Congrats to HD Beat contributor, Richard, who did get his Xbox 360. I had a few minutes this morning to tell you that I wasn't as lucky and I just got back from Round 2 of trying for an HDTV gaming console.
If I had it in me to Google Map my itinerary I certainly would, but I'm running on fumes right now. Instead, I'll give you the high-level play by play. The funny part is: as great a gaming machine this console is, I was trying to get my paws on one for the 360 Media Extender capability first! (Seriously!) If you're remotely interested in my trip to hell and back, click on the jump for the details as best as I can recollect; my lack of sleep might cause a missed stop or two!