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Christmas Day is a holiday in France. Not everybody working today really wants to, but if given a choice, both management and staff would rather have New Years Eve off.

For myself, I am not counting last Saturday as a 'working day.' I was just out - after all, I didn't go tophoto: tire bouchon creperie Montmartre - walking around, taking in some fresh air.

What I do foresee as a 'working day' will be next Friday night, which is New Years Eve. Some of the people I saw working on Christmas I expect to see celebrating this coming weekend.

Not waffles, but crêpes this time; again on Montmartre yesterday.

Of course there will be another crew on duty, to make sure that the Tour Eiffel pops its cork; to make sure we all have our big 'the future has arrived!' party on the Champs-Elysées; to make sure public transport keeps running so we can all get back to where we're staying.

But, suppose - everybody wants to party? Suppose the entire support staff for New Year 2000 in Paris - says 'Alors, merde!' - 'It only happens once so we want to do it too!'

And they pull the plug on it. The papers on Sunday, 2. January 2000 all have the same headline - "Y2K 'Bug' Puts Blackout On New Years"

And some people take all night to walk home in the dark, stopping every kilometre or two, to light a sparkler.

About This Issue and 'Scene'

For the sake of economy, the regular 'Scene' column is absent this week, as is the 'Scene' column featuring 'Paris 2000' and '2000 In France.' These will return, in next week's issue.

At last week's club meeting, one of the new 'Charter' members told me that printing out the 'Scene' column took 28 pages of paper. I have never done it myself, so I had no idea it was so long. In fact, I have never printing anything by using any 'browsers' print option.

If you intend doing this, my suggestion is to first save the 'Scene' page as 'text.' This will give you a text file that you can easily edit - cut out all unwanted stuff - reformat it, and print it in a handier version - yours.

Café Metropole Club's 11th Session Re-Klatsch

The 11th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off very successfully, with a metric-dozen - 10! - new 'Charter' club members signing the unofficial membership booklet last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page.

Metropole's Next Issue - The Next Millennium's First One

Next Monday, 3. January 2000, Metropole Paris will appear online as usual. The issue number will be 5.01, which will mean it is the beginning of Metropole Paris' 5th year of 'nearly live' online reporting from Paris, about Paris.

This will also mean that Metropole Paris is one of the Web's oldest weekly publications, as well as being one of the oldest with Paris as a subject.

Norman Barth's 'The Paris Pages' is still the winner for age. Because Norman published 'my reports' before the existence of Metropole, I still recommend his Web site.

Emails to Metropole

Finally, I want to thank all of you who have written, either regularly or irregularly, over the past four years. Althoughphoto: cafe place tertre this year is not finished yet, a tally shows that over 300 of you were first-time writers in 1999.

This may not seem like much, but you are writing from 76 countries all over the world. As first-time writers you cannot know that you will get a reply, so taking the time to write is recognized as being worth the effort of a reply.

If you did not receive a reply, the answer usually has something to do with your email's return address. Incorrect or out-of-order ones bounce back to me, but there is no way I can guess what the correct form may be.

Incorrect return-email addresses are usually caused by software. Sometimes, the Internet itself is in a snit and it will bounce or lose emails because it is having a bad day. If you have not had a reply when writing to Metropole, please check your email address and re-send the message. If I get 12 duplicates, it will cause no harm.

Happy New Years To All

If you celebrate New Years, I hope you have a good and safe one. Remember that it will be the - nominally - last one in this millennium, so make it count.

Beyond my intention to 'cover' the New Year celebration in Paris for you, I still feel like I should be in 'winter hibernation.' There will be an issue 5.01, but my head may be somewhere in the south seas when I do it.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.52 - 28. December 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled - 'New, Hard 'Euro' To Hit Old Europe.' 'Au Bistro' had 'RATP Launches 'Clean' Buses.' This issue had no article, but one photo feature, entitled 'A Few Favorite 1998 Paris Photos.' The issue also had 'Metropole's Pre-Christmas Program VIII - New Year's '99.' The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'The Other Tour-Bus Company.' count down Eiffel Tower There were two 'Posters of the Week' and 'A Couple of this Year's Favorite Posters.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The New 'Euro' Poor.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.52 - 29. December 1997 - The Café Metropole column proposed a stunning novelty in 'Parisians Love Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column has news in the form of, 'Maurice Papon: 'I Know Nothing'.' This issue had two features, entitled '1997 - One Finger Taps for Metropole' and 'La Langue Bien Pendue' by M-R Erickson.' Christmas futures continued with 'Noël Program IV - New Year's Eve.' An Email feature was titled, 'Liquid Research at Le Procope.' There were four'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Which Way to Dakar?'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 5! - in words: five! - increasingly wintry days and nights to go in Paris and Ile-de-France until the really big year-end party explodes upon us.

Thank you for reading Metropole in 1999. Happy New Year 2000!
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