I'll answer myself...since I'm the only bonehead BOL listener who did the Vista Express Upgrade program
Tom's Hardware Guide (not related to Mr. Merritt) discusses this industry wide problem and notes that none of these "express" upgrades have shipped yet.
Ahh, buying a new computer from Dell over the holidays was supposed to give me the best of both worlds. I was going to have time to tinker with it during a vacation and I was going to get the Vista upgrade as soon as it came out.
Unfortunately, Dell now states that they are hoping to send the upgrade package out 6-8 weeks AFTER Vista is available.
Needless to say, I should have waited.
Has anybody heard a solution to this problem?