Yesterday, I went on a visit to Google Chicago. A friend of mine works there and we met for lunch and a quick convo. giddiness doesn’t even describe a smidgen of how I felt. At first glance, it’s a playground for adult-shaped children. Speaking as one of those myself, I had no problem with that.
After our delicious lunch of flank steaks, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and mushrooms, and La Croix sparkling water, we embarked on a tour. I could only take pictures on the outsides of locked doors. I get that. Things are private TOP SECRET. I only wish I could’ve taken pictures of some of the furniture. Cool apple-shaped swings. Massage chairs and rooms for private sessions. It presents like all the tech start-ups you see in movies; ping-pong tables, video games, coffee station, bean bag chairs, fun artwork, 80’s video games references and homages to ancestral times. It was fun. If I had to work in an office building, I’d love for that office building to be it.
Something struck me, however. There were these nooks with different design themes. One, was designed to be like the outdoors. There were beautiful green carpet patches mirroring grass, pastel colored benches, and flowers painted on walls. It was neat. Cute. In remembrance, I chuckle. While Google is creating makeshift spaces I’m working in the real ones. Working for the National Outdoor Leadership School gives me the opportunity to work in beautiful outdoor spaces.
Google is great. It’s fun. I just don’t want to work there. 😉