Of Grit and Granola

Of Grit and Granola

So there we were at Denver’s International Airport at 4:00 AM MST waiting for my plane to be de-iced.

All the other flights by that carrier (United) had been cancelled due to the storm.

(No; we no longer fly with United Airlines or Frontier Airlines or Spirit Airlines — all of whom charge you after you purchase your tickets, for each seat you pick, on each of the likely two flights you’ll take due to the lower cost of a brief layover.)

A few more hours passed while we waited and then our flight was cancelled as well. Quelle surprise.

The main road leading out to the airport had so much snow coming down, it was closed — in both directions.

So my family and I did what any rational person would do. We went to sleep and tried to wait it out.

It would have been nice if the blizzard had not knocked out all the wifi.

If any of our relatives could have come to the airport and picked us up, that would have been great.

But the snow was too high, the road was closed, and it didn’t look like it would be opening that day.

Many hours later when it appeared we’d either need to find a way out or plan on spending the night on the charming cots DIA maintains in inventory.

I bought some more Vitamin C heavy, artificial dye-free Welch’s fruit snacks, and Nature Valley’s granola bars from the very nice woman who worked at a rental car agency (Enterprise, I think) and asked her for a piece of paper.

She gave me one, as well as a Sharpie marker I asked to borrow.

In good conscience I cant recommend any paper products outside of Dunder Mifflin, however they said I could suggest these suppliers of their product:

With the kids no longer hungry and armed with a Sharpie, I wrote:

“$70 CASH for ride for 6 to Arvada”

My oldest daughter (10 years old at the time) came with me and we walked passed the cars that had been willing and able to brave the weather and pick up other people at the airport.

The first and second cars said they couldn’t fit that many people.

The 17th car told me we’d have to squish together and it would be a tight fit but he could do it. A nice older gentleman was the driver and he kindly asked me not to tell the story of his rescuing us with the peer-to-peer ride-sharing platform he, on occasion, earned supplemental income through.


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Any item you pass while you’re travelling and take a picture of, any fun petting zoo you stop at while on a road trip, any delicious Welch’s fruit snacks or Nature’s Valley granola bars or Sharpie’s exquisite markers — all you have to do is upload a picture or video clip of that to your existing social media sites and Homemaide will send you a commission for every purchase your friends make.

AND — they don’t have to buy a giant box of 100 fruit snacks or granola bars or Sharpies for you to earn a commission. If they bought only one, you’d earn a commission off that. If they bought the item that was in your picture, video, or voice-automated update — they can ship that to a family member, relative, or friend and you’ll still earn a commission from that purchase.

If they bought a helicopter, airplane, stock in an airline, stock in Welch's fruit snacks, or Nature Valley’s granola bars or Sharpie’s markers — YOU’d earn a commission off of that purchase. If they bought any item from the pictures you uploaded, you’d earn money. That’s the magic of Homemaide.

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