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The tradeoff is I now have an apartment with a lot of northern light and a bit of light from the south. I can see the sky all day long without going outside and down to the end of the block.

The nearest café and boulangerie are two short blocks away, and this is just about everything that is essential. I'll have to wait until the leaves fall off the trees in front, to get the full benefit of the view of the Montparnasse cemetery.

The Unfinished 'Big' Move

I am sure nobody likes moving and you know now I sure don't. I would much rather be batting out this magazine six days a week, ten or 12 hours a day, 48 or 49 weeks a year.

But I never really moved into my last apartment because it was bigger than my head and had room in excess to kind of toss things in any old way. The new move has brought 30 year's worth of archived drawings and photos back to the light of day, and they now have to fit into a much smaller space.

Before I plunge back into 'Café Life' I want stuff to be tidy and findable. With my possible next address across the street, I want my affairs to be shipshape in case I move there suddenly.

This is a roundabout way of saying I am going to give my new 'move in' some extra time to get it right this time around. This may affect Metropole production a bit for a while - but if you don't think you are getting enough, there are plenty of back issues to read, or read again. Just be careful about the 'expired' dates for items in the 'Scene' column.

The Late Late Late Comedy Show

This column was finished at midnight tonight. But when I tried to put it online the program for doing this said 'your whazzit' and 'your ristans' are totally foutou. I was astonished because it had only taken me five hours to get the machine running - as mentioned above already - just to do the column - and if I had any idea that additional pitfalls were waiting in ambush, I would have gone to bed.

Instead I hacked away until giving up at 03:00 on Tuesday and sending the files to the server-lady to upload in the morning. This she was unable to do because of the super security my upload access involves. This put me back to searching through boxes again to find the confidential information I would have to have handy to install a replacement system.

Almost needless to say, this is being written before this is done - because I simply do not know what further surprises are lurking within the mysterious depths of my - or any - computer system. I am sorry for this delay and I am sorry that we depend on such slender threads. I wish I stuck with my pencil.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

'Ed,' or the club's secretary, will appreciate it if you get up-to-date with your club's 'news' right now by hitting this link to the "Numbers of Ducks?" report, even if you are not interested in 'ducks,' and I'm not saying there were any at last week's meeting if you are.

Virtual readers who want to become real club members can skim the scant details concerning thisphoto: sun in new bedroom free club in nineteen seconds or less by reading the fine-sized large-print on the 'About the Club' page, and maybe scratching the virtual membership card right off the screen.

Joining this club - your own club after all! - is almost as easy. All you have to do is be in Paris on a Thursday. Any one sooner rather than later will do.

Hyper-luxo - sunlight in my bedroom!

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 10. October. The club's 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Ghislain - which is not such an unusual name if you think of it a bit harder than I did when I wrote the club report with one hand while packing moving boxes with the other.

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

Metropole's Affiliates

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'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.'

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.41 - 8. Oct 2001- The Café Metropole column's title was 'Euroflation Hits Europe.' The 'Au Bistro' column had no headline because it wasn't. This issue had one feature titled 'On Tour With the 'Shopping Lady.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 11. October was called '2nd Birthday Begins 3rd Year' and this event had another feature in the form of a second birthday 'First.' The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Paris - Barcelona' Starts.' Six 'Posters of the Week' werephoto: orient express faucets featured once again once, and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "Café 7 francs? Euroflation!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.41 - 9. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Autumn Is Here.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Rotten Summer Blues.' There was one feature, titled 'The Champs-Elysées Revisited, Again.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 12. October, was called the "Sunburned in Seattle" report. there was a windy note in this issue about the club becoming two years old, too. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'A Couple More 'Big' Shows.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'You Took Him To the Auto Salon!'

Count-Down Ended Without Warning

For at least one week you are going to have to do without any sort of count-down or up in this space that is almost hallowed for this type of important - say, I mean, does anybody ever read this besides the recent contest winner, John Motta?

Just so you know contests here are really real, one of my preoccupations this coming week will be to acquire John's prize and ship it off to him before so much time passes he forgets he is a winner.
signature, regards, ric

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