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I taped about 20 flattened moving boxes tidily together and put them out on the sidewalk. When I left to go to the vernissage they were gone. Somebody else is moving.

In Case You Were Wondering

Thursday was the day of the bedmen and I got up very early for it and phoned to find out when they were expected to come. This narrowed the five-hour delivery 'window' down to a two-hour slot of time.

Having nothing better to do, I continued the musical boxes routine of the day before. I have oversized containers full of drawings and graphics, and these had to be moved out of the way. The floor in the living room disappeared again.

The last thing I did was wash the bedroom floor. It had just dried when the bedmen knocked on the door, loudly. They brought the bed parts in, stripped off the packing material, plunked the bed in place on its supports, gathered up their junk and my old and wrecked narrow mattresses and disappeared - all within about five minutes.

Then I could see that the plan I had made for this was correct. The bed does fit in. With some difficulty I slid the oversized containers full of drawings and graphics under it.

But the bureau with drawers is too big. I'll have to move it to where there's a little more space. Doing this won't make much. I see that I have a real 'bedroom.' There isn't much else in it - it is more like a 'roombed.' You know - a bit like having a tiny garage crammed full with a big Citroën.

Everything except the bed is too big, except the room which is kind of small. I don't care. It's a huge improvement over sleeping on two narrow worn-out mattresses lying on the floor. It puts the ceiling closer and it is easier to see the sky through the window, lying on my back, looking straight up.

I did this for four minutes, wondering how curtains could be attached. 'If' there should be any.

Café Metropoleô Vocabulary

The 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc' sparkling wine is brought up again in this issue, with the latest news, which is not much, but with a champagne vocabulary supplied by winemaker Allan Pangborn.

To drink this magazine it is not necessary to learn the vocabulary. But if you want to impress your friends and annoy your enemies, you will be able to tell them what words like 'riddling' mean.

It is a small vocabulary. If your friends are uninterested - forget your enemies! - your parrot might be able to learn all of it in a half hour. Even your enemies would be confounded with your wine-knowledgeable parrot, especially if it got on a TV-talk show.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Follow this link to last week's "Best Crêpe Stand in France" club meeting report, even if you are not interested in Parisian street eats. Or as 'Nova' might put it - 'Sidewalk Fooding.'

All the necessary details concerning the club - actually completely unnecessary - are available for inspection on the 'About the Club' page. If you think you need one, you can hacksaw the virtual membership card right off the screen and imitate the secretary's virtual signature on it. You'll find a sample of this at the bottom of the page.

Joining this club - your own free club after all! - is also mentioned on the same page. To save you a shortphoto: tour montparnasse hyperlink trip to it, all you need to know is - be up at the café in Paris known worldwide as the Café La Corona on any Thursday.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. November. The official 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is Présentation de Marie. It is called this because it is really Beaujolais Nouveau day worldwide, in all time zones.

Here it is - an ultra-rare view of the Tour Montparnasse. Ultra-rare for Metropole.

New readers of 'Metropole Paris' can save its URL as one of your favorite bookmarks to avoid mistyping its overly-long 'URL' name of www.metropoleparis.com every time you have an urge to read a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

Metropole's Affiliates

Still anticipating the creation of a new page for 'Partners' of Metropole Paris, the 'affiliates' that have been listed here since before Notre-Dame was built, have been moved out of this space. They are still reachable via the column on the left of the contents page, and their 'blurbs' will reappear on the 'Partners' page when it becomes available not long from now, I think.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.47 - 19. Nov 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, 'It's Crummy Weather Season.' The 'Au Bistro' column missed the rendez-vous for this issue. This issue had one feature titled, 'More 'Café Life,' Part 89 - The Buffalo Grass Birthday Party.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 22. November was called the 'The 'Two Astonishing 'Firsts' report because they were astonishing. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Circus! Circus! Tango!photo: sign, rue roger Horses! Seawater!' The week's four brand-new 'Posters of the Week' were on view as usual. Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "You Drive Like..."

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago - Again

Issue 5.46/7 - 13-20. Nov 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Ed' Does a Bunk.' It was possibly true. The 'Au Bistro' column posed the eternal question, 'Where's the Beef?' without an answer. There were two features, titled 'The Prince of Montparnasse' and 'Two Photo Exhibits.' There was an eMail feature with Paul Babbit writing about an election somewhere not in Europe. The Café Metropole Club updates for this double issue were on 16. November, for the 'Meat of the Week' report, and on 23. November for the 'Vachement Cool' report. Two 'beefs' in other words. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Besides Photos, Other Stuff.' The four brand new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had a caption asking again, 'Are You Blind?'

Monte-Cristo Type 'Real' Count-Down

The number of days left to go until we get a new year, which for the purposes of this 'count-down' will be 2003, is only a measely 43. There will be no fireworks set off at the Tour Eiffel this year. Until the next time this happens, you will have to wait about 997 years.

The current 'count-down,' suggested by reader and club member Jim Auman, is still active. Jim has said he has foundphoto: sign, glitzer boule out that Alexandre Dumas' is to be unburied someplace and reburied with pomp in the Panthéon on Saturday, 30. November. This is 12 days from now.

Wherever Alexandre Dumas is or will be, he is commemorated by a wall plaque somewhere. The 'mysterious' fake plaques story mentioned here last week, as having been newly discovered by an UMP member of the opposition in Paris Hôtel de Ville council, was picked up later in the week by the AP to be passed on to the world, with all the same mistakes as the original story in Le Parisien.

This just goes to show that 'urban legends' can originate in Paris without any assistance from me, and any attempts I make to smother them are doomed to failure. It also means that Paris is probably more magical than its own reality, and this is the way everybody wants it.
signature, regards, ric

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