After some hand wringing and a lot of consideration I decided to snag a new scope (well, new to me). Mainly this was driven by the upcoming Comet ISON visit as well as the ability to use the scope (with proper equipment) for lunar and solar viewing. Not to mention, once it's cleaned up and tweaked, some light astrophotography.
Since this is only the second scope that I've ever actually owned, and this one being a rather large one by many standards, I thought it would be appropriate to capture the unboxing ceremony.
The fruits of my (with the help of KW) unboxing and setup labor can be seen here: