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Anyway, rain or shine – in the dark! – this Nuit Blanche is happening next Saturday night and it continues until Sunday morning. As usual, next Saturday will be 7. October. And remember it's all free, except for cigarettes, cafés, crêpes, wines and other drinks, taxi rides and shoe leather. Thank the mayor Bertrand Delanoë on your way out and close the door.

Tickets Still Left for the Auto Salon

The Mondial de l'Automobile, at Paris–Expo at the Porte de Versailles, continues until Sunday, 15. October. Open from 10:00 to 20:00 or 22;00 daily. Entry: 12€. Also featuring vans, trucks, racing cars, prototypes, dream cars, sub–mini cars, and other stuff. This salon fills up most of Paris–Expo's eight halls so it is most important to remember to wear comfortable shoes.

The 'We Love Them – Yeah, Yeah, Forever' Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The fourth club meeting of the week in September last Thursday happened as foreseen. The secretary was there and and two members posed for the famous photo like usual. However the report of this this classic meeting failed to be written. The members were Terrie Blazek from Chicago and Larry Mann from Portland, Oregon.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on the first Thursday of October which is the 5th. The 'Saint of the Week,' will be Sainte–Fleur about whom I learned nothing. At the club meeting Terrie said she'd flown with American Airlines on its flight 42. Mine was flight 44. She had the same view of France as I had a month ago, saying "Better than Google Earth!" Then they discovered that they both have cats. "We have a Bombay," Larry said, adding that another cat's name was Mozart. "In August when it died it was 21.5 years old." Then Terrie's iPod with the cat photos wouldn't turn off.

The equally strange legend of the club is on a page of utter gloom inaptly named the About the Club Webpage. Exercise your facilities of logic with a few minor facts, and note the club's edgy and blotchy hand–fashioned membership card before its imminent oblivion, now promised for the past 14 months.

photo, poster, sweet lips

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

This popular feature, once updated weekly for nine years, continues to be unavailable this week for murky reasons, partly because Ed is out of time. What does he do with it?

Café Life Lite 101.5

What's That Song

Today marks the date in 1535 when Jacques Cartier discovered Montréal. Unlike many other early explorers, Jacques found the town to be a place where folks lived and at first they were pretty friendly and without them Jacques and his fellow tourists from France would not have survived until the charter boat took them back. It was Jacques who also first noted the name, Canada. This was, if you please, a long time before any WASPs arrived at Plymouth, which was not, of course, a town named Plymouth already. For comparison, it was exactly 254 YEARS later that George Washington sent the constitutional amendments to the states for the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

photo, sign, quai des grands augustins

Lifestyles of the Rich and Pataphysical

There are a mere 90 days left of this year, the same number that 1835 had when some Texans won the Battle of Gonzales. This was – and is! – the name of a town in what used to be Mexico. The Mexican army had lent a small cannon to the town to use for protection, and when they politely asked for it back the Texans gave them a hard time. The Texans were either the fighting 18 or 32 or 140 and they kept the cannon, partly because the Mexican officer was under orders to treat them nice. Gonzales was named after Rafael Gonzales, governor of Coahuila y Tejas, when the town was founded by Empresario Green DeWitt in 1825.

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 275 days, the same number that 1890 had when Julius Henry Marx was born in New York City. Due to a haphazard youth young Groucho failed to go to much school and after being a very funny guy for more than half a century, his death went somewhat unnoticed due to his kicking the bucket three after Elvis Presley in 1977.

photo, downstairs, upstairs

Invented Here Last Week Already

With the Auto Salon here it seems like a good time to mention that the automobile was invented in France by Nicolas–Joseph Cugnot whose birth was not today in 1725. His steam wagon, the first to translate up and down piston travel into rotary power, first ran in 1769. Called a Fardier à vapeur it was also the first car to have a crash, in 1771. The rest of Cugnot's life was downhill but the Musée des Arts et Metiers in Paris has an example of his 1770 model on display. Cugnot died today in 1804.

In a Class of Her Own

This date in 1901 should be remembered as the birth date of Alice Ernestine Prin. Her other name was Kiki and she was famous, notorious, for leading the women's movement in Montparnasse in the 1920s. Kiki was an artists' model, occasional painter and writer, but she was better known as the best friend of a great number of Montparnasse bars and cafés such as Le Dôme, La Coupole, Le Select, La Rotonde and the lamented Dingo. Kiki knew everybody and everybody knew Kiki and she had a very big funeral in 1953 and they planted her across the street, within 300 metres of most of her favorite places.

A bientôt à Paris
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