I was recently on exercise with the Spams and I saw some chap with a badge with a tree emblem on his arm. I asked him what unit it represented and he very proudly told me it was The Tennessee tree. I expressed surprise that the state of Tennessee had only one tree and the young Forest Gump to whom I was talking replied that they had many trees in Tennessee but that this was their favourite one. I knew what he meant but I couldn't help asking him if he stroked it and fed it sandwiches like I used to do with my favourite ferret. Point is should I apologise to young Forest, and the Tennessee National Guard for taking the mickeyabout their tree or should I think any race that tries to make me eat grits for breakfast deserve everything they get.