I wish someone would explain to me why it is that airlines rarely seem to print the year as part of the date on their boarding passes. With print-your-own passes, this is not such a big deal (since the date is usually included on the passes themselves, but if not, there's often a timestamp from the printer to rely on), but dealing with old, tangible, airline-issued passes are a problem. I have a stack of boarding cards with semi-valuable trip information… but having to track down the travel years that I'm not completely sure of is a big pain.

Is the "no-year" some kind of security feature? Or a limitation of boarding pass printing devices? Or is it a choice of the outbound airport? There are a few airlines with years included… but not for every airport, looks like. I've come across little documents pointing to trips around the same dates for different successive years. As with illegible receipts, I may simple have to note what incomplete or legible info there is, if any, and then toss whatever it is into the recycling bin with a philosophical shrug of my shoulders. (I am getting better about this.)

Obviously it would have been much smarter for me to have been entering all the data immediately after the fact, but that is not the reality I am dealing with now, alas. Tracking travel dates has involved first wracking my brain, guessing whom I might have notified about the trip based on the destination (when the boarding pass is not clearly just for a layover airport)… and then looking through my email accounts using whatever search-term info I have (i.e., partial date, airline name, etc.). Tedious. However, when I come across a relevant email, it's usually chock-full of other kinds of details, so I guess that's a good thing.

— Given the felicitous results of an email search, one might ask, of course, why I don't just start out by going through my "sent-messages" first. Well, silly billies, that would not necessarily advance the goal of getting rid of the tangible papers, right? Right? (Ummm….)