With a little help from my friends

My first thought was “Who the hell is Dave Moody?”

I knew a lot of Daves, but this name didn’t ring a bell. Yet there he was: My first Indiegogo sponsor.

It all became clear after a trip to Facebook. My friend Ray Hansen had shared my campaign and then shamed Dave into donating $25 after Mr. Moody comment-bombed his post. What started as a drunken lark actually continued as real support!

MUCH TO MY SURPRISE, GOOGLE GLASS COMMENTED ON MY CAMPAIGN!

MUCH TO MY SURPRISE, GOOGLE GLASS COMMENTED ON MY CAMPAIGN!

The campaign closed 25 hours later and, despite attracting four more donors, I raised less than 10 percent of what I needed to get Google Glass. But then I started getting phone calls. From friends, from work acquaintances, from my new sister-in-law. “Can we still donate?” they asked. Hell, yeah, I said. The next few days, I happily made the handmade art I’d promised my flirts, friends with benefits and lovers.

EVERYONE WHO DONATED RECEIVED A LOVE LETTER WRITTEN WITH QUILL PEN AND INK ON AN ANTIQUE DESK. (I ALSO SPRITZED THEM WITH MY FAVORITE PERFUME.)

EVERYONE WHO DONATED RECEIVED A LOVE LETTER WRITTEN WITH QUILL PEN AND INK ON AN ANTIQUE DESK. (I ALSO SPRITZED THEM WITH MY FAVORITE PERFUME.)

By the time the Indiegogo funds hit my bank account 15 days later, I’d raised a grand total of $850, roughly half of what I needed. A speaking engagement covered the rest.

Google threw in a free pair of Maui Jim shades. I opted to pay an extra $200 for prescription glasses frames.

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to pick up my order in San Francisco, where I wanted to get fitted and oriented by Explorers. The one day I was going to be in town was the day Google Explorers were shutting down the store to prepare for a major party. Silver lining was I saved at least $100 paying Georgia sales tax instead of California sales tax and I got my Glass three days earlier.

I placed my order on Friday. On Monday, a suspiciously awesome-looking package arrived. Heart in mouth and digital designer at my heels armed with a camera, this is what I discovered.

I still have trouble attaching the sunglasses, but I’m obviously not that concerned with looking cool.

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