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Dimitri showed up and did some very fine Russian-style San Francisco dancing, which took up the room for two couples. Another couple did some modified tango, which made them very hungry and thirsty.

There never got to be enough guests to overflow into Dimitri's atelier next door. When other people began to leave, I left too because I am a bit out-of-party shape, even if the server-lady did give me some teeth-rattling dancing lessons on Bastille Day.

Down in the courtyard, I couldn't hear the party. I have heard others. They seem to have explosions about 02:00 before they go quiet, but they never bother me.

Christmas Where You Are

As a Metropole Paris reader, you live in one - at least! - of about 75 countries around the world. I would, and I think Metropole readers would too - like to hear about how you will pass the holiday 'chez vous.'

If you live in any of the many countries where Christmas is not a holiday, writing about your own Saturday, 25. December 1999 will be perfectly welcome. The idea is to share this day with all.

What I plan to do is put all of your emails about Christmas or the plain Saturday into one or more 'Emails from Readers' page or pages in the coming issue, which will go online on Monday, 27. December 1999.

Taking a minute to write a note will take no longer than arranging to send me an E-Christmas card, and I will prefer the email more than the card, because it can be shared by all.

To participate, please put 'My Christmas' in the email's 'subject' line.

I will want to run your name with your email contribution, but I will not publish your email address unless you specifically request it. And, as with all email correspondence to Metropole, your name and email address will not be given or sold to anyone else.

Putting in your home town is optional. If you do include it, it will not become the 'City of the Week' unless you are at next Thursday's Café Metropole Club meeting in Paris. I'm sorry to sound firm about this, but it is a firm 'notion' I have. Actually it is an unilateral and dictatorial decision.

Your email contributions should be short. But there is no maximum or minimum limit, so as authors it is up to you how much you write.

As your 'Ed,' I will edit your contributions, to make them fit Metropole's minimal standards. Thisphoto: snack kiosk, trocadero means that if you are not too sure of your English, I will fix it up - but without changing any of its meaning or adding any silly stuff of my own.

Snack kiosk at Trocadéro yesterday.

If you wish to write in any language other than English, you will have be your own contribution's 'Ed' and I will run it exactly as I receive it. Whatever language it is in, you should use the 'Latin-1' character set, which can reproduce most accents.

All these darn rules! For those who do not care for either Christmas or Saturday, you can write about Paris instead, because this is what brings us together.

Brush up your typing fingers. You have six days left to get your contributions in. These may be the issue's entire contents.

Café Metropole Club's 10th Session ReBop

The 10th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off pretty successfully, with a Café Metropole Club sandwich to eat last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page.

Metropole's Next Issue - This Year's Last One

Next Monday, 27. December, Metropole will appear online as usual. Other than the 'Christmas Where You Are' mentioned above, I am making no plans for this issue, so it may be a much reduced one.

The Café Metropole Club will have its regular meeting next Thursday. But I may save its Thursday 'report' until the regular issue's date if I decide to be partly 'on holiday.'

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a good one. Remember that it will be the - nominally - last one in this century, so make it count.

For those who do not celebrate Christmas, please consider the next issue one of 'winter hibernation.' It will be overfull of New Years events and possibly overfull of email messages from you. I do not intend to do much more than put it together.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.51 - 21. December 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled by its perplexed 'Ed' - 'When In France.' 'Au Bistro' had 'A Rosy-Smelling Métro.' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'How Not to Dress Like a Bozo.' The issue also had 'Metropole's Pre-Christmas Program VII - Xmas '98.' The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'Goya in Lille.' count down Eiffel Tower There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Capital Gains Delicacies.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.51 - 22. December 1997 - The Café Metropole column still had the endlessly boring subject of the weather on its mind, in 'Don't Ask Me to Look Out the Window.' The 'Au Bistro' column was entitled 'Two Trials and a Nice Guy in Marseille.' This issue had two features, entitled 'Downtown Strolling Without Snow' and 'A Modest New Years' Proposal - 311 Year-Old Café.' Christmas futures continued with 'Noël Program III - Even More Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Concerts and Events.' There were four'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Greetings from Paris.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 12! even shorter and increasingly wintry days and cold nights to go in Paris and Ile-de-France until the really big year-end party explodes upon us. Note that tomorrow is the shortest day of the year and the longest night - use it wisely.

Thank you for reading Metropole in 1999. Merry Christmas to you all.
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