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An Email From Bus 38

Lately I have been a bit more disorganized than I used to be. For a long time now I have been going to the Thursday club meetings on the métro, instead of walking to them - very occasionally - or taking the number 38 bus, which I can catch at the end of my street for a ride to Châtelet.

Last week I received an email from Laurent, number 38 bus driver, saxophone player, and the webmaster of Bus 38 Online - on behalf of the whole line 38 crew.

Readers with long memories may recall that Bus 38 having an online presence was noted in the 'Au Bistro' column last September, but it is worth rementioning because it is still a effort maintained by the drivers themselves rather than the RATP, and they are doing a good job with it, and their buses.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

To catch up on exciting news about last Thursday's club meeting - which you should remember was World Sleep Day - read the club's first "Heads or Tails?" report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 28. March. I know itphoto: cafe tabac pereire is boring to have all club meetings on Thursdays, but at least the saints names change, and next Thursday's is Saint-Gontran's day. He has not been around since 592.

The Thursday after belongs to the somewhat mysterious Saint-Isadore, who may just be a plain 'Sainte.'

One of Paris' many 'rest' stations, ususally called cafés.

Readers with an unquenchable urge to become real club members can easily grasp the few details about this free club by carefully reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page.

How to join? Simply by being here! Being here on a Thursday with a saint's name is better. How to keep up with club 'news' is even easier, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings - except for when the secretary is goofing off in New York.

Club Member Makes Good In the Sun

Adding another club member to the 'famous' list is something I don't mind doing because Heather Stimmler-Hall was one of the first to show up at the Corona, and it is not her fault she has to live on the Riviera.

Instead of whining and complaining about it, she is doing something, like writing articles about the ins and outs in 'PACA' for United's inflight magazine, which might be called Hemispheres.

If you do try it, click on 'Three Perfect Days,' to find out about how to survive in places like Cannes, Nice, and other places in that part France with all the palm trees and high prices.

Metropole's Affiliates

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'Bookings' has extended their reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their wider offers and make your choice long before your arrival in France. Try this one. Other Metropole readers have.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' for Paris as well as travelphoto: j f batellier, cartoonist insurance. If you have signed up for these services before you need them suddenly, you will benefit from them. I hope won't be the case, but 'Things Happen.'

Meet Jean-François in this week's report about the Salon du Livre.

'Petanque America' exports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you the effort of carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. Everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere - such as on any vacant lot covered with suitable dirt.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.13 - 26. March 2001 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'Ed's Little Tours' - and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'New Paris Mayor, Bertrand Delanoë.' This issue had one feature titled 'Spring' In Blois?' The issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 29. March was called the "Could be Worse, Could be Green" Report' The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Spring Events Begin.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, 'The Weather'sphoto: sign, boulevard berthier, 17th Fault?' One of the first photo pages was titled, 'Looking for Spring.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.13 - 27. March 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Winter Takes a Spring Break.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Multi-Demos In the City.' This issue had one feature, titled 'A Kind Of 'Grand Tour.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 30. March, was called 'New Members! New Members!' A club page announced, ''No News' Is Not 'Good' News.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were viewable too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week featured 'The Grand Tour Taxi.'

This Year's Flagging 'Count-Count'

There are only 281 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 84 days now and people in Paris are getting pretty casual about it - but nobody minds if you count your change, no matter how slowly.

If you still feel like 'counting-down,' we have Alexandre Dumas' birthdate to consider. Alexandre Dumas - père - was born on Saturday, 24. July 1802 at Villers-Cotterets andphoto: sign, rue d'heliopolis he wrote the 'Trois Moustaches,' which is still second behind the Bible in sales. From today, Dumas' birthdate is 148 days off.

For another date, the first round of voting for France's next Président is only 27 days from now. The campaign is up to full steam. The two leading candidates have quit being cagey and are slugging it around the country on TV and in person.

Plug in your clocks, turn over your egg-timers half-full of sand, tune your video-recorders, get a red marker to 'X'-out days on your calendars, and start counting-down, especially if it is until the time you arrive in Paris.
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