Mile-stones, that is.
At 12:30 AM on Friday, 8/8/08, ... my dissertation was completed. At least, a rough draft was. I have three papers. They are in my hand right now. Three. 1, 2, 3. A fellow can graduate with three papers.
There's still a lot of work to do, reediting, rewriting, reworking, reevaluating, readjusting graphics for the umpteenth time so they're just perfect, and responding to my professors' comments (because of course they haven't seen the third paper yet).
But I have a third paper.