When those cravings just have to be satisfied
We all know what it's like when in the 14th hour of the sixth day straight of working on returns, that craving hits. It doesn't matter what time of day or how far the closest store/restaurant is ... when it's that time, you have to have it. For me it's usually a hot fudge sundae or chips, or both. But for the engineers on the cross country team from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute finishing up a week of competitions in Albany, New York, it had to be Chick-fil-A.1
Never mind that it appeared that the closest Chick-fil-A was 1½ hours away. The engineers from Rennselaer were far too ingenious to be put off by that minor technicality. It turns out, there was a closer Chick-fil-A at the Albany Airport. Never mind it was on the other side of the TSA checkpoint. Using their keen problem solving abilities, they pooled $5.50 each and bought the cheapest ticket they could find for a flight flying out of Albany ... a one-way $98 ticket to Fort Lauderdale.
That enabled one of the teammates to get through the TSA security. And although he didn't enjoy the sunny beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, on his return trip out of the Albany airport, his teammates enjoyed 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, 156 nuggets, 15 large fries, a bag of cookies, and one lemonade (really, just one lemonade?).
So when those cravings hit, don't let a minor obstacle get in your way. Just let your problem solving skills take off until you too can land a solution.