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In another attack a few days later, an armored car employee was killed. This has re-lit the smoldering resentment of armored car crews, worried about their personal security.

Armored car crews and their unions have made a list of particularly exposed cash transfer areas, and these are currently being boycotted. The short list is 500 danger spots and the long one lists thousands.

The result is that many cash machines - ATMs - in exposed public places may not be re-filled with money. Since it is impossible to list those that won't be, be sure to stock up wherever and whenever you can.

Metropole's Services

The usual over-wordy plugs for Metropole's affiliate partners have been reduced - 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 - there are no 'normal' meetingsphoto: guerlain, champs elysees in fact - because of the number of new and regular members in Paris for the 'after' New-Years-party-time. The presence of the club's secretary, who turned up without a supporting cast, added to the confusion.

Guerlain's Champs-Elysées' shop - probably won't have 'Soldes d'Hiver.'

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 absent-minded notes.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on the ordinary date of Thursday, 11. January 2001 - representing the club's 2nd meeting in the world's first ever 3rd Millennium. Your club's secretary intends to be present at the ordinary time and in the usual ordinary place for this meeting which will only happen once in any of our lifetimes.

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

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.02 - 10. January 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, '2000' - A Really Big Show.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'France Gets Rewired.' This issue had one feature titled 'Closed For Facelift or Renovation? My 'Home' Café.' Several readers wrote about 'Christmas Where You Are.' The Café Metropole Club got much deeper into its geographical details with its 13th PR blast, with - more! - 'Directions To Your Club.' The club's weekly update on 16. January was alarmingly titled, "Don't Light Your Thumbs On Fire!" The 'Scene' column's brilliant title was 'A 'New' Scene Full of Old Stuff.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Where Is Dakar?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.02 - 11. January 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Uh-Oh, Winter Is Back!' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, in celebration, 'Tintin's 70th Birthday.' There was one 'Scene' column, 'Dies Da und Das Hier' - which is plain nonsense. This issue's only feature evoked this with, 'Sun On the Montparnasse Terraces.' There were also four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Local Weather.' Will it ever leave us alone?

Replacement for Metropole's Count-down?

Metropole's readers are not without their quirky ideas and when they write from New Jersey as Paul Babbitt did last week with a suggestion for this obscure sub-section of the magazine, I don't necessairly 'get it.' Here is Paul's suggestion:

"Just a modest proposal for a replacement for the countdown. How about a count-up? It's still Monday, January 2, 2001 here in Jersey - which by the way, is covered in about a foot of snow, and hasn't seen positive degreephoto: fountain in celsius in weeks - so far the new millenium is two days old. If nothing else, this idea certainly exceeds any silliness standards you may have in mind."

I think Paul is right about silliness 'standards.' I can't 'top' this. But if I understand this idea correctly, this week's 'count-up' brings us back a week, to last Monday in New Jersey, with a foot of snow and nothing positive in the Celcius department.

So far, all is fine and good. But what comes next? Two weeks ago in New Jersey? Or am I supposed to incite readers to send in their 'count-ups' of the week, all based on last week, from wherever they are?

Maybe some more mature readers will want to go further back - to, say, Monday, 8. January 1951. How was New Jersey faring in the snow department on this day? Or maybe, was this the day that Jack Kerouac discovered be'd failed his pre-Christmas English exam? Maybe these 'count-ups' should be restricted to France?

Readers, club members and other interested citizens - make your wishes known! Are you ready and willing to take part in the Internet's one and only 'count-up?' If so, send in your personal 'count-ups' today. Don't thank me - remember that Paul Babbitt is responsible for this. I'm not sure if New Jersey has anything to do with it.
signature, regards, ric

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