After reading Rupert Goodwin's post about Ubuntu 9.04, I realised that I didn't really need to install the latest and greatest Ubuntu. I had the opportunity to on my old PC tower, and I was swayed by the swish new themes available for Gnome. My absolute favourite is Dust Sand, combined with the New Wave window borders. I rather wittingly call it "Custom new wave sand".
So, armed solely with an admiration for a delicately textured and tactile theme, I proceeded to upgrade my thinkpad to 9.04. I know, it is of the utmost shallowness, vanity and stupidity to go through the pain of upgrading purely for aesthetic reasons. I take some semblance of solace from jw's comments about OpenOffice 3 being included in the upgrade. But I do think it looks lovely :*)