I want to clarify the death of the Xbox 360 a bit. Some exceedingly generous offers have been made to resurrect the Xbox 360 capability within our confines. Trust me, those offers are hugely appreciated, but not necessary. Just a clarification here - the 360 experienced what is called the "red ring of death" on the front panel lights. It is a common problem which Microsoft acknowledged, and instituted a 3-year warranty of all 360's from the date of purchase for such problems. It's labled a "general hardware fault". Basically we called the Xbox hotline, and they just send a shipping box for the dead unit, we send it in, new repaired unit returns to us with a new warranty. All of this is done at no cost for the repairs or shipping.
So while we will be "Xbox free" for a couple weeks (not exactly a curse to some of us), the situation will remedy itself. It is a bit of bad timing, as Derry was all aflutter because Halo 3 is released TODAY. He'll certainly be the scourge of the gaming world at school and with his online playing partners. But he'll live through it, even if he gets a bit grumpy.
Again, thanks for the very generous offers. Lots of folks (and dogs) with big hearts around here.