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Fun on the Quai with returning friends

Aldo, doing what he does best...


Happy 39th birthday!

Concerned about fitness in her middle 40s, Nancy enrolled in an aerobics class.
To her dismay, she walked into a room filled with much younger women

She decided to combat her nervousness with humor.
"I'm here to do my postnatal exercises," Nancy told the instructor.
The instructor gave her an appraising look and asked, "How old is your baby?"
"Twenty-six, Nancy replied."

Bonnie, Sophie, Jerry, Alison, Sylvia

(Which two are no longer teaching in Paris?)

Natacha, one of the newer participants, has drawn a perspicacious portrait of the class, which I think really catches its spirit:

Thanks, Natacha - The one with the sad face must be Aldo trying to do the floor work!

On the first day God created the cow. God said, "You must go to field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years." The cow said, "That's a kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. Let me have twenty years and I'll give back the other forty." And God agreed.

On the second day, God created the dog. God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give back the other ten." So God agreed (sigh).

On the third day God created the monkey. God said, entertain people, monkey tricks, make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty year life span." Monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?" And God agreed again.

On the fourth day God created man. God said, "Eat, sleep, play, have sex, enjoy. Do nothing, just enjoy, enjoy. I'll give you twenty years." Man said, "What? Only twenty years? No way man. Tell you what, I'll take my twenty, the forty cow gave back, the ten dog gave back and the ten monkey gave back. That makes eighty, okay?" Okay," said God. "You've got a deal."

So that is why for the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, have sex, enjoy, and do nothing; for the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family; for the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain our grandchildren; and for the last ten years we sit in front of the house and bark at everybody.


You know that you're out of shape when you can't pull supermarket shopping carts apart.


Kiria, the wellbeing shop that sells everything from massage oils and sex therapy books to baby toys and fitness items, offers "les samedis anti stress". Once a month, Davina (French fitness diva) offers a 5-hour run-through of yoga, Qi Gong, "Kinesiologym" and Veda therapy, finishing off with half an hour of meditation. You can sign up for the whole day at 80 or individual courses at 25 each.
Kiria, 108 blvd St. Germain, 6eme, Mo. Odeon, tel: 01.5542.5252, or