After posting the preceding dream and giving a further polish to my "Beginning Year Eight" entry, I discovered five malingering postings on my list that were still unpublished and in draft mode, yet included in my number of posts. I checked each of them and found them all to be stillbirths of a sort -- sometimes just a title, sometimes notes for something fuller I never wrote, sometimes even less than that. So I junked them all.
THEREFORE. Some renumbering must be done, and this is my 1,000th posting!
To paraphrase the late, great Tex Avery... anticlimactic, huh?