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Dust-pans came with little hand brushes. These are handy when the kids spill their cereal, so long as they do itphoto: tuileries basin before they put milk in the bowl. If they do it after, then you need a mop and you do not need the little hand brush at all.

I decided to get a bucket first despite them seeming to have a combination price. A young lady - students are looking for this sort of stuff these days too - was looking at the bucket-mop-squeegee combo and having trouble with the prices. I tried to explain. I forgot I had no teeth. I said, 'Teeee-zthhh.'

She got nervous and somebody else's help; another lady customer, because the store's personal had better things to do than show customers the ways around the mops and brooms.

I put some floor cleaner-wax and some industrial washing-cloths into my yellow plastic bucket. I found a dustpan without a brush and put it in too. I selected a broom-head and a handle and a toilet brush. Finally I picked one of the cloth-mop combos and hoped its handle won't break off on the third use - like most of them do.

On the way out, I picked up a cheapo bathmat, telling myself to clean the bath floor without fail before using it. I put it all through the cash checkout upstairs and had to ask for a bag so I could carry it all.

The one I was given had 'Monoprix' on it. The poles didn't fit it in, but nobody even looked like they were store security when I walked out the Edgar Quinet exit with the load.

I toted my stuff worth about $50 up past the cemetery instead of going through it, wondering whether it would be worth it to go all the way back there to get a $50 stepladder. Housewives' decisions aren't as easy as you may think.

I decided to put off thinking about it for another week. I might get the toaster instead, if I have teeth by then. Having toast will be better than having clean windows for a week or two.

Metropole's New Web Address Bungle

photo: velosolexA couple of weeks ago, 'Metropole Paris' moved from a sub-basement of the Internet to its own new home, in its brand-new Dot-.Com domain. The move itself went okay, but there has been an untraceable problem with the 're-direct.'

The old URL continues to work with your old Metropole bookmark and for backissues. But if you try to click-through from a backissue to the latest issue, you are going to have a problem. As readers have explained to me, you won't get the latest issue.

Here then, is the new URL for 'Metropole Paris:' http://www.metropoleparis.com Please 'bookmark' this new URL.

The Fall Season and '2000 in Paris' - since the beginning of the year, readers have been hinting that they intend to be in Paris for the turnover from 1999 to 2000. The Ville de Paris has not been asleep; its plan is called 'Paris 2000.' It is a fairly modest plan - 'from the heart' - as it's called. The national program seems equally low-key.

Coming events for the big turnover are sketched in this issue's new '2000 In Paris' column. When more details are available, then the event will be detailed in the 'Scene' column. In this way, you can get an overlook from now until next summer from the shorter '2000 In Paris' items, and 'Scene' has what's coming soon or now playing.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.37 - 14. September 1998 - The Café Metropole's subtitle was - 'Blowin' In the Cold Wind.' 'Au Bistro' had 'Is Johnny Really 'Live?'' This issue had two features, entitled 'Who's Afraid of the Institut de France?' count down Eiffel Tower and 'Higher, Further, Faster - The Balloon Race That Wasn't.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'We Can See the Tower!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago: http://www.metropoleparis.com/1997/70915237/home.html

Issue 2.37 - 15. September 1997 - The Café Metropole column was called - 'Bienvenue to Metropole, Again.' The Au Bistro column was entitled 'Brit Tabs Savage French Flics.' This issue had two features, entitled 'A Little Stroll on the Boulevard Saint-Michel' and 'A Fizzy Neighborhood Street-Party.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Back in School Again. Yes!'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 110 more mostly cloudy, cool and occasionally stormy Paris and Ile-de-France autumn days to go until the really big year-end party is in full swing.
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