In just one month, I went from being a Google Glass skeptic to spending $1,500 on the device. (Glass, Google\u2019s Internet-connected eyewear, is still a prototype and is expected to be commercially released sometime in 2014. You have to be "invited" to purchase the gadget.)\n\tSo what happened?\n\tTo paraphrase President Obama, my opinions about Glass are "evolving." The journey began in late October. After reading about a California woman ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass, I wrote a blog post on Oct. 31 expressing my strong feelings that what she did should be illegal.\n\tAlmost immediately, I heard from a number of Glass "Explorers" \u2014 the phrase used to describe those who have purchased the Internet-connected eyewear. They argued that driving while using Glass for turn-by-turn directions is actually safer than getting navigation advice from, say, your smartphone. You can keep both hands on the wheel, and your eyes never have to drift far from the road, because Glass projects information on a small screen that sits above your right eye.\n\tI\u2019m still skeptical about driving with Glass \u2014\u00a0and I'm still convinced Glass makes you look hopelessly nerdy (see my picture, above)\u00a0\u2014\u00a0but the more research I did, the more intrigued with Google\u2019s wearable tech device I became. Check out my recent articles, "How Safe is Google Glass for Driving?"\u00a0and "Does Google Glass Pose Safety, Health and Security Risks?"\n\tI decided, what the hell, I\u2019d apply for an invitation to become a Glass Explorer. To my surprise, I received an email about a week later, informing me I\u2019d been invited to join the program. (I suspect my affiliation with CIO.com didn\u2019t hurt.) So I went online, picked out the Glass color I wanted, and scheduled an appointment to pick up my futuristic eyewear at Google\u2019s San Francisco Glass showroom.\n\tI\u2019ve had Glass for two days now, and I have a few things to share about my experience.\n\t* Go, Drink the Kool-Aid. For the full experience, you should pick up your Glass at Google\u2019s San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York locations if you can.\u00a0\n\tThe SF showroom was sparsely decorated and sleek: power strips hang from ceiling to floor; there\u2019s a balcony with a fantastic view of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge, perfect for making your first hands-free Glass video; friendly Glass-wearing staffers offer you free beer, soft drinks and cookies.\u00a0\n\tMy Glass "guide," Martin, spent well over an hour patiently answering all my questions and enthusiastically encouraging me to "explore." With Glass at least, Google has armed itself with superb "brand ambassadors." They\u2019re all definitely drinking the Kool-Aid, and while in their presence at least, so did I.\n\tBy the way: Though you have to choose a specific Glass color when ordering online, you can change to a different color if you pick them up at a Glass showroom. (I picked "Shale," because it looks less obtrusive. White is also apparently popular.)\n\t* With Glass Apps, Less is More. Not surprisingly, there aren\u2019t too many Glass apps yet. And you don\u2019t download apps per se but turn them on and off, either in the MyGlass Android app or on the Glassware page in your browser. (Both sync with Glass to activate\/deactivate apps.)\u00a0\n\tMartin suggested that, initially, "less is more" when it comes to turning on apps. I agree; it\u2019s best to master the basics before you experiment with, say, the Facebook, Twitter or New York Times apps.\n\t* Hold Onto That Sunglass Clip. The night after I picked up my Glass, I went to a Thanksgiving weekend party. I was hesitant to take Glass, then decided to throw caution to the wind.\n\tIn some ways, I was glad I did. "I feel like I\u2019m experiencing history," said one young woman at the party who borrowed my cyborg specs. Needless to say, everyone wanted to try them out.\n\tUnfortunately, at some point the sunglass clip fell out of my Glass storage pouch. I didn\u2019t realize it had happened until the following day \u2014 when I received a call from my host that the clip had been found, but was broken into two pieces. (The sunglass clip attaches to the Google Glass frame, behind the small Glass screen. It basically turns Glass into an odd-looking pair of sunglasses.)\n\tI went to the Google Glass e-commerce page, thinking I\u2019d just order a replacement. As of this writing, however, the sunglass clip accessory (which comes with a Glass purchase) isn\u2019t available. I called the toll-free Glass number on Sunday afternoon. The person I spoke with couldn\u2019t explain why the sunglass clip had disappeared from the site and was investigating having a replacement sent to me at no charge. He promised to get back to me within 48 hours. I called back the next day but was told the matter had not been resolved.\n\t* Keep Tylenol Handy. Glass requires you to look up\u2014way up\u2014to see the screen. At times, it felt like I had to strain my eyes to see the screen\u2019s top. After wearing the device off and on for a total of about 30-45 minutes, I\u2019d developed a headache that lasted the rest of the day. My vision was a bit blurry, too, and my eyes were dry. (I wear contacts.)\n\tTo answer your inevitable question: No, I haven\u2019t tried driving with Glass yet. But I\u2019m going to give it a shot soon. And I hope that, irony of ironies, I don\u2019t get a ticket.