My physical therapy appointments are on one end of Redmond, Washington and my office is on the other end of Redmond. Between the two is just about every one of the hundred-plus buildings that make up the Microsoft Redmond campus.
And because my physical therapy appointments tend to take place around noon, I pretty much have my choice where to stop and eat lunch on my way back to the office.
If I get back to the office! Much of the time I decide to just stay at the cafeteria and work there for the afternoon. It’s peaceful, the wireless connection is lightning fast (and the wired connection is even faster), the free drinks flow endlessly (and the food too -- though it’s not quite free), and I can power through my work and usually be very productive.
Today I went to the cafeteria at Microsoft’s West Campus. They call this one the “ski chalet.”
This cafeteria is, in my opinion, the nicest of all Redmond Microsoft cafeterias.
Yes, that is, in fact, a beach. Sand, pebbles, the whole bit!
Funny story: In the late 90’s, shortly after the West Campus complex was built, I did a contract job for Microsoft Kids (which, unfortunately, no longer exists – although it SHOULD… and I should head it up!). My initial interview was in one of the West Campus buildings and to get there I walked along these beautiful waterfalls and lush grounds, thinking ‘Wow, I would love to work in such a beautiful, serene setting!’
A few hour later, after I’d secured the job, I left the building, annoyed at how long it took me to get to my car, oblivious to the beautiful surroundings, thinking only of the sudden and intense pressure I was under to deliver.
Microsoft tends to do that to one’s psyche.
It was hot in Seattle today. Not just warm, but hot. Definitely not ski chalet weather.
But I hunkered down for a few hours here and got a ton of work done.
Yes, that’s a beta version of Windows 7. And no, don’t ask me just yet if I like it…