September 3, 2008
As part of Home Depot's orientation, I am required to attend 15 hours worth of classroom instruction off site, in an office building across the street from the mall I got my first job at 11 years ago. The five story office building has a north and south wing, connected by an atrium on the ground floor. Each time I entered the controlled environment, I hear music from the super nintendo game, Super Metroid, a very low-key and foreboding tone. Inside are two palm trees and ample tropical shrubbery, dripping with cold water. It sets the perfect mood, nostalgically speaking.