Bikinis of Spring Coming?

photo, roast chickens at the horse butcher Winter take–away; the horse butcher's hot chickens.

We Heads Into Another Year

by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 8. January:–  I will be honest and confess I caught a cold in New York. It wasn't anybody's fault. I went to Brooklyn but I didn't go to Coney Island. I should have gone. To prove it wasn't New York's fault, two days after I left the thermometre blasted up to 72 degrees in Central Park. Today's stink of gas in Manhattan had nothing to do with me. I was here, in Montparnasse, walking around in the rain. Details follow, on page 96 below.

Page 96, in the First Section

Yes, it is raining here in paradise. It is a sort of drizzle that stops and starts and sometimes turns into actual drops but this does not last long and it's back to the drizzle until it stops entirely. Readers should not try to read between the lines here and imagine I mean torrential downpour when I write drizzle. The drizzles we have here are so feeble that you could think it is merely the pigeons spitting or maybe some sloppy person squeezing oranges in the next arrondissement.

photo, meal of the year on air france Was this the airline Meal of the Year?

Tonight I have watched the TV weather–news very carefully, twice. The big picture showed a big mass of soggy air and clouds pinwheeling clockwise over the Atlantic, sending curving waves as big as a twirling Texas whirling over here, over all France excepting Corsica, just wave after wave of this soggy stuff.

On the second look–see I saw that there isn't any sign of rain. But there were arrows pointing northeast indicating winds of 70 kph offshore and 50 to 70 kph batting through here, the centre of the world that isn't Times Square. Got it? Winds coming through here, 50 to 70 kph. Winds going one way and clouds another.

The way it is supposed to play, there might be some sunny periods around here on Tuesday. I don't see how but that's what the weather dude said. Add to this an unseasonable high of 15 degrees. Then Wednesday, more cloudy, same winds, maybe sunshine peeps, high of 12 degrees. Thursday may be identical to the day preceding, but with only 11 forecast. All these temperatures are lots higher than normal.

photo, sign, galette du roi

Pommeland Weather On Fritz

This week, every week, I'm weeks behind schedule. There is no Pommeland forecast because Météo Jim got a new computer three weeks ago and wrote to me Sunday offering new weather reports from ,Pommeland but I didn't have the strength to read his email and respond. By next week this may be in gear. Please note that it is I who is the weak link for Pommeland weather, not Météo Jim.

Café Life

Nobody Wrote To Ask

Since nobody wrote to ask about the great Sardine Party I assume that everybody saw the high definition video coverage on CNN during breaks in the Situation Room reports or read about it in the food and styles section on page 386 of the weekend New York Times. At this moment we are feverishly hacking away on the DVD version and preparing a treatment for a major Hollywood studio. A major major factory in downtown China will be making the t–shirts any day now. The original sardines are still available in Saint–Malo if you care to pick some up for your personal use.

photo, street snack kiosk in paris Street eats in jolly technicolor.

At this time of year most magazines have year–end roundups of their best stuff from the past year. This magazine used to do this when it had best stuff from the past year but it hasn't had much for several years now and I am real sorry about this.

This leaves the possibility of a year–begin feature about the really terrific stuff the magazine is going to contain this year. Frankly I am a little concerned about just doing what used to be the standard fare in these pages. You know, like, going out and walking around and writing a bit about it so you will know that Paris is a great place for fooling around. There are no rules here no matter what you read. Look at me. I don't even follow my own rules.

To be continued...

Alert of the Week

The Soldes d'Hiver begin on Wednesday real early in the morning and continue until about the middle of February. Due to the mild weather many folks have not bothered getting new winter duds and stores are rumored to be full to the bursting. Everything must go! Even though the weather is still mild and there's no cold in sight, you will be exceedingly happy next winter to be wearing last year's winter fashions bought at half price. Be warned though – in the case of global warming you will not be allowed to exchange your new winter coat for the bikinis of spring.

photo,cheery cafe, handy tabac Cafés are gaudy, well–lit, and
sell tobacco.

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