Here's my update.
I get an email from my dealer this afternoon. "Your tv will be here in an hour or so.". So after work I head over and sure enough, there's a pile of them in the back, I think all of them have names on them. There's no way that box is getting to my house in anything other than one of the shop's install vans (I deal with a high end shop, big box stores are for movie purchases only), and I'm told it looks like they can deliver Saturday morning... Aaaaaghhhh!
So as I'm leaving, two of their vans pull in. I go back inside and ask them "How about now? I live nearby, it's almost closing time, surely your guys can take care of someone who has dropped more than 10K in the last six months...."
Well now all I have to do is wait for my buddy to come over tomorrow to help me swap out the TC-P65VT50 for the Pioneer PDP5070HD which is currently mounted in my bedroom. Initial impressions will be posted in the VT50 owner's thread. And then have D-Nice do a cal in July when he's in town.