On a very positive note, I wanted to report that someone in France has introduced poop sacs for the canine population. As you can see from the photo, a tremendous amount of thought, artistry, creativity, and money went into this signage. But now, someone else must step forward and encourage the people to actually use these sacs. I believe that the French must be afraid that if any of the other dogs saw them picking up their dog's feces, it would result in a potentially psychologically damaging situation for Fifi, non?
If only "le guichet automatique" (the ATM machine at Credit Ag) had instructions so visually comprehensive as the signage for the pooper-scooper sacs, perhaps my cash card would not have mysteriously been swallowed on Saturday morning. When a secret code was requested, I entered the same 6-digit one I key in for my online French account. What else was I to assume but success when it advanced me to the next screen asking how much money I wanted to withdraw. Not only was I not entitled to my desired 250 euros, but the window flashed "DESOLE!" with great eagerness, not the presumed apology, and the card slot began a series of mechanical noises that didn't sound forgiving. I envisioned the lucky next person, at the conclusion of his/her transaction, being rewarded with my card and and additional 250 euros popping out. We may have already mentioned that one of the greatest mortal sins in France is to bounce a check. You will be blacklisted from not only your bank, but refused an account throughout the country. Maybe I had keyed in the wrong amount, say 250,000 euros, and now the gendarmes would be out for me because I had overstretched my account. I would have to wait until Monday to find out the "rest of the story" when the bank reopened.
With regard to the bumper sticker: I have no idea what the "206" means, but I think the donkey and the bull need no explanation. If you can't figure it out, you are probably one of those who wouldn't use a poop sac either.