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photo, junior's restaurant, fulton st, brooklyn Brooklyn landmark café Junior's.

First, Out of Here; Now Out of It

by Ric Erickson

New York:– Sunday, 31. December:–  That beautiful fall we had, with the warm days, gentle breezes, Champagne nights and the leaves hanging on the trees like they were married to them – well, it kept on and on and on. Like, if you lived it, please turn to page 22, splashed elsewhere on this lonesome Webpage.

Page 22, At Your Service!

Here in New York I conscientiously noted the first snowflake on Monday, 4. December. There were six other snowflakes and all of them were very tiny, and that's all there were. Mr. G., doing the weather news on local TV channel 11, said we should go golfing. The next heavenly event happened on Monday, 25. December, when it rained a bit in the afternoon. Aside from these exciting times, the temperatures have been running from 45 degrees to 60 – from 7 to 15 on the metric scale, mainly on account of me losing one of my gloves on Wednesday, 22. November.

photo, dry martini, bar six, manhattan Weather of the year – a very very dry martini.

The Very Good Friend of Mine – the VGFoM – has been urging me to buy a pair of street gloves but I have been weaseling out of it, saving five bucks at least, and ensuring that the temperatures stay tidily up there. Yeah, sure, I miss the bitter cold and the freezing streets and the breezes like frigid knives chopping off freezing whiskers, howling through Manhattan's canyons, either devoid of light or bitterly bright. As it is, you see folks walking around carefree, in short pants.

Take tonight, which just happens to be New Years Eve. Instead of forecasting a temperature of 14 F for the crowd gathering in Times Square, the outlook calls for a high of 47 today, with an overnight low of 39 degrees. "Hey! Look Times Square – no gloves!" Rain is expected tonight.

Meanwhile across the Atlantic in Paris there is a consensus that the temperature will vary from 8 to 10 today. This amounts to 46 to 50 on the F scale. Whether there will be rain too is unclear, but you might expect it for the rest of the week. In New York you only need to expect rain on New Years Day, which is about par for all of December. For both cities expect daytime temperatures of 45 to 54 F, 7 to 12 C until Thursday.

Out of curiosity I looked up Paris' weather for December to find out what I've missed. For all of France the temperature has been calculated as 1.2 degrees higher than normal for the year. This is less than the heatwave year of 2003 but maybe second highest since 1950 and equal to 1994.

photo, money order Everything store in Jackson Heights.

For extreme weather I only had to look back to Thursday–Friday, 7–8. December, when a tempest roared across France, with winds that were measured as 110 to 120 kph inland and up to 140 on exposed coasts. The wind was attributed with killing one and injuring 20 others. Other than this, the fall was exceptionally mild, balancing a cool spring, and the summer had its three weeks of hot, hot, hot.

This week I'm weeks behind schedule. There is no Pommeland forecast because Météo Jim's computer broke down three weeks ago. So I look out the window. See above

Café Life

Happy New Year 2007

What more can I say? I should say something about the great Sardine Party. There were a dozen gathered to taste 19 different kinds of sardines, mostly brought over from Saint Malo and augmented by various 'finds.' I mean, there are Korean supermarkets here, and Greek and Mexican ones. There were more sardines than many had ever seen before. Or since.

photo, empire state building, 34th street, 30 nov 0634th Street and the Empire State Building.

What should I say about going around New York to see how folks were getting ready for Christmas and New Years? Take the tree at the total Rocky tower in mid–town. It was totally mobbed. Weeks before New Years Times Square was totally mobbed. Even where nothing was happening everything was totally mobbed. It not anything like how quiet and villagelike it is around Montparnasse.

To be continued...

Before You Go, Here's 2006

Completely out of ideas, at least there's a few photos you might not have seen already. There is no Fiat 500 to close out the year and I didn't shoot any of the rare Vespas running around Manhattan's cratered streets, but I kept two cameras going fairly steadily. Check out this issue's contents page for sights seen here, from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

The Small Bar Six Café Metropole Club 'Report'

While I've been in New York there have been no club meetings in Paris. One afternoon I ran into members Pam Shoemaker and George Broadhead at the Bar Six on 6th Avenue. This led to a short tour past e. e. cummings' house in a dead–end lane, and other sights in the Village as it was getting dark. Obviously there should have been a ull report but it was an unofficial meeting, without any waiter of the week.



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