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Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting was 'normal' - with sunshine - for this time of year. There was one new member, another member making an anniversary visit; and some of the existing members hadn't met each other before, very often. This resulted in some truly new surprises, which are more or less average for any club meeting anyway.

Keep up with your club's so-called 'news,' which are more accurately called 'reports' - by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It's details may seem just as sketchy as usual, and equally as usual, this is the secretary's fault.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 8. February 2001. As usual, this particular meeting will only happen once. If you miss it, it means for forever - which is substantially longer than an average millennium.

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

This page also contains lesser '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. If you somehow fall into none of these categories, come anyway.

Metropole's Affiliates

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Paris commuters, on the Pont Neuf last Thursday.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.06 - 7. February 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Montorgueil Pedestrian Area.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'How Big Is the Government's 'Pot?' This issue had one feature, titled 'Fearless' Jean Slept Here.' The Café Metropole Club, gaining new members weekly, also gained new features such as quotes like the 'Dollar of the Week.' The club's weekly update on 10. February featured something odd called 'Salute To Texas' Six Flags.' The 'Scene' column's title brightened up a bit with, 'On Top: the 'Trésors des Arts Asiatiques.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Where's Your Phone?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.06 - 8. February 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Where the Money Is,' even though it is well-known where it isn't. The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Firemen Take Silent Action.' This issue's two features were titled, 'The Seine's Lonesome Quais' and 'The Secret 'Euro' Bug.' The 'Scene' column was titled, '1999's Big Expos Have Begun,' which was a one-word change from the previous week. There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Geodynamics of Picnics' - which may have been about picnics.

Metropole's Colossal Count-Up

Metropole's postmillennial brand-new and totally original 'count-up' - introduced here several eras ago - resembled a slumber party until last week, when Bill Hilton of Bay City, Texas sent some exciting and new information.

Readers may recall 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.'

But after the colossal number of days was reckoned, the server-lady Linda Thalman stepped into the act and proposed a count-up, beginning with Julius Caesar's first visit to Paris.

After a stormy editorial conference, this tourist's initial visit date was rejected for three reasons - 1. If Julius Caesar visited Paris, the datephoto: crottinettes pour chiens is unknown; 2. Julius Caesar - unlike Sid Caesar - was not known to be an American; and 3. I haven't got the patience to calculate the leap-years since about 52 BC.

Paris may care less, but the French Senat cares more about its Luxembourg gardens - enough to provide this handy baggie dispenser especially for dog owners.

Therefore, Metropole's new 'count-up' continues to be based on the likely date of the very first American's visit to Paris. Bill Hilton recommended Susan Mary Alsop's 'Yankees At The Court - The first Americans in Paris.' In it she has written that Silas Deane entered Paris on July 8, 1776 by the Porte d'Orléans, and went to a hotel in the Rue Saint-Guillaume. This is in the 7th arrondissement, and Americans are still going there.

Bill explained that Silas Deane was a envoy representing the new congress of the colonies. He was sent to obtain arms and other items - like money! - necessary in war. The success of the war over Britain was due to the active support of France, without which Americans would be speaking Limey today, instead of a bunch of colorful regional dialects.

The new Day One of the 'Count-Up' is therefore Tuesday, 9. July 1776. As of today, it has been 82,116 days since the first American tourist breakfasted in Paris.
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