A Crafter's Life

“Human Storage” and Airport Lore

A little humor and lore to close out 2019…

Human Storage

For four years (2013 – 2017) until her passing in December 2017, I helped manage the blog for my miniature schnauzer Sassy, the Highly Opinionated Miniature Schnauzer – SCHNAUZER SNIPS: MUSINGS FROM A HIGHLY OPINIONATED MINIATURE SCHNAUZER.

In February 2017 Sassy posted about Human Storage– how humans are always getting dropped off at this place called “the airport” where they appear to be stored for a period of time and then get picked up.

Photo by T.H. Chia on Unsplash

Keep in mind she viewed life from a dog’s perspective!

I’ve traveled a lot in 2019, likely the most I’ve ever traveled in my life.

For my trips to the airport in 2019 while I lived in Central Oregon (January to April) and then after I moved to the greater Denver metro area (April), I’ve tried to have Mike my miniature schnauzer be in the car taking me to the airport and picking me up.

Mike wonders why humans do not just stay at home and relax instead of going into storage

Mike seems to understand when I am going into “human storage” and when I am being retrieved! It appears to lessen his anxiety when I am missing from his home for a couple days to a week – he knows I am just in storage!

Airport Lore

Speaking of airports, I did not know about this until I moved to Denver, but the Denver International Airport (DIA) has quite a bit of lore about it.

Photo credit: flydenver.com

This lore includes conspiracy theories such as that it contains secret underground bunkers.

You can read a summary of some of the common theories on this page – “5 Conspiracy Theories Surrounding the Denver Airport” on mental floss.com.

Some of the biggest DIA lore surrounds the airport “mascot” and the strange murals around the airport. Here is an excerpt from mental floss.com:

Conspiracy theories aside, it’s hard to deny the weirdness of DIA’s unofficial mascot—a massive horse statue called “Blue Mustang” that has already killed at least one man. At 32 feet tall and 9000 pounds (it’s made out of fiberglass), “Blue Mustang” is huge and imposing, and its glowing red eyes don’t help matters. This thing is giant and really scary—and it killed the man who made it. Really. Artist Luis Jimenez died in 2006 when a piece of the sculpture’s head broke off and severed an artery in his leg. 

Leo Tanguma’s two murals, which take up wide swathes of wallspace in DIA’s baggage claim, might have some nice names—they are called “Children of the World Dream of Peace” and “In Peace and Harmony with Nature,” respectively—but their actual content is terrifying. Death-masked soldiers stalk children with guns, animals are dead and kept under glass, and the entire world looks to have been destroyed. As if being at the airport isn’t bad enough. 

I’ve spent a lot of time at DIA since moving to the Denver area in April 2019 and so far it just seems like a large airport, nothing creepy. I’ve seen a couple of the controversial murals in person and they just seem odd and like they were created by someone on a LSD trip!

DIA has been under going a remodel and the airport leadership appears to have a sense of humor about the conspiracy theories familiar to locals.


You can’t say people in Denver do not have a sense of humor!


For some of my readers it is already 2020! For me in Colorado, 2020 is about to shortly begin.

I’ve already begun formulating my 2020 resolutions and look forward to reading some of yours. I have a lot of sewing (and more traveling/human storage at the airport) planned and looking forward to sharing my adventures with you.

Happy New Year!

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15 thoughts on ““Human Storage” and Airport Lore”

  1. LOL! Human storage…I never thought of it from their point of view! Very interesting the lore surrounding DIA, I’ll have to check my most frequented airports to see if anything pops up. Happy 2020 Tierney!! May your year be filled with love and light 🙂

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  2. Happy 2020. My Montmorency was a jolly good railway dog, and loved taking the male human to be whisked away in the train thing and collecting him from one a few days later. I’m sure our dogs think we disappear to places with wonderful sniffs, walks and food! Why else would we go?

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  3. Oh yeah, the ***demon eyed bronco*** (family name for that thing)…biggest creep out for all of us locals even during daylight hours. All of us (my friends and family) have been waiting with baited breath for when that guy finally gets removed from greeting humans to DIA. Theoretically we were told back in the day that it was under a timed contract and would be removed if enough people didn’t like it…guess that went underground as well…
    Enjoy your new-to-you-discoveries!
    BTW: I love the doggie idea of humans ‘going into storage’ much better than them thinking we go to the kennel…right?

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    1. It is such a weird piece and I try not to look at it when we drive to the airport! Thanks for your comments and great to read the perspective of a Coloradian 🙂


  4. That is hilarious, Tierney! Thank you for sharing the story of the DIA, and the human storage facility it becomes. I never heard any of those stories, and I never heard any about Sky Harbor in Phoenix, but I love the multiple choice with the answers about the lizard people and the Illuminati!


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