Welcome back to my series of posts from my Microsoft Student Insider Training trip to the Microsoft campus in Redmond. This is part 3 of 3 from Day 2, so lets pick up right where we left off! Read about Day 1, Day 2 part 1, and Day 2 part 2 if you haven’t already.
By the time I finished up with my meeting with Josh, it was about dark and time to head back to building 99 to regroup with the rest of the Student Insider crew to head to Joey’s in Seattle for dinner. As much as I would love to say that I enjoyed dinner, that would be a complete lie. Rant time! After a nice little drive to the restaurant, we are quickly seated in the extremely poorly lit bar area where it was so dark I could barely read the menu. As soon as we got our drinks and were about to have our order taken, somebody mentioned that they weren’t 21 which is apparently a problem in Washington. For whatever insane reason, apparently there is a law in Washington that states that if you are under 21, you can’t even sit in the bar area, even if you aren’t drinking or anything. This makes no sense to me considering its not like you can’t order alcohol in the rest of the restaurant anyway. Whatever. So once everybody realized the fact that we were breaking the law, we were moved to the main dining section of the restaurant that seemed to be a lot louder and only slightly better lit. The longer we were there, the louder it got as the place started to fill up. I am guessing it is an acoustics thing because it quickly got so loud that I couldn’t hear the people on the other side of the table from me. Since I couldn’t hear anybody, I pointed myself towards the bar where they had the X Games on. Originally, I had plans to go to the Winter X Games this year until the awesome opportunity to go to Microsoft came up so I was happy that I at least got to watch the X Games, even if I had to watch it from halfway across the restaurant with no audio. The service at the restaurant was by far, the slowest restaurant experience I have ever had. With dinner and desert and everything, we were there for close to 3 hours. We would have been there longer so that people could finish their deserts had we not been trying to rush to the Space Needle before it closed, only to have had it just close before we got there. I also would like to state how horrible the waiter was. In the near 3 hours that we were there, I was never offered to have my drink refilled, I was never asked how my food was and he never asked if there was anything else that I needed. I was even more irritated when apparently he managed to ask everybody but me if they wanted desert. If I was his boss, I would have fired him on the spot. When we eventually got our very overpriced food ($30 for a tiny steak with mashed potatoes stuffed in an something that looked like an eggroll), my steak was undercooked for my liking, something I definitely regretted the following morning if you know what I mean. When we realized what time it was and when the Space Needle closes, we made a mad dash for the van and I can honestly say I have never been happier to get out of a restaurant in all of my life.
After a quick drive over to the Space Needle, we ran up to the doors only to find them locked. After repeated attempts to convince the employees inside to let us in and take us up, we gave up, took a few pictures and headed back to the hotel for the night. Having been to the Needle the last time I was up at Microsoft for a job interview, I wasn’t terribly disappointed by not getting to go up although I would have like to have seen what it was like at night as last time I was there in the day and it was partly cloudy. Once we returned returned to the hotel, myself and a couple of the other Student Insiders decided to hang out in one of the rooms and talk until around 2 A.M. At that point. We went back to our rooms and I spent about an hour before bed trying to catch up on all of the news that I had missed that day. You never realize just how many items you get on your Google Reader until you don’t check it for a day. Around 3 A.M. I went to bed to wake up a couple of hours later since we headed off to Microsoft again at 8 A.M. the next morning.
Stay tuned to find out about my awesome 2nd day at Microsoft including my appearance on Xbox Live’s 1 vs 100 Live!