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The beginning, on the Riviera, of the 725 kilometre flight went perfectly, with a humming engine and blue skies. But one hour out over the sea, there was a metallic breaking sound and the motor began to knock, but it kept going, although with violent lurches.

Garros decided to head for land. Then a hump appeared on the engine cowling. It started to leak oil. Garros slowed the motor down and an hour later was off Ajaccio on Corsica. He decided to go as far as Sardinia.

There, he felt safe, being over land for the next two hours. He ran into headwinds and it started to get cloudy. Over Cagliari and then Sicily, he wondered again if he should land. He was an hour behind schedule and getting short of gas.

The motor was knocking no worse than before, the oil spray wasn't too bad, he had altitude - so he kept on flying, flying - for eight hours altogether. In France, Roland Garros' name is synonymous with performance in any field of endeavor - including tennis, I guess.

'Those daring young men in their flying machines' is not, was not, hyperbole.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you didn't bother reading last Thursday's club meeting 'report' you can catch up with club news now by hitting this link to the "Twice As Much Caffeine?" report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 23. May. The club's 'Saint'sphoto: light, shade, luxembourg, 16 may Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Didier's day. Some days have two or three saints and others have ones that I don't know anything about, like this one.

Readers who want to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerning this free club in 19 seconds by reading the large sized fine print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe clipping out the virtual membership card.

In the Luxembourg, on this year's 'best day of the year' - so far.

Joining is really easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday called Saint-Didier's day is even better and every year has at least one of these. Keeping up with club 'news' is a snap, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings, and I finish writing them, and you can read them in this magazine, which is online too.

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

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.21 - 21. May 2001 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'The Edition With 'l'Addition' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Speedways for Roller Folks?' This issue had one feature titled, 'An Afternoon of 'Café Life' With Dennis,' and there was an email feature titled 'Lost and How-to-Find' from Tim Stanton. This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 24. May was called the 'The 'Midget Tootsie Roll' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled, 'May's Holdovers Run Into June.' The week's photo page featured 'Sundayphoto: sign, modern hotel maine On Daguerre.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'For Men, Paris Fashion Tips - Not Funny.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.21 - 22. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Unheated Starving Artist's Garret.' The 'Au Bistro' column contained interesting news with 'French Take To Cashless Mode.' This issue had one feature, titled 'The Big Doze In Montparnasse.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 25. May, was called 'The Club's First Hat Day.' A club page proclaimed, 'Membership Category Shambles.' The 'Scene' column was gonflé again with, 'Our Beautiful Balloons.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were viewable too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Low Chance Charters.'

'Countdown of the Week' That Was

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 darned if I can remember any of them. If I put them in I will just get too confused and there's enough of this already.

As of today, there are only 225 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 140 days now, long enough for you to figure it 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, give or take a dime.

The countdown for Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival in Paris after a 33-hour flight from the United States is now over, forever. Next week you can forget that he landed without aphoto: door handle visa for France at Le Bourget, on Saturday, 21. May 1927. This was 75 years ago and the anniversary is tomorrow.

For a reason that remains a mystery to me, this event will be celebrated in Paris on Friday, 28. June, at Le Bourget. Read more about this in this week's feature, 'Lindbergh A Volé Sans Escale.'

Turn over your trusty 3-minute egg-timers, get any kind of marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start your own home-made countdown. If requested to do so, another one will be placed here. Before you leave home for Paris, don't forget to feed the canary.
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