Yeah, so, my coworker Paul told my boss that I am very afraid of spiders. I know this because Paul warned me that now my boss wants to play a practical joke on me involving my paralyzing fear of spiders.
Why Paul told my boss this fact, I don’t know; but apparently Paul felt the need to share a story about an incident that happened at his home involving me, drunk Paul and a spider.
A while back, I went over to Paul and his husband’s house for dinner. They have an awesome house in Corte Madera, but there is one room in which I do not dare enter. It’s the room in which they keep their pet tarantulas. Seriously. They owns two spiders … as pets. I think they own a snake, too. Weirdos.
Anyway, I won’t go in that room.
So, we were chillin’ in the living room, boozing it up after having a tasty dinner, when Paul comes up behind me and says, “Someone wants to meet you,” and tries to put what appears to be one of his tarantulas on me.
I shrieked, jumped off the couch and ran away.
Turns out, it was a spider husk. I guess these creepy, crawly things shed their skin. Gross! Just one more reason to think they are disgusting, nasty things. [I was going to put a picture of a spider husk on this post, but I couldn’t bring myself to even look at photos. I somehow found the courage to find a spider picture and put it on the blog before. You can see it here.]
I didn’t care if it was just a spider husk, I wasn’t having it. I refused to be in the same room with it and basically started having a panic attack until he put it away.
Paul was pretty drunk and didn’t remember assaulted me with a spider carcass until I let him have it a few days later.
I have no idea why Paul told this story to our boss. I can’t imagine it came up in meeting about product optimization for website. And, it doesn’t seem like the kind of story you should share with your boss. “And then I got wasted and chased a coworker around my house with a spider husk.”
So, yeah, now, on top of juggling my myriad of tasks in the office, I have to be on constant alert for a practical joke involving my spiders. Joy.