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