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This 'historical reason' is that it is late on Monday again. I have terrific photos to go with the column, but I have something 'historically' necessary to do early tomorrow.

All you really need to know anyway is that Daniel Cohn-Bendit said on tonight's TV-newsphoto: cafe les philosophes, marais that Germany is now being run by a 'social-ecologic' party, which is neither conservative nor liberal, but sort of red-green.

Saturday afternoon in a nearly carless Marais.

Plus - Sunday was carless day in Paris and Europe. I tried it out in the Marais on Saturday instead, and it was pretty good with all the crowds of folks around walking pretty much where they pleased. It is also possible that there were a lot of strollers because all of the café terraces were full.

Le Parisien mentioned today that motorists were not all pleased yesterday. For those who do not know Paris well, Sunday is the traditional day for suburbanites to drive around Paris in hordes - sort of to get revenge for using public transport during the week.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

As a service to 'Ed' or the club's secretary, if nothing else, you can catch up - even if it is a second time - with your club's 'news' right now by hitting this link to the ''Flat Stanley' Major 'First' report, even though 'Flat Stanley' has been in the magazine before.

Readers who want to become certifiable club members can skim the meager details concerning this freephoto: apartment buildings club in forty-four seconds or less by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page, and maybe picking the virtual membership card right off the screen.

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

Look at all the windows. Will one of them be 'Ed's?'

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 26. September. The club's 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is the dual saints Côme and Damien. I was about to give you Saint- Florentin instead, but he is in October.

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

Metropole's Affiliates

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.39 - 24. Sept 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, 'The First Day of Fall That Was.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'A Lot Less Than All the News.' This issue had one email feature titled 'Reader's Reactions,' about something I forget. The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 27. September was called the 'Meeting of the Week' report for want of any better thing to call it. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Morephoto: sign, quai de l'hotel de ville Than the Stuff that Wasn't.' The four 'Posters of the Week' were featured once again and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "Change for 50 Francs?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.39 - 25. Sept 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'A 'No Siesta' Week' for a change. The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Ho-Hum Vote Wins.' There was one feature, titled 'On a Day In the Rue Campagne Première.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 28. September, was called the 'Crowd of the Week' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Méditerranée' at the Grand Palais.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Heads or Tails?'

Count-Down Imbroglio

Last week was 'desperate' because one of the magazine's more astute readers 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 170 days.

Reader John Motta checked with the US Navy to find out if they have any free apartment spacephoto: window, prevot de paris for me on one of their aircraft carriers, but wrote to say they told him there is none available at the moment, for various reasons.

So, off the top of his head, he guessed that I have 69 more days of search left to go. This is based on a total search time of 232 days, which is based on I don't know what. From today, this would mean I will have new lodgings about Monday, 2. December. Thank you, John Motta!

Send me your best - sooner is better - guesses today! A truly 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.

From my point of view, the lowest numbers in either case will be the most welcome. The thoughtful reader who suggested this - this flipping 'contest!' - also proposed re-using Metropole's old 'count-down-to-2000' Tour Eiffel image. That one started with a couple of years on its clock. No thanks.
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