Yep, I loved the anti-gloating joke, too.
I liked the retired General. Shamefully, I used think of older people as, well, old people. Thankfully my current job involves quite a bit of interaction with folk of many years standing and I never cease to be amazed by tales from their younger days. I regularly find my jaw hitting the floor when they tell me about their lives. It is also brilliant to see their faces light up when recalling incidents, adventures, exciting jobs, etc. Honestly, it makes my day and I never under estimate folk now.