I'm in the way north woods and we have big non poisonous ones too but we really do need them because of the flies during the summer so we do what we can to leave them alone, even if they hiss at us. :P
I couldn't stick it. When I see a spider my brain goes into meltdown and gets me into attack mode, I either attack and get it straight away with adrenaline or I spend the rest of the day/night cowering at the spider which is probably long gone.
To quote Dave Barry, I Swear I Am Not Making This Up:
I played for many years on a NWN server where one of the server's owners was absolutely terrified of spiders and insects (to the point where the server BBS was set to filter the word "bug" to "b*g"). One night we were on playing and one of the little creatures appeared in her room. I ended up making a long-distance call across the country to get her fiance to come home from work to take care of it. (She was too terrified to pass the creature to reach her phone.)
Oh, and to the OP, I have attained 42. Right now I am The Answer, for all you Douglas Adams fans.
Haha, it's so illogical but I can relate. I think I would have done the same thing if it was one of these monsters I've seen recently.