But today I learned something. IT'S REAL!
Ok. Not really, but there is some truth to one little tiny aspect:
The FREAKIN' GIANT Spiders (pretty sure that's the official name) in the second book. I now feel Ron's pain and fear of spiders.
(I briefly contemplated including a picture from the movie to illustrate...but then I got freaked out and didn't. :) You're welcome.)
This morning my co-worker walked along the back hallway and found A FREAKIN' GIANT Spider just chillin' on the carpet.
It was larger than a half dollar. Which is really big. Seriously. Normally, I'm mostly okay with dealing with bugs---I mean, I had to be as a kid--I grew up on a farm. I even "dealt" with a gigantic centipede (3"!) about a month ago...but this spider was even too much for me.
We squealed like little girls when we saw it. Pretty sure my coworker cried a little. We tried to get closer than 10 feet, but we got freaked out because we couldn't tell which way it was facing and were worried that it would attack us. Seriously...and later we found out that our fears were TOTALLY justified.
Then the my brave co-worker showed up and she even had a hard time going near it. Finally, because we were all terrified that it would disappear in the office, she tried to put a glass over it to catch it so when the attorneys came in they could deal with it.
The first time she tried, she missed and the spider JUMPED at her and chased her a little. Yeah, she totally ran away, while Melissa and I (who were 15 feet down the hall) screamed and ran away too. It was quite hilarious.
The second attempt was much more successful. The spider was caught. And I bravely got close to it. It's hard to tell how big it is because the carpet is good camouflage, but its gigantic. Take my word for it.
Half an hour later, the three bosses came in and we tasked them with dealing with it. It was pretty hilarious watching them. The hard-core, tough attorney wouldn't even go near it. :)
Finally my boss got a file folder and scooped it up with the glass over it. I wanted to get a picture to show the pest control guy, but Sam kept teasing me and lifting the glass "so I could get a better picture." When he did and when the spider started running around I almost swore. I don't swear--I'm not naturally inclined to do so, but man I came so close this time. Instead, I just squealed "Sam!" really loud and ran away. And everyone laughed.
This first picture is what happened when the camera took the picture as I was trying not to swear.
I couldn't get a better picture (not that I really wanted to) because Sam wouldn't hold still. Oh well. :) But mind you, that glass isn't very big...and yes, the spider was trying to climb up it. *shiver*
So he disposed of it and flicked it outside. I, for one, thought it was an abomination for spiders to be that big and thought it should have been sentanced to death, or at least life in prison, but Sam just let it outside into the field behind our office so it can prey on unsuspecting rabbits or small children or large adults.
And all day I have been feeling creepy crawly things crawling on my toes, because today I decided to wear open toed shoes.
Yeah, Clark Pest Control totally got called in today. We seriously needed them--just like the commercials say. :)