Posted on August 22nd, 2007

I’ve been hearing about it all week…the Google dance this, the Google dance that. It’s one of the few public after-hours SES San Jose events. Coach buses are piling up outside the convention center to shuttle attendees to the 2007 Google Dance tonight in the Amphitheater at Mountain View corporate headquarters. I’m sure it will be great fun but I didn’t go. Maybe I’m crazy to miss an opportunity to party on Googlers’ home turf but I don’t think so. Here are the top 9 reasons to skip the Google Dance at SES San Jose:

#9) Free beer at the dance?…or Blue Point Long Island oysters, Mixed Greens with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Balsamic Dressing, Kendall Jackson VR Sonoma Chardonnay, La Crema Sonora Coast Pinot Noir, and Swordfish Palua at The Fairmont Hotel 3 blocks from here?

#8) Heck, I’ve already seen the Acropolis, Vatican, Bazaar in Istanbul, New York City, Washington’s National Mall, the Appalachian Mountains, Florida Keys, The Grand Canyon, and the Mayo Clinic. Google can’t be THAT important.

#7) I Stayed up too late last night.

#6) Tonight is the last night without my wife on this trip for even-later-night blogging. (She actually supports me a lot but I can work even later tonight.)

#5) My guess is that the average Google-dancer’s age is 34. That means when I was a junior in high school they were 2 years old…now THAT sounds like fun..trying to talk to the other grownups about my amazingly wonderful job over blaring music.

#4) It’s more fun to Blog about Avinash.

#3) An hour on a bus…for what? Being herded like sheep to stand in long lines to see an amphitheater and get drunk with mostly strangers?

#2) I’ve hung out with these SES people all day anyway. Even though I love search marketers and talking about search marketing every once and a while this boy needs a break.

#1) 10:14PM, goodnight 🙂


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  • Ed Kohler

    It sounds like you put a lot of thought into your decision. The bus ride full of colleagues is a great networking opportunity, not to mention the party itself. People open up more after hours than they do at and between sessions.

    And strangely, it seems to be a credibility builder to be able to say you’ve been to the Googleplex.

  • Marty Weintraub

    You make good points. Of course this post is tongue in cheek. I put 2-3 minutes of thought into the decision. That said and I interacted tonight without me leaving the comfort of the neighborhood :).

    Thank you for the comment and I hope you’re having a wonderful conference. I hope to get to the dance next year.

  • Avinash Kaushik


    It was my first time at the Dance and besides a nice collectors item GD t-shirt it was a nice opportunity, as Ed pointed out, to meet colleagues in a different and more relaxed setting.

    But no worries, next time you are in our neck of the woods lunch at the ‘plex on me.

    PS: #4 is not true! The dance would have been much more fun!!

  • Marty Weintraub

    LOL, thanks Avinash. 🙂 I’ll take you up on that.