I had an interesting experience over Memorial Day weekend. Saturday afternoon I was working in my garden when suddenly my leg began to itch. I figured some dirt had irritated my skin, or perhaps a mosquito got me, so I didn’t think much of it. I carried on working in the yard and nothing seemed out of the ordinary, until the next day when my leg became red and swollen. Also, by this point I was experiencing a significant amount of pain. But, against my better judgement (and despite my wife insisting I see a doctor) I figured I would give it one more day to see if the mystery wound would heal on its own. Welp, it didn’t. In fact, by Monday morning my entire leg was stiff as a board and the wound looked like an image of Saturn as photographed by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft (complete with rings!) The skin on my leg also felt hot to the touch. Now, I’m no medical expert, but my instincts were telling me that’s probably not normal skin behavior. So, after a few ill-advised Google image searches and a healthy dose of encouragement from my lovely wife, I was off to the ER. Turns out it was a spider bite that had become infected and well, it was a good thing I sought medical attention according to the doctor. Short story long, he prescribed me 2 types of antibiotics and I was back to work the next day…playing my own version of doctor by keeping merchant accounts healthy! (I never claimed to be good at segues.)

So it’s June now and today I learned something interesting about this sixth month of the year. In Iceland, folklore says that if you bathe naked in the morning dew on the morning of June 24, you are supposed to keep aging at bay for longer. So this made me wonder, does it have to be Iceland dew, or will any dew do? Heh. In any case, considering June 24 falls on a Monday, I think I’ll suggest this as a team building exercise for L3 at our next meeting.

Coming up this month on our website, Melody Lashmar will be publishing an excellent article on how merchants can improve the support experience for their customers, so keep checking our blog for that and more useful information! We’re also active on Facebook and Twitter, so please be sure to follow us if you’re not already!

Have a great month and watch out for spiders!