SPIDERS ASK.......HAVE YOU EVER DONE THE SPIDER DANCE.....?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca BRE LIC #636943

It's early in the morning and you are either on your way to your car or the morning newspaper. You open the front door, and head out with confidence when all of a sudden, you feel something, lots of something all over your face, then your hands as you try to brush it off and then you realize, within a nano second, that you just walked into...

THE BIGGEST SPIDER WEB YOU HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED

WAIT...it gets worse. You start to employ logic mixed with fear and childhood traumas and you instantly come up with the FACT.....that if this is a SPIDER'S WEB, there must be a Spider. Not just an ordinary Spider either. This is a new specie that attacks people on their way to their cars or their morning paper and.... likes it!

It doesn't like people. In fact, it could be the mother of all KARMA Spider's that you have ever killed while they were roaming around the house or garage minding their own business. You killed them....it knows.

The size of the web (in your mind) is blown out of proportion because it is encompassing you all over. Ergo, it is a huge Spider and..... no bird, strong wind, rain or OTHER normal spider CAN STOP IT OR TAKE IT OUT. Everything gave it a wide berth during the night as it built its web. This is no joke......

You started slapping yourself on the face, you find yourself making horrible noises, you are acting out some sort of perverted dance step between a hop and a side step with a little up and down thrown in. You shriek, you spit, and then you scream. Some people curse. Some even start running like they are on fire. Their thinking is they can escape if they run fast and quick enough.

TO OBSERVE SOMEONE WHO IS DOING THE SPIDER DANCE IS HARD TO EXPLAIN. IT IS NEITHER FUNNY NOR NORMAL HUMAN BEHAVIOR.....

The SPIDER has landed and is hiding on you. It is pissed off, hungry, and it will take a bite out of you right where you think it will. That is why you keep slapping your neck, arms, back and face thinking you can get in a lucky quick, accurate lethal blow. So, here you are yelling and slapping yourself and no one is around.

If you were not quite up or were carrying anything, you are now up and you dropped whatever you had. You need to either check in with a mirror right away or if you are lucky enough, have someone look you over. You keep feeling the loose threads of the web and ......for a few-short moments, you are out of your mind......this thing is still hiding somewhere on me. Goosebumps do not help. Hollywood was right......

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AND THE SPIDERS POINT OF VIEW

As soon as you touched the web, the spider made a bee-line for the nearest exit. It sees its worse nightmare. A 200 foot tall lethal weapon in the shape of a human being....... something it fears and dreads. It cannot react quick enough as its web is brought down around it and may or may not barely escape with its life. If it should land on you, it is running away from you for its life. It will burn every ounce of strength knowing that this is its last chance to live. It never wants to see you again....

HOLLYWOOD SHOWS THEM CHASING YOU...THEY ACTUALLY RUN AWAY FROM YOU

I do not like SPIDERS as pets. I respect the roll they play in keeping the insect population in check. When SPIDER and HUMAN meet, it is usually curtains for the SPIDER. In my more mature years, I now catch them and let them go. My kids, (while they cannot do this),..... respect my wishes and....... call me to do it for them.

One thing though....I do not like to SPIDER DANCE........and always have a keen eye open so I do not dance to the SPIDER'S tune....affectionately called....."this little web of mine has rhythm"

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca - Riverside, CA
on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!

Rich to Rich...

Very astute of you to point that out my dear Richard......What drives us but our inner parts. Fear is learned and was never part of the original plan for mankind. The Spider could be symbolic for unfinished business. You know, it does not know it is a spider, does not have understanding, it just carries out its programming. We, on the other hand, know, understand and then choose to destroy....we have power, but do we use it wisely? Time continues to teach us all........thank you Rich up there in Annapolis, MD

High best

Aug 30, 2010 10:19 PM #16
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Kevin J. May
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Richie, they freak me out along with wasps.  My dance has improved especially if I can catch a glimpse while they're on the escape route.  Last year while showing customers a home I had opened a SGD while turned talking to them behind me and voila' face and head enveloped in the web.  Did my little dance and a girly scream.  I caught a glimpse of the builder at 2 o'clock high and was relieved.  Did you know that my hair stayed fabulously in place the rest of the day.  Always looking for the positive side!

Aug 30, 2010 10:19 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Kevin....I thought of Professor Jones of the Indiana Jones fame......."Indiana Kevin" ....as you told your story. Wasps BTW are built for speed and maneuverability. They don't have a hidden agenda, but they are good at carrying out the one they have been assigned and they don't like interference. At least you did not have a bad hair day....I mean that can finish you off if it catches you off guard......The other day, I walked into a web inside a laundry room..... cleaned myself off and calmly asked the lady of the house to look in my hair for any intruders.  She was more shook up than me. I have come a long way from clawing myself to near death. There is hope so stay with it......

Aug 30, 2010 10:44 PM #18
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Kristen Wheatley
The Maine Real Estate Network - Auburn, ME
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Too funny Richie.  This post comes at a great time.  I'm not sure if anyone else is experiencing this, but we have a bumper crop of spiders this year and as you might guess, hardly any mosquitos or Japanese Beetles.  Thank you spiders!

They do have a habit of building those webs right where you intend to walk.  Fortunately, we have a lot of what we call writing spiders that put a nice thick white zig zag down the middle of their giant web so we can see it.  See how cooperative they can be!

We do the catch and release when one ends up in our abode.  Just don't want the Karma of their demise on my hands.  Although I have to admit, if it is one of those speedy types I get my husband to catch it.

Sep 01, 2010 09:10 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Kristen.....friend to the environment and "live and let live" specialist. You see, the spiders know what to do and have an ingenious way of doing it. They construct webs where they think it makes sense. The result: less other pests to deal with. What does it cost us? Tolerance of another specie....no big deal. The more bold and creative spiders don't know they are infringing on our WALKWAYS. They figured out (just like we did) that this is a good place to walk or do business....that's all. In the absence of a web signature,  or trying to see the web, I usually take a broom and march forward swinging it like a scythe cutting wheat. It does the trick. People see me swinging a broom at air and must wonder.....what is he doing? Lastly, you are invited into the society of Catch & Release.....and your husband gets honorable mention.....

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Sep 01, 2010 10:12 AM #20
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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Down here we have all kind of nasty spiders - Black Widow, Brown Recluse, Wolf Spider - nasty!

Sep 05, 2010 11:40 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Barbara-Jo is.... in the know...... Yes, nasty to the insect world and respected by humans everywhere.....Thank God they do not know what they do or what they can really get done if they had our intelligence. They could easily rule the world.......THINK: Spider-man.....

Sep 05, 2010 11:46 AM #22
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Keith & Evie Sellers
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LOL ~ My brother go bit by a spider, but he only climbs walls when the kids are whining.

Amazing how quickly they can construct that over a main passage way that you use all the time.  Wake up to a facefull of spun silk.  The critters that annoy me are the hornets.  They've ambused my face before, and left a mark!

 

Sep 05, 2010 12:15 PM #23
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LOL agreed.....Keith....Nature and the insect and plant forms are to be respected at this time. I once got five little bites on the side of my neck that we all deduced was from a spider making his exit while traveling across me. I guess when I moved, he perceived it as a threat and bit down. I moved 5 times, he bit 5 times....In regards to Hornets, we have designed airplanes after their sleek design and even named them Hornets. These babies are designed for speed and missions and getting into it with a group of Hornets......not recommended.

Chills, thrills and spills.......Best to you Keith.... and the family too

Sep 05, 2010 12:55 PM #24
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Michael Bergin
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Very funny Richie, I am glad you didn't have a hot cup of coffee (as I do most mornings) with you during your encounter, you could have done a hot coffee dance as well as the spider dance. Next time look before you go out of the door. LOL

Sep 05, 2010 01:11 PM #25
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Michael....LOL indeed my dear man. I have done the Hot coffee dance and the combo would have had me DANCING WITH THE STARS...unconscious stars I might add......

Sep 05, 2010 01:18 PM #26
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Pat Haddad
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Richie--I missed this the first time around and thanks to Pat Kennedy, I am just now reading and enjoying!! Last (Wordless) Wednesday  I posted a picture of a beauty outside my garage---not having read this blog post!  I am so happy when I run across others who understand the noble spider and its place in the world!! 

Sep 05, 2010 02:11 PM #27
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Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Richie:

My 23 yr old daughter is AFRAID of spiders.  All summer, this one spider has been busy outside of our bay window.  Either I or my husband go out to destroy the web.  First time, spider comes back builds a new web witn 1 egg sack.  Second time, spider comes back & builds 2 egg sacks.  Third time, the spider comes back & builds 3 egg sacks.  Yeah, you get the idea that we have not killed the spider.  She's quite skilled at crawling into microsclpic cracks....

Pat Pribisko

 

Sep 05, 2010 03:00 PM #28
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One Pat...helping another....I like that. it is noble as you put it because you have given it the respect that it is entitled too in this world at this time. It is a life form and if we found it on another planet, we would spend trillions of dollars to bring it back here where we spray them to death....go figure...?

Best to you Pat (s).....

 

Pat & Steve....I am getting "Pats" ...down PAT......You don't realize it, but you have just participated into the famous ARMS RACE we read about. The Cheetah runs faster because his prey runs faster. Each generation supplies a gene to both to help make them both survive. By you destroying that WEB, it now went to emergency web building measures and sent the message into is egg sac that there are HOSTILES in the area and you will need to CRAWL QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY into microscopic cracks.....You see folks, all you did was train it in and its siblings....to survive YOU........

Pats rule.......

Sep 05, 2010 03:15 PM #29
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Marte Cliff
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Right now there is a Daddy Longlegs on the wall by my desk... and for some reason they're OK - but some of the others give me the willies.

I don't like the long-legs either if there are too many... I had a nest hatch out on the roof one time and bunches of them fell on me when I went through the door. The odor they give off when you brush them off is unforgetably awful.

Meanwhile... I loved your description. I think I do that dance when I get a web in my face, but I've never had it happen around the house. Only in the woods.

Sep 06, 2010 12:43 AM #30
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Marte....You know I read up on the daddy long legs years ago. They are proficient at catching and eating insects. I also read where the fangs are placed in such a way where they cannot bite humans. That helped me tolerate them a bit more. I went hiking and saw two people enter a cave where these things mated and raised families. Tens of thousands of them roamed the cave. The young lady who grew up there thought no big deal. The young girl who was visiting was shook up. I got the willies just watching the whole thing. The more I was exposed to this subject over the years, the less impact it had on me.......Marte......If spiders could be trained and follow commands, people would pay a small fortune to come see that I bet......Can you imgaine, just as a joke, fake webbing in the stadium seating would add to chills.....

Sep 06, 2010 09:15 AM #31
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

The character's in "Charlotte's Webb" would adore you! You've given grace and humor to the spider species. I've been dealing with one of the critters this week. I keep cleaning up their web on my stairs and they keep coming back. Wait till I find them, not even a dance will save them!

Sep 06, 2010 07:56 PM #32
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Ellen....I got a chill just reading your last sentence of  your comment.....I am sorry to say, the spider doesn't stand a chance..unless it has its WEB together.......

Sep 06, 2010 08:17 PM #33
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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This is hilarious.  Yesterday, I went into my "sewing room".....yeah, right.  I haven't had time to sew in the last five years....but anyway, I cleaned the whole da%$#$ room top to bottom.  And, then I was glancing at it from the dining room today and saw a new bright shiny web....only a strand.  I thought I could take it...but twenty minutes later, there were five.....WAR!!!!!!!  Went in, found the culprit hiding in the ceiling corner....bang! Gone.  Take that Mrs. Spider.  And keep your CR$#$ out of my nice clean room. 

Thanks for letting me vent...I feel much better! 

Sep 08, 2010 11:48 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Suzanne....Suzanne vs the Sewing Room Spiders is a new movie coming out this fall. See an entire room taken over...strand by strand. Watch as SHE..... battles SHE......as Suzanne vents and the spider relents? Suzanne Mclaughlin, new to the cinema, but a veteran of Real Estate, tells her tale which takes place in a small little sewing room inside Albertville, St Michael. The episode appears to end on a typical note, but does it? Egg sacs may have the final say in this thriller.

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