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On the other hand, the reason for the small issue may be 'none of the above.' Maybe there's not much boom-boom left in my gas tank.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Last week Allan had time to muse about the Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc label and why it is like it is. How it got to be this way is also shown.

This week Allan is totally involved with the hoist he installed in 'The Shed' last week. He writes, "I have several high mileage cars so the hoist will be put to good use.

"The winery's '81 Toyota pickup recently passed the 250,000 mile mark. I bought it new in early 1981. It's been hit four times and 'totaled' twice. Young female drivers thinking of something besides driving plowed into the left front bumper each time.

"I had the engine rebuilt 100,000 miles ago. It is the long-bed model which is no longer made. Very useful for hauling lumber and lots of cases of wine. Older pickups are much easier to work on compared to the new models that have computers instead of carburetors.

"I conducted a winery tour on Saturday. Two couples from out of the area were spending the holiday weekend touring wineries. They followed the proper procedure by calling ahead earlier in the week."

So far Allan has announced no plans to re-paint the Toyota wine-colored and plaster it with logos like Mercier's Citroën van featured in last week's Café column.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Lightly tap this link to last week's 'Where Are Chocolate Frogs?' club meeting report, which was graced by new members and familiar faces.

The 'Call for Beano 'List' - asking readers and club members for their favorite Paris restaurants - if they are willing to share their treasures - is getting a steady stream of responses. Although the 'list' is still not long, I need to put it together, even if I wrote this already last week and the week before.

This is to be sort of the Café Metropole Club's own guide, suggested exclusively byphoto: traffic, champs elysees its hungrier members. You might trust fellow members taste if you trust your own. And you do, don't you?

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 20. February. This - third! - February meeting finally marks the definitive and final end of second February meetings for this year. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Aimée.

Nearly all of the four details concerning the club - actually only the club's address is useful to know - are handily placed on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual membership card may be useful, but it is not certain.

Extra-Super Forever-Time Offer V

Linda Thalman, occasionally known as the 'server-lady,' chattily comments in her newsletter 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.

Linda's 'Paris In Sites Newsletter' has been plugged here for several eons now. Linda also produces a companion Web site. Every free sub you order increases my 'credit' by one thimble of café more.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 7.08 - 18. Feb 2002 - This issue, like a lot of others began with the Café Metropole column's 'Low-Key Café Life.' The 'Au Bistro' column featured a question, 'Do You Remember the Franc?' There were two Email features, titled 'Hugo In New York & Count-Downs In Paris' and 'The French Can't Always Know.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 21. February was called the 'Drowsy Club Secretary' report of the year. The issue's 'Scene' column announced 'Beautiful Cows Coming On Friday.' The week'sphoto: sign, rue lalande four new 'Posters of the Week' were on view and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "These Are All FRANCS!"

This Was Metropole Five Years Ago

Issue 3.08 - 23. February 1998 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Fake Spring Surprises Paris Again.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Papon Was In the Resistance Too.' There were three features, titled 'High and Wide in Trocadéro,' 'Looking for Elusive Facts in the Marais' and 'The Gare Saint-Lazare' On View At Orsay.' There was no Café Metropole Club update for this issue because the club didn't begin until the following year. There was no 'Scene' column for this week. Maybe there wasn't one back then. The four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured as usual and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Fast Watch or Slow Time.'

Three Count-Downs Forever

Jim 'Exciting Count-Down' Auman is beyond getting tired of his neighbors pointing him out and saying, "There goes Jim 'Exciting Count-Down' Auman! Why doesn't he shovelphoto: sign, lavazza the snow off his sidewalk instead?"

Music lovers will be delighted to learn that Hector Berlioz will have his 200th anniversary this year, on Sunday, 11. December. Hector is headed for permanent residence in the Panthéon too, on Saturday, 21. June - coinciding with the Fête de la Musique - which is 125 days off. Otherwise, Hector's 200th birthday is 298 days from now.

The number of days left this year is 310. This makes three count-downs without any new ones being added, including one anniversary, without a date. Other count-downs are 'on hold' until the weather improves.
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