Google Street is a pretty cool online tool. Don't know how I'd ever use it, other than for snooping on my neighbors or for checking out the homes of my children's publishing colleagues (Yes, SCBWIers, I'll be checking you out).
Course, the first thing I did was look up my publishers. Here's a shot of Lee & Low Books, the publisher who recently purchased my picture book biography. I've never been to their New York offices, but if I went I suppose I could use this tool to find my way. The building looks cold and scary.
And this is Houghton Mifflin. I guess. Kinda looks like downtown Austin. Hard to tell which building. The image can be panned 360-degrees, rotated and zoomed in on. Heck, I think you can even take a virtual stroll down the street in any direction.
Here is Charlesbridge, the publisher of my next picture book. I'm curious about the For Lease sign. Suppose I could dial the number advertised to find out if my publisher is moving, or if this is the building across the street from their offices.
And, of course, here's my home. Weird thing is, Google took this shot recently, like within the past three days. I know this because it was only three days ago that my tree had absolutely no leaves. I'd pointed it out to my son so he'd notice how quickly the tree would bloom (is that he right word?). I also know because my privacy fence (funny to use the word privacy in a post about Google Street), which can be seen by scrolling, is wilting. It just started wilting in the past month. Now, excuse me, I'm off to look up your address.