I was chosen to participate in a research study for Google!
I got a call at the end of last week, and set it up for today. I was seriously excited. Last night, trying to sleep was like trying to sleep on Christmas eve or the night before you go to Disneyland. I kept on waking up to check the time, worried I was going to oversleep.
My GPS and Google Maps said it would take me 44 minutes, but I gave myself twice that to afford for getting lost or something happening. That ended up being a good idea (it always is!) since my GPS lead me to an empty plot of dirt and said "You have arrived!" I ended up having to park twice to pull out my email and follow the directions from that, rather than my GPS.
This is a picture of the corner where you are SUPPOSED to turn right and not go straight. Stupid GPS. I also was thoroughly amused that I saw Google bicycles EVERYWHERE. As I sat at a stop light, one was behind me. I had to fight the temptation to stick my head out the window and say, "Helloooo!"
There are visitor spots, interview spots, electric car spots...and a valet (with who I quickly spoke, since I parked in an unmarked spot). I feel weird about valets. I walked around, trying to find building 43. I had looked at the route on Google Maps via street view, but I ended up being wrong. I walked passed the infamous volleyball courts and t-rex. The t-rex was chomping down some flamingos, apparently.
Upon finding the lobby, finally, I talked to the nice people at the front desk. We had a conversation about Nick Jonas and his attempt at singing with the cast of Les Miserables. You also can't take pictures of the inside, which is too bad because I really really wanted to.
I can't talk about what I looked at (I feel like an awesome secret spy saying that), but my researcher person was super nice. I got a badge. I accidentally stole the clip that they gave me. Oops.
When I left, I passed by this. I have no idea what it is, but can only assume it's a warning to fish.