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02 May 2015 @ 10:25 pm
If you thought yesterday's reference to spiders seemed to have a "dogwhistle" tone to it, you were right. The audience there was other people who also live in hot, dry places.

For reasons of nefariousness coincidence, we usually can only see a spider's back, not its underside. Once you've seen enough black widows, though, you become familiar with the overall shape and sheen of them, and any spider that looks like that is almost certainly a black widow. If it's brown, it might be a brown widow—or a mutant on its way to becoming a black widow, so kill it anyway!

I seriously hate how plentiful those little monsters are around Sacramento...

This got me rememering again this morning that, while it is a lovely book and a classic, I sometimes feel (unpopular opinion alert!) that Charlotte's Web is also primarily pro-spider propaganda. If you don't believe me, ask your friendly neighborhood arachnophobe. Yick!

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bleodsweanbleodswean on May 3rd, 2015 03:19 pm (UTC)
I struggle with accepting spiders. It IS a struggle. Black widows....seem incredibly hellish, to me. I think they...chatter...Rid the porch, happily, of yours! ;)

We have cat-faced spiders here, bodies can get to be the size of golf balls. They are....something. You have to go out at night with a flashlight to see them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2015 06:08 am (UTC)
Ugh. Until a few years ago, I was blissfully unaware that spiders could GET really large apart from tarantulas, which are someplace wayyy south of there.

No spider or insect should be that big. That is horrifying!
tatdatcmtatdatcm on May 3rd, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)
I don't mind spiders as long as I can't see them. If they happen to come into my visual space, they're not long for this world.

Charlotte's Web was always all about the pig for me. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2015 06:10 am (UTC)
Charlotte's Web is mostly about the pig for me too, but honestly... there is an AWFUL lot of spider in there. As a phobic person, you can't hep noticing. o_O
Direst Ryl: Horseflyryl on May 3rd, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
I don't mind spiders. They kill the bugs I do mind. However, it it's a black widow or a brown spider I can't identify by sight it gets smashed flat tout de suite.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2015 06:23 am (UTC)
It's funny how other people's phobias seem so weird. I had someone start telling me about his snake phobia, while he would be fine with tarantulas crawling on his arm, and I kept thinking, "Well, snakes won't _kill_ you obviously, unless they're poisonous or boa constrictors."

Which is also true of spiders. But rational facts only apply to other people's issues. ;)
Port: black widowdesertport on May 6th, 2015 04:27 am (UTC)
We had sooooooo many black widows in our garage in SoCal, it was ridiculous. Nasty things were resistant to poison too. Ugh. This leads to a number of weird BW stories from my childhood, like the time one laid eggs above our front door and they all hatched so we entered through the garage until they eventually dispersed. And the time I asked my littlest sister what she was collecting in her terrarium and it turned out she had somehow populated it with black widows. Or the time said sister lifted a small shelf from the bottom without looking to see if there was anything under there, and I thought I'd give her a scare by pretending to see a BW... so she squeaks and drops it and then looks, and there actually was a BW right by her hand. *shudder*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2015 05:33 am (UTC)
what she was collecting in her terrarium and it turned out she had somehow populated it with black widows.
Eeeek! And indoors, too!

All of these stories just creep me out. One of my first introductions to this climate was the story of someone moving furniture at her aunt's antique shop, and discovering black widows behind and under several of the pieces. Yikes!