Thursday, November 17, 2005

Goodnight from Sydney

It hasn't been a deliberate decision but the last few days I seem to have been introducing you to a few of the non-human inhabitants of Lane Cove. Tonight you can meet Snyder The Spider.

I found him this morning in a room in my apartment. I call this sort of spider a Trade Unionist Spider, because unless you chase him, he will sit there all day doing nothing. I could have gone back tomorrow and he would still be in the same place! They seem to love just hanging around in corners.

For those of you who may be concerned, no spider was hurt in the taking of this photograph - or after. I found a thick cloth, scooped him up and gently tossed him out the window. He did land safely and was last seen scampering around the woodchips saying to himself, "Man, good acid."

I told Mel, my fiancee, what I had done.

Naturally I told her that this particular type of spider is noted for being deadly poisonous, aggressive, bad tempered and will fight tooth and nail to escape harm. I explained that I tackled this fierce beast with little more than a cloth to keep me from suffering a fate worse than death.

Of course I assumed as any guy would, that she would say something like, "my hero" or "Oh Mike, you are so wonderful".

Somehow "You silly bugger, what did you take a daft chance like that for?" didn't have quite the same effect. John Wayne never had that sort of problem.

Tomorrow I will be having a bit more treatment so posting may be delayed or perhaps non-existent!

Wherever you may be - be safe