Rumor has it that Gloom is actually in the Twin Cities right now.
The ocean shipper was back from vacation, so I was able to call them today and ask about its status. They reported that it arrived in Minneapolis on 12/27. So I called our customs broker; he says in fact it arrived on Thursday, 12/30. Well, at least it's confirmation that it is in the Twin Cities, and it is in the hands of US Customs here. It may be cleared and released this afternoon. There's a very good likelihood that it will be delivered to our warehouse tomorrow, if not late this afternoon. So, at long last, I'm hoping I'll commence with the shipping tomorrow.
We'll see if this actually unfolds like this, or if something new crops up to send our plans further awry.