Since I know you are all on the edge of your seats, waiting with baited breath for the return of my photos.
Insurance claim was approved. And even better - the Bank of M&P (mom and pop) approved an upgrade to the Nikon D90 as well as the purchase of my own "nifty fifty" - the 50mm f/1.8. Belated Christmas present.
A huge thanks to mom and dad for supplying my addiction, and thanks Claims Adjustor Chris for the fast turnaround. I do have a bone to pick with Broadway Camera who basically cost me $150 in my claim by undercutting the MSRP on a few items, but that is a story for another day. Today we are happy that I should have my kit back by the end of the week.