Like Working at TGI Fridays Without All the TGI Fridays

Even though our space might be a little crammed in the Launchpad office, the Art of Living building in which HLK lives offers many other places to be productive.

Let's take a little tour.

 Author before moving around to write this post 

Author before moving around to write this post 


Kitchen Booth

 Author in kitchen booth without mozzarella sticks 

Author in kitchen booth without mozzarella sticks 


Conveniently located next to the kitchen, the appropriately-named kitchen booths offer a little nook, perfect for working in an environment that feels like a TGI Friday’s without all of the TGI Friday’s-ness of a TGI Friday’s. Although some mozzarella sticks would be nice, they would probably just make my keyboard greasy.


Kitchen Couch

 Author looking literally shady on the kitchen couch due to sun 

Author looking literally shady on the kitchen couch due to sun 

Situated near a massive window overlooking the overflow parking lot, the kitchen couch area is where I go when I want to spread out. The couch is comfortable enough to sit on for long periods of time, but not comfortable enough for naps. (Not that I’ve tried to nap on that couch before. I would never do that.)


Mezzanine

 Author attempting to (and failing at) taking a picture outside

Author attempting to (and failing at) taking a picture outside

On the top floor of the Art of Living building exists a small strip of office space occupied by a couch that might be too comfortable, a long table and a pretty incredible view of the STL skyline. For those who watch a lot of Mad Men and think that great ideas come from staring out of windows, that’s kind of true up on the mezzanine. Except there is a significant lack of drinking, smoking and suits.


Basement

 Author getting scared in the basement 

Author getting scared in the basement 


There’s a ping-pong table, a veritable labyrinth of old office supplies and the snack vending machine. Who am I kidding? This is not a suitable place to get work done. But I will grab a Diet Coke.


Underneath My Desk 

Crouching underneath where I usually work seemed like a good way to shake things up without having to actually move that much. But then my back hurt and sitting curled up in a ball just wasn’t really worth it anymore.

 Author hitting his head on the bottom of the desk

Author hitting his head on the bottom of the desk


In the Bathroom 

 Author making a bad decision to work in the bathroom 

Author making a bad decision to work in the bathroom 

I thought this would be a good idea for some reason. It wasn’t. I don’t really want to explain.


If you’re one of those people who is afraid to join the real world because you’re afraid that it’s going to require planting yourself at a cubicle from 9-5 everyday, working at HLK couldn’t be further from the truth. No one really cares where you work (except for the bathroom because that was weird) as long as you get your work done and get it done well.