Recently, as we were leaving the house for our evening walk, I found this spider outside the garage.
I moved in for a closer look and it didn't move. I gently poked it with a stick to encourage it to leave so I wouldn't be forced to send it to spider heaven. This plucky little arachnid apparently channels Sylvester Stallone, star of the "Rocky" movies, or Marlon Brando, star of "On the Waterfront," who is known for the famous quote, "I coulda been a contender!"
"C'mon, lady, I'll take ya on!" the spider-weight contender challenged. I declined and instead, ran in the house to get the camera. When I came out, he had apparently taken my quick departure for a forfeit. His front legs were raised in victory stance.
No, I didn't kill him. I named him "Rocky" and let him live to fight another day. As we left on our walk, I thought I heard him call to his mate, "Yo, Adrian!"