Update: Granted, that it's $549 with the complete documentation set (and, I must have the complete documentation set) does take a little of the wobble out of my knees.
Update, 1:30pm: I just got the following message from Stata. My good Stata citizenship is going to be rewarded. As Careyoke and Dorotha would say, Awesomely awesome!
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2005 12:48 PM
To: Jeremy Freese
Subject: Stata 9
We will be sending you a complimentary copy of Stata 9.
I was going to have a sales person prepare a "ship form" (instructions to
shipping as to what and where to ship your package), but I wanted to
confirm the address with you first.