HI jbl !
I don't know what is you're background film or photography but I feel exactly the same as well. I am a filmmaker but as a hobby i take photographs when I get the chance. I have been a Nikon user since 94 and been very happy with all my Nikon gear that I bought since then.
Back in October I bought a D300s because of the video option. Although I knew about the 5Dm2 and later one 7D I bought the Nikon D300s because of the lenses that I have.
Even though I knew that D-movie mode on D300s wasn't same as it was on 7D where every thing can be set manual I went and bought the Nikon thinking that it will catch up with a firmware update, which will fix the main problem that even D90 had back when it was released. Obviously that didn't happen all we got was few problem fixes with the batt grip and CF card.
Now that we are expecting something to come up on the 8th hopefully Nikon has build a DSLR camera with us filmmaker on mind. It will be nice if they released a firmware for a lot of people who own D90 and D300s to be able to control the camera.
It seems that a lot photographers over here didn't understand our concerns of wanting to have that extra feature on our DSLRs because at the end of the day they take photos and not videos, hence they don't like to pay that extra feature when they buy their cameras.
When I joined this forum I was suggested to buy a video camera as well if I wanted to record video but I guess by now a lot of member on this group are learning to accept that the video in DSLR is becoming a thing to have.
Jbl, lets hope that we get something interesting form Nikon this monday the 8th.