People ask what the first week at Google is like... I cannot find one word which can describe it but I'll try throwing together a few adjectives:
Exciting. Exhausting. Fun. Delicious.
The reason for the first adjective is obvious. The second adjective - simply because its like going back to school with stuff to learn. The third - I met a lot of interesting people and they are all fun to chat with. The last adjective - the on site cafés and cafeterias at the Mountain View campus serve tasty food.
I chatted with a few people there about databases and about MySQL. Looks like there shouldn't be any problems with using some of my 20% time for MySQL projects. I may even be able to find a few other likeminded individuals to tackle a few larger projects. Exciting stuff!
Now I have the weekend to unwind a little and prepare to do battle with Los Angeles traffic ... for when I drive to Santa Monica on Monday morning.