A hundred thousand thanks to smackfu, my fellow MetaFilter user and Naugatuck resident. I added him to my contacts list on Flickr a few weeks ago to watch and see if he posted anything that might look familiar. Yesterday, I was greeted with this message when I logged into my account:

Subject: smackfu has given you a Pro Account!

smackfu wrote you a message: "Everyone I know on Flickr is Pro but you, and I have a free account to give away, so have fun!"

smackfu has given you a Flickr Pro account, good for one year. That means you can have all the benefits of Flickr Pro accounts: 2 gigs of uploads per month, unlimited storage, ad-free browsing, and unlimited photosets and features.

Check out his photostream.