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My head was just a few inches from the top of the panel while trying to reach the far screws. When I saw something jump out of the top of the panel, it did "startle" me a bit.

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The ladies accompanying me reacted a bit more verbally and physically.

Though they did come back in a few minutes.

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No, but the seller got real woozy and came close to passing out when she saw the picture of the poor little old spider in the crawl space. Apparently a REAL case of arachnophobia!

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This reminds me of a poem by one of my faves, Billy Collins.

The Country

by Billy Collins

I wondered about you

when you told me never to leave

a box of wooden, strike-anywhere matches

lying around the house because the mice

might get into them and start a fire.

But your face was absolutely straight

when you twisted the lid down on the round tin

where the matches, you said, are always stowed.

Who could sleep that night?

Who could whisk away the thought

of the one unlikely mouse

padding along a cold water pipe

behind the floral wallpaper

gripping a single wooden match

between the needles of his teeth?

Who could not see him rounding a corner,

the blue tip scratching against a rough-hewn beam,

the sudden flare, and the creature

for one bright, shining moment

suddenly thrust ahead of his time?

now a fire-starter, now a torchbearer

in a forgotten ritual, little brown druid

illuminating some ancient night.

Who could fail to notice,

lit up in the blazing insulation,

the tiny looks of wonderment on the faces

of his fellow mice, onetime inhabitants

of what once was your house in the country?

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No, but the seller got real woozy and came close to passing out when she saw the picture of the poor little old spider in the crawl space. Apparently a REAL case of arachnophobia!

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"Deal Killer"!

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