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With this out of the way, I intend to enjoy my weekend tomorrow.

Big Metropole Photos

Metropole's large-size photos, even if they are not new ones, are on show every week - with this link to the last new photos on the most recent photo / image page. This is not to say these photos were 'super,' it is just to say there were two new ones, fairly recently. Well, within the last months.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

When Le Parisien doesn't appear on newsstands, there are usually other papers to buy. When Le Parisien gets straight with its distributors, sometimes it will say, 'excuse us, but the distributors wouldn't deliver the paper like they promised.'

Last week when the club's 'report' didn't go online around the usual time, neither I nor the server-lady could say 'excuse us' because the 'report' got so lost that we couldn't even put up anything, let alone something as lame as an 'excuse.'

The 'report' was found on Saturday and went online. Better late than never is not something I like havingphoto: rivoli bus divider with plantation to say, but we really didn't know where it was hiding. If readers were inconvenienced, write to me and I will reply with some soothing geek-talk, even though I will have to make it up.

Paris' ugly bus-lane dividers sprouted green 'plantations' last week.

You can try to catch up with last week's important club subjects by reading this meeting's digest of a 'report,' which won't tell you much more or less than you already know - except about the new mascot.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. October. This day will be another ordinary Thursday-type day.

Metropole readers and those intending to become club members can learn a fraction more about this free club by looking at the 'About the Club' page which explains how to join it, its meeting time and location and so on, and other true facts such as being free.

Next Week - the Café Metropole Club's Birthday

I have checked - for the hundredth time - that the club's very first meeting was really held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. Not only this, there were witnesses.

This year the 14th is on a Sunday instead of a Thursday, so I suggest that the club's 2nd anniversary be celebrated during the meeting on the Thursday before, on 11. October - on Saint-Firmin's Day.

To mark this event - which it a 'first' - there is an extra feature about the club in this issue. Even though it is mostly nonsense, I wrote it because there were no good TV-movies on the day I wrote it, which was recently, I think.

If new and existing members intend to turn up in numbers higher than 13, please decide what you will want drink now and have your orders ready for the club's 'Waiter of the Week' who will be Patrick. He got the 'short straw' and won the dubious distinction of serving the Café Metropole Club's 'first' 2nd birthday.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.41 - 9. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Autumn Is Here' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Rotten Summer Blues.' This issue had one feature, titled 'The Champs-Elysées Revisited, Again.' The Café Metropole Club's weekly blurb reappeared for 'Your Club Is Now Two.' This issue's update for the club meeting on 12. October became the "Sunburned in Seattle" Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'A Couple More 'Big' Shows.' Therephoto: sign, rue cels were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'You Took Him To the Auto Salon!' And why the heck not?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.41 - 11. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'The Suits Exchange B-Cards.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'France's 'Euro' Springtime.' This issue had one feature titled 'The 'No Title' Bagnolet Non-Mystery.' The first Café Metropole Club meeting was announced and then was followed up by the very first 'report' - which was "Paris Has Ugly Dirt" - the Club's 1st Meeting.' 'The 'Scene' column was titled, 'More Van Gogh; More Everything.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' appeared and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the all-weather caption of 'Who Makes the Weather?'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 41

As there was an 'exceptional exception' here last week to explain why there is no current 'count-up' I see no reason why there should be another one this week, to explain why there is no current 'count-up.'

photo: sign, defense de deposer les orduresThe Other Exception

The number of days remaining this year is 84. This means there are only less than three months remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

'Euromania,' with its companion 'euroflation' is here. This paragraph is now reduced to these two phrases, because these manias are accelerating at a rate faster than a speedy pinball.

If you have the strength, to learn more about the new European-style money take a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for whatever it has to say about the arrival of the euro just about exactly less than three months from now.
signature, regards, ric

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