I still have yet to run into someone from eastern Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire wearing Google Glass. Given that reality, when I go out shopping I am invariably looked at as an oddity (ok so I am even without google glass…it just makes me a conspicuous oddity. People once in a while would comment on my black fedora, “Nice Hat”. Now they look at me funny and then say, “What is that on your face?”
Yesterday, we did a round of stores and malls mostly trying to round out the gifts as most of our real shopping was done about a week ago. Oddly enough the stores themselves weren’t overcrowded and given the awful traffic getting the Costco in New Hampshire it was no wonder. Most people were in traffic and not in the stores themselves. This is a different Costco than the two that I normally go to, so I was expecting at least the first pattern of strange looks that I would normally get. The people in the Costco in Waltham, MA are kinda used to me at this point.
After leaving Costco with only a couple of small glass sharing incidents (one guy said I look like Bono with my glass and hat), we proceeded to the Pheasant Lane Mall.
We were actually only going to Target, but I did take a quick stroll through the mall looking for a Starbucks. The next thing that piqued me was that most of the stores had some customers, but it wasn’t out of control. But Starbucks? The line was out the door and wrapping around the side. I stood there for a while and the line was just not moving. Starbucks to me is a thing that you wait a short time for so you can sit and enjoy the coffee slowly.
I could see the frantic pace of the baristas and looked at the long line for a while and then gave up. The only thing of interest that I saw was the Verizon Droid just behind me. This was not enough to satiate either my morbid interest nor my caffeine need, so I got out of line and walked back across the mall.
This week I didn’t tempt fate by actually going into the apple store. I did sneak a picture as I walked by though. Except for Starbucks it seemed to be the busiest place in the mall. In the intervening time, the temperature outside had warmed and as we made our way back to the car, it was the first time I noticed that even in New Hampshire, the snows from last week’s storms were receding. Later on that day we made our way to the Merrimack outlets, going slightly deeper into New Hampshire. I had been to the outlets my first weekend with glass and I was still figuring it out then. This week though I was at full tilt. I had my personal hotspot on and I was able I snapped off a couple of shots and posted them to Facebook. The Merrimack outlets have a Ski Lodge and Lift motif going, and it is pretty cute from that point of view.
We did stop to eat finally and I had a meal that I think was a mistake at a Sbarro’s knockoff in their main food court. Why did I do it? I was hungry and there was a 20% AAA discount. It came to $7 and change but I think it is still in me 🙂
Once we left the food court we made out way through a bunch of stores. and there was enough of a buzz in one particular store that I had to take a video clip.
We went into a couple of other stores after that and in the Swarovski store, somebody finally asked me what that glass object was on my face.
I’m sure that I was eliciting some strange looks because I was practicing the “wink” feature as I went around the store. Between the head tilts and winking I probably looked like I had some sort of condition. The sales person was eager to try on the glass and was able to snap off a picture of me which I will not post 🙂
On the way out of the outlets, there is a Starbucks and I wanted my coffee.I’d have gone to a Dunkin Donuts too if there was one there, it didn’t matter to me.
All I knew was that I wanted coffee. One person kept looking at me over and over and finally asked me if that was an “Apple thing”. I said WOW inside, since that was the first time someone associated an odd piece of electronics with Apple in any of my trips with Glass on my face. He of course was afraid to try them on 🙂
By the time I got home my glass and I were both out of energy.