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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Press Your (my) Luck!!

Anyone old enough to have a baby now grown into a teenager should remember this simple, beloved game show with the big button, the big set of nerves and the whammies. So, in the spirit of the game, I will play my own version now. As you know from Pam's earlier blog post, we have secured the funds necessary to move forward with our dream. But wait, could the timing be merely coincidental or is it fate?

Apple, from Cupertino, California, announced that they have released the new MacPro (http://www.apple.com/macpro/) and it is a monster of a system. EIGHT cpu cores, SIXTEEN gigs of ECC main memory, THREE terabytes of hard drive storage, the ability to run TWO 30" Apple Cinema monitors concurrently and more creamy goodness. All this for much less than a supercomputer still costs these days. I worked out my dream machine and it tops out at just under 19Gs USD. I lowered some of my selections and brought it down to under 12Gs. Hmm, now where would I find 12Gs these days. I wonder.

Oh wait, I know where. My wonderful, loving wife has that kind of coin laying around. I think I remember she had it earmarked for something else though. Just what was that again? Oh yeah, I think I recall now. Hmmm, baby. MacPro. Little Aristotle. Big drive space. Crap filled diapers. Holy crap speed. Unknown exterior package. Shiny brushed aluminum. Noisy. Silent running. Has to be taught repeatedly. Learns on the fly. Envy of others. Hmm, that one is a wash.

It's a hard choice, but I think I will stick with the current course. Little Aristotle will bring us much more joy than my MacPro dreams so I am happy to stay with the current decision. There is 38 million dollars up for grabs in tonight's 6/49 draw here in Ontario so maybe this time tomorrow, I will be on the way to having both dreams fulfilled. If not, this is more than I could ever ask for so there will be no disappointments in our household. :)

V.
PS Ignore any comments from my wife; if the child is a boy, he WILL bear the name.

11 comments:

Pam said...

Contrary to the author's statement, the child, should it be a boy will NOT bear that moniker as a first name. I have already conceded that said boy child can carry that as a middle name. And while we're on the name game, convince V. that there is nothing wrong with Zachary. And that not everyone thinks of (or has even heard of the Zachary disease joke).
As you can see, when we are finally in a position to think about names, there will be disagreement between us. :)

Pam said...

Contrary to the author's statement, the child, should it be a boy will NOT bear that moniker as a first name. I have already conceded that said boy child can carry that as a middle name. And while we're on the name game, convince V. that there is nothing wrong with Zachary. And that not everyone thinks of (or has even heard of the Zachary disease joke).
As you can see, when we are finally in a position to think about names, there will be disagreement between us. :)

Pam said...

ok, I was so intent on my thought, I had to say it twice. :)

Patti said...

you've got the name argument going from A to Z.

Yer in trouble.

Tell you the truth - I don't like either name. Aristotle is too much with your last name and Zach has been done to death.

Perhaps you two should meet in the middle? Around "M"? Isn't that the 13th letter of the alphabet?

wizdom said...

I LOOOOVVVVVEEEEE YOU PATTI!!!!

M is a beautiful letter!!!!

Red said...

Aristotle?? And you laughed at HAMISH?! I, myself, prefer the classic subtlety of names either beginning or ending in K.

And congrats on your secret benefactor!!

Thalia said...

zachary is a lovely name. I won't get drawn into this intensely personal debate any further!

Pam said...

Thanks Thalia. :) It's been on of my favourite names for years. Alas, I do think I may have to concede.

Patti - the 13th letter is appropos for V. and I as 13 figures prominently in our relationship. And for obvious reasons, we'll get the approval of Wizdom. :)

Needless to say, when we are fortunate enough to be choosing names, I know there will be much debate and discussion. :)

Dtrini said...

Mmm, Patti, you are indeed wise. Remembering that 13 figures so prominently in who we are and how we got here says a lot about you. Thanks love.

Contrary to my little brother's (Mikhail's) excitement though, it will not be the letter of the first name but definitely possible for a middle name. I am fine with Aristole being a middle name as well.

In Judaism you cannot name a child after a living person, and so honour the memory of someone who has passed by naming them after that person or for that person. The 'A' would be to honour Pam's passed father, Alan.

I still don't think Zachary fits the naming-culture for either family so we will have to continue searching. I don't think there will be much debate but we will both know it when we hear it.

And Red, Hamish is still laughable. :)

Thalia, don't encourage her. It's only going to make it harder for her when she ultimately has to let it go because it is never happening. :)

What About Bob?

skibum said...

So all this discussion around the boy's name which should be easy, something starting with 13th letter and containing 13 letters, just so it is hard to fit on the hockey jersey when he plays in the NHL. What I would like to know is what is the girl's names up for discussion?

Pam said...

It's funny. We really haven't got any strong opinions for girls names. But sticking with the A names I like Addison. Not sure if V. does or not.