Google barge move explained (sort of): It's the asparagus

STOCKTON - The Google barge arrived in Stockton Thursday morning and the tech giant finally opened up on why the vessel was moved from the Bay Area to the Port of Stockton: It's because of the asparagus and the warm weather.

Google's only response to reporters' questions was an email which read: "It's been a busy six months for our barge and it's grown tired of all the attention, so we are moving it to Stockton where it can have a break, enjoy the city's delicious asparagus and warmer climate, and get a bit of rest before its next chapter."

So what's Google really up to ? Even Port of Stockton director Richard Aschieris claims not to have an idea what Google will do while the barge is docked at his facility.

"As a management style, I stay out of the operations of our customers. Our relationship is a business relationship. In good time, we'll probably all know and learn together," Aschieris said.

Google has a six-month contract to be at the port and will pay about $10,000 in dock rent. Google was asked to leave the Bay Area after not having proper permits to build the barge in the first place. It's been widely reported the barge will eventually be a floating showroom for Google products.


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