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This is when his perfect six by six positives arrive from the professional lab. Which is about the same time the second try of the digital photo should be arriving in Dijon.

I'm not sure I'm looking forward to seeing the printed brochure on Wednesday. I don't know what printers use for ink these days, but when it is fresh it stinks.

While I'm remembering this, the printer phones from Dijon and says the camera's maximum resolution for photos is less than half what is required for printing. He has no tricks in his box and I have none in mine.

This brings the photographer back with his six by six positives, with the phone out and dialed to get a neighbor to scan one frame quick, put it on a CD-ROM, and bring it to me for transmission - because AOL doesn't allow this sort of tomfoolery.

It is a lucky thing I'm writing this as it is happening, or I'd be wasting your time and mine. If this story has a moral, it might be this: if you are asked to do a photo for the Ministry of Culture, do it with a Hasselblad.

And the photos? Maybe here, maybe next week - if I get permission to show you national monuments.

Metropole's Services

The three firms listed below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association. You've chosen to read Metropole, so you have something in common.

Affiliation is a way for Metropole to offer you products and 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 probably have planned your trip to Paris long in advance. As unlikely as it is to happen, if you are hit by a mean 'bug' after getting here, it doesn't have mean that your holiday will be spoiled.

HighwayToHealth allows you to seek medical care here almost as easily as at home. A 'city health profile' for Paris has been created by HighwayToHealth, to give you information about local health care, including the ability to make appointments with doctors and for medical services.

For peace of mind, take a look at this before you leave home. See 'HighwayToHealth' for its health care and insurance services for travellers.

French Pétanque In America

The French game of pétanque - or boules - can be played nearly anywhere, almost anytime - by just about everybody. Any free patch of the earth can be used as a playing field - as you probably know 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 for casually hauling 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 simple rules. It also has 'junior' boules for children. While you shop around for the less weighty souvenirs of Paris, let Petanque America to do the heavy work for you.

Online Paris Hotel Reservations

Don't wait until you get to Paris to book your hotel, only to learn that 35,000 dentists have arrived the day before you. Reserve now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service. Doing this will permit you to preview the hotels available in Paris and enable you to choose your lodgings with a minimum of fuss and bother.

4th Meeting of the Café Metropole Club's 2nd Year

Last Thursday's meeting was your club's 55th, which is such a high number that I think I better discontinue this line of numbering and concentrate on getting you to read about it instead.

photo: club birthday panorama, by t yanul
The club's official birthday panoramic photo, by Tom Yanul ©2000

The 'report' of the meeting is worth reading even if you have been too engrossed by the 'subway' World Series in New York City to read it already, even though it was another meeting with brand new and usual 'firsts.'

Before getting too entangled with all this, try to remember that the very next meeting of the Café Metropole Club's second year will be on Thursday, 26. October, at the usual time and in the usual place.

Brand new readers can also take a look at the fairly new 'About the Club' page to find out about the 'usual time and place.' This page also contains other 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 in Paris, now you know.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.43 - 25. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, without any reason, 'Halloween Is a Humbug.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Papon On the Lam.' This issue had one or two features titled 'Nigel Ends Ten Years' of No Show' and the other one may have been 'You May Boo - You May Hiss At This.' The Café Metropole Club got into its regular swing of 'realism' with 'Lots of Mirrors, But No Smoke' and the 'Update: 'Not Much Grouching.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Tango Is Back!' Therephoto: sign, sortie de voitures were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The Halloween Legend.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.43 - 26. October 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was culture-laden, with, 'Helping to Open the Tiepolo Exhibition.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined, 'Haunted Chuch Foils Exorcist' - which was a true story. This issue had one feature, titled 'Everything is Bercy Except the Métro.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Paris Does Halloween!' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Why, Charlie, Why?' Forget 'why,' and who the heck is Charlie?

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

The 21st Century starts on Monday, 1. January 2001. You already know this because you are the 'wiser people' who read this last week. Anyway, the big celebration we had on the last evening of the last day in 1999 - which was estupendo! - for New Year '2000' was just a rehearsal; a tryout countdown, like an out-of-town opening in Yonkers. Last year's countdown was not the 'Real Big One.' It doesn't feel like the 3rd Millennium yet, does it? All survivors of the 'End of the World' have probably realized this by now.

This leaves only about 69 days left to go - less, if you are counting shopping days until Christmas - more if you are counting waiting days until January's sales start - no, not this either; until we all arrive in the 3rd Millennium. Even if you remember the last countdown, you probably won't care that now 297 days have slithered away since New Year's 2000. What's gone is extra long gone and this nearly includes the 2nd Millennium, which is now more nearly gone than ever. And for darn good too.
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