[snip snip snip]

And nobody has yet answered my questions about the platform. The fact
that two different people see different behavior of the Ruby interpreter
in different environments makes me wonder if there aren't some
underlying race conditions or similar platform gotchas at work here, in
addition to a Ruby problem and a Mongrel workaround for a Ruby problem.

So ... Zed ... how many processors do you have, how much RAM and what OS
are you running?

Ara ... how many processors do you have, how much RAM and what OS are
you running?