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I think he fancies them. When he finished the whole thing, plus drained his balloon of Côtes, he left to go home to have some supper. Since this hot dog wasphoto: kosher for passover the standard Paris model, with two wieners and covered with melted cheese, it raised the question of why Europeans are not particularly fat. I think the secret is in the wine.

While I'm here and it's on my mind, readers should know that New York's JFK airport is a no-smoking zone, like most of New York. The exception is a beer bar in the pre-flight area, that was full of smokers on Sunday afternoon.

Kosher or not, grape juice is still grape juice.

It was the only place I saw remotely like it, so if any New Yorkers are reading this, you now know where you can go to 'light one up.' The entry fee of a flight ticket might seem a bit stiff, but if you take the right flight you may end up in another smoking zone. Getting to watch parts of so-so movies on the way is the only downside.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

To update yourself with the latest news about the last two Thursday club meetings - which were hosted by the server-lady Linda Thalman - you will have to wait until I get around to formatting her notes.

This I hope to do by the time the next meeting's report goes online, late this coming Thursday. This is not standard club practice. But this week you will get three 'reports' for the price of one, so I do not expect to hear any disgruntled grumbling.

Should you choose to grumble anyway, please send your grumbles to the 'Ed' at the email address at the bottom of this page.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. April. It is not in the least boring to have all club meetings on Thursdays, because there is only one of these per week. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Stanislas's day, which I think is also Victor's Hugo's birthday.

Not that it is appropriate to mention it here, but this means this particular count-down will be definitely over. It will not be necessary to write to tell me you are rejoicing over this.

Readers with an irresistible urge to become real club members can easily grasp the few details about this free club by carefully reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page. I strongly urge about-to-be new members to try and remember the café's name and address.

How to join? Simply by being here! Being here on a Thursday with a saint's name is better. How to keep up with club 'news' is even easier, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings - except for when the secretary is goofing off in New York - like he was during the last two meetings.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.15 - 9. April 2001 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'For More Sports' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Bernard Tapie Is Back.' This issue had two features titled 'Are the Trains Running? Puzzled?' and 'Echoes Along the Seine' by Robert F. Burgess. This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 12. April was called the 'Jersey Four On the Loose' Report. An email feature was titled 'More Than Underwear At Stake.' The week's 'Scene' columnphoto: ne jetez pas vos bouteilles was a 'no show,' in favor of a photo page titled 'Dimitri's View.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'Dimitri's View.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.15 - 10. April 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Socko Dwarf Show.' The 'Au Bistro' column continued the silliness with 'Gnome Snatch At Bagatelle.' This issue had two features, titled 'A Bagatelle of Dwarfs - 2000 of Them!' and '10,000 Minis On Display at Model Show.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 13. April, was called 'Starving In Paris.' A club page announced, 'Brooklyn Makes 'City of the Week.' The 'Scene' column was potporried again with, 'All the Stuff, From Soup to Nuts.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were viewable too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Don't Rush!'

This Year's Flagging 'Count-Down' Picks Up

There are only 267 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 98 days now and is no longer brand-new.

As sick of 'count-downs' as you may be, I intend to re-institute the one for Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival inphoto: mets game, 1 april 2002 Paris after a 33-hour non-smoking flight without movies from the United States. He landed without a visa for France at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and this anniversary is 43 days from today.

My 'lucky' ballgame ticket.

For another date, the first round of voting for France's next Président is only 14 days from now. People here are saying the campaign will not get up to full steam until after the first vote. The final, run-off vote, will be two weeks later.

The numerous other candidates are slugging it out around the country, on TV and in person. France-2 TV news has recently been featuring various shades of Trotskyists. You didn't know they came in different flavors? All the more reason for a visit to France!

Start your clocks, remember to put in summer-time, turn over your egg-timers half-full of sand, get a red marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start counting-down. Especially if it is until the time you arrive in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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