After a long and trying day, (I've learned now to check md5 sums and have a fully charged battery before bootloader mode) I have made the switch to CM9 3/19. I love the functioning camera though I haven't tried video recording or panorama but I think I read that part is still nonfunctional. The rom is snappy on my DX. Battery life is yet to be determined but it seems good so far.
I actually had to go to my local verizon store and borrow a DX2 battery to sbf my phone in-store. The looks and questions I got from the sales reps huddled around my laptop in the corner was priceless. My gratitude goes out to them though for letting me do that in their store.
It's just good to see that this old device is still getting some attention from devs. I'm looking forward to whatever progress is made on this rom.