OK, maybe that title is a tad dramatic. But when you're as ignorant as I am when it comes to spiders, they will all tend to scare the ever living daylights out of you!
That's exactly what happened to me yesterday while I was trying to mow my
grass hay. Picture it, middle of the day, sweating your tail off pushing your mower and trying not to inhale all the dust that lack of rain brings to you. Your head's down, focused on trying to maximize every inch of your mower's path. You come up to your kid's jungle gym set thing-a-ma-bob and are weaving in and out of aforementioned do-a-ma-flotchy, when you suddenly and frighteningly come upon this: