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Next weekend is the occasion of Paris' firstphoto: france cheese, tasters, wines 'Nuit Blanche.' Normally this would be crammed into the 'Scene' column, but since this isn't with us this week, I have placed some elements of the 'Nuit Blanche' program in the 'Au Bistro' column.

Cheese and wine tasters at the cheese salon.

Oh - another thing - this week's photos are mostly about cheese and cars, cars and cheese. Normally these are not two interchangeable items, but I have no other photos because I got these just before 'autumn' started, and this is what we're stuck with. Please excuse these bits of editorial fiddle.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

'Ed,' or the club's secretary, will appreciate it if you get up-to-date with your club's 'news' right now by hitting this link to the "A Geezer Meeting" report, even if you are not interested in 'geezers,' and I'm not saying there were any at last week's meeting if you are.

Virtual readers who want to become real club members can skim the scant details concerning this free club in thirty-nine seconds or less by reading the fine-sized large-print on the 'About the Club' page, and maybe scratching the virtual membership card right off the screen.

Joining the club - your own club after all! - is almost as easy. All you have to do is be in Parisphoto: avenue gen leclerc, sunday on a Thursday. Any one will do.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 3. October. The club's 'Saints' Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint- Gérard, possibly for the first time if there aren't two Saint- Gérards.

Sunday on the avenue in autumn, after Paris' early winter.

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 6.40 - 1. Oct 2001 - The Café Metropole column began a slim issue with a 'Poor Excuse for 'Café Life.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Euro News of the Week' - for a change of geography. This issue had no features of any kind, good, boring or bad. The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 4. October was called 'A Really New 'First!' report for a good reason that I can't remember. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Fall Events Nearlyphoto: sign, peupeot h2o badge Complete.' The four 'Posters of the Week' were featured once again and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Rare, Antique Camera.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.40 - 2. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Countdown To Heat On.' This year's heat appeared last Thursday. The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Tape! Who's Got the Tape?' There was one feature, titled 'Paradise On Rubber - Auto Salon 2000.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 5. October, was called the 'Birthday Party of the Week' report. This was accompanied by a club feature, 'Your Club Turns Two.' The 'Scene' column's headline was 'More Cuts Than Additions.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'No New Car!'

Count-Down Ends Suddenly

The last two weeks were 'desperate' because one of the magazine's most 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 went on in a semi-desperate way for 172 days.

Reader John Motta guessed that I would have had 67 more days of search left to go, if I had not signedphoto: sign, entry ticket, auto salon a lease last Wednesday. Actually it was last Tuesday, but one more piece of paper was required and this was delivered on Wednesday.

The total search time of 232 days is now invalid. The next best guess added 18 days to the total, leaving no time for Christmas shopping for lightbulbs and towel racks.

A truly suitable first prize will be going to John Motta, who played Metropole's 'count-down' game and has won it handily with his best guess. I am a winner too, because I get out of here and get to get in there 67 days earlier than the 'best guess.'

All I have to do now is two things. Go and get John's prize and pack up this editorial office and move it this week. This may result in some disruption of Metropole's production, so stay tuned to find out how this comes out.

To all who participated in this contest, thank you for your 'best guesses' and other assorted good wishes. You all helped.
signature, regards, ric

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