My Day at Google

It is difficult to explain what a day at Google is like. One must experience it.

The place is huge, the pace hurried but not frenetic, the brain power palpable.

Chris invited me to parent’s day. It was a chance to sit and listen, to eat and meet, to learn and like, to get a feel for where he works and the people with whom he works. And it was marvelous.

We started our day at Philz for coffee. Philz is not a Google place. Rather, it is a California icon for custom brewed coffee and all that goes with it. I had a specialty coffee but could never remember the name. I said regular, the young woman smiled, and soon I had my cup of something delicious.

From there we went to Google where I passed security as a guest academic. I liked that. Not a parent; rather an academic. I waited in Chris’ office as he had a meeting and, in that hour, I did not hear one phone ring in the outer spaces. Everyone texts, works, looks up when you pass, smiles and says hello.

Off to Crave for breakfast. Crave is one of the many restaurants at Google that serve free meals to their employees; meals well prepared and very good.
From Crave we went to hear the latest news about Google photos and videos … how they were stored and organized for free and how from them one can easily make a photo book. I was in class. I was learning. I was one of the older ones, but at that moment, I did not feel so.

Then lunch. It seems as if we ate all day, but not so. We ate a little. I had a panzanella salad at yet another eating emporium on the campus. Never thought I might get a homemade panzanella in and among the 24,000 employees.

Then to the expo area at the colosseum. (Did I say we rode Google bikes that are gratis at almost every corner.) Yes, it was a theater venue where Google had many things to see and do for the thousands there.

In the amphitheater, we heard updates from Google employees introduced by Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and Sundar Pichai, CEO. Their approach signified Google’s culture of learning, caring, innovating and teaching (my list). They took questions from parents in the audience of nearly 8,000.

What a day. I have a Google pennant, a tee shirt, sun glasses, a knapsack full of memories and a bucket full of information.

Thanks, Google. Thanks Chris.

By | 2017-10-26T13:42:29+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Coffee Time, Education|20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Janice DiMeo October 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Great story as usual. Sounds like fun.

    • Ed October 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jan. It was great fun.

  2. Beverly Thompson October 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    What a great experience and sounds like a great place to work. Google does it up right.

    • Ed October 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Yes indeed.

  3. Chris Iannuccilli October 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    It was a great day, dad. You look pretty good on that bike!

    • Ed October 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Loved every minute, Chris.

  4. Mary Jane George October 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I am green with envy.

    • Ed October 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Nice color, Mary Jane.

  5. Saul A Fern October 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Ed,

    Terrific report of parents’ day at Google…it is all well beyond me….and my oldest son is with Microsoft in Redmond, WA and before that he was with Electronic Arts in Vancouver, Canada both with outstanding “college like campuses….what a world our kids live in!!!

    • Ed October 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Agree, Saul. I am a bit lost. Google made a major effort to find me, for which I am grateful. Yeah, our kids are in a new and exciting world that is moving very fast.

  6. peter voccio jr October 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    DR.ED ,

    What a nice day more than technology an experience like non-other.
    The founders genius in that world.
    The coffee shop and the bike ride I can relate to.
    The hello and pleasant smiles made you feel welcomed.
    GOOD FOR CHRIS!

    • Ed October 2, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      A very special day indeed. Thanks, Peter.

  7. Mike Montigny October 3, 2017 at 1:24 am - Reply

    You look very good on the bike! You have a great reason to smile and be proud of your son and where he works. It looks like a place you enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work.
    One big reason why they are so successful.

    • Ed October 3, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Thank you, Mike. Did you think I look like Pee Wee Herman on that bike? Some did. Ha

  8. Marvin Wasser, MD October 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Google enhances my day every day. Immediate access to pictures, music, videos, and other sources of information and entertainment improve my reading or every day conversations. How often in the past has a question come up with friends or colleagues which could not be answered or agreed upon? Nice to see you with your clone (son) Ed!😁

    • Ed October 4, 2017 at 5:40 am - Reply

      Thanks, Marvin. Impressive company.
      Stay well.

  9. Mike Montigny October 4, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

    They have poor vision, you look great on the bike, and you look more like Ed Iannuccilli to me!!

    • Ed October 4, 2017 at 5:38 am - Reply

      Ha. Love ya.

  10. Natalie McKenna October 5, 2017 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Your son looks just like you! ‘Methinks that you always find things of interest and learning!

    • Ed October 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Correct, Natalie. I need 50 more years!

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