FINALLY, my repaired camera made it home today, thirty seven days and $151 later.
My joy last week was a bit premature. My camera seemed to have gotten lost somewhere in the process. I had talked to 4 different people at Nikon and none of them could figure out why the repair had been completed but it hadn't shipped out yet. I was going to call them back yesterday afternoon because they had not gotten in touch with me as promised when suddenly the camera that no one could find for several days now showed that it not only had shipped, it arrived in Knoxville late last night. Apparently it did get temporarily misplaced at first and then in the quest to get it out quickly, someone never changed the status to "Shipped". By the time they figured it out, it had been traveling for 2 days already!
Anyway, had to take one last shot with the little compact, pocket point and shoot camera.....
Now if you'll excuse me, my camera and I need some time alone together;) ha ha
On edit: OMG....I just realized my camera is wearing "protection".