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It has only taken two months, but I am more nearly moved in than ever. Also, I can put books on those shelves that served as shirt hangers. All I need now is a stout coat hanger for the hall. I hope it is in place before summer, before I quit wearing the winter coats on a daily basis.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

For tool fans Allan Pangborn has sent some photos of the intricate machinery used for making Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc. And for wine fans there is some positive news for sparkling grape fanciers in New York State.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Hit this link to last week's mellow 'Dennis' Toy Show and Swing Club' club meeting report. This meeting began with the surprise arrival of a huge package from member, Terri Blazek. Its contents will be examined during the coming meeting.

All the arcane details concerning the club - actually somewhat exciting - are readily available onphoto: two frites the 'About the Club' page. If you think the virtual membership card may be useful, you can attempt to peel it right off the screen and keep it next to your heart.

Two orphaned 'frites' survive Ed's hunger.

To save you a short hyperlink trip to the 'About' page, all you need to know is - you should be at the café on the Quai du Louvre in Paris known worldwide as the Café La Corona on any Thursday.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. December. The Saint's Day of the Week next Thursday is Urbain. Urbain II - no relation - was born at Châtillon-sur-Marne, and invented the first crusade to give Crusaders something useful to do.

Metropole's Holiday Issues

This thin issue 7.51 would normally be followed by issue 7.52, but it is more likely that the two issues will be combined next Monday, 23. December. The following issue 8.01 straddles 2002 and 2003, but for unrelated reasons it may simply appear as an update to the double issue 7.51/7.52, thus making it Metropole's first three-issues-in-one in history.

Last Thursday's Café Metropole Club report suggested that the club's secretary would be 'on holiday' for the meetings scheduled for Thursday, 26. December and Thursday, 2. January - if no readers and/or club members complained. So far, none have.

The custom is to hold meetings without fail rather than because readers and members announce their intention to be at them. If you cannot come to any other meetings, and have been counting on attending the ones on 26. December and 2. January - please let the secretary know.

The first 'complete' issue of 2003 will be number 8.02 and it will appear on Monday, 6. January. This will probably be a multiple-week issue too, with terribly exciting reports and features from New York City, including some of its famous boroughs.

Extra-Special Multiple-Time Offer

The server-lady's 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' has been plugged here for a couple of weeks now, without any word from the Cadillac Ranch concerning new subscriptions and the status of my 'café-credit.' To re-stock this, I need you to send in a thousand new subs fast.

Linda Thalman serves no drinks or snacks as such, but looks after Metropole's Web server. On the side she produces a Paris In Sites newsletter and a companion Web site. Hit the first to subscribe and the second to see the fuller Web version.

Linda chats about language, tourism news, events and stories from and about Paris and France. She also reports about her various travels around the world and to outposts in Essonne - most unordinary places. The newsletter is sent by email every month and is worth a lot even if it is free.

The Web site version is more complete as well as being 'in color.' However, I only get the café-credits for subscriptions to the newsletter, so sign up for one in time for the next issue in January.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.51/52 - 17/24. Dec 2001 - This issue, like all others, began with the Café Metropole column with the headline, 'The Weather, Coluche and the Euro.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was, 'More Than You Wanted To Know About You Know What.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 20. December was called 'The Big 'Oops' of the Week ' report of the week. This double issue had a second club report for the meeting held on 27. December, called 'The Stereo New York-Paris' report. The issue's 'Scene' column doubled its value with two columns crammed into one, with, 'Christmas - andphoto: sign, place josephine baker New Year's 2002.' The week's four new 'Posters of the Week' were present and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Seasonal Greetings, Sincerely.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.51 - 18. Dec 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Bigger Than My Head.' The 'Au Bistro' column was absent again on account of legless legwork. There were two features, titled 'Paris' 'Little Belt' Tram Line' and 'Réveillon' - Midnight Supper.' The Café Metropole Club had two updates in this issue, for 14. December, with the oddly titled, 'Adrian Leeds' report and on 21. December with the '"What Happened To Roissy's Rabbits?" report. The 'Scene' column was replaced by Eva Lee's 'Conspiracy of Flop' email musings. The four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured somehow and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Watching Out for Speedbumps.'

The Not Count-Down of the Week

The number of days left to go until we get a new year, which is more certain than ever to be 2003, is only 15! This may not seem like many days left to go, and they really aren't even if you are counting them on the fingers of two hands and five toes.

As of this writing, I cannot remember if there are any other 'count-downs' going on, and judgingphoto: sign, awning crank, broken from your responses to recent ones - none - you probably prefer it this way.

This does not mean that there will be no 'count-downs' in the future because Paris is always planning ahead. For example, the 300th anniversary of the birth of Alexandre Dumas is coming up, even though it will not feature his implantation in the Pantheon again.

Then there are 'reverso-count-downs' which usually commemorate fabulous happenings of the past, such as the thrilling 1910 Paris flood, which is in fact being fondly remembered by almost everybody here because it happened before they were born - and it might replay anytime within the next 20 years.

Counting-up or down, you can almost be certain that it will be featured here - especially if one or more readers or club members suggest it to me as being of suitable enough interest so that it requires no reader response whatsoever.

This will leave 'Ed' free to assure casual readers that ice skating at the Hôtel de Ville is 'not only' for kids.
signature, regards, ric

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