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Out, Out Damn Hobo Spider

Is it that time already? I was lifting weights while watching TV in the living room last night when my wife jumped & I caught something out of the corner of my eye -- a pregnant hobo spider scurrying across the carpet. Those things creep me out, especially when part of my workout routine involves lying on an exercise mat to do chest presses & situps. The spider was crawling toward the corner of the mat where my head would have been in approximately 10 minutes. I dropped a dumb bell on it. It was ha-huge. Mrs. O curled up on the couch while I grabbed some toilet tissue to clean up the remains. I probably dispatch 6 to 10 hobos every fall when they move into the house. I keep telling myself that I need to buy some spider traps. Mebbe this year I will.

Question: Have you had any hobo spider sightings yet.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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