Well, back to dreaming.
It (very briefly) looked like I might be able to get my MacBook Pro (a constant whining theme here). But, again, it fell through. Reality kicked in and the money went to where it was really needed.
Maybe I'll score a consulting gig or something to help with this...
Leads on cheap MacBook Pros appreciated.
And remember, I will work/blog/twitter/pimp for geek cred computing style.