The reason why so many people are swarming over the deal? Well, it's a brand new release of the premier game for the Wii and if you purchase it this week for $50 (retail price) you get a $25 Toys R Us gift certificate and a commemorative coin if you pre-order. People would be snapping up this game at retail cost even if nothing came with it. Effectively pricing it at 50% off caused a stampede. I mean, hell, I got 2 of them and I don't even own a Wii. One copy will be going to Connie and Jeff, and I haven't yet figured out what to do with the other yet. I could flog it online for pretty much retail price (net gain: 1 25$ gift certificate), I could give it as a gift for christmas, or I could keep it around on the offchance I decide to acquire a Wii. If I'm smart, I'll just sell the thing and be done with it.
I got my pink umbrella in the mail today too. I opened it up and gave it a couple manly, non-girly twirls. It looks pretty spiffy overall. Whether or not the costume works out will depend on what sort of fabric I can track down and how I end up making those little hello goblins. It seems to be pretty sturdy so I don't think I have to worry all that much about it snapping under the weight of the cloth as long as I don't go picking the equivalent of shag carpeting. If I remember at some point, I'll snap and post a couple pictures of the umbrella.
Oh, and the James Patterson books arrived too. I dunno when I'll start reading those but it shoudl be fun.