posted on Aug, 23 2009 @ 10:55 AM
Greetings Everyone ... just registered with ATS although I have lurked for a long time, and the "Fear of Spiders" thread is what got me to register,
I have a wariness of spiders but when confronted, I go into 'kill or be killed' mode and I smash the life out of them. Part of that may be due to an
experience in my childhood when my Dad built a garden on some terraces in our back yard using cinder blocks to retain the earth, and my Mother noticed
one day a spider scurrying into one of the cinder blocks. She got a flashlight and discovered that ALL of those blocks were *filled* with spiders! So,
being the fearless sort of Southern Mom that she is, she got a long stick and a big (real big) glass container (prob about a 1 gallon size) and
proceeded to poke the stick into the blocks, the spiders would crawl up the stick, she would put the stick inside the glass container and shake the
spider off, put the lid on the container, then on to the next cinder block.
In about a half hour or so, she had that glass container half filled with these spiders, she put it out of my reach (of course) and when my Dad got
home from work, told him about the 'strange little black spiders' she had captured, 37 of them as a matter of fact: yep, you guessed - they were all
Black Widows, in a big snarling swirling mass inside that big glass container and I thought my Dad might pass out from the shock. He proceeded to fill
the container with kerosene to kill them, and that was the end of the spiders.
Years later, I found myself living in Florida and one morning deciding that a bowl of chili would make a pretty good breakfast. So while the chili was
heating up, I decided to kill the time cleaning the windows in my apartment, bottle of Windex in hand and a roll of paper towels, not knowing that a
huge wolf spider was sitting in the dining room light fixture minding it's own business.
Enter the hot chili in a nice big bowl, I sit down in the dining area, and just as I was about to dig in, the spider decides he's going to join me
for breakfast (or maybe have ME for breakfast!) and falls INTO the chili to my shock and horror, and between being p*ssed off at a perfectly good bowl
of chili being wasted and scared out of my mind at the sudden appearance of my unfriendly neighborhood arachnid, I grabbed the bottle of Windex and
just started pumping it into the chili, I figured if the chili didn't kill the SOB, the Windex would.
That was about the time my girlfriend came out of the bedroom to witness the apocalyptic scene and said "ooookay, I'm going back to bed, see you a
As a closing comment, I remember reading in some book on psychological disorders that a severe fear of spiders suggests a fear of (*gasp*) INCEST so
all you folks need to get over those fears and start stompin' spiders! LOL
Nice to be here on ATS ... thanks for having me!
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