Daily Archives: March 13, 2014

The coolest boarding pass

Today I started the day working in Madrid. I had to take the 17:10 Iberia 8770 flight to return from Madrid to Toulouse. At 16:05 I was still in the office. I had yet to pick the rental car in the company parking lot, go to the gas station to fill up the tank, return the car at the rental car station in the airport, get the invoice printed… and get the boarding pass.

Yesterday night I tried to check in online but at some point of the process the website did not load. Luckily I had tried. By the time I reached the Iberia counter at the airport the check in for my flight was closed, as the attendant informed me. “Here we close it 45 minutes before the departure time.” But since I had tried it the previous night, I did have an assigned seat, 22D. She would only have to “make the boarding pass manually”.

Boarding Pass for flight IB 8770 on 2014-03-13.

Boarding Pass for flight IB 8770 on 2014-03-13.

Without a doubt, this is the best boarding pass I have been given ever. Just wanted to have it reflected here in the blog. Cool! ūüėČ

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Wells Fargo History Museum at San Francisco

While reading Warren Buffett’s 2013 letter to the Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway a few days ago, I was reminded of the Wells Fargo bank and its History Museum at San Francisco, that we visited during our honeymoon last year.

As we could learn in the museum the history of the bank is very much linked to the expansion of the nation to the West in the XIX century, the discovery of gold in California, and mail and express services.

Both founders, Wells and Fargo, were prominent figures in the express services (what now would be UPS or FedEx). They had already formed American Express, and wanted to expand to the West, however most directors doubted about the idea, and Wells and Fargo decided to start that venture in 1852 independently, with the aim of providing express and banking services in California.

After a bank run in 1855, Wells Fargo emerged as a sound, dependable bank practically without competition in California. The fate of the West expansion was since linked to the bank, which provided not only banking and express services, all types of other services of transportation, communications, the iconic stagecoach service, the Pony Express, etc.

Thus, the visit of the bank’s museum becomes a discovery of some of the details and processes that helped and fueled the expansion to and development of the West coast.

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The museum is located besides the HQ of the bank at Montgomery Street, the entrance is free and I do recommend the visit.

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