29
Apr
2014

LA #throughglass (well, for part of the trip)

After a wonderful week in NYC we broke up the trip home with a stop in LA for a few days.

Most of our time in the US is spent on the East Coast and while I was in LA for a Wearable Tech conference last December, there wasn’t a lot of time for sightseeing, so I was looking forward to exploring.

The weather was perfect when we left our bungalow and headed off on the 20 minute walk to Rodeo Drive.

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And the first difference between LA and NY hit us fast — after a week of walking through crowded New York streets, it seemed incredible to not see a single other person walking!

Once we got to Rodeo Drive there were no shortage of people walking and many of them gathered around this car, which Sam absolutely loved. (Love the Explorer community on Google+, where after I posted this picture, JR Curley sent me the link to this article all about the car!)

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I loved the beautiful floral display in the Dior window and snapped a picture through Glass:

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Just after I took it, a guy rushed out and I braced myself waiting for him to say I couldn’t take pictures of their window with Glass. But it turned out he just wanted to tell me he liked my handbag!

From there, we headed over to the Hollywood Walk of Fame as the kids were keen to check out the stars, but other than the humour that finding a star called ‘Spanky McFarland’ generated, it was pretty underwhelming and we didn’t linger.

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The next morning, Stuart and I headed off for a morning run to Coldwater Canyon Park. When I turned on Glass it was frozen and inoperable, so I went back to taking photos with my phone. I’d read accounts of other explorers encountering problems with the XE16 upgrade, but my Glass had updated a few days prior with no noticeable issues.

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We were off to Universal Studios for the day and I hadn’t planned to take Glass as I didn’t want to damage it on any of the rides, but the picture below pretty much mirrored my horror when I got home and rang Glass Support to find my Glass was irreversibly destroyed as a result of the XE16.1 patch. The only option is a replacement pair which will take a few weeks to issue.

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We  headed to Runyon Canyon the following morning for a family run/climb/hike and I hated not having my Glass to capture the amazing scenery and having to go back to the rigmarole of taking my phone in and out of the armband.

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It was similar when we went to Venice and Santa Monica later that day and was funny how many times I tapped the arm of my sunglasses trying to take a picture!

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While it was a shame not to have Glass for the last few days of our trip, at least once I got home I was able to access another pair while I wait for my replacement unit to come through. Being ‘Glassless’ for a few days certainly served as a interesting reinforcement of what a necessary role in my daily activities  Glass now plays.

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