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This is unrelated to Paris because it happened somewhere else, wherever it is. You can read something about the club and its occasional facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually do read some of it, and some of you might, will not fail to grasp the vague thrust of it, and could attempt to download the club's official scrap of a free but utterly worthless membership card.

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This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

It is hardly surprising that ten years ago was a long time before now. This Metropole used to have good new stuff in it every week. It still has all of this good stuff but some of it is getting pretty old, somewhat like Ed himself. I wish I could say everything is aging well.

Café Life Légère 89.4

Path To Enlightenment

Today's Quote of the Week has no connection to anything at all this week. Today is two–for–one quote day, with the first being from Jean de La Fontaine. He wrote, "Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it." That's kind of short, so what about this, "Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then go ask at the Genius Bar." This could have been said by Justin K. Dinwitty but no one was there to record it.

Wobble–Gold In Her Hair

There are no less than 175 days left of this year, the same number that 1762 had when Sophie von Anhalt–Zerbst, a ripe old 43 years old, became Catherine II Empress of Russia. Acclaimed by the folk, supported by the army, she was crowned at Our Lady of Kazan at Saint Petersburg. A week later Peter III, mister Catherine the Great, died suddenly. His wife ruled the country for 34 years.

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Chameleon

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 190 days, the same number that 1815 had when Charles–Maurice de Talleyrand–Périgord, Prince de Benevente became prime minister of France. Although he resigned as a bishop after being excommunicated, he served many masters well, promoted public education, was kicked out of Britain, dabbled in commodity trading and real–estate speculation in the United States and managed to die rich at a time when many died on the Guillotine.

Patazone Unamended

It's unnecessary to thank Metropole for reminding you that today marks the anniversary in 1868 of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. In case you have forgotten it, it reads in part, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." This law is still on the books.

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The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary in 1922 of the breaking of the one minute barrier for the 100 metre freestyle swim by Johnny Weissmuller. He also won five Olympic gold medals, while turning in 1929 to Hollywood to become the sixth Tarzan of the Apes. In all Weissmuller appeared in 34 films, from 1929 until 1976, and he died in Acapulco. On a somber note today was the birthday of the late Root Boy Slim, aka Foster MacKenzie III – no relation to Catherine – best known for leading the Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band, famous for songs like Boogie 'Til You Puke. Those who heard the band said Root Boy Slim was, "The Lenny Bruce of the Blues." I must check this out.

A bientôt à Paris
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