Or in layman's terms, that is one big ass spider! I saw it on my front porch one night as I was bringing in Sherman from a walk. At first I thought it was a piece of mulch or a rock, but when I got close I realized it was a spider. So I ran inside to get the camera and something to put into the photo for scale.
I put the quarter down on the cement and edged it closer to the spider with a really long stick. I didn't want to get that close to the thing. I was actually surprised how long the thing stayed there before running away. The word running isn't really too much of a stretch either - this sucker was fast!
I really had no idea what kind of spider this was, but I found this site online, bugguide.net. You can post a picture of your unknown bug or spider and someone will help identify it for you. That is where I came up with the name for this guy. I did read that these spiders don't build webs, but instead live in the debris and leaves around a foundation of a house sometimes. And that was exactly where he ran off towards. It has definitely curtailed my interests in weeding those areas.