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Less and Less Vital Shopping Hint:

Paris' annual Winter Sales - the 'Soldes d'Hiver' - began five weeks ago and continue for another week. Don't skip the Café Metropole Club's meeting this coming Thursday, which will be a fine time to take a two-hour 'breather' from looking for rare Citroën carburetors at Rétromobile, which are not 'on sale' anyway.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting was not normal, pretty much as usual. Six new members from Norway were collectively signed up by their high school teacher - making a total of seven Norwegians - plus there were some other new members in addition to some long-time regulars. You'll have to read the 'report' to find out how this was mis-managed by the club's secretary.

Keep up with this so-called 'news' by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It's details may seem just as sketchy as usual, and equally as usual, this is not entirely the secretary's fault.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 15. February 2001. As is now commonplace, this particular meeting will only happen once. If you fluff it, it means fluffed for forever - which is a substantially longer fluff than an average millennium.

New readers and prospective club members are also invited to take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is practical for finding out about the club's meeting 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 for any other reason. If you somehow fall into none of these categories, come anyway and bring a friend.

Metropole's Affiliates

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Seen at Rétromobile, a mint-
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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.07 - 14. February 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Wheels, Wheels and More Wheels.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Love At First Sight In the Métro.' This issue had two features, titled 'Champs-Elysées - the 'Most Beautiful Avenue In the World?' and 'World's Oldest Car Seen At Rétromobile.' The Café Metropole Club, started losing new members weekly, with stupid 'rules' like 'Real Estate Is Not a Club Topic.' The club's weekly update on 17. February featured something exciting called 'Airport to Apartment to Club.' The 'Scene' column's title played dumb a bit with, 'Where's the Program?' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned '80 Percent Off Valentine.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.07 - 15. February 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Reader Turns Into Paris Sidekick.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Skeptical About Nearly Everything.' This issue's single feature were titled, 'Another Run for Rétromobile.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Marathons, Plus Year of the Hare.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Crank, Walter!' - which may have been about Metropole's dead battery.

Metropole's Fizzle of a Count-Up

Metropole's postmillennial and totally boring 'count-up' - introduced here several issues ago - has started to resemble a big ho-hum. Again.

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.' Bill Hilton followed this up by writing in from Texas, to claim the distinction for Silas Deane.

Linda Thalman, the server-lady, then jumped into the act and proposed a new count-up candidate - Julius Caesar's first visit to Paris - on the grounds that thephoto: sign, rue charlemagne 'first tourist' wasn't necessarily an American.

After an over-tired editorial conference, this tourist's initial visit date was rejected for one good reason - if Julius Caesar ever visited Paris, the date he did it is sadly unknown, as well as the name of the hotel where he stayed.

Will Charlemagne be a candidate?

Metropole's new 'count-up' continues to be based on the likely date of the very first American's visit to Paris, despite the apparent unpopularity of this feature. According to respected historians, Silas Deane entered Paris on July 8, 1776 by the Porte d'Orléans.

But right here and now, I am willing to do anything to get this lead balloon airborne - short of figuring out the leap-years since 52 BC.

Herewith, I declare 'open-season' with this feature - anybody can propose anybody as any sort of tourist to visit Paris - with only one proviso:- please, oh please, figure out the number of days, hours, minutes, or whatever - for the 'count-up' - and be ready to prove it, them, somehow.

Meanwhile, the existing Day One of the 'Count-Up' is still Tuesday, 9. July 1776. As of today, it has been 82,123 days since the first American tourist had a continental breakfast in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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