Actually, that’s an understatement.
I’ve only ever had one recurring dream in my life and both times the dream left me screaming and bolting out of my bed to find safety.
What was this dream? Oh… that my life was covered in spiders.
I don’t hate spiders. I abhor them.
This evening I was happily organizing the art supplies at Sunshine Studios and getting ready for tomorrow morning’s class when out of the corner of my eye I see him, Mister Freakishly Huge and Hairy Scary Man Eating Spider. Oh and where exactly was Mister Freakishly Huge and Hairy Scary Man Eating Spider? Not up in the corner like a good little man eating demon… no, no, he was nonchalantly sitting on the edge where the wall meets the floor–approximately four inches from my hand.
Panic is another understatement.
I speedily fled the room leaving him with my computer and my fan (two of my most beloved belongings) and called Tracy who was studying with our Thai tutor.
Our Thai teacher was able to quickly disembody the nasty demon but with no lack of high pitched screaming and award winning high jumps from me.
Needless to say,
Mister Freakishly Huge and Hairy Scary Man Eating Spider: 1
Samara: -3 (negative points for lack of dignity)
*The whole time this was happening I was believing the spider to be a tarantula, as I’ve never seen a spider so big and so hairy before… My Thai teacher kept referring to the spiders as a แมงมุมยักศ์ which literally translated means: giant (as in ogre…) spider. I googled it in Thai to see if it was actually the Thai name for a species of spiders (like ‘tarantula’) or just an adjective.
Turns out, it was just an adjective and Mister Freakishly Huge and Hairy Scary Man Eating Spider was not a tarantula, but a very well fed huntsman spider.
As I was in no state of mind to snap a photo of him for you all, this is the closest images I could find:
Well, for whatever reason the pictures aren’t loading properly, and since they’re really gross and I don’t know how badly I even want these pictures on my blog… you can just do your own google image search of ‘thai huntsman spiders’.
**Note: Throwing up is an appropriate and acceptable response.
The next morning I had to teach classes at Sunshine Studios so I literally opened the building up and made one of my students do a thorough search of the rooms before I would enter in. There have, thankfully, been no new intruders since.