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Yes, November for the Rue Lepic sounds about right. It doesn't have to be then because September can have November days and so can any other month. The colors will be even more subdued then too, whenever it is.

Toilets Re-open

A bit of good news is the re-opening of the coin-operated 420 public toilets located on Paris sidewalks.photo: metro entry abbesses These had been closed since last September for security reasons. While most will be operating 24 hours a day, some will be closed from 22:00 to 06:00. Their entry charge is now 45 cents.

The best métro stop for the Rue Lepic - Abbesses.

Eventually, about half of the existing toilets will become free. The city intends to seek a newly designed model for 50 new sites, to be suitable for the handicapped, and these will all be free.

'Paris Respire'

The photo of the sign for this was in last week's Café column, proceeding Wednesday's announcement that this is the new name for the action that sees certain streets closed to motorized traffic from 10:00 to 18:00 on Sundays and holidays.

It means 'Paris Breathes' and replaces the older slogan of 'Paris Piétons Vélos Rollers,' which had been dreamed up by a lawyer on a bad-hair day. The action has been extended to the proximity of the Luxembourg garden as well as the areas previously affected.

It also includes the banks of the Seine, up until November. These become carless again in March, when the possibility of high river levels should be reduced.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

I can't conceive of why you might have been somewhat tardy about reading news of last Thursday's club meeting 'report,' but I assume you have your justifiable reasons.

No matter what they are, before doing anything else, you can catch up with your club's 'news' right now by hitting this link to the ''Illegal Parking Is Back' report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 12. September. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint- Apollinaire, no less.

Readers who want to become real club members can gloss over the meager details concerning thisphoto: fiat 500, cafe le fumoir free club in eleven seconds by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe peeling the virtual membership card right off the screen.

Near the club's own period café - the 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

Joining the club - your club! - is almost as easy. Do it by being here! Remember that reports about meetings are supposed go online right after them, right after I finish writing them, slowly. This happens every week, so you can read them right away in this magazine, which is online too.

Save 'Metropole Paris' as one of your favorite bookmarks to avoid mistyping its outrageously-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.37 - 10. Sept 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's lackluster 'Café Life' Takes a Beating.' The 'Au Bistro' column was solemn with the 'BLACK TUESDAY on 11. September.' This issue had one feature, 'You Can Look for the Bièvre,' leaving unsaid that you can't find it. The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 13. September was called the 'Trashy But Worthless' report. The week's 'Scene' column cheerily greeted, 'Hello! Fall Season.' There werephoto: sign, rue tomie, des abbesses four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Café Time Is Over!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.37 - 11. Sept 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Post-Summer Festivals.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Back To Square One?' For a change this issue had two features, 'Down and Out In Paris' and 'Free Meat for Paris' Art Fans.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 14. September, was called the 'Your Club Turns 50!' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Carry On - September.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'No Twingo!' This may have been a true 'first' too.

Count-Up-Down In Semi-Suspension

Incredible as it may be, I am freshphoto: signs, rue cauchois, twice out of 'count-down' subjects because the only one I have is for the Jewish New Year, which was last Friday about sundown.

This was, by the calendar in common use, the 249th day of the year 2002 in the 36th week. By the Jewish calendar we are now in the year 5763. I asked for the origin of this date, wondering what came before it, but I was unable to get an answer. It seems like a high number, so I guess it doesn't involve any Greeks.
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