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New Coworker

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This is my new coworker. We share a desk.

She's possibly a little young to be working. Her final molt will replace her missing leg and probably tone down the racing stripes on the dorsal surface of her abdomen. And then she'll be fully grown.

Her name is Latrodectus mactans maria dei maternae, or words to that effect. I may not have heard her name correctly due to the excitement surrounding her introduction.

Right now she's on guard duty, hanging out with my little desktop toys I play with while my dual-core multiple Gigahertz processor workstation does what it does best, which is show me slowly creeping status bars. She's somewhere over there with Optimus Prime and Starscream and the smorkin' bone and the REDRUM smorkin' labbit and the ten glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs, currently in their "four legs good, two legs bad" configuration.

It's probably not fair to her hard-working nature to make her presence such a low-key thing. I should probably make her a name plate for her side of the desk. Maybe include her title as well. But maybe that would draw too much attention to someone who I know prizes her privacy....

Or maybe I should just put a card in front of her that says, "It behooves you not to fuck with the black widow spider. Thank you."


Posted by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

14th Aug 2008, 03:29   | tags:


Another true story, of course.


14th Aug 2008, 16:34

of course

14th Aug 2008, 23:10