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It has taken a lot of fooling around to get rid of a lot of the cosmetic 'spiffiness' too. It has taken its time to re-install everything necessary. The new system hasn't liked some of this, and it doesn't always start up without a couple of hiccups.

It will need months of fiddly 'tuning' until it becomes as reliable as the 'old' system, which ran non-stop for a couple of years. I suppose five or six whole days spent on this operation is nothing compared to the years of trouble-free operation - that I hope to have.

I just wish I could have used those configuration days for something else - like replying to your emails.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you missed reading last Thursday's club meeting 'report' catch up with club news by hitting this link to the 'Best Friends' Plus One, Minus One' report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 16. May. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Honoré's day. Some days have two or three saints and others have ones that I don't know anything about.

Readers with a desire to become real club members can scan the few minor details about this free club in 18 seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page.

Joining is really easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday called Ascension is even better and every year has at least onephoto: taxi bike, notre dame, sunday of these. Keeping up with club 'news' is even easier, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings and you can read them in this magazine, which is also online.

The pedalo-taxis are back this year, to compete with the rickshaws.

Record 'Metropole Paris' as one of your favorite bookmarks to save yourself typing out its overly-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

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 youphoto: sign on sidewalk, amour 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 any vacant lot covered with suitable dirt.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.20 - 14. May 2001 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'Spring' Is Official But Short' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'The 35-Hour Week 'Fiasco.' This issue had one feature titled 'Spring' Arrives In Time for Summer.' Dana Shaw sent an email about, a 'A Fragile Deux-Chevaux.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 17. May was called the 'Nobody Is Perfect' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled, 'Dithering While Events Roll On.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week wasphoto: sign, square de l'abbe migne captioned, "Don't Trip Over a Pigeon." A photo page featured 'The Fontaine des Mers' in the Place de la Concorde.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.20 - 15. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was short-titled, 'Lost Siestas.' The 'Au Bistro' column continued the short titles with 'Cash Panic.' This issue had two features, titled 'The Busy 'Mai des Montparnos' - Extra Events' and 'As American As... Food In America' by Adrian Leeds. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 19. May, asked 'Club's Café Haunted?' A club page announced, 'Vital Membership Issue Raised.' The 'Scene' column wagered with, 'Full-House Time.' The four new 'Posters of the Week' were on view and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Cash Panic!' Again.

'Countdown of the Week'

There are several important upcoming dates that could be suitable 'countdown' candidates - besides a whole slew of actual candidates about to pop up soon - but if I put all of them in it will just get too confusing and they may all be discounted, if not ignored outright.

As of today, there are only 232 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a wholephoto: expo bread, hotel de ville, sunday 133 days now, long enough for you to figure them out. Café Metropole Club members all agree that mental currency conversions are now much easier - especially since the euro 3 signuro has climbed up to about 91 cents.

One of the bread tents in front of the Hôtel de Ville.

A countdown for Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival in Paris after a 33-hour flight from the United States is currently underway etc. etc.. He landed without a parachute or a visa for France at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and this anniversary is 9 days from today, but on a Tuesday.

Erik Lindbergh got tired of waiting for this date to come around and landed in Paris at Le Bourget on Thursday morning, 2. May, at 11:24, following his grandfather by slightly less than 75 years.

Wind your clocks right up real tight, turn over your trusty egg-timers, get any kind of marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start your own home-made countdown. Especially if it is until the time you arrive in Paris, non-stop or not.
signature, regards, ric

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