If you hadn't read the General's introduction of himself to this mb (messages #390 and #391), you'd find that bringing humor to the mbs he posts on is part of what he's been about or at least tries to be about for the past 5 i/2 years. It may also explain the (apparent) pomposity. If it doesn't, well, you know what they say about teaching old dogs new tricks.
The important thing is that you seem to appreciate his efforts.
As for kissing and telling, the General wasn't asking for the former, and you've already told the "easy-to-please" General what he wanted to know, so he's satisfied.
In fact, he's so satisfied, that he'd feel in need of a cigarette, except for one thing, the General doesn't smoke. He doesn't drink either.
Well, at least that's two out of three.
But like others here, the General is glad to have you as a contributor on this mb.