OK, maybe I won't have the Mini Mac before my birthday. After rehearsal today I dropped into a local Apple Computer Dealer and was informed that there is a massive backlog on ordering these puppies...approximately 8 weeks in fact. And due to certain policies of Apple's, it is necessary to pay the entire amount upfront. I hate seeing my money leave me and then being required to wait forever before getting the goods. So, I think I'll hold off for a month or so.
Fortunately, the store is fairly close to my place, so I'll just drop in every couple of weeks to see what the status is. Hopefully one day I'll walk in and the computer will be sitting right there, waiting for me to take it home. That'll be nice.