okay. i would have hoped that being an avid outdoorsman, spiders wouldnt be a problem. i wouldnt categorize it as a "phobia"..but they do make me abnormally skittish. Yesterday: walked into the garage, opened the door (it opens towards me, into the room) i see it on my peripheral. it was giant. about 1.5" toe to toe (x4). being a city guy, that thing was HUGE! it was darn near eye-ball level to me...i stiffled the "eeeeeeyaaaaahaaaa" loading up in my vocal cords..and shut the door. cool as a cucumber (i might add) . i considered my options. they ran from, "go to bed, i didnt see nutin" to "where's my wooden matches and my can of WD-40?". well, i open the door and the worst thing happened. it was gone!! i poked around the garage with a carbon fiber arrow and a flashlight, but i never saw the beast again. this morning i took extra care to shake out my motorcycle boots and jacket..and i looked my helmet over carefully. i might have pulled a mini wheelie pulling out of the garage at mach speeds. snakes? no problem. bugs..pfft..i'll slap one silly with a childs flipflop. spiders? seriously, that's what shopvacs are for. hehe. anyone else? but seriously, i would have loved to identify that spider. it was huge and brown. my dream is to move to the country..hahhahaha.