Thu, Oct 17, 2013
The highlight of the day, however, was not the hike but dinner at Google headquarters. Matthew invited us to join him and Nga for dinner there. This is not the usual fare that I was served by corporations back in the day when I had a real job. It was gourmet fare in a Disney-esque setting, complete with colorful lighting, intriguing architecture a boatload of google bicycles everywhere, and a ton of people, some wearing Google propeller hats (not kidding, either). It was one of the most bizzare settings I've ever encountered in high tech culture. We walked past luxury busses that pick up employees to take them to their various communities around the Bay Area. Beer bottles were strewn about the place following TGIF with the company founders (nevermind that it's Thursday, it was done deliberately to allow Google employees on the other side of the International Date Line to participate in TGIF via satellite linkup). There are no trash cans anywhere. Everything from the cafeteria is either recycled or composted. Even the plastic containers for the irish cream parfait were compostable. It seemed amazing that there was actual work taking place somewhere around the many immaculately manicured buildings, but I can't vouch for this since I saw none of it. I couldn't help but think it will only take Google's first quarterly loss to make all of this disappear, but in the meantime they seem to be raking in billions each month and for now the party rolls on...
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