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This is truly astonishing to me because I was looking closely at some very fine and well-behaved dirt yesterday when I was in the Luxembourg gardens watching the boules players.

As it turns out, according to Marion, Paris' dirt is only ugly compared to dirt in Minnesota. Twenty or 30 years ago Minnesotaphoto: cafe & wine, light & shadow was completely covered by extremely ugly slagheaps from iron mines - but over the years these have been weathered and now have a pleasing red-dirt color, which presents a harmonious contrast with all the green things in the state.

A lot of outside light and shadow inside La Corona.

At five Gary and Marion leave the meeting. Kathleen says I should have had more to say myself. She is right, but all the Minnesota and Paris' ugly dirt are so completely new to me that I am sort of speechless.

Besides, this 'club' isn't for me to 'make speeches.' I am not the chairman, and other readers who are not present today are protesting about the 'club's rules' as it is. They are saying that if I don't rescind them, I will be no better than any other mediocre 'dictator.'

I have a feeling that the Café Metropole Club is not going to be normal. Mind you, I have never been a 'club' member before, so I have no idea what 'normal' may be.

Don't let this keep you away. Our waiter - who kindly took our group photo - whose name I will get straight next week - is a sizeable waiter. If any club members get too rowdy we'll have them tossed out into the Quai du Louvre, and we'll rip up the membership cards they don't have.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Next Thursday, 21. October; from 15:00 to 17:00, which is also known as 3 PM to 5 PM in some of the world's time zones. Place:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
In the 'Grande Salle'

The Café Metropole Club Rules (Revised)

There are only two tiny little 'rules' for the 'Café Metropole Club.'

The first is that I will be in it at 15:00 every Thursday; with the usual disclaimers for 'unforseen circumstances.' If you look out of a window andphoto: location map, la corona see an unforseen disaster of any sort happening, there will probably be no club meeting, if the day also happens to be a Thursday.

The second 'rule' is that everything you consume at the club is your responsibility. You may consider this to be the club's membership 'dues,' but for me it means simple bookkeeping - I don't have to keep any.

Some readers have suggested the 'first rule' is a cop-out and the 'second rule' means I'm lazy. I say they - they know who they are! - should try and start a club without any rules. There's a rule against doing this sort of thing without rules.

I also suggested that if nobody turned up, I would go to a movie instead. First, I know someone is going to turn up and second, 'Star Wars' episode 367 just started yesterday in Paris and I haven't seen it three times yet. I have a 'right' to go see it again; especially since I fell asleep during the last half the second time I saw it.

Still No Café Metropole Club Services

This is your club as much as it is mine; so I expect you to make suggestions for services. If I can remember these and they are possible to implement, then they will become available, if legally allowed.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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