I love the French -their food, wine, licquers, language, kissing, etc. But, like bassists who eschew using amplification, they are easy to bash. So, here ya go-- Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon... the holiday celebrates the defeat of the French army by a small, poorly armed mexican militia at the battle of Puebla. If there was a holiday for every time the French army was defeated, nobody'd get any work done. BTW...Arbor Day was created when an acorn fell on a French General, resulting in the first peacetime surrender in history. and from JBo's wine thread The French Government announced yesterday that it has raised it's terror alert level from "run" to "hide." The only two higher levels in France are "surrender" and "collaborate". This may have been precipitated by the recent fire which destroyed one of their three White Flag factories (on the outskirts of Paris), disabling the entire ground combat element of their armed forces for the time being.