July 2007 Archives

Yesterday Jake and I came home after watching the sunset. He walked past the back of the futon as I flipped the light on. Jake was out of the room by the time I noticed the huge cane spider standing on the living room floor. I kind of spazed a little but calmed down long enough to actually look at it. I grabbed the camera and snapped a couple pics of it. Jake came back in to the living room to see why I was freaking out. We stood there for a while trying to figure out how we were going to kill it since they run quite fast it is very hard to smash it. So Jake grabbed the laundry basket and climbed onto the futon. He was going to throw the basket at it but decided to try to get some close up pics of it first. He snapped a couple and as he was going to snap a third it took off running right toward the futon. That is when I leaped onto the futon as quick as my little legs would go. We quickly both jumped off the futon onto the hardwood in the kitchen. Jake grabbed the flashlight and looked under the futon to try to track it down. He wasn't able to see it so I came down to look too. I sort of freaked out again when we spotted a leg wrap around the wood slats of the futon. It proceeded to run around and hid under the arm of the futon. Jake pulled the futon over so we could get to the right side of it where it was hiding. I kept the flashlight on it so we would know where it was at all times. All we could find that might kill it was insect repellent so we figured we might as well give it a try. So Jake snuck over to where it was and sprayed. The spider then jumped up in the air and onto the ground and kept jumping as Jake continued to spray it. It seemed that the insect repellent didn’t kill it just pissed it off very bad. It was jumping all over the place. It managed to find its way to under the refrigerator and climbed up the wall in the corner. We had the broom right there and since the repellent seemed to daze it quite a bit Jake grabbed to broom and smacked it. Although our place was completely torn up and insect repellent covering many areas, I am glad to say that our apartment now has one cane spider less then it did the day before yesterday.

So Jake and I were watching Fox News yesterday and at the end of the show it showed a clip for a news story about Keizer, Oregon. All I have to say is whoever thought of this idea should be fired. This is the story:

KEIZER, Ore. - The City of Keizer is taking heat for installing a group of cement posts designed to protect pedestrians from cars, but which some say is a phallic symbol.

A total of 52 of the posts were installed at a busy intersection in Keizer and they are getting a lot of second glances.

A number of residents have complained to the city that the posts resemble male genitalia.

"I can't disagree with that," said City Manager Chris Eppley. "They certainly did not turn out the way we anticipated."

According to Eppley, the posts were ordered from a catalog and looked much different on paper.

"They're a standard style," Eppley said. "I think in the right context they look fine. They just happened not to (look fine) here."

OK, Here is the genius idea!!
The city is looking into retrofitting the posts with metal collars and chains that run between them, which they hope will change the look. If not, they said the posts will have to go.

"If that fix doesn't work and I still think they look inappropriate, we'll have wasted $20,000 and we'll have to do something different," Eppley said.

Of course, the city could always keep them up and use them for sex education, at least according to one woman we spoke to. "My son said he wanted to hang a sign on it that says 'always use protection,'" she said.


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