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I cross into the sun's beams and go up the street with the cemetery wall on the right side, past Picasso's other local place. Somebody put a whole art déco building in here, like a tulip amid weeds. It's too good of course. Obviously I am having a hard time staying on subject.

But I am having no trouble forgetting that I am secretly seeking the classic, abandoned Christmasphoto, shuttered window tree. When you don't want to, you see them here and there, lost and forlorn, wrapped in plastic garbage bags. There was a note in Le Parisien about one somebody left in the Métro, travelling by itself on line 13, with a lifestory note pinned on it. Something about being kidnapped and covered with bangles before molting and being tossed out into the cruel world.

This is just a shuttered window.

My own street, with its northwest angle, is blue–black except for the sunlight slotting out of the cross streets. There is one small tree in a bag outside the plastic apartment building but it doesn't look sad enough. This should mean it is exactly right, but in the dim light, it would look like what?

I shouldn't worry about it. I should remember what I'm doing and remember this is supposed to be minimal. Like, I guess, it is.

Shopping & Soldes d'Hiver Alert VII

There are almost no days left to get ready for the Soldes d'Hiver because they begin on Wednesday, 12. January and continue for a bit more than five weeks until Tuesday, 22. February. Use your best judgement.

Headline of the Week

Last Thursday's Le Parisien scores a stunning win again with its "GAZ!" headline. The rest of the headline, over five columns, is far too long to reproduce here. Let it merely be known that after a week of hints that France Télécom was going to lift its rates, that France Télécom decided to lift its rates and say it was lowering them.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The last club meeting's 'More Hats' club report continuesphoto, roast chicken to be gay and carefree as a bird. There were more than enough civilians in the club's area for the traditional 'Group of the Week' photo, but none of them even owned hats.

Being the last one, it has to be the 'Chicken of the Week.'

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, which is on a Thursday exactly as usual. Other than this there's nothing special about this Thursday. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Hilaire de Poitiers despite my calendar telling me it is Yvette's day. Hilaire was an antiquities fan, in 350, and was made bishop at 35, of Poitiers, although married and with children. But Hilaire was exiled to Phrygie because he got on the wrong side of Constance 1st, and of Constantine 1st, and while away wrote an important book, came back and was made a doctor of the church in 1851.

Other, mainly true facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The edgy design of the virtual club membership card on this page looks as cutting–edge online as printed, and your relatives will be highly impressed. The club membership itself is totally free too, even if you think it is too good to be true.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.02 – 5. Jan 2004 – the Café Metropole column began with, 'At the Stroke of Midnight.' A new Scène column appeared with the title of 'L'Année de la Chine.' The Café Metropole Club update for 8. January featuredphoto, tiles, flower the 'Wisconsin–sized Dinner Plates' report. Laurel Avery urged 'Bag That Dog!' – in Paris Life No 32. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and the caption for Ric's weekly cartoon was, "Cold in the café? Jamais!"

This Was Metropole Four Years Ago

Issue 6.02 – 8. Jan 2001 – the Café Metropole column started the issue with 'Workout At Muscle School.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Silliness, Folly, Strikes, Floods.' The Scène column's short title was 'Wide Choices.' The Café Metropole Club update for 11. January was titled the "They Gave Each of Us a Franc!" report. There were four January–type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was improbably captioned, 'SOS Green Man.'

'Countdowns' Beyond Jupiter

The antique feature 'Quote of the Week' would be back again for the eleventh time in recent history, but the source failed to have a useable quote and it may therefore be high time that this popular feature be put back on the shelf it crawled out of not so long ago..

The Unique, Real, Only, 'Countdown'

Jules Verne's major anniversary is now as few as 74 days from now. The great idea to stage an reenactment of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' in the Seine has never received the official support it deserves, partly because the Hôtel de Ville was hoping that it would freeze over so that Paris could finally have a skating rink bigger than Paris Plage, but it's far too warm.

More than Enough Anniversaries

As Albania's only National Day recedes into distant but fond memory, it is with great pleasure that I announce thephoto, sign, port du casque birthday of Michel Ney, in 1769. Today also marks the date of the first publication of 'Tintin.' Georges Rémi, known as Hergé, was only 21 when Tintin and Milou began their career which eventually turned into sales of 200 million copies, published in over 40 languages. Another comic artist, Heinrich Zille, was born on this day in 1858, and is still fondly remembered in Berlin.

Today's Other 'Outstanding Dates of the Week'

There are only 355 days left of this year. Thisphoto, sign, 31 bis is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 1776 when Thomas Paine published his pamphlet titled 'Common Sense,' which went on to sell 100,000 copies. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 10 days, the same number that 49 BC had when Julius Caesar led his 10th Legion across the Rubicon and changed the history of the world too.
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