Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Up the water spout

I think my job is inuring me to danger, to a...well, dangerous degree. Yesterday I was gathering supplies for an impending outreach program. I got some stuff out of a cabinet in the classroom, got some other stuff from the maintenance room, and then got some other stuff from another place. As I was leaning over to get something at my last stop, I caught something moving out of the corner of my eye, something on my arm. I turned to look, and there was a goddamn spider crawling across my upper arm, just below the sleeve of my shirt. Now, it wasn't what I would call a huge spider, because a month or two ago I went out into the lobby to capture a wolf spider, compared it to the standard-sized drinking glass in my hand and said, "I'm gonna need a bigger cup." (We kept her in a jar and fed her live bugs that we caught in the office, and were all very sad when she died.) But! With the legs, the spider was probably about the size of a quarter, maybe a bit bigger, so you might well call it huge. In any case, there was a large-ish spider crawling on my person and my entire reaction was to turn my head a few inches to the right and blow the spider off my arm with a puff of air. I didn't even jump when I saw it, you guys. I think I'm becoming way too used to these sorts of things.

Reading:  Hunting Unicorns by Bella Pollen

Playing:  a Led Zeppelin mix


  1. I'm not scared of spiders, but I had a tiny little tan spider crawling up my arm in the car yesterday, and I freaked out and felt phantom spiders crawling on me for the rest of the car ride. So, yeah, I think you need a new job.

  2. Anonymous8:20 PM

    I don't know what your job is, but it terrifies me. As a life long bug phobic - meaning ANYthing with more than 4 legs - I would probably still be in the fetal position rocking back and forth if a spider that big was on me, even for a moment.