It's now official. As of 01APRIL2009, I am Lieutenant Commander Thorsson. How scary is that?
In theory, having my name on that list makes me at least four inches taller, 17% more bulletproof, and 31% more likely to start walking on water.* In practice it means I'll get to enjoy at least a little bit of lieutenant commander's pay while I'm in a tax-free combat zone status. Either way, it's a good thing.
What I really love though, is that until (when and if ever) I get promoted again, my date of rank will stand as April Fool's Day. It's funny because it's not a joke.
*There's also some supposed correlations regarding the reduction of odors when I defecate, but I haven't been paying enough attention to know if they're true.