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photo, fishing, quay, seine, notre dame, ile st louis, sunset On the dock of the Seine.

But I got distracted by the blue in the river reflected from the blue in the sky as the sun was drifting off towards the Atlantic. Ordinary folks were walking across bridges being silhouettes or just camped out on the stone quays, some in the orange of the setting sun, and it was so simple that I forgot the Bretons, and forgot their parade on Sunday, so I can't remember any of it now.

Even writing this little bit is making my eyelids feel like falling shut. Blink goes clink. Next week, not next month of course, there will be much more of everything. There always is, more drowsy, more yawns, more who knows what next year.

The Café Metropole Club

More of the club's totally new members showed up at the last club meeting. The club's secretary took one beautiful photo, one of the café and basta! Next Thursday everything at the Café Metropole Club meeting will be new. Any sort of members regardless of any standing will be welcome, as well as are all future members regardless of the year. You could know who you are. Just ask yourself.

photo, cruising, loungingSome ride, some sit.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 27. September, less than three days from now. The Saint of the Day will be Saint–Vincent de Paul. Captured by pirates, sold into slavery in Tunis, he converted his Turkish owner and then returned to Paris where folks were giving away babies, so he founded a home for them.

More déjà, this is completely unrelated to Paris because it happened on the other side of a century. Much compelling stuff about the club and its lonely factoid are on a page mis–matched as the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read some of it, and some have, will hardly need to be curious about the unwritten rest of it. Should queries arise, check out the club's dismal but free membership card for clues odors, secret ink or fingerprints.

photo, lounge lizards, ile st louis Outdoor lounge lizards.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

No one should be surprised that last week ten years ago was weeks ago. Metropole used to have lots of real new stuff in it, such as last week's Autumn in Paris and Still Nice, possibly in the Café column, The End of Heritage in Rochefort – Goodbye La Tourelle, possibly was the week's feature, along with some posters and a cartoon entitled Apple Has 'Fire Sale.' That was enough in Issue 2.38 – 22. September 1997 because it is Ten Years Later.

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Café Life Légère 90.4

When He Says That, Smile

Today's Quote of the Week has no connection to today's date, but what do we care? For today's tidbit of philosophy I suggest a quote by H. L. Mencken, who had plenty of things to say, such as, "Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right... The United States has never developed an aristocracy really disinterested or an intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record of vacillations between two gangs of frauds." No wonder he was considered bad tempered.

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Steam Into the Patazone

There are no more than 98 days left of this year, the same number that 1852 had when inventor Henri Giffard set off on the world's first powered flight, in a steam–powered hydrogen–filled passenger–carrying Dirigible. The odd–looking contraption flew 27 km from Paris to Trappes. Helped by a tail wind, it was not possible to make a return journey into a head wind. Turning and circling proved maneuverability, but the 3 hp engine proved no match for prevailing breezes. Rail tycoons expressed no concerns about this possible competitor.

Wobble–H Day

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 267 days, the same number that 622 had when Muhammad ibn 'Abd Allah completed his hegira from Mecca to Medina, or Yathrib as it might have been known then. In Medina Muhammad united the tribes in conflict and together numbering ten thousand, they fought the Meccan tribes for eight years until they won. This event, the Hijra, still marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar.

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The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

A few folks have might have been thinking that it is fair to remember that it was in 1947 on this date that President Harry Truman signed an executive order establishing Majestic 12, a secret all–star committee set up to investigate UFO activity after the Roswell Incident in July of 1947. However the US Government still insists it is all a hoax, much to the disgust of those who believe in UFOs. While mulling it over remember that today is the anniversary of the sighting of the Periodic Great White Spot, on Saturn in 1990. This was first spotted in 1933 by the actor Will Hay, but nobody knows why it wasn't noticed earlier. Finally let us not forget the sad passing of Pippin the Short, aka Pepin the Younger or Pepin III, aged 54, today in 768.

A bientôt à Paris
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