What a fun discussion!
kepPNW wondered where I found a USFS indication of where SB is. From the Windy Pass TH, one can climb a long set of stairs to a viewpoint over Spirit Lake. There are some interpretive signs there, one of which unambiguously identifies SB as the dome I ascended (there's an artist's rendition of various notable features). Of course, that display might be inconsistent with other sources, but I'm confident I interpreted it correctly. But then, I had been drinking, so...
Water asked "What was it like being at the back of the dome?" It was, of course, really cool. But ya know, I can't say it was the most interesting part of the hike. BTW, I actually started up the lava dome, but thought better of it. In those days, it was pretty steep/high all the way around (as opposed to the current dome, where the south side seems to be pretty easy to walk up). I realized there was quite a time commitment to scramble up to the top, and I was worried something could go wrong along the way. As amazing as it would have been to stand on top of that dome, I've never regretted my decision. It was just too risky.
Bosterson knows what's essential, and asked about my DeStruisse. Yeah, it was fine, but nothing astonishing. I consider their flagship to be Pannepot. I was ecstatic when I recently scored a couple bottles of Pannepot Special Reserva, but I'm waiting until I can find the regular Pannepot so I can enjoy them juxtaposed.
kepPNW offered this quote: "U.S. Forest Service trail planners originally hoped to establish a route to the top of the Sugar Bowl, a rounded landmark on the northeast side of the volcano. But the Sugar Bowl ascent was too steep and loose, so the alternative goes to a saddle between the Sugar Bowl and Loowit Falls. At 5,225 feet elevation, the saddle is 1,500 feet lower than the top of the Sugar Bowl — but the unobstructed view of the crater is still remarkable."
Indeed, the SB I ascended was too steep and loose to be a sensible objective for most, without snow. I found it to be at the limit of my comfort range. Any steeper and I still would have done it, but it would have been unpleasant.
kepPNW asked about my elevations. I think I know where the 5225' saddle is, and indeed I show 5220', so that's confirmed. This is the saddle I described as "right of Sugar Bowl" in my TR. So SB should be 6725'. Let's see what my notes show. Wait, I'm showing 6300'. Drat, everything was adding up until now. Oh well. I really think that 1500' statement is wrong, but who knows. I take solace in the fact that I attained a very well-defined spot, and it's the next obvious goal above the saddle. On the off chance that I wasn't really on the top of SB, it doesn't matter that much. I'll probably get to that higher point, and Dogs Head, next spring. An afterthought: the news source above, which indicated SB is 6725, also described SB as "a rounded landmark on the northeast side of the volcano". That would be consistent with where I ended up, whereas the next obvious goal might be better described as "a prominence on the NE end of the crater rim".