I love the title of this thread.
But yes, my luck is terrible. I'm trying to think, of all the NMs I've killed, many of them multiple times (some more than five or six, which is plenty for a casual camper)... I can't recall EVER getting "the" drop, whatever it was for each mob.
I've often gotten the second tier drop if there was one, and I do okay with named mobs like Spook... but NMs? They hate me.