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Since I have never owned a dog, and suggest getting a baby's playpen for keeping them controlled inside an apartment, Barry laughs and says, "That's what an apartment is for." He also adds cryptically that canine Parisians are 'kick-back dogs.'

Then the conversation turns to the best way to get a French driver's license. According to Barry - who should maybe handle Metropole's 'Facts' column - there are 13 US states that issue licenses that can be traded-in for French ones.

With licenses from other states, you have to take the French written test, or both the written and thephoto: red star water practical tests. This means, no matter how long you've been driving, that you have to go to driving school again, and these are far from free in France.

Barry's suggestion - unless you already have a Colorado driver's license - go there and exchange whatever you have for one of theirs - and when you get to France, exchange the Colorado one for a French one - which is good for life, like membership in this club.

The secretary's 'Red-star Water of the Week' amounted to one bottle, without ice.

Of course, even with a French driving license, you still have to learn how to drive metrically, continental-style. For the first ten years, car insurance is an absolute and vital necessity.

Anybody who doesn't believe me should rent a car and drive around the Etoile for 10 or 15 minutes. Barry doesn't say he's done this, but he assures all of us that driving in Boston is worse.

In parting, Heather suggests that some summer club meetings be held on Paris Plage after it opens on Sunday, 20. July. The club's secretary, ever optimistic, says club members should be warned to bring hardhats in case of hail.

Buffalo Wings Update

Last week new member Richard Randall chanced to tell club members about the original history of 'Buffalo Wings.' He said they were 'invented' one night in the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. The bar ran out of food one night when its customers were still in a hungry mood.

Richard said the owner looked aroundlogo: paris plage 2003 the kitchen and only found some scrappy chicken wings waiting to be tossed out. A little sauce was whipped up, et voilà! The amazing part of this story is that the owner remembered the secret ingredients of the vital sauce the next day, and there's been no stopping 'Buffalo Wings' ever since then.

Even more amazing, Metropole Paris reader John Schag wrote on Tuesday, with two corrections. The Anchor Bar is on Main Street - but near Chippewa Street! - and the year of the discovery was 1964, and not the guesstimate of 1976. Richard didn't actually know the year, and a quarter-century ago seemed like a good guess to both of us.

John also said he left Buffalo 15 years ago, but is hanging out there again - eating 'Buffalo Wings?' - until coming to Paris next year. If he shows up at a club meeting, maybe he can create a members' section for all those who have eaten 'Buffalo Wings' at the Anchor Bar.

The 'Hat Story of the Week'

This is not actually about hats, because there is no 'hat story of the week.' But if you are interested in the Soldes d'Eté, they continue longer than I thought - until Saturday, 2. August.

According to interviews with shoppers on TV, some clever ones do not rush out to buy buy buy during the first days or week of the annual summer sales, but patiently wait until shops lower some prices even more.

If they do this, by law they must add a new 'sale' price sticker to the original price sticker, and the first 'sale' price sticker, so that you will know just how much is being clipped from the original price and the 'sale' price.

About the 'Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is a snap compared to being its secretary. If you are relaxed enough to read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page it will tell you next to nothing about the club except how free it is. It has other great plus-points too. But if needless information is your goal, I suggest that you read something else in the magazine.

Knowing more than the one fact that you can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any one or more of its meetings in Paris, without taking a driving test, is unnecessary.

Why Not, When, Where, How, Who, What?

Club meetings begin - contrary to the usual Paris 'exceptions' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's only Zone of Universal Plage Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZUPT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in 12-hour areas of the planet, even though club meetings are only held in the Eurometrical Paris part of it, mostly.

Bringing a 'Quote of the Week' or concocting any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules' to be slavishly obeyed. True 'firsts' are more than welcome too, with 'first' worth far more than 'true' if they are not untrue. This is a general rule rather than a club ex-'rule' or informal 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'opted-out-opted,' please tell the club's secretary before he makes you mildly famous. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' orgraphic: club location map a 'rule' years ago. There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, none worth mentioning.

Talking moderately in any language at meetings is okay. Dancing might be permitted too, but nobody except the server-lady has tried this. Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by the other members present, if they are listening, which they really do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine, if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes.*

*The above paragraph is unchanged since last week on account of today's 'Water of the Week' being the Red-star brand.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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