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Be Kind to the Server-Lady Week

On Saturday Linda Thalman was driving back to the Cadillac Ranch, aided by a half-asleep co-pilot, with a carload of garden goodies, when a horse ran into her car.

This is an extremely rare occurrence in Paris despite all the zoos and circuses around, but out on the high plains of Essonne, fairly close to the Cadillac Ranch - livestock: two cats - there is a horsey place and if you are out there you drive past it all the time, unless you want to go by way of Chevreuse-sur-Chevreuse.

The horse was not apparently injured, but Linda's little Fiat did not escape unscathed. It's bumperphoto: bike shop was scratched a bit, and it was lucky the pint-sized car had one, because Linda said, "The hulking great thing was coming in the windshield!"

Leaving it a bit late to get a bike right now.

The horsey place people came out and recovered their dazed steed and a passing fireman - a sapeur- pompier - kicked the Fiat's fenders off the front wheels enough so Linda could motor the rest of the way, about 750 metres, to the ranch.

When she got there, she turned into a rubber person for 48 hours, and only managed to dial a phone and tell me about it today. Therefore, if you intend to have dealings with the server-lady this week, why not put it off until next?

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Allan Pangborn, the maker of the Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine wrote to say that it can now be ordered online through the Moonlight Web site. It is really real, really.

Now that online ordering is possible, you will also be able to read the latest news about the wine on the Moonlight site. On this end I've added an 'About Metropole's Wine' page that will tell a short version of the story, plus have a link identical to the URL above so that you can place orders easily - which I hope you will do.

Every bottle sold will clear out the space Allan needs for the next batch. He sent me a photo of a boxcar load of new empty bottles, so this appeal is not without foundation.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link slightly lightly to get last week's 'Elvis Costello is Not a Club Member, Yet' club meeting report, one with four pages of 'report' notes, all nonsense.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 26. June. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Anthelme. This is another one on the calendar but with nothing in my saints-book. But, bingo again! He is listed under his non-saint's name, which is Anthelme. He was the Bishop of Belley, but he was born in Chignin in 1107. Famous places, I guess, once upon a time.

Only a couple of slight details concerning the club can be found handily grouped on the self-contained 'About the Club' page, because there aren't more than a couple. The virtual membership card on this page is still free though.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.26 - 24. June 2002 - The issue's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Summer Is Officially Here.' The tiny, capsule 'Au Bistro' column was 'José Bové Goes To Jail, Slowly.' A year later it really happens. The feature of the week was titled 'The Reds' Last Stand - On the Butte-aux-Cailles?' The Café Metropole Club photo: sign, quai du louvre update for this issue on 27. June had a kind of "It's a Virtual-Reality Club," report. Since it was summer, the Scene column's title was 'Eté - More, Better, Summer.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' as usual and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Adventures In the Jardin des Plantes.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.26 - 25. June 2001 - This issue started with the Café Metropole column's 'Say 'Hello' To Summer,' followed by the 'Au Bistro' column with 'Heaven for Buses?' A single, half feature, was titled 'In Part of the Rue Saint-Jacques.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 28. June featured the exciting 'Nothing of the Week' report. The Scene column's contents were ahead of themselves, with 'Beginning 2001's 2nd Half.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned 'Paris Cars On Hols.' This issue had a 'Photo Page' titled 'The Longest Day.'

'Mardi Noir' Suspended Until Fall

This will be disappointing news to all those intending to visit Paris for its vibrant and exciting 'street life,' butphoto: rue daguerre, 20 june the government has found that it is impossible to convince postal workers, teachers and métro drivers to continue their colorful parades throughout the summer.

Trying to capture the longest shadows didn't work this year.

It is not entirely certain that the manifestations of disagreement with government policies will be exactly the same in the fall, but it is possible that demonstrators may feel they have left some unfinished spring business behind. Just remember this - no matter how much something may seem to change, it nearly always stays the same.

For Determined Countdown Fans

For openers, no 'count-down' is planned in this corner for Johnny Hallyday's rapidly receding 50th birthday, as much as I wouldn't mind becoming infamous for conducting the longest silly count-down in the history of the world - by beating Metropole's own record-breaking 'count-down' to the year 2000.

With absolutely no minimum fanfare, the number of days left this year is 191. This may not make it seem like an overly long time since 1993, but who knows for certain? Otherwise it is nearly no time at all until fall, which is 'officially' only a quarter-year from last Saturday.
signature, regards, ric

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