I'm dead-in-the-water now, as the other two boards I brought to the Jam were borrowed. Virtually all of Pi-finity! requires the actual hardware to run and test since it uses the GPU extensively and networking at maximum demand. I can't do any useful development on an emulator.
I really hope someone will realize a mistake was made. To avoid embarrassment, if they want to anonymously get it to the museum so I can pick it up, please deliver/mail it to:
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043-1311
I'm not mad at all and, in fact, I'm more despondent than anything else. It bothers me that I went through a lot of effort to set up the Jam, and this is the reward I get for my hard work. If it was filched, maybe they thought I already had three boards, so, losing one wouldn't be a big deal, but, the other two were borrowed and have been returned, so, now I have none with which to get work done on Pi-finity! or anything else, and I'm nearly 100 miles away from the next closest Pi, now. I was even on my best pussycat/teddy-bear behavior (as is always the case with me in-person) and I can't think of how anyone could do this intentionally barely eight feet away from me. It just has to be an honest mistake - the alternative is both repulsive and chilling.
The worst of it is that I spend every spare penny I earn for my Dad's care, which is now close to six figures a year. Since income from teaching won't be received until late September and late Summer is the leanest time of the year, I can't even order a replacement for another two months. Even then, it could be three months after that before I would receive it if it winds up behind a ton of bulk orders.
Life's a beyotch, and then you die, as we say in the military. This just plain sucks.
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!