Filed under: Work
I’d like to start off today with a question for you all: Have you ever used an electric bug swatter?
There’s one at work. It looks like a child’s toy and the appearance is a black plastic handle and a lime green plastic shaft and circular bit around the swatting bit. The difference between this and a regular bug swatter (besides it’s obvious mini-tennis racket-like appearance) is the fact that there are metal rods across the swatting area… and it takes two double-A batteries. There’s this little button on the side that you have to press when you want to be swatting at flying insects. The room that I used to spend loads of time in (prior to acquiring my cubicle) gets a lot of flies. So, last year, my boss bought an electric bug swatter. We didn’t put batteries into it until last week.
And today there was a massive fly in the room. And it kept on flying around my head. So, sighing, I went to get the plastic racket and waited for the fly to come towards me again and then I kind of hit at the fly like I would a tennis ball and then there was this loud cracking sound (from when the fly hit the metal bars). I was a little surprised at that. I expected maybe a soft crackling sound, from the electricity, but not a loud cracking sound. So I look down to see where the fly is, so I can use a tissue to dispose of it and I just see this huge (HUGE! At least the size of a loonie – that’s a $1 Canadian coin, for those who aren’t familiar) spider. Evidently, I hit the fly and it fell into the strands of a spider’s web. So this spider’s darting out and wrapping up a tasty little (and I’m assuming fried) meal that I inadvertently provided for it.
See, the ironic thing is that while I get easily annoyed at the flies in the room… But spiders freak me out even more. And it ran away before I could step on it (with it’s fried fly meal).
So I’m pretty sure there’s a lesson in all of this. And it probably goes something like “Request that someone vacuum up all the spiders… then go and zap the flies”. Or something.
- What makes your skin crawl? (Doesn’t have to be bugs!)
- What was the last thing that you fed that wasn’t a human?
- Spiders… A lot of bugs… I’m fond of some creepy crawlies though. Like ladybugs, bees and worms (they count, yes?).
- A huge (HUGE!) spider at work.