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Buyers waited three-deep to place an order, then waited six-deep elsewhere to pay for it; before going to yet another area to wait for the goodies to be handed over.

The stands are not warehouses, so it was possible to order an item, or several, wait an eternity to pay for them - only to find they had been sold out in the meantime.

Sights of 'Macfanatics' in states of extreme distress were not uncommon. Oddly, and for the first time ever, I got my two little items on the first try - after a long but entertaining wait.

Metropole's Services

All three of the firms mentioned below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association for much the same reasons as you've chosen to read it.

These firms are not advertisers in the traditional sense. If you patronize the services or purchase the products offered, the benefits resulting from the links will help Metropole to stay online.

Health Care While In Paris

After planning your visit to Paris long in advancephoto: apple expo and then finally getting here, the worst thing to happen is coming down with some kind of 'bug.' HighwayToHealth offers a service that allows you to seek medical aid here almost as easily as if you were at home.

Low-tech 'Ed' checks out high-tech Apple Expo.

HighwayToHealth has fashioned a 'city health profile' for Paris, to give you information about local health services, including the ability to make appointments for health care.

Added to this is a full line of travel insurance. You can take care of this before you leave home, so be sure to check out all of the 'HighwayToHealth' services for travellers.

Don't Carry Your Boules Home

The game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - even in snow - by nearly everybody. Any old bit of ground can be used as a playing field - as you might know if you've seen the game played around Paris.

Regular boules are made out of metal. You can buy these in France, but they are a bit heavy to carry around in your baggage. 'Petanque America' imports France's Obut boules and can ship them to you anywhere in the Americas.

Petanque America's online shop also has boules for children, plus books about the game and its short list of rules. Get Petanque America to do the heavy work for you while you shop around for thermal underwear to wear while playing pétanque in Minnesota.

Paris Hotel Online Reservations

'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service permits you to get a preview of hotels available in Paris, enabling you to choose your Paris accommodations easily, well in advance of your arrival.

The Café Metropole Club's 50th Meeting

The server-lady Linda Thalman was the only member of any category at last Thursday's club meeting - again. We had another chat of little consequence; so I filled up the bulk of the 'report' with what little there was. The club's waiters were equally under-employed. Where is everybody?

If you skipped Thursday's update, you didn't miss all the wonderful 'Quotes of the Week' that remained again unsaid. The 'report' therefore contains little exciting news, if I recall correctly.

New readers can look at the fairly new 'About the Club' page, if they are interested in learning more about this magazine's club for readers in Paris. Everybody is allowed to look at it actually.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.38 - 20. Sept. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Freezing and Starving.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The Government Can't Do Everything.' This issue had two features, titled 'Jacques Melac's Grape Harvest' and 'Boulevard du Techno.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Les Champs de la Sculpture.' Therephoto: rue du harve, sign were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Techno, Wino.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.38 - 21. September 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Where Are My Beautiful Balloons?' The 'Au Bistro' column's title asked 'Techno Parade 'Seduces' Paris.' This issue had two features, titled 'The Place de la Concorde - Place With Headroom' and 'No Magic at Apple Expo for Revisit No. 12.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Techno Jazz?' This year; it's 'event' burn-out.

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

This countdown - how did it start? You may have forgotten and you probably think I have too. Not so! There are wise people - other than me! - who know that the 21st Century starts on Monday, 1. January 2001. The big celebration for '2000' was a freebie; a countdown to the beginning of the last year of the 20th Century. Thus the countdown last year was in the wrong year, unless you have a fondness for the last year of a millennium.

Now that it's all straight for everybody and we know what we're doing, there really are only about 104 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. Even if you remember the last countdown, you probably won't care that 269 days have gone since New Year's 2000. What's gone is gone and this will include the 2nd Millennium, which is nearly gone too.
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