Last night, I realized that I needed to take a trip to the local Charles Schwab & Company branch office to turn over a framed Berkshire Hathaway Class B certificate that we had on the office wall for a few years as decor because the stock split 50-1 and the transfer agent had been continually sending us messages and paperwork.
[mainbodyad]Instead of dealing with it, I could just redeposit it into one of the company’s brokerage accounts and the broker will handle all of the paperwork. Frankly, it was only 50 Class B shares and I didn’t want to have to arrange my schedule for it but it turned out to be a great experience because …
At the same time, my mom got word that the Apple Store at the Country Club Plaza would have a new shipments of iPad 2’s coming in stock. Even though we bought them already, the expected delivery date is 5 to 6 weeks in the future. We realized if we could get our hands on them, we could cancel our online order and save ourselves a considerable amount of waiting.
Aaron suggested we head over to the Country Club Plaza and just stay in a hotel because we wouldn’t want to wake up late – we’d just want to get out of bed, have breakfast, and wander on over to wait in line since supply was certain to be limited. Then, after we were finished, we could swing by the Schwab branch and, if we had time, make it to one of the bakeries one of the readers recommended we try – 3 Women and an Oven.
I had heard that the Intercontinental hotel had undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and, being from the area, knew that it was only two blocks from the Apple store. I also knew a few years ago, Travel & Leisure magazine had rated it as one of the world’s best hotels thanks to the changes and upgrades that have taken place. So I called and booked a room. We left the office, picked up my mom, threw our clothes in a bag, and headed to the hotel. We pulled up, the valet parked the car, we checked in, and … well, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
We huddled against the shop window surrounding the Apple store for quite awhile before the staff came out, setup a line marker, and asked us to move to the other side of the sidewalk.
A Quick Stop at the Charles Schwab & Company Branch Office
[mainbodyad]We passed a Wendy’s, where Aaron said, “That is the Wendy’s where you and I were eating years ago and you looked and me and told me you had a feeling something had just happened to Dave Thomas. I think you made us actually stop and pray for the founder of Wendy’s. We found out later that he had just died. You were so certain about it.” That was weird. I have no explanation for you.
I’m back home now, curled up by the fireplace about to play a few hours of Dragon Age II before spending the rest of week working on About.com, our sporting goods businesses, and maybe working on a few spreadsheets. I got the online iPad 2 orders canceled now that we have them from our adventure this morning. It’s been a good day. A great day.
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