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This is likely to be a high-traffic page. Listing your apartment or house for rent on it will have a good chance of getting the results you want. Don't think about all the extra fiddly work this will be for me - think of it as a way to fill your rooms and make 'Ed' into a near-normal citizen who can afford an occasional café at Le Select.

Unlike Metropole Paris and the Café Metropole Club, listing your property in Metropole is not 'free.' Rates for your listing will be reasonable - especially considering that your announcement will be seen by many people 'just like you' - some who are other club members who you have already met at club meetings. If you have a Web site for your apartment, your listing in Metropole will link to it.

Write today to enquire about details. The exact conditions have not been fixed yet, but they have advanced beyond zero. Your suggestions will be welcome too.

'Shareware' Is Metropole's Only Version

Readers and club members are invited to voluntarily pay a 'shareware fee' for Metropole. If you value Metropole, then you might be able to contribute according to its worth to you - and to ensure that its publication continues.

Nobody wants you to 'donate' anything to 'Ed.' The 'share-magazine-ware fee' is not for a subscription withphoto: daguerre maree a secret-code access to an exclusive part of the magazine either. Metropole remains a single-version magazine with unlimited access for all. The Café Metropole Club remains just as free as it's always been.

Wet shopping in Paris, last week.

'Keeping Metropole flying' is simple. You can send your contributions today by hitting this link to the 'support Metropole' page.

Metropole's 'support' page will link you to 'Kagi' - Metropole's 'software retailer.' When you get Kagi's 'Metropole' page, insert any amount you feel like. The rest of the procedure is like buying anything else via the Internet. But with one difference - you can voluntarily contribute any amount you feel comfortable with. Whatever it is, you'll get 'Ed's 'thanks' in a return email, and 'Ed' will make sure you do.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Sock it to this link to have a look at last week's 'Patagonia and Detour Village' club 'report.' Having two 'Cities of the Week' was narrowly averted by a mean-minded club secretary, by a whisker.

A couple of insignificant details concerning the club can all be found on the 'About the Club' page. The raggedy but shining new club membership card shown on this page is free, so long as you print it for yourself and your neighbors. The card is valid for your whole lifetime worldwide, but ultra-valid in Paris.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. December. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint-Daniel, which is spelled the same in English. My saint's book has no reference to this one, but the other part of the name book has a 'Daniel,' who was carted off to Babylon, where he was appreciated by Nabuchodonosor, but so disliked by some flunkies that he was tossed into the moat where the lions were parked.

As an exceptional exception, but mainly because the club's café, La Corona, will be closed, there will be no meeting of the Café Metropole Club on Christmas Day, Thursday, 25. December.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.50 - 9. Dec 2002 - The issue began grandly enough with the Café Metropole column's 'A Small Issue, For a Change.' The issue's feature was titled "Tout à Bas!" the 'Exceptions' Explained by Jim Auman. Another update of 'Wine News' was headlined, 'Metropole's Wine Visits Las Vegas.' The Scene and Noël 2002 columns were titled 'New Stuff, Current Stuff and 'Last Chance' Stuff' and 'Morephoto: sign, drink mat, le select, montparnasse or Less.' The club's update on 12. December was titled, the 'Dennis' Toy Show and Swing Club' report. There were the four new 'Posters of the Week' again and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, 'Your Red Suit.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.50 - 10. Dec 2001 - The Café Metropole column's headline was 'Under the Weather Week.' There was a feature about 'A Christmas Present from Paris' Mayor.' The week's email feature was titled, "Down, Way Down, Way Way Down." This was one of the weeks while it was happening. The Scene column was titled, 'Two 'Scenes' for the Price of One,' because there was also 'The Christmas Scene.' The club's update on 13. December was headlined as the 'Moyer-Moyer 'Meet of the Week' report. There were another four nifty 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was, 'Was Only a Dream.'

The Prehistoric Version of the Countdowns

Prehistorians can find the last known regular version of this obscure and miserably neglected feature by turning to the last Café page with it, and subtract about 50 days from all numbers except the anniversary dates. These have certainly expired. Every item in this feature has probably expired. It is what comes from doing too much 'bungling' work.

Bungle Fixing

Photo Müller in the Rue des Plantes has promised to try and get a replacement camera cable from Olympus. If they have one, I might get it next week. But I need photos for this week, so I went to Magic Mac on Général Leclerc and asked if they have digital camera memory card readers.

They said they have one that reads five different memory cards. When asked if they have one that connects to a serial port, they said, "What's a serial port?"

Their memory card reader hooks up to a USB port. My new but not-so-old used Mac doesn't have this modern plug-hole, so I had to ask if they have a 'card' with the USB port on it. 'Yes,' theyphoto: car of the future, 1938 said, 'with or without 'Firewire.' Thinking of the future of my older Mac, I got the one with two of each - two USBs and two 'Firewires,' plus the memory card reader.

'Modern' as it used to be - in 1938. At Peugeot's showroom on the Champs-Elysées.

But if I bust something trying to install these things tomorrow, I have three fall-backs. The first and least reliable is the Magic Mac guarantee. Another is Metropole's original digital camera, a 1994 model, something like a digital 'Brownie.' The final fall- back will be to use one of three 35mm reflex cameras collecting dust here, with real film in it. It can be developed and scanned, and copied to a CD-ROM, in one day, all for 12€.

So, you see, there's no real reason to even have a digital camera, a proper cable, a card memory reader, USB ports, and other technical nicknacks. No reason at all - except for the Thursday Café Metropole Club meeting 'report.' This is supposed to be a one-day op, and without photos of the 'Group of the Week' it would be like it didn't happen.

Nearly No Days Left

The number of days left this year is only 22 - immensely far less than the '30-left' last week. Sooner than we expect - already in fact - we'll be squeezed elbow to elbow standing in front of cheery department store windows gaily illuminated but unheated for Christmas. In fact, we can do this now. The only thing lacking was the absolute 'freezing' and now we've got it too.

Also, we are now able to skate on a frozen rink in front of the Hôtel de Ville, or the one in front of the Gare Montparnasse, or the one out at La Défense, even if it is going a bit far just to be colder than on a plain sidewalk.
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