Got a call from Novak today. They said my transmission was done and would be shipped out today. When I asked about the guy who had been helping me they said he'd been let go. He seemed like a cool dude and although I was pissed off I didn't want him to lose his job.
Now I feel like a dickhead but hopefully he gets a pretty big unemployment check.
As far as the jeep, I'm a lazy ass and have done nothing but find a couple parts that I'll need during assembly. Once the transmission gets here I hope to make some good progress though.