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It was the sort of situation when everybody's night is ruined because it wasn't the 'stroke of midnight,' but the very daring–do of the decapitation was so marvelous that it will be hard to forget New Years Eve of 2003, because of the spectacular success of New Year 2004.

But home–made meat–tenderizer tool does the trick.

Several hours later, as we left to negotiate the five flights of highly–polished wooden stairs down to the door, Daddy Warbucks handed everybody a plastic doggie–bag full of left–over finger–food, to have for our first breakfasts of the year.

I didn't make any new resolutions. I never do. If the first breakfast of the new year is good, then I can get through the rest of the year okay. Some years it works fine.

The Regular Plugs – First Time In 2004

These are not here this week because they are within the double super bonus jumbo issue on a recent 'Café' page, which you should turn to in case you dont know anything about 'Rooms to Let Online – 50¢ Etc' and 'Shareware' Is Metropole's Only Version.'

If you are completely unfamiliar with both of these, then you can also find the appropriate links in the side columns on this page – which will save me from slightly rewriting them this week when I intend to do as little as possible, again.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Pop this link to have a look at the last meeting'sphoto: oasis "About the Club' page. The virtual club membership card shown on this page is free, so long as you print it for yourself using your own ink and paper. The card is valid for your whole lifetime worldwide, but hyper–valid in Paris.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 8. January. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Saint–Lucien, who was the bishop of Beauvais in the 3rd century. Another Saint–Lucien, who died early in the 4th century, is supposed to have 7. January for a day but has been usurped by somebody named Saint–Raymond.

This Was Metropole Three Years Ago

Issue 6.02 – 8. Jan 2001 – This issue began with the Café column's 'Workout At Muscle School.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Silliness, Folly, Strikes, Floods.' The feature of the week was 'The 3rd Millennium On the Champs–Elysées.' The Scène column's title was 'January's Wide Choices.' The Café Metropole Club update for 11. Jan was the "They Gave Each of Usphoto: sign, merci de monter par l'avant a Franc!" report. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's cartoon of the week had the caption, 'SOS Green Man!'

This Was Metropole Five Years Ago

Issue 4.02 – 11. January 1999 – The Café Metropole column's headline was 'Uh–Oh, Winter Is Back!' This small issue contained one feature titled, 'Sun On the Montparnasse Terraces.' The issue's Scène column's title was 'Dies Da und Das Hier.'There were four new 'Posters of the Week' while Ric the cartoonist managed to include 'Local Weather' somehow.

The Paleolithic Version of the Countdowns

Plucky Paleolithians can unearth the last known regular version of this ancient feature by turning to the last Café page with it, and subtract about 78 days from all numbers except the anniversary dates, which remain the same even if out–of–date for this column.

Neo–Countdown of No Days

On this day 90 years ago Henry Ford introduced a minimum wage of $5 a day along with the eight–hour work day for his 26,000 employees, thus ushering in the idea of low–cost mass travel that was later proposed by Frommer's 'Europe on $5 a Day.'

Along with the minimum wage, Ford introduced the idea of profit–sharing. Another idea was that nobody was to be fired except for 'unfaithfulness' or 'hopeless Inefficiency.' There was also a no–layoff policy, except at harvest times, when Ford thought his workers would be better off helping bring in the year's crops than lying about idle, dissipating their savings.

Hello to 2004

The vast number of days left this year is only 361. This is a number so huge that it is hardly worth mentioning becausephoto: sign, buttons it's over five. Put another way, it is only be 56 days left until our bonus 'Leap–Year' day extra, which will actually be a public holiday in many parts of the world.

In French, 'Leap–Year' is called, 'Année bissextile,' because it has 366 days – with two 'sixes,' as you can see. Any year number that can be divided by four is 'bissextile' except for years like 2000, when it is only the first two numbers that need be divided by four. The next one is 2400, only 2396 years from now. Despite the 'fours,' it is really the 'rule of sixes.'

All of which adds up to a round–about way of saying 'Bonne Année!'

Because it is almost freezing we are still able to skate on frozen rinks in front of the Hôtel de Ville, the one in front of the Gare Montparnasse, or maybe even the one out at La Défense – supposing anybody would go that far to be freezing.
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