I am now officially Dr. Jes Battis. Sweet Baby Jesus, this has been a long day. I'll update more when my brain is working properly. Suffice it to say, the defense went well, I passed with very minor revisions to my dissertation (just a few footnotes), and I can finally relax.
Thanks to everyone--you all know who you are and how much I love and appreciate you all.
Jes (AKA Dr. Detroit)