Wednesday, May 28, 2008


"Come and look at this!" Andrew called excitedly from down the hall.

I spat out my mouthful of toothpaste foam and walked into the hall.


There on the wall was a huge, ugly spider. Bigger than the last one, anyway.

Andrew got the fly swatter and smacked it. It fell off the wall and onto the floor. He picked it up in a Kleenex and showed it to me.

"See, it's just a little guy," he mused.

Having curled it's sickeningly long legs up in their rightful rigor mortis position he really did look like a little guy. No bigger than my pinkie fingernail. Don't let that fool you though because he looked huge on the wall.

"Do they have spiders in Egypt?" I asked. Of course, I knew they had spiders in Egypt. I just wanted Andrew to tell me that they wore clown suits and danced around.

"Of course," Andrew said. He left off the part about clown suits and dancing, though, so I was still worried.

"What kinds?" I asked.

"Normal ones, I think," he said. "Except they've got 'tude," he added seriously.

"What's tood?" I asked, thinking it was some Arabic expression for deathly poisonous venom.

"Attitude!" he said like he was some kind of hip hop star.

Okay, Andrew, no more staying up late.

I researched the spiders found in that region today. Most of them are okay. There's a white widow spider, which isn't as common or as poisonous as the black widow. And then there are camel spiders, which aren't spiders and aren't even poisonous. Still, I don't think I'd ever want to meet one if it wasn't in a glass box.


  1. Why me no likey hot desert climates even though me likey sun... Egypt is going to be full of lots of other nasty biting things, though, like mosquitoes with West Nile Virus and Tsetse flies (you can tell the mosquitoes that come from that area cause they are black and white striped on the legs. Seriously. I've seen them). Have fun!!

  2. weird - I'd be more creeped by the camel spider (not actual spider) it has ten creepy legs....