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If I am very careful and do not try any hop, skipping and jumping, the leg should be in shape for dancing by Easter, even if it is not dance season then. After dark, in a light rain, the free and lightweight leg walked me home over Paris' uneven surfaces, without too many serious stumbles.

Vital Shopping Tip

Paris' annual Winter Sales - the 'Soldes d'Hiver' - begin on Wednesday, 10. January and continue for six weeks afterwards. These dates are France-wide in case you'd rather shop in Cannes or Nice. First come - best served, but don't forget the Café Metropole Club's meeting on Thursday, which will be a fine place to take a two hour 'breather' from shopping before you drop your plastic's balance into the red.

'Au Bistro' Dumped Again

This issue's 'Au Bistro' column remains unproduced - again! - not due to lack of news, but on account of the time spent on the 'extra' 'Scene' column. In the past week the Paris press has rolled a lot of ink onto newsprint with articles reminding readers of the wonderful year we've just passed.

As wonderful as they were, it is a bit like celebrating New Years Eve with old variety numbers rather than creating new ones. I have been glancing at the papers though, and saving them - with the nonsense idea of combing through to find true jewels of oddness.

On the other hand, I have two fireplaces, and these old papers might have better uses. Next week - promises! - expect the 'Au Bistro' column to be back; with due attention to be paid to all the new French laws that have come into force today.

Metropole's Services

In consideration of it being the first day of the 3rd Millennium and a holiday as well, I have reduced the usual plugs for Metropole's affiliate partners to a bare minimum - which does not mean they are any less worthy or you can't do some business with them today.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' for potential Paris visitors as well as travel insurance. These services will be a benefit if you've signed up for them before you need them suddenly - which I hope you won't.

'Petanque America' imports the quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you from carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first to introduce the simple game of pétanque - or boules - to your neighborhood.

'Bookings' is a reservation service for Paris hotels. Check out their hotel previews and make your choice in the comfort of wherever you are in the world.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting was less normal than other recent meetings because of the huge number of new members in Paris for New Years party time, as well as the presence of the club's secretary, who turned up even though his leg was still in a cast.

Keep up with your club's 'news' by reading the 'report' of the last meeting. As usual it was written by the club's secretary from his own illegible notes. One new member who nearly came all the way from Siberia, provided a stunning photo of an Alaskan traffic jam.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on the historic date of Thursday, 4. January 2001 - representing the club's first meeting in the world's brand-new 3rd Millennium. Your club's secretary expects to be present - now without his cast - at the historic time and in the usual historical place.

New readers can also take a look at the current version of 'About the Club' to find out about the 'historic time and place.' This page also contains other slightly useful 'facts' about this free club in Paris, which is the only one 'Metropole Paris' has for all of its readers who are Metropole Paris readers, or are in Paris, or are residents, or all three or four.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.01 - 3. January 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Yippee! We Made It!' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The Catastrophes Continue.' This issue had two roundups for New Years - '1999 - 'Bug' Hits Countdown Clock' and '2000 - Forty Tons of Fun.' The Café Metropole Club got much deeper into its geographical details with its 13th PR blast, with 'Directions To Your Club.' The club's weekly update on 9. January was more modestly titled with the quote, "If You Like Modern Art." The three holidday 'Scene' columns were dropped in favor of nothing. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'We Can't Hear You.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.01 - 4. January 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, ''Euro' Overload Worse than Y2K 'Bug.' What 'Bug?' The 'What Bug?' was a year later. The 'Au Bistro' column, full of shopping news, was titled, 'Paris Style At a Discount.' There was one 'Scene' column, 'Life After New Year's' - as if such a thing could exist. One feature evoked this with, 'On Top of High Places and Montmartre's Parade' and another was titled, 'The Unhistorical Parc André Citroën.' There were also four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Happy Euro-Day!' Will it never leave us alone?

Metropole's Final Countdown Is Suspended

Obviously, if we have arrived in the year 2001 - today in fact - successfully, then we are also 'in' the Third Millennium, sophoto: sign, ch lebourg sc 1872 there is hardly any reason to keep this single-minded countdown going because it has clearly expired - and in these parts there is certainly no intention of starting this New Year off with a new countdown to the Fourth Millennium.

In fact, it is time to break recent old and boring habits in favor of getting into fresh new silly ones. But what will replace the wildly popular 'so many days gone' and so many days to go' either from or to something or other? Could the 'Fiat 500 of the Week' be the replacement, or maybe a Café Metropole Club member's 'Quote of the Week?'

I know that as 'Ed' of this magazine I am supposed to know the answers to questions like these even if I don't always know really important things like when Paris' Catacombs are open or closed exactly. But if you've been reading this for more than two issues you'll know already that very silly stuff is apt to show up here. If you want something like Louis XIV's birthdate instead, say so.

Happy New Year to all! Thanks for reading Metropole Paris for another very long year. Expect this first issue of the Third Millennium to be online about the time you wake up after New Years, sometime today, somewhere in the world.
signature, regards, ric

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