When I first was picked for the #ifihadglass contest, my instinct seemed to be the same as most people I’ve seen: head to NYC for pickup. However, my partner on the mission (Mike Novilla of NOVA 535) had other ideas: we were California bound. Having never been farther west than New Mexico, I knew we were in for an adventure. Given the short window to confirm our pickup, we scrambled to make arrangements, and when the day finally arrived, we jumped on the plane and chased the setting sun.
The Mighty Mrs. Jenkins found us a killer B&B in Pasadena, and hosts Justin and Mercedes were awesome. We showed up after two in the morning, and they were waiting to get us settled in and ready to go. After a few hours sleep and some breakfast, we headed out to see L.A.
Part of my #ifihadglass entry was sharing our beer tasting trips, and the city offered plenty of opportunities for that. We found Good Microbrew on Sunset, and sampled the selection.
We then headed to Ron White Inc. President Drew Edward’s condo overlooking the strip to talk plans for picking up Glass, and potentially meeting up with some of his contacts to share what Glass was all about.
The view from his balcony does not suck.
With our Glass plan solidified, we headed down to Night Market for dinner. Family style Thai food and beer cold enough to offset the spice set the stage for several hours of laughter and reverie.
We spent the next couple of days sightseeing and meeting up with family, and finally, the day of our appointment came. We’d already seen what L.A. traffic looks like, so we left early so we could we cross from Pasadena to Venice Beach with plenty of time. With the appointment a couple of hours away, we stopped for lunch at Cafe Del Rey.
When we pulled up to the Google office after lunch, there were a group of guides waiting outside to take us in. All were sporting Glass, and my excitement kicked in.
There have been a lot of write ups about the pick up experience, and mine was similar. Guide Scott Gunn was knowledgeable and thorough, and walked us through the setup while serving Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada. The office had a workshop feel, and the campus in general was everything I thought a Google office would be; comfortable, well stocked and equipped, and with lots of space dedicated to creative work and play (along with a nice selection of beers, sodas, and snacks).
Now sporting Glass, we decided to check out the beach, passing it back and forth, and checking out everything possible, and getting our first taste of how people in public would react to Glass. Despite all of the worries and concerns batted around the blogosphere and in big media, people everywhere had one word to describe Glass when they encountered it: Cool! (exclamation point theirs).
After an amazing day, we headed back to Pasadena in preparation for an early morning. Tomorrow, we were headed to Santa Barbara.
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