I think this is one of my favorite emails to receive:
Congratulations, your new theme Shades is now available to the public at <http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/shades>.
This theme was finished almost two weeks ago and was originally going to be used privately but we are releasing it to the public in hopes it will grow into something more.
Here is the description for Shades, and a screenshot:
A simple clean theme framework to work from, designed ideally for light colored backgrounds and easily adapted to darker layouts.
… and as of this posting a child theme can be found here at Rattitude.com. A few finishing touches to add internationalization to the theme are being made and will be released soon in an updated version.