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It explains how to join - by being here! - its meeting time and so on, and other true facts such as being free. This page also contains a location map for the club's café La Corona.

'Virtual' Meetings by Club Members

If this page hadn't been late, I wouldn't be able to announce that club members - Eva Lee in Tranquility, New Jersey and Sally Dilgart in Chicago - have been conducting a 'virtual' offshore club meeting with each other, via email and by telephone.

It is not clear if this came about by the drowsiness the last meeting's report caused Eva to experience. The twophoto: baskers, terrace la corona members have proposed a 'report' with Sarlat-la-Caneda as 'City of the Week' and the 'Food of the Week' is Perigord duck 'Demoiselle.' Since the café La Corona does not have this, there is no 'Drink of the Week' either.

'Virtual' meetings are fine, but do not capture the nature of the meetings in Paris - this 'winter.'

'Site of the Week' - this is a new category - are the prehistoric cave paintings at Peche Merle, which Sally keeps calling the 'Pêche Melba' caves. Otherwise, both members claim the 'Quote of the Week' is, "I wanna go, I wanna go!" etc.

Seeing cave paintings in France, if there is enough light, makes one wonder what people were up to down there deep underground in the dark, busily painting hunters and animals. Did they know they would be famous 20,000 years later?

Finally, Sally - who must be a bit drowsy too - writes today, "Why didn't you tell me earlier that Buffalo grass is Perovskia? I have huge clumps of it growing in my garden - and it has a very nice scent too - so I can bring or send you as much as you require as often as you would like. We can probably figure out some way that I can always be your 'Personal Private Perovskia Provider.'"

This is an exceedingly generous offer. I will inform Dimitri that a club member has a whole garden in Chicago full of Buffalo grass to rival the supply in Kiev.

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 extended their reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their wider offers and make your choice long before your arrival in France. Try this one. Other Metropole readers have.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' for Paris as well as travel insurance. If you have signed up for these services before you need them suddenly, you will benefit from them. I hope won't be the case, but 'Things Happen.'

'Petanque America' exports 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. Everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere - such as on the vacant lot I saw between the subway exit and the boardwalk at Coney Island.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.06 - 5. Feb 2001 - This issue began with the usual Café Metropole column's deep reflections, titled, 'Total Strike' Reflections' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was snippily titled, 'Gotcha' of the Week.' This issue had one feature, 'Rivolitionary On Rivoli,' which is a horribly embarassing pun for a headline. This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 8. February was called the 'Pot-bellied' Pigs Spotted Near Club' Report.' The over-long 'Scene' column was inaccurately titled, 'A Short List of Events.' It isphoto: sign, place pierre lafue true there were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had a half-fried caption, "Passengers Should Strike." Other than this, it was a normal issue.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.06 - 7. February 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'The Montorgueil Pedestrian Area.' The 'Au Bistro' column asked, 'How Big Is the Government's 'Pot?' This issue had one little feature, titled 'Fearless' Jean Slept Here.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 10. February, was called 'The Dollar of the Week Is the 'Sacajawea,' again. A boost-the-club page announced, 'Salute To Texas Six Flags.' This is wrong - the two titles re mixed up. The 'Scene' column was exotic this week with, 'On Top: the 'Trésors des Arts Asiatiques.' The usual but all new four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week posed a vital question, which was 'Where's Your Phone?'

This Year's 'Count-Downs' Goes for Duos

There are only 330 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 35 days and the sky hasn't fallen in yet.

Last week reader John McCullochphoto: sign, bottier, cordonnier proposed some new count-down topics. I think his proposal of Victor Hugo's 200th birthdate should be retained even if it is a mere 23 days from now, on Tuesday, 26. February. Otherwise, I might forget it.

The other one was the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's solo but visaless arrival in Paris at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and this anniversary is 107 days from now.

Nobody has written to protest about this duo or trio of count-downs or whatever they are. Nobody has written to praise the idea either. Is the Internet broken?
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