Posted by: cgross1 | February 11, 2011

Holy Leaping Spiders, Batman!

So yesterday morning I went outside to wash some dishes, and saw this big spider sitting on the ground about 20 feet away from the door to my house. And me being me, I said to myself, “It’s getting warm outside, he’ll probably stay out here and be on his merry way.” So I didn’t step on him. These displays of niceness always come back to haunt me for some reason.

So I went to work and came home that evening at around 6:00, so it was already pretty dark outside. So I’m making dinner, just kind of doing my thing, and then I see the little bugger plastered to the wall in the main room in my house. So now I have a big problem.

Something you should know about spiders here – they have taken up the pastime of aerial acrobatics in the form of long and deceivingly quick leaps. I found this out in a rather unpleasant way when one sprang at me from the corner of my house as I was sweeping it out a few weeks ago. I have no idea if they bite or are poisonous, which I should probably find out…

So anyway, the next twenty minutes consisted of me chasing this leaping leviathan around my house – I would try to hit him with my thankfully long-handled broom (which is really hard in the dark), and he would leap (usually at me), then I would jump backward, see where he landed, and repeat the process. I finally managed to hit him, though I don’t think I killed him, and I swept him out of my house. I spent the next twenty minutes putting everything I had knocked over back where it belonged. Fun fun!

Anyway, one thing I can say for sure – I will be glad to be back in two years to a place where spiders keep to scuttling, and refrain from taking to the air!

Until next time,




  1. LOL! That’s so funny! Awesome story!
    Hopefully they aren’t poisonous but definitely find out!

  2. Where did my comment go? lol! Anyway, this made me laugh! I hope you don’t have anymore unexpected 8-legged visitors. Actually, make that all critters with more than 4…I’m sure those camels are always welcome 🙂

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