I have similar experiences Stan. I bought Thom's book and before I could even digest 10% of it took myself off to Cornwall to flex the D800 muscles.
People got cross with me over my journey with the D7000 and my comment that other Nikon's "worked out of the box". Never did I have to work so hard to master that camera. The D800 arrived and within a day it felt so right, did as it was told and yes, the AF really does stick like velcro. The dynamic range is extraordinary and the colour rendering is just unbelievable. I could so easily run out of expletives to describe it.
I didn't think that my D700 could have it's title of "my best ever camera" taken from it, but I was so wrong. The D800 rocks. Mind you I've just bought a Nikon V1 and for it's size that camera boxes above its weight to!