Thursday, October 05, 2006

Rabooobee, Raboobee, Ofedise Raboobee

All South African Kids of a certain age will remember that tune. To everyone else, when we were kids back in the "Old"(Apartheid) South Africa we were terribly short of TV programmes. I still have a mental block/negative attitude towards Tuesdays and Thursdays cos that was when the Afrikaans programmes were on. Anyway we used to have simulcast tv, basically when your show came on, you pulled out a radio and listened to the English dialogue on the radio while you watched on tv. Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, I *THINK* 21 Jump Street too were like this, but so was an animated version of Spiderman. Yeah, it was one of the few shows on tv in one of the African Vernaculars, if I'm not mistaken I think it's SeSotho. Annnnnyhooo, the title of this blog's from there. Spidermaaaaan, Spidermaaaaan is Raboobee, Rabobeee. lol, God at least we've got satellite/cable now(everyone except me, this requires another blog called Dude, where's my DSTV) and one free to air non- state channel. Blaaaaahness, somehow I thought that'd be easier than having an obscure Milton-esque link with a topic like On her Weirdness. I digress, as per our usual agreement....

Like I've expounded in one of my previous posts, Ramadaan brings with it, added sleep stress to an already fatigued insomniac. So now that my pattern's pretty much screwed up, the other day I was staring at the ceiling and I head summing rustle. Not unusual because my window literally opens into a tree, see below:

So normal people would assume that it's trees moving about or birds or crickets or vampires or anything that should normally be out and about at night. Ok, now I realise this is confusing, ok cancel that. Now think back to BEFORE the rustling.

About a two weeks ago there was a biggish spider on my curtain(about 3-4cm across).Now, I'm not skrik(scared) of the buggers or anything that crawls(rodents I'm not too fond of, Rhodents I'm on good terms with ;p. And cats, can't stand the creatures.) So I left the spider in it's place, after all it wasn't doing anything to me. I figured it probably came in through the window, and so it shall find it's way out again. Spider was duly forgotten about, a few days later I see another one in the same vacinity. This one was smaller, but of the same species. Now I freaked out slightly cos I thought, what if husband and wife spidey were house-hunting along the tree branch. What if they popped into my room and decided the neighbourhood was good. I mean spiders living it up with a goth-type, perfect company. Then I was late for campus and didn't bother about it at all.

Now we get to the point above where I was lying in bed listening to rustles. Now I start thinking(in TYPICAL me fashion), what if the spiders are breeding here. What if the rustle is the kid's wedding, what if there's a sick spider party(I'm loathe to use the word orgy here cos I don't need to seem anymore deviant than I already am :)) happening. Do they KNOW what birth control is? Then I'm convinced I'm hearing things crawl on the walls. So I sit there and I wonder, if the first one was 3-4cm, roughly how big would Shelob be in relation to me if hobbits are remarkably smaller than us? DO I HAVE SHELOB IN MY ROOM???!!! OMGOMGOMGOMG!!! Sooooo, now the rustling is getting louder. I would make such a great horror-film director. Another topic though. I'm now tempted to switch on my lights, but I was 1) too lazy and 2) the light switch was near the sighting zone. And if the little spideywideys don't know my hand's going into "their" territory and bite me, Lord knows what will happen, cos I have an allergen count of 714(I kid you not, normal people are 0-25, 27 is abnormal so yeah...say it loud FREEEEEEEEEEAKAZOID).

Instead I sit in bed, take my cell phone and press menu button repeatedly, in order to generate some light. And I'm scouring the walls with this light. And suddenly I hear Galadriel's(Cate Blanchett's) voice saying "And for you Frodo Baggins, I give to you our brightest star, Earendil, it will guide you in your darkest hour and strike fear in the hearts' of your enemies, use it wisely...."(or summing like that)....

It took me a good 10 minutes before I realised I was NOT in Middle Earth aka World of Arda aka Ea. Neither was I Frodo Baggins. Neither was my phone the Phial filled with the Light of Earendil. Neither was my room Shelob's Lair at Cirith Ungol (Cirith is height or steps or pass summing to that effect and Ungol is Spider in the Lotr lingos<-- your arb fact of the day sponsored by moi).

I dunno whether it's the lack of sleep or have I finally tipped over the edge?

"I'm sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?" said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I'll snugly tuck you in!"
Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!"

^^^ Remember that? Mary Howitt wrote that in 18someodd 30-ish I think *googles* 1829 to be exact. The Poem the Spider and the Fly.

Les araignées sont partout
they're coming...


Blogger The K-man said...

Hahaha I remember the simulcasts on radio 2000, but i remeber it being ragoobee not raboobee maybe it was just me.

A very active and interesting imagination you have, firmly rooted in Lord of The Rings.....L33T. But check out the spider situation you dont want to have baby shelobs runing around your room and you try and fend them off with the light of nokiaendil.

Thanks for the random fact :)

October 08, 2006 1:08 am  
Blogger Bilal said...

hmm, maybe I'm just young:)
or I have a bad memory:P

Really cool post!

October 08, 2006 6:48 am  
Anonymous cujo said...

Ok, I read this yesterday and I know I already asked you this (I apologize for the caps in advance) but IT TOOK YOU TEN MINUTES TO REALISE YOU WEREN'T IN MIDDLE EARTH?!?!?

October 08, 2006 6:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


nice tree. you should give it a name. seriously, i mean it.:)

October 08, 2006 9:05 pm  
Blogger M Junaid said...

Respect to the lady who sees life through tolkienist shaded spectacles. I also believe it was Ragoobee - they used to show the opening credits on GO ( channel 84 of DSTV) not sure if they still do. I cant remember 90210 all that much - except i knew that the cast were all pushing thirty. like getting Shah Ruk Khan to do a high school movie ( oh wait - Kuch Kuch comes to mind)
anyway - an effective way to kill spiders is to fling a half brick forcefully against their sternum. I'd advise aiming first - as it is murder on the tiles, should you miss, but also murder on the carpet should you hit the bloody thing

October 08, 2006 11:09 pm  
Blogger Z said...

Whats with everyone and killing spiders?! Spiders are cool.

Enjoyed readin tho' :)
Well done on the Rhodents thing! :P

October 09, 2006 2:58 am  
Blogger saaleha said...

ragoobee was probably another vernacular.
ah remember those test patterns on tv, classic.

October 10, 2006 12:40 pm  
Blogger zee said...

hehe, a truly awesome post QL!

simulcast tv, 21 jump street, spiderman - wow so much memories:)
way cool post!

as for your spider, i dont know what to say, besides...WOMEN!


October 10, 2006 11:36 pm  
Blogger The Organ Harvester said...

Remember Miami vice on simulcast? And Straat Valk. Wow! I thought I was the only one. Was just singing raboobee the other day and my brother said it's amzing how I remember arb crap. Good terms with Rhodents, so I'm not the only out there :( Was just amazed someone still remembers. People think I'm old when I tell them how TV used to start at 16h00. Ok but do you rememebr Wielie Walie with Magda?

October 11, 2006 10:04 am  
Blogger queen_Lestat said...

k-man: I'm l33t? grooovy, thanks :)

bilal: thanks, ummm I think I'm younger than you, and I remember sooo..

cujo: ummm :$ yes?

syandiedtoday: Rhodents, ie those from Rhodes Uni. And I do have a name for it, all my trees have names. This one is called Mr Chetwood (the forest just outside of Bree)

m junaid: welcome to Blaaaaahnia, we hope you enjoy your stay :) hmmmm I don't want to kill spiders. I don't like killing things, I'm very Louis De Pont Du Lac that way. But I will keep that in mind for when I find an irritating sibling or so refusing to remove themselves from my vacinity. Ta for the comment.

z: thank you, and welcome back, it's been a while hey :P. I like spiders, it was just sleep deprivation induced paranoia...

saaleha: Yes I do, and that high pitched piiiiiiiiiiiing sound as well, I used to countdown to when cartoons or the kids shows were gonna start.

zee: Why thank you o master. It wasn't the spiders fault, it was my own dementia at work. I like the buggers, that's why I left 'em be.

OH: I DO!! Magda and Johan and Bennie Bookwurm (I remember that by default cos I was called that throughout school. Children recognise superior l33tness so easily, the geekdom called me early on in life).

Remember Zet? that weird wookie like creature with the artist who drew Bible stories in mashed chalk and cotton wool?

October 11, 2006 9:00 pm  
Blogger Z said...

ZEE: sure, tell us all your age! I vageuly remember 21jump street as going OUT of fashion as I was growing up...old man!
the spider spun a web and helped to hide the Prophet(PBUH) and Abu Bakr (RA) when they were hiding in the cave...

Save the Spiderssssssss!!!!!!!
They come in Peace.

October 11, 2006 11:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember that! Lol! I used to hate it! Actually, I was just too damn lazy to switch the radio on.

as k-man said, you'd better check out the spider situation.
and apparently people swallow spiders in their sleep.

October 12, 2006 12:57 am  
Blogger Bilal said...

ok, so maybe I had better things to do in my youth:P
when you going to post? fasts getting to you:)

October 12, 2006 9:59 am  
Blogger cellardoor said...

4 some1 living in the UK, its sooo weird (or maybe i just never really thought about it)...2 read about some1 younger than me... talking about living through the apartheid days....
sorry 4 being so ignorant.... i mean we did study it in high school... but u just kinda think - oh, that was a long long time ago. wow!

anyway - that spider thing...last night, i was sitting on my bedroom floor. and this huge massive spider just crawls out from under my bed and past me 'cool as u like'. scared the bee-jezuz outta me! i'm convinced there's a nest of spiders under my bed... sooo glad i'm moving soon.

and oh yeah LOL @ CUJO

October 12, 2006 10:07 am  
Blogger Bilal said...

excuse me~ Rabooobee is actually Afrikaans for Spiderman:) [as per the Afrikaaner guys I work with:P]

October 13, 2006 3:36 pm  
Blogger Z said...

I marvel at you folk who nag me about posting/kick me off your links list etc and then dont update for what...ten DAYS!? :)

October 15, 2006 1:49 am  
Blogger queen_Lestat said...

my darling little schweety lovey honey bunch angel doll...



October 15, 2006 8:35 pm  
Blogger Z said...

math was not my major :)

October 15, 2006 11:43 pm  
Blogger partieweirdo said...

shak, baby, stop watching that movie. You're watching too much of it.
I understand the spider thing ALL TOO WELL because I am soooo afraid of them myself. Maybe you should get some sleep.

BTW I used to watch 'Alf' in english with Radio 2000!!!

October 16, 2006 1:54 pm  
Blogger zee said...

what happened to the post u were telling me u were planning on 'releasing'??? :)

October 18, 2006 10:29 pm  
Blogger queen_Lestat said...

zee: when I finish it lol, bit busy at the moment. I APOLOGISE :)

October 19, 2006 8:24 pm  
Blogger Z said...

a post a post! my erm,kingdom for a post!

October 19, 2006 11:34 pm  
Anonymous SlickNick said...

Now you think Shelob is bad. Just be lucky that it isn't Ungoliant. She was Shelobs mom, and she was reaaaally nasty! You see, Ungoliant and Morgoth stole the light from the trees which lighted the little part of the world where the Valar and Elves were living. And she ate anything because she was constantly hungry... now that is a nasty piece of spider. Ph33r the arachnids!

*mwah* Lots of Luv and Stuff!

November 01, 2006 8:16 am  
Anonymous Junaid said...

Actually TV used to first start at 5:30pm and end about 11:30pm. There was nothing in between. I really miss the good old days. When friends and family were closer and dearer. Nothing will bring back those glorious days. What fun we had playing in the streets with our friends without a care in the world.

November 17, 2008 6:45 pm  

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