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They got into the business because, as Paul says, Sharyl was 'in the international wine traffic,' which required her attention as well as her person to be in France often.

Former 'international wine trafficker,' Sharyl Rupert.

The apartment rental business requires a fair amount of attention too because the most expensive washing machines on the European market have the nasty habit of blowing their soapy water all over the floor instead of down the drain.

I know all about this because I have had several experiences with the cheapest washing machines on the European market doing the same thing to my floor. One even unscrewed itself while I was on holiday in Spain and did it.

Sharyl has a theory that one's life rhythm has to be in sync with washing machines, without actually saying this is the reason Paul spends some of his days mopping up flooded apartments.

Ah well, just part of life's little 'travails' I think. Bill is not part of this mop up operation, because in the members' booklet he's written 'tourist' to answer the non-obligatory question about the primary reason for being in Paris.

This becomes the 'Answer of the Week' - because only one couple out of all the other 168 new club members have ever given this as a reason for being here. Bill'sphoto: paul rupert answers to two other questions are 'zip.' A lot of other new members have answered 'fun.'

One last tidbit from the apartment rental business - Paul tells us about the clients who couldn't find the electric can opener in the apartment they rented.

Paul Rupert knows his mops - but not electric can openers.

This gets a big laugh because we all know that electric can openers are nearly as hard to find in Europe as electric corkscrews. The only kitchen utensil easier to find is the annual version of the electric oyster opener.

Endless Repeat Shopping Tip

Paris' Winter Sales - 'Soldes d'Hiver' - began just over a week ago and continue for five weeks to come. If you hit them soon, there may still be some true values left. Expect 'oohs' and 'aahs' for your rare bargains if you care to show them off at the club.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Actual real old historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to recent 'reports' - 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

If you choose to skip the 'about the club' stuff you should read this about the next Café Metropole Club meeting. It will be held on Thursday, 25. January 2001. If you are in Paris it will merely be a day with something to do with Saint-Paul - which will be followed by Friday, which will be a fairly ordinary Sainte-Paule Day - according to my calendar.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is every Thursday of the 3rd millennium. The time for your club's meeting will still be fromphoto: bill rude 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'OTMOT' - but otherwise known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

The club's usual secretary will be making 'report' notes during the coming meeting. Since the date for it falls after New Years is over and before Saint-Valentine's Day, the meeting may be one of Paris' few quieter events - judging from a feeling I thought I had.

I forget to ask Bill Rude to wave his hands around instead of his head. Sorry, Bill!

Of course, if fewer members are present you will have a greater chance to make your 'Quote of the Week' or be from the 'City of the Week' - so long as I am listening. Give it a try anyway.

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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