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The Café Metropole Club

Less than two percent of the club's members made it to last week's club meeting so you haven't missed hearing about all the good stuff especially if you read the report. Next Thursday there will be another Café Metropole Club meeting, and the secretary promises to be there in person, hand on heart, and breathing.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 14. June, another in a series of inter–election days. The Saint of the Day is ultra rare. Please consider Saint–Eliseus, who was hard to track down. The story goes that Elias tossed his coat over Eliseus' shoulders. This caused – don't ask me why – Eliseus to bump off his own yoke of oxen and then boil them, using the wood from his plough for the fire.

photo, my kabab My delicious kebab.

This is unrelated to Paris because it happened somewhere in the Middle East. You can read all about the club and its two known facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually understand, and all of you surely will, will not fail to grasp the mysterious but true myths about it, and should endeavor to download the club's official scrap of a free membership card. You are welcome.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago was still 1997. Every issue I used to look up what had been in Metropole the same week the year before and two years ago, but after doing it for nine or ten years I got tired of doing it and so I quit. But it has taken some time for me to admit that I quit and so I dangle this tease every week, hoping I will feel like doing it again, but realizing that it is 20 minutes of my life I would rather spend on Web surfing, or goofing off, as it used to be called.

photo, accordeon, last act, saturdayThe last act at Paris Accordéon.

Café Life Légère 91.2

So What?

The Quote of the Week has a connection to Ed, who has been around. Today's long–winded quote is, "A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us – when adversity takes the place of prosperity – when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us – when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." This blah–blah is from Washington Irving, who I nearly visited at Sleepy Hollow last month.

photo, sign, mets baseball ticket

Wobble–History of BA

There are as many as 203 days left of this year, the same number that 1580 had when Juan de Garay founded Buenos Aires. An earlier foundation by Pedro de Mendoza with the name Nuestra Señora del Buen Ayre took place in 1536 but it annoyed the locals and they destroyed it. For some reason all of this happened – the second foundation – on 11. July so here I am mentioning it a month early, a month too soon to be on this day.

The Meucci System

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 167 days, the same number that 2002 had when Antonio Meucci was declared to be the real inventor of the telephone, while he was recovering from injuries suffered from a boiler explosion aboard the Staten Island ferry. Actually he invented the telephone in Italy and in a theatre in Havana, and only filed papers about it later when he lived on Staten Island. A plaque in Havana says, "Antonio Meucci expatriado italiano en la Habana entre los años 1835 y 1850 aquí en el teatro Tacón realizó aquellos experimentos de tranmisión acústica que lo llevaron a la invención del teléfono."

photo, sign, no loud radios

The Patazone Chronicles

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you that today marks the anniversary in 1184 BC when Troy was sacked and burned. The war, if it ever happened, was about Paris who stole Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta. The armies of the Achaeans went to get her back and the rest is history. Other dates for the destruction of Troy are 1135, 1172, 1193, 1209, etc., etc., – all BC – and exact dates of 6 or 7 July, 26 May, or 23 Sciroforion or 2 Ponamos. I thought everyone would like to know.

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary of the death of famous actor John Wayne, in 1979. Equally interesting is the birthday, in 1983, of Jose Reyes, who is the leading thief of bases in one of the American baseball leagues this year. Go Mets! Other sports news reminds us of 1907 when George Dennett, assisted by the unforgettable Gilbert Jessop, dismissed Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in cricket. Finally, this date in 1962 recalls the successful escape from Alcatraz of Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin, who nobody ever saw again.

A bientôt à Paris
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