After hitting up my local VZW store near the office, I decided to call up Verizon and pre-order the phone. The rep told me that my order will indeed ship today. In fact, any pre-orders that are put in by 3pm today (EST) will ship out today guaranteed.
So I am officially in the pre-order boat with y'all!
Primary Device: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (SCH-i605)
Other Devices Owned: iPhone 5S, iPad, Nexus 7