Spiders, hazard of collecting junk?

From: Roger Merchberger <zmerch_at_30below.com>
Date: Mon Sep 20 21:17:37 1999

Rumor has it that Aaron Christopher Finney may have mentioned these words:

>Coincidentally, relating my story to one of our clients brought a
>brown-recluse horror story out: she was bitten by one at home in Texas,
>went into a coma, and was paralyzed for nearly two weeks after. After more
>than a month in the hospital, she eventually regained full motor
>function and could speak without slurring...yikes.

Yikes is a *severe* understatement! Lemme tell ya, the classic computer
pickins' sure are slim up here, but stories like that make me damn glad to
live on the Canadian border. I've heard a few people say that the brown
recluse's might be able to survive up here, but I've never even heard of
someone seeing one - let alone confronting one myself.

[[ We have a lot of non-poisonous spiders up here in the summer and I get
bitten once every month or so -- Most folks get a nickel-sized welt for 3-5
days and might itch for a while from a bite from one of the nastier species
up here. Me? I usually get a dime-sized welt for 4-6 hours. Having been a
beekeeper for a few years does have it's advantages! ;-) ]]

Bringing this ontrack, tho: I *may* have stumbled across a mini-treasure of
Commie equipment. From what I hear, it sounds like a decked-out 64, one of
the real early PET's, and possibly a CBM machine. We'll see if this
actually pans out.

(It was used as a data collection device for a computerized farm feeding
system. One of the first dozen installed in North America, from what I
understand. This could be interesting...)

Take care,
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
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Received on Mon Sep 20 1999 - 21:17:37 BST

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