I eagerly awaited the arrival of the HP Reverb G2 VR headset (it was going to be my first serious VR headset, I had bought the Oculus Rift S knowing I was going to return it just to play around with VR and set up my system while I was waiting for the Reverb G2; Walmart has an incredibly 90 day return policy by the way). I had a comically sad experience with UPS that I wrote what I thought was a pretty funny Reddit post about. It also had a response comment that I was probably the most proud of ever recieving. I had managed to trick some hapless soul into thinking I write for a living.

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Well, the worst has happened. I pre-ordered my HP Reverb G2 on July 12th, and have been patiently waiting ever since.

I watched as the status on Connection.com changed to "Open".

I watched as a tracking number was assigned.

I watched as it made its way along each leg of its journey from Ohio to Chapel Hill.

I watched my coworkers' eyes roll when I give notice I'm taking the rest of the week off to play with a VR headset.

Today, my friends, was supposed to be the day.

UPS' tracking site: "Tuesday, by 9pm".

9pm goes by, no package.

"Whatever, it'll just come tomorrow."

Two hours go by. Out of habit, I refresh the tracking page.

"Delivered, 9:52pm. Front door."

I jolt out of bed and plunge barefoot into the near-freezing temperature, confused as to why my dog didn't bark, puzzled how I missed the headlights as the truck descended down our 600 foot driveway.

Screen porch? No.

Front porch? No.

Top of driveway? No.

Mailbox? No.

Neighbor's porch that I felt very uncomfortable approaching in the dead of night? No.

So now, I wait, yet again.

For UPS to address my "loss" claim. For them to deliver it tomorrow (hopefully) not realizing the trauma that their clerical error has caused.

Or for Connection to reply to my desperate plea for vengeance against the Unreliable Package Service.

I'm not a religious man, but I must ask this of you now: pray for me.