Well, I'm the only person on my team this morning who didn't opt for the 8am Google orientation. I know myself well enough to know that I'd either be A) late this morning or B) too tired to sit through six hours of people talking at me.

I wasn't late, so that's a good thing. And I'll probably be able to withstand the 12-5 session (it's an hour less due to lunch at 11 for both groups), so that's another good thing. The groups are staggered kind of strange - 8-2 and 12-5 with lunch at 11 (they say).

I have exactly no ability to remain conscious for hours at a time while someone talks at me. I used to be able to do it, but I noticed that ability slipping a couple of years ago. Oh, if it's something truly fascinating, I'm good, but a normal meeting or something HRish or worse yet, a corporate finance overview and I find myself with wobbly eyeballs. The president guy of Postini was here last week for an informal Q&A. You don't want to fall asleep in the audience for something like that, especially since it's a small office, so I was having to bite the inside of my mouth to stay awake (pain works pretty well for a few minutes at a time).

I guess the real problem with most of the big meetings is that we have large amount of sales personnel here in our office. The questions they ask bore the hell out of me. I know they drive the business and I greatly appreciate them, but couldn't they have their own meeting where they talk about numbers and go-to-market strategies and crap?

Anyway, I'm hoping our orientation isn't boring. I'm dying to learn what benefits Google actually has (that aren't already listed on their public site) and I expect it will be fascinating... but I'm dreading sitting in that little room for 5 hours...

And yes, here's the lunch menu for today:
Braised Beef Short Ribs
With Carrots and Potatoes
Chicken Marsala
Served with Lemon & Thyme Rice
Grilled Vegetable Prima Vera
Soup and Salads:
Corn Chowder
Cobb Salad
House Tossed Salad with Light Ranch or

Club Sandwich
Turkey, Ham, Bacon Cheese, lettuce and
Tomatoes on Whole Grain