November seems to have become the month of “challenges.” First there’s “Movember,” challenging men to grow moustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Then there’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) when scores of writers strive to produce 50,000 words of or towards a novel. Now I’ve just heard of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month, jeez, I’m going to start getting all these acronyms confused), for the less ambitious writer/bloggers to aim to post e.v.e.r.y. day this month. Since I physically cannot do the first and sadly don’t have the time to succeed at the latter two, I’ve decided to start my own challenge: le Trouver un Jules à Paris… am I up for it? And are les parisiens??
Some readers might recall that I had a special visitor participate in my searching for amour during the Montmartre wine festival: Rose from London. Since we didn’t find any love for ourselves over our wanderings at the festival, Rose gave me an encouraging tool (and belated bday present) to assist in my ongoing search. It came in the form of a book entitled Trouver un Jules à Paris. This clever little book is part of the creative and useful Parigramme series of French “how to guides,” each one focused on a specific topic such as How to Speak Parisien (I didn’t realize the city had it’s own dialect) , How to Locate Locavore Paris (are real champignons de Paris included?), or How to Find “Disappeared” Paris (this one must be for the real adventurer time traveler) and in the case of my guide, How to Find Your “Jules” in Paris (aka contemporary Prince Charming).
The playfully written book is quite entertaining and offers up plenty of different ways in which one could meet monsieur right in Paris. After an intro which gives some standard yet good reminder basics (get a new wardrobe, change your look, hang out with new circles of friends…), it actually gets into the nitty gritty, with thematic chapters on different places and ways to meet ton Jules. From sociable bars to special interest meetups and from dance classes to skating, Jules is out there and waiting for you to fall into his lap!
Well, since I seem to only stumble onto/into nothing but trouble all on my own and after the secret online dating experiment I conducted with Clem, I need a fresh approach. Could this book lead me to my Jules? In any case it will be a good preventative distraction from actually accepting the Film Guy‘s “invitations” to go give him a massage.
Therefore, I’m pledging as my November challenge to try four diverse suggestions for the book, there just so happen to be practically four perfect weeks in November for me to test each option out and diligently report back my research “findings” at the end of the week. Wish me luck!
Want to join in on the challenge? Or do you have a great meeting place or technique? Leave a comment below!