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Lunch at Google

Palo Alto
Nov. 2, 2007

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Why didn't I shoot a pic of Mitch, my old friend who invited me for lunch at Google? We grabbed some Indian food at one of the campus' 23 free restaurants and caught up in the sunny plaza. Then Mitch took me on a tour of some of the clever things around campus, including the hydroponic garden that supplies food to the restaurants, the model of the X-1 private space craft, and the free endless lap pools with full-time lifeguards -- "the easiest job at Google, since all you would have to do is stand up in the 4-foot deep pools." Every so often, I'd ask Mitch a question -- What did your dad speak about when he visited from Lawrence Livermore? What types of servers do you use now? What is your 20-percent project about? -- and he would get a little-kid smile on his face and say, "I can't tell you that. I wish I could."

Maybe that's why I never shot a pic of Mitch: I was worried I would somehow expose his secrets, break my NDA. So you'll have to take my word for it: my old friend Mitch, a self-described nerd, is in nerd paradise, on top of the world, and happy as a kid on Christmas morning.