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As it is, it has its good days and its so-so days.

Jokes were on Dimitri's mind the other night in the café. Someone he knows gets them from the Internet and gives Dimitri printed copies, which he forgets to bring with him. The result is, he gets the jokes all wrong, or forgets the punch-lines.

There are some people who 'know' all these jokes, and even in the café there is one customer who has made them a major part of his - and the café's life. Dimitri says he can't understand half of them; but they really crack the other customers up. The café is a very noisy place at times.

But. Where do jokes come from? Who makes them up? Are there people sitting around somewhere, doing nothing but dreaming up jokes? Jokes have to come from somebody, somewhere.

You know, the Internet will kill them. The idea is that the jokes have to be oral, so they can be passed on by the loyal joke-passers - you know them - the one who are always ready with the new jokes.

These joke-passers also have their delivery tricks, their gestures, their whole show, their performance. The Internet reduces all of this to zero.

But from where, where do the joke-passers get their supply of new jokes from? Does anybody know? I mean, our 'café guy' has a French source - does every language have its own joke-smiths? Who are they? Where are they? Who pays them? What do their wives say?

Metropole's Services

The three firms mentioned below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association for the same reasons as you've chosen to read it, so you have something in common.

Affiliation is a way for Metropole to offer you products or services related to Paris. You benefit, these firms benefit and any modest benefits for Metropole will help it to stay online.

Health Care In Paris

You may have planned your trip to Paris long in advance. It is unlikely to happen to you, but if you are hit by an ugly 'bug' after getting here, it doesn't have mean that your holiday is spoiled.

The service provider HighwayToHealth allows you to seek medical aid here almost as easily as if you were at home. A 'cityphoto: aeroflot pizza health profile' has been created by HighwayToHealth for Paris, to give you information about local health care, including the ability to make appointments for access to medical services.

Many of this issue's photos are from Friday's visit to the Champs-Elysées.

For peace of mind, check this out before you leave home. See 'HighwayToHealth' for its healthcare and insurance services for travellers.

Pétanque In America

The French game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - by everybody. Any old dirt patch can be used as a playing field - as you are probably aware of if you've seen the game played around Paris.

Regulation boules are made out of metal. These are available in France, but they are a bit heavy to haul around in your luggage.

'Petanque America' imports France's quality Obut boules and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas.

Petanque America's online shop also has books about the game and its short list of rules, plus junior boules for children. Get Petanque America to do the heavy work for you while you shop around for the less weighty treasures of Paris.

Online Paris Hotel Reservations

Don't wait until you get to Paris to book your hotel, only to learn that 40,000 dentists have arrived the day before you. Book now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service. Doing this will permit you to preview of hotels available in Paris and enable you to choose your accommodations with a minimum of fuss and bother.

2nd Meeting of the Café Metropole Club's 2nd Year

Last Thursday's meeting was your club's 53rd, which was also the occasion of its first birthday - and - another 'first!' - its first meeting of its second year of existence.

The 'report' of the party is worth reading even if you have been too busy to read it already, even though it was a 'big' meeting you shouldn't have missed. See more about it and more photos too, in this issue's extra club feature.

Before getting too engrossed in all this, try to remember that the second meeting of the Café Metropole Club's second year will be on Thursday, 12. October at the usual time in the usual place.

Brand new readers can also take a look at the fairly new 'About the Club' page. This contains mildly useful and fairly accurate information about this magazine's club for readers in Paris. If you have not been aware that an online magazine can have a 'real' club, you are in for a surprise.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.41 - 11. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'The Suits Exchange B-Cards.' The 'Au Bistro' column'sphoto: sign, metro title was 'France's 'Euro' Springtime.' This issue had one feature titled 'The 'No Title' Bagnolet Non-Mystery.' This issue also saw the beginning of the Café Metropole Club with 'First Date for Café Metropole Club Meet' and 'Update: "Paris Has Ugly Dirt" - Club's 1st Meeting.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'More Van Gogh; More Everything.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Who Makes the Weather?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.41 - 12. October 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Partial Strike That Was.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Social Engineering Takes a Hit.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Auto Salon - 100 Years On Wheels.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Nice Day: See Tigers; Rainy Day: See Plants.' There werephoto: sign, champs-elysees four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Flabby Tire?' Flabby what?

Metropole's Exclusive & Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

This countdown shows how people like 'Ed' can get things wrong - like the date of the club's anniversary. He shouldn't have counted on his own notes in the members' booklet, but looked here instead. See 'One Year Ago' above, for the club's 'real' start date. However, wiser people - they do exist! - know that the 21st Century does start on Monday, 1. January 2001. The big celebration we had - which was great! - for '2000' was just a rehersal; a tryout countdown. Last year's countdown was not the 'Big One.' The world didn't end, did it?

Now that everybody who wasn't wiped out by the 'End of the World' has it straight there really are only about 83 days (17 less than 100!) left to go until we arrive in the 3rd Millennium. Even if you remember the last countdown, you probably won't care that now 283 days have oozed away since New Year's 2000. What's gone is long gone and this includes the 2nd Millennium, which is now more nearly gone than ever, for good too.
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