She’s my Mississippi-New Orleans connection: if I ever get to that part of the country, I hope to run into her. (This is a reminder to myself that I need to get the heck to New Orleans sometime!) I also met Aonie through Les Phorums Des greygirlbeast and docbrite, who brought together many worthwhile people for me to meet circa 2003, and so to Caitlin and Doc I say thank you.
Aonie managed to find cute tarantulas. Really. Her younger spider Aoifa has personality, and when she was younger her personality was remarkably like that of Gir from Invader Zim. (“Crickets crickets crickets crickets crickets.” Aonie will know what I’m talking about.) Her and her other spider Claudia make me glad I can appreciate spiders. At least the not-too-huge spiders. They get to hand-sized, I start to lose that sangfroid…
Aonie also has been a calming influence over the phone. It’s easy for the two of us to talk that way. “Our good rapport” is not just a phrase that rhymes with “Colbert Report.”
Happy birthday, aoniedesade. May there be beauty and hotness surrounding you.