The Google offices were just like the articles describe. Dogs everywhere, people sitting on exercise balls instead of desk chairs, pool tables here and there, scooters to take you from building to building, and lots of free food and drink.
I was describing it to someone last night, and heard myself waxing enthusiastic: “They had healthy food, like cereal and fruit! And coffee, and different teas, and soda! All right there, you could just take it!”
Then it hit me. Cereal…fruit…coffee…Diet Coke. Just the kind of thing that’s freely available in MY OWN APARTMENT. Every day, for at least part of the day, if not the entire day, I work from home, where such a cornucopia is right at hand.
The things that seemed like such treats when I found them at Google were, in fact, the staples of my own house.
I realized yet again the peerless wisdom of Samuel Johnson, who told Boswell, “Sir, it is surprising how people will go to a distance for what they may have at home.”
A blogland colleague, from LifeRemix, has launched a new social link aggregator that sounds very cool, Shoutingmat.ch. I checked out the “lifehack” channel, and immediately got sucked in. A great way to get to a lot of great content, fast.
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