Considering I've been in sunny spring-break-central Fort Lauderdale, California, it's a bit colder here. And cloudy. And it rained a bit. And there's no beach. But the cars are still huge!
You know when dot-com fever was everywhere, and all these companies spent money on their employees and silly toys and cute offices and everything? Well, Google is like a time warp. They have lava lamps absolutely everywhere. The offices are cool and asymmetrical, Google logos everywhere, kitchens, free drinks, balloons and train sets. It is retro chic, in a weird dot-com-still-exists way. Very neat.
I got to see quite a bit of Google, due to unintentionally getting lost, and the fact that lunch was fabulous. No really, fabulous. We're talking wonderful kitchen, wide range of food all really well seasoned and cooked, and excellent chocolate brownies. It's like a university, only where all the students are intelligent, the buildings fancy, and the food amazing. Yes, I was impressed.
I had heard about some people visiting Google for fun/food, but now I really understand. Google is a dream. A hope. A new frontier, with interesting scaling problems. Now who wants a Google lava lamp?