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Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

According to an email I got from Cobia, who was at a Café Metropole Club meeting two weeks ago, he is upset that he was not recognized as a club member. An excerpt from his message:-

"...the only requirement - and this may not even be a requirement - for joining the club is to show up at a meeting, which I did. There is nothing in the rules governing the members' species, or any other attributes. This attitude smacks of anti-caninism - a form of bigotry..."

My first thought was to point out that Cobia didn't sign the members' booklet, but then I remembered that some other members have not done so - through oversight or writer's cramp or some other silly excuse.

Being a fairly large white Dalmatian dog with black spots is no reason for not becoming aphoto: cafe bar le saint louis member, and neither is being a smaller Jack-Russel Terrier named Scrumpy, who is formally called 'Louis XIV.' This raises the number of active members to 273.

If club meetings are ever held in Epinettes, this will be a good place.

Last Thursday's meeting had its usual unusual 'firsts,' including the member's livingroom with 28 chairs in it and the wonderful second-hand quote of "Long life the wilderness yet," and the 'Popcorn Tip of the Week.'

To bring yourself up-to-date on the important subject of ever more subtle and intellectual 'firsts,' you can still read this meeting's medium-length 'report' in about three minutes or less.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 6. September. This day will be rather routine even though it will be a club day on which Saint-Bertrand Day will be celebrated in Paris this year.

Metropole readers and intentional club members can find out more about this free club by reading 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out the reason for the club's existence, its meeting time and location and so on, and other true facts such as being free.

Metropole's Affiliates

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.36 - 4. Sept 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Time to Oil My Skates' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Gas-Pump Blockade.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Chez Omar Décor Is Everything.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 7. September became the 'FlashNews:- Fuelphoto: sign, batignolles hotel Crises Hits Paris & 'Short' Club Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled '1st Open de Pétanque.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Back to School Strikes Again.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.36 - 6. Sept. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Millennium Horizon.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Free José Bové!' This issue had two features, titled, 'Nearly Naked In Paris' by Kathleen Bouvier and 'Diary of a Fête - The Seine.' There were two email columns, 'More Mouffetard' from Mark Kritz, and 'Paris, Nevada Revisited.' The 'Scene' column was titled 'The Beginning of Fall 1999' and was complemented by the '2000 In Paris Program.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the damp caption of 'Welcome To Paris Surf.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 36

Sooner or later one of you is going to be hit with the 'Aha-Effect' and there will be another new count-up or down goal or subject appearing here, for the enjoyment and enrichment of us all.

While waiting patiently for this to happen, in this 36th week of the year 2001, it looks like Metropole's incredibly popular and long-standing feature of 'count-ups' or count-downs' to various dates in the past, present or future, will continue to defy gravity after all and keep on flying.

For this reason, the 'Count-Down's Funeral' announced here last week has been canceled and the flowers have been sent back, with an 'address unknown' note attached to them.

The Euro's Ever-Shorter Count-Down

The number of days remaining this year is 119. How quickly time flies! This is the number ofphoto: sign, rue la jonquiere days until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01. On this day, you can say 'goodbye' to francs, DMs, pesetas, et al.

Warning - 'Euro-hysteria' is building in pitch, gaining in volume, cranking itself well and truly up. If you plan a visit before the end of the year, do not be surprised to witness Europeans acting silly about it.

For those curious about the new European-style money, you can take a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for whatever it has to say about the looming arrival of the euro.

Since last week, this site probably has images of the actual currency, for the first time in the history of the world.
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