Way back in 2006, I can remember visiting friends in SMS&G (one of our sales organizations) over in the slightly-off-the-beaten-path Building 22, and thinking to myself, "Wow. This is ok, but not exactly impressive if you're bringing big clients back to a conference room." It was dark, the furnishings were outdated, and they just didn't have the hi-tech perks being built out in newer offices.
And then they announced the "expansion" of Microsoft's campus across Redmond and Bellevue, and the Lincoln Square space. And it is Mecca. Wow. The cafeteria sits on the 28th floor overlooking the entire Puget Sound, with views from 3 sides of the building. There's even a small patio looking down at the Bellevue Mall (I commented on the low walls -- a jumper's dream spot)
Of course, there had to be some disappointment. I heard all about the tandoori oven -- and saw it back behind the counter -- but there didn't seem to be any selections. But I wound up with an apple-stuffed squash dish, with rice and veggies on the side. Very good. Oh, and those obviously heroin-filled oatmeal raisin cookies, because I am addicted.
Mike got there ahead of me (my shuttle from Redwest took forever to find its way down there), and had already consumed some kind of unhealthy junk food-ish offering. For once, I took a picture of my food prior to eating it. Makes for better storytelling, I think.
And that's about it. We ate, we chatted, we took some video and pictures, and moved on. Hey -- we're both busy guys.
Update: just found out that Kevin and Ryan showed up at 11:30, and likely left before I even arrived. Bad timing, but wanted to throw out some props to them for the attempt (you know, for the resume stuffer).
But Mike, what's up with the sock on your head?