kicked in and smashed it in a blink. Brr. You take care.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Stephen said...

You kiwis are such cowards. The spider is mostly harmless (it's not a white tail or imported red back) and being in Auckland it'll eat more than it's fair share of mosquitos and flies before the summer is over. You're better off having some natural pest control rather than spraying bucket loads of chemicals where you're sleeping.

3:56 AM  
Blogger Paul Capewell said...

Holy shit.


1:05 PM  
Anonymous Tricia said...

Holy shit, indeed.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Thanks for your suggestions Anna, but I don't like fly spray (ask me again in summer ;) and there's too much web in the way to get a glass in there. Heck, if I smashed it (which I wouldn't) there would be bits of spider entrails all over the place and I'm not into that. Stephen, this spider ain't doing nothing so useful, it exists purely to terrorise me. So there.
Paul and Tricia, thanks for your input :)
I'm sure my brother will be here any day now.

9:21 PM  
Blogger miss_seph said...

I have a similar spidey friend, he lives right under the eaves of the house facing the back deck. Occasionally he comes out to visit me, but mostly he keeps to his nest.

As long as he remains there, and I know where he is, he is safe.

How big roughly do you estimate this spidey to be? I can't tell because there's very little to gauge his length against.
Also, I found a white tail scuttling along our rug the other day. *shiver*

10:33 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Not sure how big, just big...

Postscript; my bro came over for dinner the other night, I presented him with my situation, and he responded: "I'm not moving that!" And proceeded to point out several spider siblings living nearby in various points around the window's edge. So that's that. We're stuck with each other.

8:15 AM  

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