I couldn't wait...
So I spoiled myself and others this Christmas, hope you all have done the same ;)
I don't care much for this full-frame, high-ISO, better sensor, extra megapixel talk, yada yada, and needed some of the finer elements offered by the D300 over the D40... so I broke the bank. Up to now, it seems like too much camera! The metering is spot-on, focus with older lenses is dandy, and it's built like a tank. The D40 still has a solid place though as it's such a breeze to use, not to mention much lighter in weight. I see both of them serving my needs long after digital as a medium is replaced by something else haha.
Thanks for all your comments friends.. Happy Monday!