(I say that tongue in cheek.) For all those who are awaiting the release of the new Xbox 360, take heart in knowing that you're not alone and that there are many people in Redmond waiting along side you... or more likely, behind you in the queue. From an update notice I received today from my on-line retailer:

Dear Valued Customer:
 
Thank you for your recent Xbox 360 order.  Our supplier, who works directly with Microsoft, has informed us that the Xbox 360 will be in extremely short supply throughout the Holiday season and into the beginning of next year.

Unfortunately as a result of this short supply, many orders will not be fulfilled in time for the Holiday season. We apologize for the inconvenience and will notify you when the Xbox 360 becomes available.

Sincerely,

Customer Service

It may matter in some circles who you know, but I think that the people with the clout and real power this holiday season (or at least on Nov 22nd) are those in the shipping and fulfillment offices of the major retailers. [;)]