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Club member Jim Auman has also written - from New Jersey! - the following, "There is a fourth possibility of getting to the club meeting - walking. Since we are 'enterré dans les banlieues,' the best and easiest way for us to go to New York is by train.

"It takes us to the Penn Station/Madison Square Garden complex on 34th Street. This thing is so big that it sprawls across several avenues. We'll look for the 8th Avenue exit and head south. As reference for metrically-minded Europeans - 20 blocks, going north-south, equals one mile. I don't know what the reference for the avenues is because they are unevenly spaced, like in Paris where everything is unequal."

Well, this is certainly a big help. Finally, finally, for those who would rather take a bus than walk, the lines to take are the 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7, as well as the 14, especially if you like 14th Street a lot. According to the club's map, the bus lines are so thick that there's no space to even show the avenues.

For other club members who are not New Yorkers, Jim adds, "Also keep in mind that Manhattan is divided into the East Side and the West Side, with 5th Avenue being the boundary. An address of 201 East 15th Street means that it is East of 5th Avenue, while 201 West 15th Street means that it is West of 5th Avenue."

In Paris the Club Meets On 27. December - Nearly As Usual

This will happen because the server-lady, Linda Thalman, has graciously agreed to host this meeting, so it will be held at the regular time in the regular café, La Corona.

This means that your Café Metropole Club will be having meetings in both Paris and New York on the same day. The Paris meeting will be at least six hours ahead of New York's, so Linda will forward the names of members for inclusion in the meeting(s) 'report.'

In Paris your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and cruise along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'OPOT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without 'Euro-type' 24-hour time.

Do not miss out on this historic chance to become a 'real' member of the Café Metropole Club during its first transatlantic dual meeting(s). While you are at it, don't forget to tell all your friends about this major real 'first,' exclusively provided by your 'virtual' online magazine about Paris.

Now For the Rotten News

Two out of seven of the world's major human rights organizations have stated quite clearly that the Café Metropole Club is allowed to not have a meeting anywhere in the world on Thursday, 3. January 2002. The first meeting in the new year will be one week later, and it will be held in Paris.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.51 - 18. Dec 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was expansively titled, 'Bigger Than My Head.' The 'Au Bistro' news column was missing. Instead this issue had two features, titled 'Paris' 'Little Belt' Tram Line' and 'Réveillon' - Midnight Supper' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 14. December was called the 'Adrian Leeds' Report.' The following week's club update on 21. December posed what is turning out to be an eternal question - "What Happened To Roissy's Rabbits?" The week's 'Scene' column was canned too. But there was an email from Eva Lee about the The Conspiracy of Flop.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Watching Out for Speedbumps.'

This Was Metropole One Year Ago + One Week:

Issue 5.52 - 25. Dec 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Minuscule Holiday Issue' - so, ha ha - there was no 'Au Bistro' column, again! This issue had no features, but did have two 'Scene' columns, titled 'Better Late Than Nothing' and 'New Years 2001.' This issue's miraculous update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 28. December was, quote, "Look forphoto: sign, rue d'argout Our Photos!" There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Metropole's Greeting Card.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.51 - 20. December 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Christmas Gaga In Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled ' Champs-Elysées Changes Suits.' This issue had a story by Jerry Stopher, titled 'One Man's Gas Cap Is Another's.' The Café Metropole Club began to have 'Things of the Week,' beginning with 'Food Events' Increase At Club.' This was followed up by the club's 11th 'report,' which turned out to be 'Record New 'Charter' Member Day.' There were three 'Scene' columns, titled, 'Overwhelmed by Events?' and 'Come One, Come All, Christmas '99' and, incredibly, '2000 In Paris and France.' Oh yeah, that '2000' thing. The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the annual caption of 'Season's Greetings.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago + One Week:

Issue 4.52 - 27. December 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Christmas Storm Where We Are.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Updates - Storm, Oil Spill - Friday, 31. December' and the regular version was 'Severe Storm Bats Paris.' This issue didn't have a feature but had four pages of emails instead. They were 'from Linda and Cindy,' 'from Meredith and Walt, Carolyn, and Craig,' 'from Toni, Markus and Paul' and 'from John and Philip.' The Café Metropole Club continued to have 'Things of the Week,' with 'Our Club's Man of 2000.' This was followed up by the club's 12th 'report,' which happened to be the 'Last of the Century,' which was a true 'first.' Even one Scene' column got in somehow, titled as 'New Year 2000 Yipee!' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the once-in-a-millennium caption of '2000! Surreal!'

The 'Count-Down' - Euro-day Minus Two Weeks

There are only 14 days remaining in this year. This means there is nearly no time remainingphoto: boite a musique until the 'euro 3 signuro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

There are other issues involving the 'euro' and these are included in this issue on a grab-bag page called 'Au Bistro,' mainly because I couldn't be bothered to think up a better name for it after using it for so long.

But if you wish to learn even more about the new European-style money, take a look at the French government's official 'Euro' Web site for whatever it has to say about the arrival of the 'euro 3 signuro' slightly less than nearly no time from now.
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