The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Flying To Denver

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

September 10, 2008

This past weekend I was able to get pretty good flight tickets from Burlington, Iowa through Kansas City to Denver, Colorado to visit my daughter Darci and her family near Fort Collins.

I enjoy flying because it gets you to your designation quicker and is actually cheaper than gas when there is only one of you traveling.

It is also interesting to meet people. You see doctors traveling, business consultants, family members traveling to see family, and military personnel. I met one man from Houston, Texas on my trip back to Burlington who was coming to work at Big River Resources' ethanol plant. He works for ICM and is overseeing building their new technology where they spin-off oil from corn after the ethanol has been extracted.

The leftovers is used in DDGs. The final person I met was a young soldier dressed in camouflage. As we got our baggage, I thanked him for his service to our country, and he shrugged it off saying, "Someone has to do it." He had just returned for his second time from Iraq and was going to Keokuk to surprise his mom. "I'm her only child," he said.

I couldn't help but think about 9-1-1 coming up tomorrow, and how it has called so many of our bravest into action, and how proud I am of our country and our troops.