Brick’s Spider

Bugs I can do…spiders…not so much.

Damn near wrecked my car once on I-81. Flipped down the sun visor and a big-ass spider, about the size of a manhole cover drops down about 6 inches in front of my face and just hangs there swinging ever so slightly on his 200 lb. shock cord, about as thick as my thumb. We were eye-to-eye and even with my sun-glasses on, he had me outnumbered 2 to 1. It was so big it completely blocked my view through the windshield. I think I blacked out for a moment because the next thing I remember I was off the side of the road, trying to get out of my car, with my seat-belt still hooked in.

I noticed my sunroof was open, and off to the side of the road something caught my eye. I saw what I thought looked like a deer being dragged through heavy brush with a similar colored shock cord with 2 big puncture wounds on his neck…and a hairy leg as big around as a telephone pole disappearing into the thickets.

It’s a good thing too, because if I’d have gotten out of my seat belt, that spider would have got a whoopin’ to end all whoopins.

[Image from here. Awesome story via Brick. Crossposted here.]

Author: Bunk Strutts

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5 thoughts on “Brick’s Spider”

  1. I remember driving through west Texas years ago, heading into the sunset. It was shortly after a rain, so the tarantulas were out and about. I very distinctly remember seeing the sunlight shining beneath the body of one crossing the road ahead of me atop a small rise in the road.


  2. Lemur– Especially when they’re silk-sailing.

    Leeuna– I don’t mind spiders as they’re beneficial predators. On the other hand, walking through an orb weaver’s web gets me to do the wubba-wubba dance every time.

    wheels– We’ve got black widows around here. They’re real amateurs when it comes to web design.


  3. My ex referred to our first house as “Kingdom of the Spiders.” It was new construction, and I had to do the “Black Widow Patrol” every few days for months. It wasn’t as bad once we got the lawn in, though. We had a pet rabbit that ate spiders, which endeared him to the ex.

    Where I am now, I get some pretty big orb-weavers on the back deck.


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