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Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting featured the mention of a horse, as 'Wedding Guest of the Week.' New member Larry Nile attempted to convince other members that he was from several cities, 23 states and several foreign countries and somehow became 'John' during the meeting.

If you have nothing better to do, read the 'report' about the club's most recent meeting. It's details are actually more crystal clear than usual, partly due to my failure to keep track of the large numbers of new members present.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 31. May 2001. This particular meeting will be simply unique because it will happen on - on 'Visitation' Day! If you turnphoto: passage des arts, paris 14 up in great numbers, it will mean my calendar picks strange names for some Thursdays, making them completely unordinary.

The Passage des Arts might be in the wrong arrondissement, but it is okay as it is.

All readers and prospective club members are feebly urged take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out about the club's reason-for-being, its meeting time and location and so on, and other lesser facts such as its' being free.

This page also contains other unnecessary suspended rules about this club in Paris - including its necessary location map - for you, who are either 'Metropole Paris' readers or Café Metropole Club members, or are in Paris for any reason or no reason in particular at all.

If you do fall into some of these categories, but are geographically- challenged, rip the map off your computer screen and glue it into your passport - right beside your membership card.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to you and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has aphoto: sign, pont neuf, dont want to be a millionaire reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their offers and make your choice long before your arrival in France.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' as well as travel insurance for potential Paris visitors. If you've signed up for these services before you need them suddenly you will benefit from them. I hope won't be the case but you can never tell.

'Petanque America' imports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you the effort of carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. Nearly everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.22 - 29. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Paris Clips.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The Battle for Paris, Part 44.' This issue had one feature, titled 'An Alley With a Past - Rue Visconti.' The Café Metropole Club issued a general appeal, 'Friends, Paris Fanas, Members!' The club's weekly update on 1. June featured, I think, the 'Movie of the Week.' The 'Scene' column's title was 'Lots Of Music Coming Up.' There werephoto: sign, rue gregoire de tours four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Last Chance Charter,' which was not a re-run of the recent 'Low Chance Charters' cartoon.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.22 - 31. May 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Underground Bikini War.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Springtime For Jacques and Lionel.' This issue' had one feature, 'Art' On Paris' Main Street.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Sow Didn't Go; Neither Did Strikes.' One of these is always true. There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week,' but 'with Warning.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Your Prize?!?' Next thing you know - smileys!

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Catch 22

Metropole's current count-up person Charles A. Lindbergh continues this week because it is the week after the 74th anniversary of his arrival in Paris. He landed at Le Bourget airport at 22:22 on Saturday, 21. May 1927, 74 years and one week ago.

Bill Hilton is still responsible for nominating this 'count-up' person and for reminding me about the anniversary last week. He also calculated that the true count-up total will be 27,035 days and some 12 hours or so - either way.

Meanwhile, a new 'count-down' movement in Paris is really getting to be like a downhill snowball. In this weather, it is gathering speed if not size. The reason - we are in the motion of getting ready for the 'euro's' introduction day, which will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002.

The number of days remaining this year is 217. This means you still have about 246 days left to trade in your hoard of tattered old FF's for a lesser bunch of brand-new shiny 'euros.'

For those uncomfortable with nearly everything foreign, you are supposed to look at the 'Euro' Web site for reassurance. That the introduction of the 'Euro' is still more than six months away, might be the most reassuring.

Almost everything already carries 'euro' prices on the stickers. Do not worry about this.
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