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For Jan, Kathleen and Heather both have ideas about where to get leather bags. The Carreau du Temple is certainly a place for getting leather coats; so the bags should be somewhere around there.

This leads to a dispute about which is the best métro stop for it because nobody likes my suggestion for the closest one - Temple. Heather thinks it may be necessary to buy a coat before the dealers will divulge the secret location of the bags.

Dana is not getting many quotes here because I can't hear what he is saying to all the advice he's getting from Kathleen and Heather. Samples:

Kathleen: "You can get hamburgers at Joe Allen's even though they're not on the menu."

Jan wants to know why the American Embassy is guarded like a federal prison. "You can't even walk on the same side of the street," she says. "Just how do you do business there?"

Nobody knows but somebody guesses it is because the Chinese Prime Minister was in Paris earlier in the week. For this, French authorities temporarily suspended several articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - while TV-news stated that the US secret service claimed the demonstrators belonged to terrorist groups - but this was about the visit of the Iranian Prime Minister, which has been more recent.

Dana Shaw lived in Paris during a couple of his high school years and after marrying Jan, they spent an entire summer in Paris. Since then, they have returned as often as possible. This time they are staying for the millennium roll-over.

Heather has taken up riding a bike around Paris and had many tips about how to do this without getting squashed by buses. Apparently, sharing the same reserved lanes as the buses use is not an exactly equal proposition.

I see that Kathleen is drinking Martini. She says it is funny to see Americans order a martini in a Paris bar and get Martini red vermouth, which I guess she has ordered on purpose. The white version of Martiniphoto: wineglass, hand is used in certain circles to make martini cocktails, but a lot of serious martini drinkers prefer other brands of vermouth.

Not Martini nor martini; just French red wine.

My experience convinced me that no vermouth is reliable for anything but causing hangovers; so when I did this sort of thing, I switched from gin to vodka and did without the vermouth entirely. Mixed with Spanish mineral water, with a bit of lemon peel, it was a very smooth drink - if a bit stunning.

Jan says that the best vodka she has ever tried is the French brand, 'Grey Goose.' Mark has heard of this, but does not know were regular supplies of it can be found.

On this semi-positive note, this 3rd session of the Café Metropole Club comes to an end and the smoking lamp is lit. Patrick is apologetic about not having strewn the tables with ashtrays.

I find it impossible to explain that the ashtrays are only for 'show' while the club is in session. In other words, the 'non-fumeurs' light is lit during the club's time, as it is held in the non-fumeurs area of the café - possibly with non-fumeur charter club members.

But after? This is why it is hard to explain.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Next Thursday, 28. 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

Café Metropole Club Rules Suspended

Dress code: none. Behaviour code: none. But being pleasant to our club's waiter is permitted. See the coming issue of Metropole Paris next Monday for additional information about memberships.

The 'No Café Metropole Club Services' Note Is Suspended

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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