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SCUBA-L  November 1999, Week 2

SCUBA-L November 1999, Week 2

Subject:

Re: Un Grand Bier!! (Was Re: London hotels)

From:

"Reef Fish (Large Nassau Grouper)" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 9 Nov 1999 06:49:17 -0500

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At 10:06 AM 11/4/99 +1100, Strike wrote:
>On 04 November 1999 03:41, Reef Fish wrote:
>
>> A French Strike??   Mon dieu!   :-)
>
>That guide must have been the former waiter who once served me beer!
>
>It was spring-time in Paris.  A soft, warm and sunny afternoon.  Sylvia had
>wanted to go to Versailles - and I had re-visited the Louvre.  We had
>separated for the day.  Sylvia speaks French.  I do not!
 
Been thar, done that!   Versailles and the Louvre, i.e.  :-)
 
Parrotfish (ob scuba) Andy wrote,
 
>>>>Paris is tiny, it's easy to walk everywhere.
 
Bah!  You couldn't walk the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in a week!
The Louvre?  Another week.  :-)   But we did walk the Avenue des Champs
Elysees and found the garcon who served Strike the Grand Bier!!  :-)
 
 
>Walking back along the banks of the Seine to our hotel, I discovered a
>pavement cafe.  "Aha!"  I thought.  "A beer is definitely in order!"
 
That was the George V cafe a few blocks from the Champs Elysees-Etoile
(or the Arc of Triumph).
 
>I sat
>down at one of the pavement tables.  A garcon, resplendent in white shirt,
>black waistcoat and long black apron with a white linen napkin draped over
>his left arm immediately appeared.  "Oui, M'sieur?"
>Remembering what Sylvia had taught me, I responded with, "Un grand bier, sil
>vou plaiz!"  (Or something remarkably like that!).
 
I stopped at the cafe, with red and golden parachute umbrellas over the
sidewalk tables, and immediately found a garcon who fitted Strike's
descriptions.
 
>The waiter's face went brittle!  "Ah! m'sieur wishes to have a large beer?"
>he replied.  "Yes!  M'sieur does indeed want a large beer!" I said.  "In
>that case", he said, in a very snooty manner, "I will get m'sieur a large
>beer!"
 
I waved my finger to this garcon and asked, "Do you remember some Aussie
character who tried to pass as a Parisienne and ordered Un Grand Bier
from you?"
 
The garcon's eyes lit up and grinned from ear to ear.   "Oui, M'sieur!"
The garcon continued, "e ordoeured 'un grand bier' wen e shoot 'ave
just said 'a large beer';  but noting e's an Aussie, I brought 'im a
SMALL beer instead.  You should 'ave seen 'ow long it took that
bastard to feeenish drinkin' de small beer!"
 
 
>The waiter, meanwhile, was hovering just inside the window monitoring my
>progress.  I eventually finished the beer and called for the waiter!  "Oui,
>M'sieur?"
>
>"That was excellent",  I said, "I think I'll come back for another a little
>later!  But when I do, can you make the next beer I order a 'Large' one?
>We're not used to drinking from such small glasses in Oz!   You bastard!"
 
 
Ah, VERITAS ... or the TRUTH comes out.   :-)   It WAS a small beer!  :-))
 
-- Bob.

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