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photo: louvre terrace, corona

For non-club members, Paris looked like this today.

Metropole Scoops WSJ On Dollar

Paris:- Thursday, 10. February 2000:- I was about to take the shortcut from the Rue de Seine through the Institut de France to the Pont des Arts on my way to today's club meeting, when two gendarmes stopped my progress on the orders of President Chirac.

This shortcut is about five metres long and beyond it I could see no reason why I shouldn't be allowed through. But gendarmes have guns, badges, portable radios, uniforms and gendarme hats and after my pro-forma Parisian splutter and a passerby civilian talking me out of trying to make a run for it, I walked around the building.

And sure enough there was a red carpet out and ten Républican guards on the steps of the Institut and a couple of guys in black suits; andphoto: kathleen, allan across the street a crowd of a dozen and a half on the Pont des Arts were waiting for the president to finish his business and leave the building.

From left to right: Kathleen, Kathleen's back, and Allan.

With my responsibility as the Café Metropole Club's secretary, I could not waste my time on this sort of rubbernecking, so I hastened across the bridge to the Louvre side and clumped through the rain to La Corona.

For the first 45 minutes of today's meeting Allan Pangborn and I had the club's corner of La Corona to ourselves. We discussed the weighty issues of the 'Sacajawea' dollar coup and the attempt to discredit Amiral Coligny, until Kathleen Bouvier arrived.

After this the matter of travelling stills was thoroughly chewed over. This involves having a flat-deck truck with a still on it and travelling around and distilling stuff for good folks who have the raw materials for making booze.

This might be done in Normandy with apples or in Alsace with pears. Landing at uphillphoto: croissant club food airports was also discussed but I can't remember why we did this.

In the course of our conversation we asked today's waiter Patrick for refill-ups, and Kathleen decided to switch from whatever she started with to Patrick's suggestion of a 'petit' rouge.

Croissants were not nominated for the club's 'Food of the Week.'

This arrived in a quarter-litre jug. The 'petit' is not about the size, but about the character of the beverage itself. It means the wine is light and not overly muscular.

Kathleen said it was her favorite drink. "Stretched out in a bathtub," she said, "With a 'little' red wine, nicely chilled and handy, when the outside temperature is 93 degrees with 93 percent humidity."

Before she had to leave for a dinner party, she had to study her métro and street map very closely, for a long time. Just as she finished this, Lewis Rosenthal and Diana Rushing arrived with the impression that '15:00' is 5 pm, when 5 pm is actually 17:00 in Europe.

With their arrival, the club gained Austin, Texas as 'City of the Week.' This was a good thing, because up until these new 'real' members came in, we hadn't given proper thought to the ritual 'City of the Week, 'Drink of the Week' or 'Food of the Week.'

Lewis and Diana also supplied some wonderful lore about Texas that other members from Texas have neglected to mention. For example, in some parts of Texas, Bastille Day is celebrated.

This is because Texas once had six flags and one of them was French. The one before this was Spanish - assuming the Aztec's had no flags - and it was followed by Mexico's, then the Republic of Texas, the Union flag, the Confederate flag; and back to the Union flag.

If Texans didn't like working so much, they could celebrate the holidays of all these different flags and the remaining work-year would only amount to 17 days.

Allan is very handy to have as a club member in person, because he seems to know just about everybodyphoto: the rosenthals, ric - photo by allan pangborn in the United States and a good many people in Austria, Finland, Italy and Barcelona. So of course he met a guy named 'Joe' while waiting in line at the opera in Vienna in '74 - who now lives a few blocks from Lewis and Diana.

From left: Lewis Rosenthal, Diana Rushing and 'Ed.' Photo: Allan Pangborn©2000

As the club hit double-time, Allan and Lewis and Diane went off in the pelting rain, to have dinner at the Absinthe near the Marché Saint-Honoré, and I came back to the 'Ed's' office to write this.

A Dollar Named Sacajawea

Allan is keeping up with his far-flung investment schemes by buying the Wall Street Journal. From this, we learned that the WSJ has had some sort of new layout since Monday - way to go WSJ! - and today's issue has last week's Metropole story about the 'Sacajawea' dollar.

Well, not the whole story. Allan got his new dollar from a Wal-Mart the day after they got them. The 'story' is about Wal-Mart getting the coins before banks got them. Allan told us this last week too, but I felt it wasn't worth mentioning.

Even so, with reader Jeff Widen's photo of the 'Sacajawea' dollar that appeared in Metropole's Monday's edition, it seems as if your magazine about Paris beat the WSJ on this story. This is somewhat unusual, so I would like to warn readers that if you see any investment tips in Metropole - ignore them.

An 'Amiral Coligny' Named Kielbasy?

An alert reader in New York City wrote to say that Julia Childs claims that 'Amiral Coligny' is a misnomer, and the real name is in fact, that of a noble Polish cook named Stefanphoto: petit rouge, club drink Kielbasy. Antoinette Poisson, aka the Marquise de Pompadour, thought this Polish guy did sausages neatly, and therefore the street is named after him.

This is possibly true - but unlikely. Amiral Coligny died 149 years before the Pompadour was born. While the Marquise's and the Amiral's names figure prominently in French history, no such thing can be claimed for Stefan 'Who?' Kielbasy.

The business end of a 'petit' rouge.

The hôtel where Amiral Coligny lived is about 75 metres from the street named after him - es logo, no? - and 'Stefan Kielbasy' cannot be converted into 'Amiral Coligny' by any form of sausage bending.

This brings your club's 18th meeting to a end, somewhat into double-overtime. Outside it is dark and serious rain is being pushed down from the north-west. It is the kind of night that we used to let the cat stay inside.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Thursday, 18. February 2000 is the date for the club's very next meeting. If you cannot make it, please take the time to induct yourselves as 'virtual' members in your exclusive Paris club.

All readers of Metropole are reminded that they may become members of the Café Metropole Club very easily. If you are not in Paris, you can induct yourself as a 'virtual' member in the privacy of your own home.

If you are in Paris, all you need to do is show up for a club meeting and sign the member's booklet. I will lend you my own Bic pen to do this.

The café La Corona meeting place will be as open as usual, so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm in certain time zones - regardless of whether anybody besides its staff and your club's secretary are present.

Come any time you feel like as long as it is not much later than 15:00 - in Paris' time zone - and you are in Paris. If you are not present and do not know the ritual for becoming a 'virtual' member, you should read the regular Monday PR page for your club instead. The place is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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