Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Speaking of "Arachnoleptic fit" (which we weren't really, its just my pick of terms from the previous post), I just experienced one at lunchtime today.

I had just gotten into the car and rolled the window down prior to starting the engine, when a Huntsman SPIDER started running around and around in circles on the windscreen. I don't know why, it just was. It was a hot day, perhaps its feet were burning on the glass.

I instinctively lept for the window winder to crank the window back up again lest the spider got into the car, only to remember I have electric windows.

You have NO idea how slow electric windows are when you are in a hurry to close the windows. I was "fitting" the entire time. Fortunately the spider kept running in circles.

Once I had the window safely wound up, I switched the window wipers to "frantic" and managed to catch the spider on an up-swoop where it was flung off the car entirely, and disappeared.

The problem now is I don't know if it fled back to my car or the car I was parked next to. It was just gone.

Needless to say the car is now at the fumigators for the afternoon.

UPDATE: I've been trying to find a picture of a Huntsman that properly shows how big they are. Haven't found the one I'm after yet, but I did find THIS, which could well have been me, such is my aversion to them.

UPDATE UPDATE: Aha! Found it:

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: Bis has kindly also provided this photo, bless his nasty socks *shudder*:


At 3:38 PM, Anonymous neophyte said...

And of course, they always come in twos.

*loves Wysi a brick*

At 4:23 PM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

...and of course where there are two, there's a nest. Hence the fumigators - I've found that bricks tend to ding the paintwork.

At 1:14 AM, Blogger Leetie said...

Holy crap! Are they really that big?

At 1:34 AM, Blogger Sarah O. said...

Awww, look! He's smiling!

At 2:04 PM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

Yes Leets, they really are.

Of course around our place, with the "only good spider is a dead spider" policy, they rarely survive grow to that size.

But occasionally a full size one wanders in to give me heart palpitations.

The one on the car yesterday was much smaller - perhaps the size of the palm of your hand including legs.

But still too big.

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Bismuth said...

I think you'd get a better shock out of blog-readers by posting this photo.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

Bis, I want you to know that when that photo sprang onto my screen in all its full-sized glory, I Arachnoleptic fitted myself right out of my chair. My body is now surging with adrenaline and I'm unsure of how to get close enough to the mouse to click the close button.

Its not always good to have friends that know your weaknesses....;oP

At 5:27 PM, Blogger neophyte said...

Thought of you tonight, Wysi. Apparently there was a hatching today; I've found 7 teeny tiny spiders while sitting at my desk tonight. Three of them were on me! The rest scurried past. I thought I could package them up and ship them to you for your birthday.

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Sarah O. said...

Aww, wys, the spider on the keyboard is winking at us!

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Sarah O. said...


Is this one of those nasty big birthdays? Or is it one of those boring birthdays that you don't remember you had?

Whatever, best wishes to you!

At 5:23 AM, Anonymous insomniac said...

happy birthday, wys!

At 9:37 AM, Blogger wysiwyg said...

neo: got the spiders, thank you. Fortunately Australia Post managed to squash them flat in the envelope before they were delvered.

Scat: nope its the big 50. Of course that's the new 30 these days so am just about to enter mid-life crisis.

I managed to stave off the initial murmurings of the crisis by breaking down and finally buying a moderate sized, LCD flat panel TV yesterday. My brother-in-law also bought a large motorcycle on Saturday, so I look set for a while....

Thanks Biz!


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