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After the commands he'd given France Télécom it was my turn. "You gotta clear away this entire wall," he said, gesturing at a pile of cabinets and bookshelves, stretching the whole length of the living room. "I need access to put in the wire."

Yeah, well, lucky for me I haven't unpacked and stored much away. On the other hand, I have to wait a whole week more before I can do it. Luckily I expect to live here forever.

He put some bubblegum or something on the connection so both our phones would work. Before leaving, he made it clear again that he wanted a free field of movement next Wednesday - to bore holes in walls, make a mess and string cable to his heart's delight.

The 'good news' is that I've found I set up my editorial slot wrong. Since I have to pull this apart for Joe anyway, I'll be able to put it back together the way it should be.

The only danger is that in doing this I am going to have to de-cable the computer and re-cable it again. I should look on this as a chance to get it right - if it happens to be wrong the way I did it last week.

If you feel like phoning next Wednesday the phone should work fine. However, if a grouch answers, just remember I am probably having a 'nuit blanche.'

The Real 'Good News'

Last week I was out walking around somewhere here and I noticed I had a spring to my step. I thought, 'Golly, it feels good, this springiness. I haven't felt like this in a long time.'

It is a real relief to only have two jobs now. No more apartment hunting. All I have to do is Metropole, and get it online.

Oh, I have to unpack and move in. One morning last week I had the 'springiness' even before I got out of bed. So much so that I moved a whole half-wall's worth of cabinets and shelving 30 centimetres north before having a shower and breakfast, which are always the first things I do every day.

I think it must have been last Thursday. I recaptured that 30 centimetres and went to the Café Metropole Club and had a good time and did the 'report' and got it online without hassles. This is what 'springiness' can do for a person.

The 'Mois de la Photo' Page

This is planned to be in this issue, but I am not going to stay up until 03:00 to get it done. I want to have a 'springy' beginning tomorrow. You can expect the photo program to be online, probably late on Tuesday. The same cannot be said for the 'Au Bistro' page.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Hit this link to the "Paris Is Almost Normal" report, even if you are not interested in whether Paris is normal, or if you prefer it not to be.

Real readers who want to become truly real club members can skim the meager details concerning thisphoto: terrace cafe la corona free club in sixteen seconds or less by reading the fine-sized large-print on the 'About the Club' page, and maybe clawing 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 next week or next year will do.

The club's café on one of its better days.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 17. October. The club's 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Baudouin. As reported in last Thursday's 'report,' Saint-Renaud is not next Thursday's saint after all. His day would have been on Tuesday, 17. September, but club days are never on Tuesdays.

If you happen to be a Loto player, I suggest playing '17' the next time you do it. With five other perfect numbers, you'll be glad you did.

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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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.42 - 15. Oct 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, 'Not Sweet, Not Short.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Old, 'Frozen,' News.' This issue had one feature titled 'Light' From Hungary Is Brighter Than You Think.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 18. October was called the 'The 'No Rules' Report' report for want of anything cleverer thing to call it. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Christmas Starts Early.' The week's new four 'Posters ofphoto: sign, rue daguerre the Week' were on view again and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Our Illuminated Lion.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.42 - 16. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column mentioned 'Last Week's Weather Replays.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Bouchon, Eviction, Suspension.' There were two features, titled 'The Other Victor Hugo - At Home' and 'Anyone for Jeu de Paume?' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 19. October, was called the 'Not 'No One At the Club' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'The (Nearly) Full Fall Program.' The four brand new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Bring a Chicken!'

Ridiculous Substitute Count-Down

Now that the silly 'count-down of the year' is out of the way, I think it is safe to resume the regular program of serious count-downs. I could have given this a lot of careful thought if I hadn't been so 'springy' but I didn't, so I substitute the number of days left to go until we get a new year, which for the purposes of this 'count-down' will be 2003. The number of days left to go is 78.

The recent 'count-down' contest winner is John Motta who sent in the closest guess for the number of days it would take me to find a new apartment. John lives in a PO Box in New Hampshire and he says that his method of reckoning the number of 'count-down' days is aphoto: photo, line wearing prize hat closely guarded secret. I think he is also using the number to play the Loto.

One of my preoccupations last week was to acquire John's genuine Metropole prize. You can see it for yourself at the left, modelled by Line, who graciously broke away from painting waves to stand out in the pouring rain on her terrace, to wear a genuine Metropole prize hat.

Newer readers may not know and long-time readers may have forgotten, but when Metropole does have a rare contest it does have winners and winners get real prizes.

If I ever ask you to make contributions to Metropole via 'PayPal,' just remember that it would enable the magazine to have lots of contests, with wonderful prizes. Some could even be without Metropole's snazzy logo on them.
signature, regards, ric

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