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The guests sang happy birthday in French. I don't know the words - after all these years! - but I can't sing either. Dennis prompted me to tell my Russian passenger ship story - about the 40 kinds of vodka and the two dollar caviar pots in the first-class bar.

Even though it was a long time ago and I was thoroughly oiled all the time, I have saved this and many other souvenirs of serious vodka drinking, and have the stories of excess down pat. These days, if people get oiled - not that anybody seemed to - the music can run out and I can be called upon to fill the void.

I think it might have been Dennis' official housewarming, plus Chinese New Year and Têt and Mozart's anniversary - plus the death of true English drama, for the last 200 years - and the two birthdays.

It was also my first party in a long time. Except for some singing, nobody shouted much, not much got spilled and nobody fell down the slippery stairs on the way out. There seems to be too much self-control around these days, despite lots of ice-cold vodka.

Vital Shopping Hint: Continued

Paris' annual Winter Sales - the 'Soldes d'Hiver' - began three weeks ago and continue for the next three weeks. Don't skip the Café Metropole Club's meeting on Thursday, which will be a fine time to take a two-hour 'breather' from looking for bargains - but ones that may be even more severely discounted.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting was above 'normal' for this time of year. There were no new members, but some of the existing members hadn't met each other before. This resulted in some completely new surprises, which are more or less average for any club meeting anyway.

Keep up with your club's so-called 'news' by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It'sphoto: new year parade figure details may seem more sketchy than usual. As usual, the club's secretary takes responsibility for this and promises no improvements for the future.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 1. February 2001. This particular meeting will only happen once. If you miss it, it'll be missed forever - which is much longer than an average millennium.

New readers are also invited to take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is useful for finding out about the club's meeting time and location.

This page also contains other 'facts' about this free club in Paris, which is the only one 'Metropole Paris' has for all of its readers who are either Metropole Paris readers or Café Metropole Club members, or are in Paris, or are residents here, or any combination of these.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.05 - 31. January 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Big Social Experiment.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Bové Fails To Talk To 'Billionaires.' Thisphoto: sign, rue des malmaisons issue had two features, titled 'Daytime 'Feelgood' Nightclubbing' and 'Exhibition: the XIVe Arrondissement.' The Café Metropole Club continued with a deadend called 'The Member's List Gains Steam.' The club's weekly update on 3. February featured 'The Dollar of the Week Is the 'Sacajawea.' The 'Scene' column's continual ho-hum title was 'Not Everything - Just Some.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'What About You?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.05 - 1. February 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Paris Fête - Year 2000.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, '45 Million Is Looking for Somebody.' This issue's two features were titled, 'Cocktails With the Mayor' and 'Paris - The Movie.' The 'Scene' column was titled, '1999's Big Expos Begin.' There were also four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'No Absinthe, Vincent!' This wasn't even vodka.

Metropole's Dynamic Count-Up

Metropole's postmillennial brand-new and totally original 'count-up' - introduced here two weeks ago - has resembled a slumber party until this week, when Bill Hilton of Bay City, Texas suddenly sent exciting and new information.

Before revealing this, readers should remember that Paul Babbitt, a Café Metropole Club member and New Jersey resident inspired this new 'count-up' by proposing Benjamin Franklin as Paris' 'First American Tourist.'

Metropole's new 'count-up' is based on the likely date of the very first American's visit to Paris. Bill Hilton recommends Susan Mary Alsop's 'Yankees At The Court - The first Americans in Paris.' In it she writesphoto: sign, payez vos cartes postales that Silas Deane entered Paris on July 8, 1776 by the Porte d'Orléans, and went to a hotel in the Rue Saint-Guillaume.

Bill adds, "Deane was a envoy representing the new congress of the colonies. He was sent to obtain arms and other items necessary in war. The success of the war over Britain was due to the support of France, without whom we would be trying to speak Limey today. Viva La France!"

The new Day One of the 'Count-Up' is therefore Tuesday, 9. July 1776. As of today, it has been 82,109 days since the first American tourist breakfasted in Paris.
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