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Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 18, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
This is why;.........
Credit: Todd Gordon
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
He likes Jude's painting too..
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 18, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
Credit: Todd Gordon
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Aug 18, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Cool !

Pretty chunky fuzzy arachnid. I love those guys.
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Aug 18, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
YIKES!!! Did it stay for dinner?


Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 18, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
My wife will be right over...



































with her shotgun.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Aug 18, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
Tarantulas are cool, they eat all the scorpions,

Keith Ferguson, bass player for the fabulous thunderbirds had a Gecko in his basement that ate roaches and baby rats, made a weird sound that use to scare soldiers in viet nam,
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Aug 18, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
I caught one on a road outside my town when I was growing up, kept it as a pet for a day or two until my brother and I (in the midst of some stupid trick that began with "I bet you can't...") knocked over a dresser with the glass container which broke.... In short, we made it temporary living quarters, and the tarantula escaped that night.

Mom was afraid to come home for lunch, found it a few days later on the living room curtains. I took it out back to the creek, and it hunted down my mom in the service yard of the hardware store where she worked at the time (which happened to be downstairs from where we were living).

So I didn't get tarantula pets after that.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Aug 18, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
had a friend who passed out jn his sleeping bag one night in a park near portland oregon, woke up with about 50 baby garter snakes, they like the heat i guess, then he got food poisoning for 3 days from some homemade onion soup that his mom sent him from los altos, ca,
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Aug 19, 2013 - 12:52am PT
Uh.... That's why I don't live in the desert. Or in the South.

I don't like bugs.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Aug 19, 2013 - 02:28am PT
Tarantulas are harmless for the most part, their 'hairs' can cause some irritation apparently. We used to have them on our property in Saranap (WC/Lafayette).

Okay, was it Dr No that James Bond was 'threatened' with a tarantula? Any other films where tarantulas were a threat?

In fact any other films where a 'creature' was to be used to kill? And forget about that dumb Star Wars prequel.

Put your thinking caps on, or else, I'll drop a large spider down your shorts.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Aug 19, 2013 - 02:35am PT
Silly me, I thought it was for the killer sunsets, great climbing, lots of space, views that disappear into the distance, dry air, fewer people and summers that just keep on giving...

Top five most poisonous spiders:

Brazilian Wandering Spider
Australia Funnel Web
Black Widow Spider
Red Backed Spider
Brown Recluse

http://andyoz.hubpages.com/hub/The-Worlds-Most-Poisonous-Spiders

I'm knott a big spider fan.

cheers
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Aug 19, 2013 - 06:09am PT
Fast, small and bitey spiders freak me out way more than big mellow tarantulas. I saw one crossing the road in Calabasas last week.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Aug 19, 2013 - 10:34am PT
Ever see the movie Home Alone? The would be burglar would be me screaming, large spiders creep me out!!!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Aug 19, 2013 - 11:06am PT
Gaaa! Here, I deal with Wolf spiders, which are huge enough. The problem is, they can move FAST if they want to, which makes them even worse than tarantulas, I think.
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Aug 19, 2013 - 11:11am PT


This was filmed in the town where I went to high school. I was a senior, 4th year on the football team, stoked to be an extra like all my teammates in the movie, but I quit the football team and dropped out of high school so I could hitch hike to community college and get enough college prep classes to get into a real university.

So I missed my movie star opportunity, but at least I don't work as a bus boy in a restaurant in that town still.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Aug 19, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Obviously one of my relatives.

Tarantulas are highly intelligent (for bug) and lucky. However, they do not belong in the house.


I predict Todd will have 3 years of very good fortune followed by only moderate good fortune after that, unless he meets another tarantula in which case the very good fortune will be renewed.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Aug 19, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
real attention getter when one rares back on the hind four
and offers to take you down with those remaining grapplers
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 19, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
....and why we live in the mountains...
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 20, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
He's back.......................................


Credit: Todd Gordon
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