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This is also where expensive junk food started. On the way back I tried a simple ersatz 'Berliner' and it was like fluffy kleenex filled with oozy gunk. Its main feature was its cheapness.

After a long wait, Mountain Air decided to fly back over the mountains I'd just crossed, to land in Penticton in the dark. This was in a buzzy two-engined propeller airplane, with no inflight movie and no toilet and no cockpit door.

On the return leg everything was the same in reverse except the Airbus' inflight movie and Badger's chicken. However, flying from western analog time to continental digital time required the entire flight to be in daylight.

This permitted the wondrous sight of the great prairies; all insanely designed by Mondrian, mostlyphoto: food for fishermen in green. I'm not sure you can notice this from ground level - but the roads looked great for excessive speed, if you like driving fast in straight lines for whole days.

Food for young fishermen also turned out to have few takers.

Security measures varied from place to place. The x-ray machines do not seem to bother digital cameras, so don't waste time trying to shove yours through with the watch and coin trays. At one place I was asked to turn the camera on, so it helped to have batteries in it.

At one point I had to fill in a form asking if I had any agricultural products with me. I did have a chicken sandwich - provided by Badger's wife, Hella - so I checked 'yes.' But before handing in this questionnaire, I ate the sandwich. Nobody asked to see it.

Final note: if you do not care for the sounds of babies howling for nine or ten hours at a stretch, do not take any long-distance flights. Flying while deaf is the only remedy if you are forced to do it.

Free Refills

In this week's feature about exotic Canada, I have forgotten to mention 'free refills.' These are unknown in Europe, and I had forgotten they once applied to cups of coffee - in the US. My oldest son Willy spotted a mention of these on a menu, and found out they work.

In an update email, I have just been informed that he has set a record for six half-litre refills of iced tea, with one hamburger. He also set some sort of record for round-trips to various toilets afterward. As ever, there are limits to 'a good thing.'

The 'Scene' Column

There is no new 'Scene' column in this week's issue. With Bastille Day and the 15th on a Saturday, it has not been possible to add new items. The link on this week's contents page will take you back to the last 'Scene' column. If you look at it, be sure to look for final dates. Some events may be over by now.

The Weather

According to today's TV-weather forecast, Paris should have decent weather with temperatures in the 22-24 degree range for the next two days. That the forecast does not include Thursday and Friday is not a good sign - but it is not necessarily a bad sign either.

Café Metropole Club's 40th Session

The 40th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ended just as I was climbing off the Eurostar from London at Gare du Nord last Thursday afternoon.

I fully intended to attend the meeting, but with server-lady Linda Thalman being in place as stand-in club secretary, I decided it was wiser to continue straight to 'Go' and attempt to delag myself.

This absence of 'news' leaves no more business than to say that I hope you can attend the coming club meeting next Thursday, 20. July.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.28/29 - 12/19. July 1999 - One year ago, issues 4.28 and 4.29 were doubled, so this is a repeat of the last issue's 'One Year Ago + One Week.' The week's Café Metropole column was headlined 'Goodbye and Hello To All This.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'I'd Walk a Mile for a Baguette.' This issue had no feature or features at all. But itphoto: 12am to 6am did have a 'Scene' column and it had 'The Last 'Armada du Siècle.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Bastille Day Every Day.' For this, I think antibiotics may be necessary.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.29 - 20. July 1998 - The Café Metropole column hinted at trouble in paradise with the title of: 'They Shoot Tourists?' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'France Has a Big Party and Shuts Down.' This issue had one feature, titled 'As Normal As Paris Gets After the Party.' There four new 'Posters of the Week' - notphoto: user maintained site always easy to find at this time of year. Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Ca Va, Eddie!' which could have been about anything but probably wasn't.

Metropole Paris' Nearly Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

This countdown is regaining importance in France as more officials are referring more often to the beginning of the 'Third Millennium' on Monday, I. January 2001. Effectively this means we are in the limbo year of nothing; having left the 20th century last December but not yet arrived in the 21st. If this idea gathers momentum, get ready for a repeat of last year's New Year's Eve, with all the trimmings.

There are only about 167 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really fussy readers, this figure is correct. On account of this section being revived due to a perk up of interest, 199 days have gone since New Year's 2000.
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