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As chance would have it, three of us have beards. Since I am disqualified because of being the impartial club's secretary - Ira gets the 'Beard of the Week' award - for having let it get even longer than it was last year.

Tourism subjects come up - which is not always the case - when Charles asks, "Where is that museum where Jim Morrison is buried?"

Pamela, who is Berta's sister, is a big Paris-cemetery fan, so she knows all about Jim Morrison's grave at Père Lachaise. She says she had it on her list of 'must-dos' and when she visited the grave, it was strewn with joints, love beads and there were 'lot's of people around.'

This makes Charles remember that this particular museum has a guard specially detailed to send lost souls to the right grave.

After Ira tells us he gave up on racehorse betting in Paris after the time he tried to place aphoto: michelle royston bet on 'hair' instead of a 'horse,' the subject of France's 'mad-cow' frenzy is raised by Simone.

While Michelle, who is in Paris to take a Cordon Bleu cooking course, listens carefully - Berta blithely describes the wonderful time her party had eating a huge slabs of Châteaubriand at Bofinger. "It only cost 900 francs for four," she says.

Michelle Royston probably didn't realize there would be so much food-chain chat at the club.

My notes contain a number of other quotes that aren't worth repeating because I failed to record their second halves. This means that today's meeting is at an end - I mean, what could "The Greek guy who married - " possibly mean?

Ira fills in this blank neatly at 16:55 by saying, "I wish everybody a happy 2002!" Charles follows it up with his own, "I'm still working through 2000."

There it is - this week's 'Quote of the Week,' just five minutes before the smoking light is lit. What a squeaker!

Repeat Shopping Tip

Paris' Winter Sales - 'Soldes d'Hiver' - begin next Wednesday, on 10. January - the day before the club's Thursday, 11. January meeting - and continue for six weeks afterwards. If you hit them on the first day, you can show off your prizes at the club's meeting on Thursday. We will 'ooh' and 'aah.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Actual real historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plain word-of-mouth - in Paris, can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page,' which is about your club and is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

But if you choose to skip the 'about the club' stuff you have to read this, because it is about the next Café Metropolephoto: leftovers of the week Club meeting. It will be held on Thursday, 11. January 2001. If you are in Paris it will merely be Saint-Paulin's Day - which will be followed by Friday, which will be an ordinary one as usual.

And now for another stunning 'first' - the 'Leftovers of the Week.'

The café La Corona meeting place will be open just as it will be on every Thursday of the new millennium. The time for your club's meeting will again be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'EMIT' - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

The club's usual secretary will be taking notes during the coming meeting as is becoming habitual again. Since the date for it falls after New Years is over and after 2001 has gotten fully underway, the meeting may be one of Paris' few lively events - judging from today's meeting.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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