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Then while under the too hot water, then the too cold water, I ask for music. The guitars are great, but the music machine is so bad anybody playing the guitars with two left fists, sounds like Arcos de la Frontera. It was a long shampoo.

When I get back to the main arena, I am told to cool my heels and I pick up a magazine which only has one theme - loosely translated, 'Ripoff France.' Before I can get the cover read, the shampoo nifty tells me the gent Claudio is doing a big movie actor. 'In 70 films,' she says.

Before I can think of not being silly, Claudio has the guy's kung-fu outfit off, and the actor says, 'Yeah, more than 70 movies.'

And 'about 15 or 17 stage plays.' He is an older guy; on the 70-level I guess, but looking just under 60. I look close, but I do not recognize him - but it is almost certain I've seen him on TV's movie reruns.

Meanwhile the shampoo nifty borrows my lighter to sneak a smoke outside. I want to know where the Paris film studios are, so the actor sits down in a barberchair again. Basically, he says, there aren't any. Hundreds of movies and made-for-TV films get made in Paris every year - just here and there.

It is too cold to smoke outside so the shampoo nifty comes back in and Claudio tells her to hide behind the reservation desk. The actor lights a filter cigarette. The shampoo nifty comes out of hiding to bring him a secret ashtray she has.

I guess I've had thousands of haircuts and during every one I've always sat like a cement mummy, but I forgot this time. All of us were in this Paris-as-Hollywood chat.

Our man has been in a film with Brigittephoto: butcher, buci Bardot. We discuss her current animal-rights stuff. Jeanne Moreau is fantastic. Writers can't write stories anymore; just sketches. Movies today are terrible. He's glad he was in it when they were good.

Less than 30 metres away, a butcher shop also has an outside snackbar.

Claudio is just eating this up. I don't know who cut my hair. The shampoo nifty holds the mirror for the back-view. I tell Claudio it looks too neat and tidy.

The actor and I exchange numbers and addresses. I want to know more about the movie business in Paris and he may be a good source.

To write, I trade my Café Metropole Club official pen for a slim one the shampoo nifty has. The salon fills up with smoke. It looks like a saloon with hair on the floor.

The hour and a quarter it took was the longest 15-minute haircut I ever had in my life. If I could, I would forget the shirts next week and go back for another one. But not if I am in a hurry.

Café Metropole Club 8th Session Rerun

The 8th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off pretty successfully, without much to eat or drink last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page. The coming 'Club' meeting is on an ordinary Thursday, which is nothing unusual in Paris so the meeting will be held as usual.

Ad Nauseam New Web Address Suspended

This note has gone on far too long. If you are reading this and don't know what Metropole's new Web URL is, I don't see why you need to know it if you are already here.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.49 - 7. December 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled by its cranky 'Ed' - 'The End of 'Humbug!' 'Au Bistro' had 'The President Is Not On Strike' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'Waiting Lines and Weather At the Marché.' The issue also had 'Metropole's Pre-Christmas Program V - Xmas '98.' The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'Last Chance for the Festival d'Automne.' Where is this festival this year? Sever-lady Linda Thalmancount down Eiffel Tower sent an email about the joys of pre-Christmas 'HyperShopping!' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Ohh, It's Scratchy!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.49 - 8. December 1997 - The Café Metropole column had the obviously premature title of - 'My Development Is Over.' The 'Au Bistro' column was entitled ' General Winter Pays Paris Brief Visit.' This issue had no features but did have 'Noël 1997 - Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Concerts and Events,' from the days when I obviously started pre-Christmas well after Halloween and Thanksgiving. Two 'Posters of the Week' doubled to four and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Little Gifts.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 26! very short and increasingly wintry days and even cooler nights in to go in Paris and Ile-de-France until the really big year-end party bursts upon us.
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