Ah, Southwest…

At the Southwest SFO check-in counter a few minutes ago. The desk guy tells me that my bouldering pads are oversized: each one is 67 linear inches (width, length and height added together) and the maximum allowed is 62. He'll have to charge me $50 per item. I smile, beg for mercy, he won't budge. Ok, you got me.

I give him my credit card, he takes forever to process it. In the meantime I check my email with my phone, almost a reflex at this point.

Guy: "Sir, by any chance did you take my picture?"
Me: "What? No, I was checking email."
Guy: "Ok, because some people take our picture and that's illegal."
Me: "(speechless)"

Of course, Guy never told me that I could have simply tied both my pads together and paid $50 for one oversized item instead of $100. I bet he gets two "employee of the month" credits for making Southwest $100 (and deeply annoying a frequent flyer).

About the illegality of taking his picture: WTF.

Double Sunset

This weekend I flew from San Diego to San Francisco on Southwest Airlines. Thanks to an early check-in I was able to grab a window seat on the left side of the plane, facing the ocean when flying north. My flight took shortly after sunset, and as the plane climbed the sun rose again. I saw a second sunset and felt like the Little Prince from Saint-Exupéry’s book. This is the second sunset, over the Channel Islands.

Sunset

The Upside of Irrationality

Just finished reading The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely (highly recommended, just like Predictably Irrational). One take-away from this book: if you thought making decisions while under the influence of strong emotions was a bad idea, now there is hard data to back that up. It's worse than you thought, because those decisions affect your future decision-making patterns.

Side note: this book was a pleasure to read on the iPad.