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Thanks also to those who have written words of encouragement, and with suggestions for resolving this situation. By this you have indicated you want Metropole to continue rather than see me retire to a life of dire boredom, watching reality TV.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The report about last Thursday's club meeting was not wholly about 'Aha, Wagga Wagga!.' This was the 'co‐City of the Week' along with Santa Monica, although they are not related. Like other items in the club reportphoto, roue libre, paris plage Wagga Wagga is not made up, being true and real, as well as a 'first,' just like Santa Monica. The big surprise of the week was that we celebrated the club's 300th meeting without going overboard about it.

Bikes on the beach, all for rent.

The weekly Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday again, and for a change it'll be an ordinary day. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Jean–Marie Vianney. This 'Saint of the Week' became a priest in 1815 when the church would take anybody it could get, and it gave Jean–Marie Ars, a village with 200 souls worth saving. A lousy preacher, Jean–Marie was good at confessions and became a saint because of it while he was still active, but because of basic incompetence, he died worn out in 1859.

Just as likely real notions about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page should you happen to glance at it. The silly design of the club membership card on the page looks as unlike a membership card as a Tati bag, but it isn't rose–colored. Nearly free of cost, the club membership itself is worth something without actually being anything valuable.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issues 8.30/34 – 21. July/21. Aug 2003 – this month–long issue's Café Life column mentioned the still astonishing 'Lobsters' Short Lives in New England.' The Café Metropole column musically had 'Django, Johann, and Edith.' The first Au Bistro's headline was 'Al Gore Continues Six Months' of Non-Candidacy.' The other Au Bistro column was more shy with, ' A New Seven–Word 'News' Report.' Then there was a modest feature titled, 'No False Modesty for Paris Plage.' The two Scène columns were repeats. Updates for the Café Metropole Club meetings began on 24. July with the 'Nearly All Sports' report. Then on 31. July there was the 'Island of the Week' report followed by the 7/14. August reports done by Linda Thalman. Thephoto, sign, place fernand mourlot update on 21. August ended the summer series with the "It Rained Like Sparerods" report. There were four lonely 'Posters of the Month' and Ric's weekly cartoon was summer–like with the caption, "Where's this beach we're going to?"

This Was Metropole Four Years Ago

Issue 6.31 – 30. July 2001 – the week's issue began with Café Metropole column silliness with, 'Hot' Weather Looms!' The Au Bistro column had more local news with 'Lawyer To Sue for 'Right To Drive.' There was a real link to a real Scène column, titled 'Paris In August!' The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 2. August was headlined by the dozing secretary as the 'Major New 'City of the Week' report. There were four absolutely average 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was more upbeat than in previous weeks, with "Two Glasses of Water."

Shining Moment 17

For the 22nd time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a famous 'Quote of the Week,' about technical stuff. Karl Popper said, or may have written, "Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve." Yes, but what's the answer?

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1914photo, sign, rue bervic that Germany declared war with Russia. This came four days after Austro–Hungary declared war with Serbia following the assassination of the Archduke in Sarajevo. France ordered a general mobilization on 3. August and Germany declared war with France the day after, and invaded Belgium, which was minding its own business. The war was expected to be short but lasted four long years and nothing was the same afterwards.

Old Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 1902 that the United States bought the Panama Canal from France. Ferdinand de Lesseps, after building the Suez Canal, started construction in Panama in 1880. After a terrible time, the United States paid De Lesseps' company 40 million dollars for the privilege of finishing the ditch, which saves 18,000 miles on the round–trip from New York to San Francisco if you are going that way.

Greatest Czech of the Week

Although it was decided in May by Czech television, and although his nomination was rejected in January, mythical Czech Jára Cimrman did not make the list of the top ten Czechs of all time, being edged out of the spotlight's glare by King Charles IV, Tomás Garrigue Masaryk, Václav Havel, and Bedrich Smetana in number ten slot.

It is only today that the Los Angeles Times notes the oversight of the noted Czech – explorer, inventor, playwright, philosopher and all–round Central European renaissance man of the world from the top ten list. Friends of Czechs are dismayed that for all of his achievements on the world's stage today's citizens of the Czech Republic have such a weakened sense of disrespect, choosing merely to vote for real people. As Jára Cimrman himself would have said, "I am truly skeptical about this honor. If I am optimistic I deserve to be shot."

Language of the Week

Germany felt that German was weird and decided to 'reform' it in 1996 after talking it overphoto, garbage cart, broom with Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Trilingual Luxembourg gave the idea a pass. In 1880, as a nation–building measure, Prussia gave an exclusive concession to the dictionary editor Duden, to produce the definitive version of the German language. But time moves on – somewhat slowly – and hearings were held – for years and years – and a court decided it was legal, so the 'reform' has been phased in. The seven–year transition ended yesterday, and today German is officially 'reformed.' As of July last year, 77 percent of Germans polled thought the spelling 'reform' to be silly, senseless or foolish.

Other, 'Unique Dates of the Week'

There are only 152 days left of this year, which means this year has nearly evaporated. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 10 BC when Claudius was born. This odd duck grew up to be the Roman emperor, for a whole 13 years. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 213 days, the same number that 1798 had when Napoléon lost his ships on account of the aggressive behavior of Rear–Admiral Horatio Nelson during the Battle of Aboukir Bay. The British were worried that Napoléon might try to build the Suez Canal.
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