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I'll let you know next week whether I can talk my French health coverage into paying for it. I forgot to ask for their permission to have an infected earlobe before I left.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Allan Pangborn tops up 'wine news' this week with no new news but tells us that winemakers are pretty busy doing all sorts of technical things to the grapes they acquired last fall while some of the rest of the world sleeps off the excesses of 'Superbowl XXXIII.'

You are advised to read this carefully so that when you are sipping Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine you can enthrall your company with all sorts of facts about winemaking, that are hardly ever mentioned by the world's greatest wine tasters.

Besides spring being only 54 days off, there are two important issues that may be resolved soon. One is the ability to order and pay for Metropole's wine online, and the other is the impending possibility that residents of New York State will be able to do it too. Not this week - but coming soon.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Lightly tap this link to last week's calm "I learned to read and write"" club meeting report. This was a quiet meeting, made possible by the attendance of not more than three club members.

For sending the photos he took during the 9. January meeting while I was in New York goofing off in medical waiting rooms, my thanks herewith to 'Dallas Dude.' Not being quite sure about authorizations, only the photo of the sliderule was featured - and I have still to check this to see if a PC handled it okay.

The 'Call for Beano 'List' - asking readers and club members for the favorite Paris restaurants - if they are willing to share their secrets - is getting a good response. Although the 'list' is not long, I need to put it together, and add credit to it where due.

If you have not been paying attention, this is to be sort of the Café Metropole Club's own guide, suggested exclusively by its hungrier members. If you trust fellow members, then this is 'our' list. It can be used in reverse too, if you are faithless.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 30. January. After this there will be no other meetings in January of this year. The Saint's Day of thephoto: 42nd street Week will be Sainte-Martine. The server-lady has been nominated for sainthood for her recent hosting of club meetings, but she has said she is too busy fooling around with her new digital camera, and has declined the honor.

Yeah! 42nd Street! New York City! Glitzerville!

Nearly all of the 6.7 details concerning the club - actually only the club's address is useful to know - are handily available on the 'About the Club' page. If you think the virtual membership card may be useful, you can try to peel it right off your monitor and keep it right next to your snazzy visiting cards.

Extra-Super Forever-Time Offer II

Linda Thalman's 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' has been plugged here for several eons now. While I was at the Cadillac Ranch for 10 minutes not long ago, I noticed that new subscriptions were coming about as regularly as spam, nicely boosting the status of my 'café-credits.'

As you should know, Linda also produces a companion Web site. Hit the first hyperlink to subscribe and the second to see the fuller Web version.

Linda chattily comments about language, tourism news, events and stories from and about Paris, France and some very foreign places. The newsletter is sent by email every month. Many Café Metropole Club members recommend it too.

Finally - the Usual Excuses

While Dennis gets to remain 59, 'Ed' gets older. Maybe this doesn't matter, but this week also included a transatlantic flight. At first, taking one of these does not seem strenuous, but fixing over 100 photos afterwards, does. Therefore, in case you haven't noticed yet, there is no 'Au Bistro' column this week even though France was 'open,' and no Scene column either. Look for this next week when it may have items from now until summer.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.05 - 28. Jan 2002 - This issue, like most, began with the Café Metropole column's 'A Fine Time With Real Buffalo Grass.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'The 'Big Wheel' Deal.' This issue had one feature titled 'An Oasis In the 7th - Stone Palaces and a Park.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 31. January was called the ''Victor Hugo Is Not a Club Member' report. The issue's 'Scene' column sported the headline of 'The Year of the Horse.' The week'sphoto: ticket, mta metrocard four new 'Posters of the Week' were on hand and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'The Big Wheel Deal'- again.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.05 - 29. Jan 2001 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined 'Birthday Vodka Chez Dennis.' This vodka stuff must be a Millennium Thing. The 'Au Bistro' column headline was 'Retirement - Are You Ready?' There was one feature, titled 'Paris 'Business' Slum - La Défense.' Some readers really disagreed with this one. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 1. February, was oddly titled, the "Smoke In Dreams" report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Opening With a Bumble.' The four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned "No Beef! Just Caviar and Vodka!"

Two Count-Downs For the Price of One

Jim 'Count-down' Auman has come through with two totally new and exciting count-down subjects between his sessions of cleaning ashes out of his wood stove, going out in the bitter cold to collect more wood to burn in it, and getting the stove set up for its cozy evening flame show.

For impatient readers he has proposed the 50th anniversary of the French pocketbook. The publication date was Monday, 9. February 1953. The book was 'Koenigsmark' by Pierrephoto: pay phone Benoît, and the publisher was Henri Filipacchi. A Web search did not turn up any more about this - the Web is not responding today - but Jim says the first pocketbook's cover featured a woman wearing a German military uniform. The coming anniversary is 14 days from today.

Music lovers may be pleased to learn that Hector Berlioz has his 200th anniversary this year, on Sunday, 11. December. Hector is headed for permanent residence in the Panthéon too, but the date of his installation is unknown at this time, although Jim reports that it will be 'soon.' Otherwise, Hector's 200th birthday is 319 days from now.

Last, and just about least, the number of days left this year is 338, which should leave of us ample time to thoroughly enjoy 2003 - presuming it turns out better than last year. I do so 'presume.'
signature, regards, ric

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