I just wanted to thank everyone in the forum for all the insightful posts. I lurked on this forum occasionally when I was studying for the Part I multiple choice, and then frequently during the long wait.
Also, I frequently checked in on Oracle's certview and Pearson Vue's site, felt like being in a line at the amusement park that never seems to move and no way of knowing how many twists and turns the line takes.
At any rate, I finally got the good news email on October 6th, and then a FedEx envelope about 2 weeks later containing my physical certificate and card.
I will have to admit, despite the frustrations of the long wait, Oracle's OCP team was very responsive and courteous, and I do appreciate their position.