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Then Josef offered Dimitri a beer. He had put two big cans of some imported beer in my fridge when he arrived. I poured some orange juice, and everybody smoked. All the windows were open and the slight breeze sucked the smoke out to where it could join the ambiant pollution. With the radio playing quietly to itself in a corner it felt just like summer when I used to be unemployed. Some of the best things in life are simple.

I could sense that Josef was anxious to shoot his new camera some more at better stuff than me and Dimitri, so we went out and went into the cemetery and hunted around for Serge Gainsbourg's plot. We found it like I usually do, by lining up my apartment building. It's right in front. It was a good thing we went because Serge wasn't getting many visitors.

photo, sign, iron ring, port de paris

This probably doesn't sound like a big deal to you but I knew Josef really wanted to go to the 15th and take some shots for a job he's got – why he got the camera, really – but we had sat around so long, the afternoon was kind of shot. So we went to a café so I could play Loto again and then we went to another café to hold a conference, and have a drink. Trying out a new camera is thirsty work. That's why he brought the beers.

This story is very unlikely to be continued.

The Café Metropole Club

Many club members could not make it to last week's club meeting for reasons that are just as unclear as last week. Next Thursday there will be another chance to attend a Café Metropole Club meeting, and the secretary promises to be there in person, possibly not quite so sincerely as last week.

photo, ile saint louis, from the right bankPicnic area with a view.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 19. April, a sort of pre–election edition. The Saint of the Day is sort of obscure again. Please greet Sainte–Emma, also known as Saint Hemma. She was a bit wild until she married Count Ludger who had a son named Imad who became a bishop. Anyway, Emma turned good and later died near Bremen around 1050, and when they dug her up the only thing intact was her right hand, and this relic was placed in the kloster of Saint Ludger at Werden and you can visit it.

Although this is still unrelated to France except for it being in Europe, all about the club and its faint truths are nearby at hand on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually understand words, and all of you certainly do, will not fail to believe the fabulous but hard to credit true myths about it, and should not fail to download the club's official scrap of a membership card. Thanks you.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

photo, sign, rue mouffle

Ten years ago was 1997 and although obvious it doesn't hurt to point it out again. Other Internet magazines have come and gone but this one is rooted, like buried, online. The one fact about Ten Years Later is that it should be more like 12 but that's only one little digit off, like some of the oddball items below.

Café Life Légère 103.01

A Straight Shooter

The Quote of the Week keeps to a high level of cultural heritage, aided by Ed who has little to do other than root around in Wikipedia every Monday. Today's quote goes, "There are those who argue that everything breaks even in this old dump of a world of ours. I suppose these ginks who argue that way hold that because the rich man gets ice in the summer and the poor man gets it in the winter things are breaking even for both. Maybe so, but I'll swear I can't see it that way." This is attributed to Bat Masterson who fought his last gun battle in Dodge City, Kansas today in 1881. Bat died with his boots on working at his desk at the New York Morning Telegraph on 25. October 1921.

photo, sign, rue des arquebusiers

Wobble–Eclipse

There are as many as 259 days left of this year, the same number that 1178 BC had when a solar eclipse may have happened, marking the return of Odysseus to Ithaca after many hard years fooling around with the Trojan affair. At home again he found a bunch of goons and knaves mooling around his wife, Penelope because they thought she was a widow, but they were very seriously, fatally, wrong.

Pata–Ordinateur

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 106 days, the same number that 1955 had when Jacques Perret, professor of philology, coined the word, ordinateur as a substitute for the vulgar word, computer. IBM France thought that the latter word indicated restricted possibilities for the device and had asked the good professor to come up with something sexy, elegant and snappy.

Joy in Brooklyn is Fainter

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you of the death of Arthur Chevrolet today in 1941. He was a Swiss who liked cars and raced them. His two brothers, Louis and Gaston, joined him in working for the Frontenac car company in 1916 but they gave up on the car business in 1929, and started an aircraft company which flopped. All the same Chevrolets are still manufactured in some parts of the world.

photo, sign, bridge decor

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary of King Louis the Pious who was born today in 778. He was also known as Louis I, Louis the Debonaire and Louis le Pieux. Let's also remember J. Armand Bombardier who invented the snowmobile around 1936 on account of Québec's three warm seasons in winter. Arnie was born today in 1907. To close, give a hand to Spike Milligan, Peter Ustinov and Kingsley Amis , born today in 1918, 1921 and 1922. As far as Marcus Salvius Otho is concerned, he died today in 69, heartbroken over losing a battle. Just before checking out he said, "It is far more just to perish one for all, than many for one." Although he only served three months as Emperor, his coins are quite valuable because they are somewhat rare.

A bientôt à Paris
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