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Finally - be sure to remove all toothpicks from anything that looks edible, before eating it. Even though somebody told me the 'green stuff' was hot, beware of the 'red stuff.' And if you chance to find my grape juice don't bother to try drinking it. Alice Gray should have some good wine left over.

The 'Scene' Page

Last week's version of events in Paris is linked to this week's contents page. The city's monthly magazine, 'Paris - Le Journal,' which takes an annual pause in August has taken a longer one this year. The next edition is expected at the end of September with a new name - 'A Paris' - and with a new layout.

Meanwhile, current events are depending on little advance notice because the usual source at the city's touristphoto: techno stilt person office seems to be undergoing some sort of change as well. Normally I can get 12 to 14 pages of listed events up to two months in advance, but only five pages - some with very old items - were available for October two weeks ago.

Meanwhile 'En Ville Sans Ma Voiture' - or 'How To Love a Bus' - is in place this week in front of the Hôtel de Ville, and continues until next weekend.

One of the half-dozen 'stilt' people - why? what?

In other news, the city's threat to add some swimming pools to the Seine gets closer to reality, with construction of the first one announced as beginning on Monday, 23. September, at the Quai de la Gare in the 13th arrondissement. The second one is supposed to be completed in time for voter-favor for the municipal elections in 2007.

Toy fans will be happy to hear that a 'hyper' toy store has been installed in the 1860-model Passage des Princes, just off the Boulevard des Italiens. Called 'JouéClub,' the retailer has had to respect the long-closed historical 'passage' site while filling up 2000 square metres with toys - at prices competitive with the big toy barns out in the suburbs.

In case you feel like skipping last week's 'Scene' page, here is the last reminder that next weekend is the occasion for the annual 'Journées de Patrimoine' - which opens many doors throughout France that are normally closed. Free entry is another plus point for this weekend.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

I know it is completely unnecessary to remind readers and club members - some of you are both at once - to read the 'report' of last Thursday's club meeting, but if I didn't do it this page would look bare - wouldn't it?

Therefore, as a service to 'Ed' or the club's secretary, before doing anything else, you can catch up - even if it is 'again' - with your club's 'news' right now by hitting this link to the "He Eats French Dog Food" report.

Readers who want to become real club members can skim the meager details concerning this freephoto: techno, denfert lion, bush club in nine seconds or less by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page, and maybe peeling the virtual membership card right off the screen.

One tune never played at Techno parades is - 'Respect.'

Joining the club - your own club! - is almost as easy. All you need to do is be here! More than 400 people - including some dogs and babies - have managed to do this, so you can probably do it too. Paris isn't hard to find.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. September. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Sainte-Emilie, and this is about all we know about her.

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.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to you and I agree with them.

'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 travel 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.'

'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 6.38 - 17. Sept 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's title, 'Black Tuesday, Blacker Week.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Mourning In Paris.' This issue had one feature titled 'School Reunion,' done together with Dana Shaw. The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 20. September was called the 'No 'City of the Week' report. The week'sphoto: sign, rue lucien sampoix 'Scene' column was headlined 'Rest of the Show Goes On.' There were six new 'Posters of the Week.' 'Deuil à Paris' replaced the cartoon.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.38 - 18. Sept 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Expo At the Hôtel de Ville.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Three Months' Prison for Bové.' There was one feature, titled 'Shopping For Sights On Haussmann.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 21. September, was called the 'Flower of the Week?' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Music, Dance, Theatre, Photographs.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Can I Take the Métro?'

Count-Down Desperation

If last week was 'incredible' because I didn't have a count-down subject with a manageable number, this week is desperate because one of the magazine's more astute readers has suggested that a count-down be staged, until the date that I find a new apartment.

According to my magic past-present-future calendar and taking my last return from New York as a starting date, the search has now been going on in a semi-serious way for 163 days.

With my hand on my heart plus 'Scout's Honor' as I write this, I do not know how many days are left to go. This should make an exciting contest. Can you guess how many more days it will take? Or, how many days will it take, plus the 163 that have already passed?

Send me your guesses today! A suitable prize awaits the lucky winner who can most accurately state the number of days - the total - and/or the number of days left to go. Whenphoto: sign, public toilet buttons you make your calculations, keep in mind that seven days will be added every week.

From my point of view, the lowest numbers in either case will be the most welcome. The reader who suggested this - this 'contest!' - also proposed re-using Metropole's old 'count-down-to-2000' Tour Eiffel image. I think not. That one started with about 700 days on its clock.
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