"We've always been a super healthy motorcycling community at Microsoft," Jeff Henshaw, a founding member of the Xbox project, tells The Dodo. "When the spring weather hits and it gets nice outside, every motorcyclist gets excited to hit the open road, fists in the wind, to greet the sunshine."
Indeed, in the weeks leading up to the console's launch, Henshaw's team would work seven days a week. One day, they realized they had been stuck too long in the labs.
"A handful of us decided we were going to take a Friday off, and go for a ride together to clear our heads and get away from the office for a while," Henshaw recalls.
They ended up at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.