Adam Avitable and his Google Glass

ok glass . . . blow my mind

Adam Avitable and his Google Glass

I am now an official Google Glass Explorer. And I’ve had a hell of a time deciding how to write about it. While only a small percentage of the population was invited to test out Google’s new technology, all of those people are online in some way, discussing the features, specs, functionality or showcasing what Google Glass can do. I don’t want to do that – if you want to read about technical aspects of using Google Glass, go read this informative and well-written post by Professor Josh, an Orlando college professor who is another Explorer.

But me? I’m a comedian. A writer. An emotionally overavailable obsessive compulsive narcissist with a need to entertain. How do I write about it?

Let’s start with New York.

I love the vibrant living giant that is New York City, pulsing with life, veins flowing with millions of stories. And thanks to those who participated in Project AvitaGlass and the Hotel Gansevoort, I was one of those stories for a weekend.

Gansevoort, which I can only assume is Swedish Chef language for “Holy shit, this is awesome”, has a property right in the heart of the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. And if there is any New York City hotel worth staying in, it’s Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

My room at the Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

The view from my room at the Hotel Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Entering my room for the first time, the sound of music softly filling the comfortable, lushly decorated space, seeing the Hudson River through my window, I exhaled deeply and was instantly at home. If every hotel room made me feel as relaxed and at ease as my room at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC did, I’d move out of my house and just travel every day of the year.

Isabel Kallman, darling queen of the Internet, joined me for dinner and drinks at Patsis that Friday night. We sat on the sidewalk for hours, telling each other Internet-shattering stories amongst drinks and bites of delicious food.

Dinner with Isabel Kallman

Saturday, accompanied by my beautiful friend Heidi, after lunch at Chelsea Market, I picked up my pair of Google Glass. I stepped out onto the street and didn’t walk for more than fifteen seconds before I began receiving questions about my new geeky accoutrement.

Adam Avitable's Google Glass

What was it?
What could it do?
Could I spare any change?
How much was it?
Was it always on?
Did I want to buy a designer watch for cheap?
How did I get it?
Is it available for everyone?
Did I have a dollar?

I was struck by how many of the inquisitive people appeared not to be tourists but New Yorkers. Hardcore, unflappable, downward-looking, focused New Yorkers. The attention I drew within seconds of exiting the Google Glass offices continued for the entire weekend, even as Heidi and I sat in the lobby of Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, having drinks with Stef and Mike.

Photo of Heidi taken with Google Glass
Heidi and I celebrate my Google Glass acquisition with alcohol
Stef and Curley at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
Drinks with Stef and Mike in the lobby of the Gansevoort Meatpacking
New friends thanks to Google Glass
We made new friends who were fascinated with Google Glass
Photo of me taken with Google Glass
Our new friends took a photo of me with Google Glass

After a great dinner at Bill’s Burger and Bar (where the lovely Victoria stopped in to say hi), we headed for the High Line to walk off our food and hop from bar to bar.

Hotel Gansevoort #throughglass
Taken outside the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Victoria Pericon and Adam Avitable

Highline with Google Glass
Taken on the High Line
The High Line
Another photo from the High Line

Saturday night actually ended around 4 AM on Sunday morning, once Heidi and I realized we had been walking through New York and drinking since noon. At one point, after watching Heidi haggle with a gypsy cab driver to get us home for less than $10, I may have proposed and offered to have Heidi’s babies, but it’s a little hazy.

Gansevoort was still a hive of activity when we returned, but the room was quiet and after late night room service (warm cookies, milk, and a club sandwich) and a few hours of death that resembled sleep, I was resigned to the fact that I had to return home.

Gansevoort Meatpacking room
My room at the Gansevoort after a weekend of drinking

I had a quick brunch at Añejo with an old friend from college and his friends. His hilarious, drunk, and very, very, very gay friends. It was fabulous, and seemed like only minutes before I had to head to the airport to fly home.

Google Glass and Adam Avitable
Putting on Google Glass before heading home

Adam Avitable flies home on JetBlue

I’m just now realizing that I discussed my weekend without really talking about Google Glass, and as I sit here, I realize as well that this is representative of my experience with Google Glass. I don’t need to talk about it. I don’t care about the specs or the battery life or the functionality. I care about being able to seamlessly share my life with the world, to capture the important moments. To remain engaged yet in touch with our world, which is bigger than the restaurant you’re sitting in or the street you’re walking down. To integrate technology with our world in a new way that revolutionizes how we operate. That’s Google Glass.

Thank you again to the wonderful people at Gansevoort Hotel Group for being so accommodating, and I hope to stay with them on my next trip to New York. Thank you to JetBlue for their consideration and amazing customer service. Thank you to everyone who participated in Project AvitaGlass (those of you still waiting on items will be getting them as soon as I can), and thank you to Google for inviting me to be part of the world of Google Glass.

If you want to see more photos taken with Google Glass, including some detailed photos of the Hotel Gansevoort and my trip around New York City, you can check out either or both of the following albums:

My Facebook album

My Google+ album.

And stay tuned for new adventures with Google Glass, from the Marilyn Manson concert to a strip club to the world of stand-up comedy. Follow me on Twitter or add me on Facebook or Google+ to make sure you don’t miss out!

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5 Replies to “ok glass . . . blow my mind”

  1. beearl

    Regardless of how it looks in the two photos that I’m in, I try very hard to stay off my phone when out with friends. Looks like I’m not trying hard enough. 😉

    Great time in NYC with Adam, Stef and Heidi. Looking forward to all the hi-jinx you are going to get into with those babies…

  2. Poppy

    That was a really great, relaxing hotel room. And I think your post is *perfect* because you explained that Google Glass makes integrating life with the Internet pretty much effortless…

    It was really great to see you, I hope I have a reason to see you again soon!!!

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