Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Big spiders, vodka tonics, co-workers and motorcycles

   I've told you about the spiders we have in Arkansas. I was driving down the road one sunny day last weekend, when I saw something with big hairy legs scampering across the road. Now that's a big spider when you can see its legs moving from your car...
   So I stopped and took a picture for you. It was large enough to be sold in a pet store.

   The best way to stop a long night is with a vodka tonic and three olives. I learned this in college. Of course, most people don't have the sensitivity to alcohol like I do, but this is my hard drink of choice. The olives are for sustenance, and they are quite tasty after soaking in the vodka and tonic water mix for a while. A good bar tender will not hesitate to load your glass with olives; a stingy bartender will claim they don't have enough olives to give you three. That means it is time to move to the next bar.
   The olives are important - they may be the only thing you have for dinner that night.
   I was walking to my classroom today, and I saw Trish, one of my co-workers, outside sitting in the sun. She said she had been praying for Tim, another co-worker of ours. She told me he had been in a motorcycle wreck this morning, and that he had apparently hit a deer. He had a head injury even though he was wearing a helmet.

   Tim is probably the nicest guy you'll ever meet. He always gets to work before I do and he makes a pot of coffee in the lounge. It is always nice to come to work knowing that there's fresh hot coffee waiting for you. I had noticed this morning that there was no coffee to be found.
   I have never been a fan of motorcycles. I am even less of a fan now.

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