After nearly a year of searching, I finally bought my first-ever house :o. It's a 2 bedroom townhome in a nice small community in Mountain View, California, and I am planning to move in in September. I will miss the two car garage and beautiful Whisman Station community where I rent currently, but am excited about having modern appliances, bamboo floors downstairs and upstairs, and a peaceful backyard :). Additionally, I expect you'll be happy to no longer hear me whining about home searching, like in this earlier thread: https://www.facebook.com/AdamLasnik/posts/10100897102456305 Now you'll have the joy of hearing me moan about the challenges and annoyances of being a homeowner :p. Below is a mix of some photos I hastily took today during a walkthru with my agent + some photos originally supplied by the seller's agent. You can click on any one of them to scroll through the set (including backyard pics) and see my scintillating descriptions :D
Whoa. This week is my 10th Googleversary! It's been a wild ride. Grateful for the opportunities, the experiences, and -- most importantly -- the friends I've made around here, both inside and outside of Google. About Google Mountain View - TRUTH OR LIE? 1) One Googler somehow managed to get pictures taken on campus with dozens of world-famous politicians and celebrities (including President Obama, Lady Gaga, and the Dalai Lama) 2) I used to share a bathroom with Larry Page. 3) Our campus once featured "Doga" classes, essentially yoga involving humans and... dogs. 4) There are on-campus groups for Jewish employees ("Jewglers") and, er, wisdom-filled folk ("Greyglers"). 5) Impatient and resourceful Googlers once put up a zip line to facilitate crossing a creek in the middle of campus, but the city made us take it down. 6) We have a huge athletic field (called GARfield, since it's on Garcia Ave) that we make available for free to the public outside of work hours. 7) Just like in The Internship movie, we actually used to make nearly all our interns compete in a huge quidditch game. 8) Google once rented out Disneyland, delighting thousands of adult Googlers acting like well-behaved kids. 9) Someone put a tutu on Stan, our huge model of a dinosaur, in honor of an onsite ballet class. 10) I gained 14 pounds in my first 3 months at Google, just shy of the famous "Google 15."
Rented a tux. "It'll come with a clip-on bowtie" they said. It didn't. "Just watch how-to clips on YouTube, that'll do it!" That didn't. Supposed to be ready in ten minutes. I called the concierge and asked "Hey, um, you wouldn't happen to know how to tie a bowtie, would you?" "No," she said, "But I know someone who does!" She sent him up to my room and he tied it (the bowtie, not the room). But not very well. Most of my evening was spent with a bowtie that was just laughing at me, winking from a 42 degree angle. The ballerinas and ballerinos wore no bow ties. But if they had, they would have tied them while twirling repeatedly. On their toes. Looking beautiful. And tying the darn bowties straight. Next time I'm getting a clip-on bow-tie.
Name my colleague's baby, and he & his friends will donate up to $14,000 to charity. Seriously. j.mp/namekid