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Escape from the Land of the Office Parks


I've survived my trip up north. Right now I'm waiting for my train back home. Few things make me appreciate the comforts of home more than a visit to the 'burbs. One of the most unsettling aspects of life out here is the phenomenon of the office park. I can't speak of all office parks, as I've only been to a few. I only know one fairly well.

It's nearly as big as my college campus and locked down like a fort. IDs must be worn at all time and cameras are on you at all times. The campus is out in the middle of nowhere, so we are all sequestered from the world. You can't walk out for 5 minutes to grab a snack or run an errand or go to the ATM. You have to drive if you want to get off campus. There's a shuttle bus that takes you to the cafeteria if you want lunch.

This is all particularly uncomfortable for a New Yorker like me who doesn't drive. I could go on, but you get the idea. It's isolated from the outside world and there's no privacy within.

What amazes me are the people who are in their 20's and early 30's who are there for the job. I can't imagine a job important enough for me that I would voluntarily live like that. I just don't understand it.


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