Samoan Insect Dance

Trip Start Jun 25, 2003
Trip End Sep 2004

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Hi Everyone,

Writing from Samoa,land of big spiders, beautiful beaches and of two very lazy Americans. First of all, a bit of background about the spider. As a man, Jordan has not lived up to his masculine duties of protecting me from all crawling entities. Our first night in Samoa we learned about the existence of enormous, hairy, poisonous, gun-toting (Jordan wanted me to write that) spider from a very nice Canadian girl. Upon hearing her tell us about the huge spider she saw in the shower of her hostel we politely laughed off her exaggeration until we returned to our little bungalow (read: rustic shed)to turn in. Feeling a bit apprehensive about spiders, I did a quick perimeter check of the bungalow and immediately started screaming (and according to Jordan, doing some sort of "insect dance"). The cause of my scream - the hugest, biggest, thickest, nastiest spider I ever saw outside an enclosed glass box (this includes my tv when turned to the Discovery channel). Pure nastiness. Anyway, it was at this point that Jordan failed me in his duties to act as my male protector. Instead of bravely swooping into our bathroom (also a shed), scooping up the spider with his bare hands and thus providing me clear access to the sink for brushing my teeth, he let out a little yelp and began his own version of the "insect dance" and then promptly slammed the door from the bathoom to our bedroom shut mumbling something about how all primates have an innate anacrophopic instinct and therefore it is completely normal for him to not want to "get" the spider. In addition,he clamined a shortage of "tools" (e.g., a level-one bio-hazard suit, fully armed SWAT team,etc.) to help with the removal of said spider. So at a standoff, we let the spider rule the bathroom, and except for mad dashes to the toilet, kept the bathroom door barricaded overnight and then got the first bus out of town in the morning.

So, it comes as no suprise after such an ordeal we needed a bit of time to recuperate. And without too much trouble we found the perfect spot with the most beautiful beach EVER (well at least of those we've seen in our last 4 weeks in the South Pacific). White sand, blue skies, azure water, swaying palm tress, no big spiders, very cool people and the most welcoming Samoan family running the place. What was supposed to be 2 days turned into 6, and we even considered bagging New Zealand to turn our 6 days into 6 weeks. During our time we met some great people and had a lot of fun and decided that we all needed to celebrate our birthdays - the idea starting b/c Jordan's bday is coming up (August 2nd for those interested parties). So,last night we celebrated each person's birthday month for a 1/2 hour. For example, August was 5:30-6PM. September was 6-6:30PM. During your birthday half hour, you would wear a flower behind your ear to signify your bday status and then the rest of us would drink to your health. So, after 6 hours of this birthday merriment the group went to bed(separately) to brace for the morning's promise of a hangover. (Jordan wants me to note that there is nothing unmanly about wearing a flower behind your ear as long as you are drinking. Granted he was drinking a frothy pina colada last night, but hell I am sure he'll have some witticism to say about this next week when it is his turn to write this thing).

We are now back in Apia,the capital of Samoa and plan to tour Upolu, the more populous of the two main Samoan islands in just one day. Unfortunately we ran out of time for the leisurely loop around the island by getting stuck on the beach in Savaii island.

And finally, a great big shout out to Mo (of Herkmo inc.) for encouraging us, no strongarming us, into including Samoa on our world tour. Great call. This place is a true gem (and cheap too!). Plus no hard feelings about the spider.

Jordan says we forgot to mention one other Leo bday. Dan Lee is August 1st. Happy Happy Birthday,Dan!

Talk to you all soon,
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