October 12, 2003

Sometimes words just aren't enough

(Serenity - warning, paooki story)

This morning we did fall cleaning on the bedrooms, and all the pillows and bed linens and rugs were hauled downstairs for washing, which is my job.

Mookie came upstairs at one point and mentioned a "big ol' giant" spider hanging from the ceiling in the basement. I was busy doing something at the time and it didn't really register.

I made a couple of trips downstairs to rotate the washer and dryer without even thinking about the "big ol' giant" spider. Then, coming out of the basement with a stack of folded blankets, I finally saw Mookie's spider. I almost swallowed my tongue and dropped the laundry when I noticed it, because it was indeed hanging from the ceiling. Specifically, it was sitting in the middle of a web about two feet across stretched between a chair and the ceiling, about four feet off the floor.

I've admitted that I'm extremely arachnophobic, and Mookie is probably almost as bad. That's why I'm impressed with her description of "big ol' giant" spider, which showed great restraint and maturity. In contrast, my description was loud, obscene, contained many more words (several which rhymed somewhat with 'truck') and was accompanied by a cry of fright. Yeah, I screamed like a girl.

Let me describe the spider. This wasn't one of those bulky hairy things that look like an overdeveloped weightlifter denizen of spider-hell. Nope, this was one of those alien hard-shelled beasties with little a huge bloated abdomen and long slender legs. Did I mention that this paook's body was an inch across, and the legs added another inch all around. This was one huge freaking spider!

Ok, now I'm bigger, smarter, and in my instant adrenalin rush (flee or fight) I realize that I have access to a basement full of household chemicals. After making sure that the spider wasn't going anywhere, I retreated to find something that the military would describe as 'nerve-agent, aerosol'.

Selecting a nice spray can of gloss-coat (he died, but had a beautiful finish - old joke) and a piece of cardboard to catch the overspray, I sealed that paook with a nice long burst. Then I reversed the cardboard and spraycan and did his other side, just for good measure. The spider curled up a little bit and tried to retreat but was rather quickly overcome. Because of the glossy spray, I could see just how extensive (and beautiful) the web really was. I went for a broom and swept up the web and spider, and took it out back to get rid of it.

I wasn't ready for the little ReAnimator moment that came next. This spider came back to life and scrambled up the fence, startling me all over again. Then it crawled into a crack and disappeared. I gave the crack a shot of clearcoat, more for myself than for him.

Update: The extended entry now has two pictures of the paook taken before I sprayed it. I wasn't sure if they would come out, so I didn't mention them before. The first is a closeup, the second is farther away to give some context to the size of it and its web (the paooki is just low right of center, the web stretches beyond the top of the picture if you look closely).

Hug me, I'm cute!

rhymes with truck

Posted by Ted at October 12, 2003 05:12 PM
Category: Boring Stories

At the take-the-carcass-outside point, this is when I usually set them on fire... just to make sure.
And because I LIKE it.
Fire pretty. :)

Posted by: LeeAnn at October 12, 2003 06:47 PM


Posted by: Jennifer at October 12, 2003 11:36 PM

Geez, Louise. You people are in trouble if God has eight legs.

Posted by: Victor at October 13, 2003 10:22 AM

That's not a spider--that's a freakin' monster!

Posted by: Susie at October 13, 2003 02:25 PM

Thats my thinking Susie

Posted by: Mookie at October 13, 2003 05:56 PM

Between Bill Cimino getting a gun and your monster spiders...I'll stay safely out of Virginia, thankyouverymuch.

Posted by: Jennifer at October 13, 2003 06:02 PM

Wow! OK, OK...I'm by no means an arachnophobe, I'll get that out of my system now. I'm more wowed by the pics. That's one impressively-proportioned arachnid!
I can see where it would scare the living daylights out of my arachnophobe friends...Serenity would have probably sprayed an entire can of Raid on the thing! ;-)


Posted by: TwoDragons at October 13, 2003 07:43 PM

Man, she was beautiful!

Posted by: Victor at October 14, 2003 12:21 PM
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