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I also learn a new word for 'husband.' Kathleen says these are now known as 'spousal units.'

This, so-called English language of ours! I rant about it, about its degeneration, like somebody French talking about language - and Dana, a school administrator, says it is not his fault.

Then, for no reason at all, three new topics pop up. By the window-end of the tables, everybody claims to be from Rochester, New York. Marcel - or Dana? - says everybody should have fun until 30 and then go to school, and, or, get married. No, Dana says the opposite; faithful to his profession. Kathleen says, "I'm going to wear this hat until next spring."

Marcel, who is really from Savoie, says he lived in Rochester for three years. I give the 'fun until 30' issue a shot until Dana looks pained, which is just as well because I want to find out about Kathleen's hat.

She says she's had two-centimetre-length hair for ten years, andphoto: joe uses portable phone now that she's letting it grow out, she wants it to be a surprise in the spring. Then she'll decide how to have it 'done.'

By this time, nearly everybody is saying they have lived in Rochester, New York. I want to know what the name 'Kodak'* means or signifies. Nobody knows.

Joe, only in Paris for two days, already has the telephone habit.

A new town boosted every week! - but all these Rochester fans agree the weather today in Paris is better than there, whatever it is.

Metropole has a lot of readers who live in California - but none are here today - and I get regular reports about the weather from there - it was raining on Monday.

This is fine with Veronica, who lived someplace in California for ten years. I don't know why, but every time the name of that big state crops up, Veronica hisses.

Kathleen says, apropos of the Minnesota discussion a few weeks ago, "It wasn't Minnesota, it was Michigan." This means that some of the people who claimed origin or one-time residence in Minnesota, were not being precise.

Perhaps because this is the way things often are in France, Patrick chooses to have his new weekly portrait taken together with Kathleen. Or maybe it is just a co-incidence.

This report may seem like nonsense to you. The way it is, with the Café Metropole Club getting new charter members every week, it is my fault my ears seem to be tuned to the nonsense frequency.

The club's members actually do have animated conversations with each other, about things other than Minnesota, Albany or Rochester. But my ears do not quite work in perfect stereo harmony, so this is what I have to report. At least, it's not made up.

At some time after 17:00, we all settle up our notes with Patrick and drift out into the damp Paris night. The trafficphoto: patrick and kathleen on the Quai du Louvre looks like a stalled cattle stampede with headlights, and two guys are pushing an expired Renault 25 up onto the sidewalk.

Patrick is not the only one to wonder what Kathleen has under her hat.

Marcel tells me how long it takes him in the evenings to get from the Perifreak! to where he lives in the 10th arrondissement. He says he goes right past where I live fairly quickly - I know how quickly because I dodge it all the time - but the stall starts at Port Royal, at the top of the Boulevard Saint-Michel.

This reminds me it is a holiday today. What is all this traffic even doing here? Going home from this morning's ceremonies at the Etoile?

*PS:- The American Heritage Dictionary says 'Kodak' (ko'dak) - I can't reproduce the flat bar over the 'o' or the smilely over the 'a' - means, 'n, A trademark for a hand camera.' While I suppose it is a made-up name like TV's 'Kojak,' I wonder what 'foot' cameras are called.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Next Thursday, 18. November, is Beaujolais Nouveau day - but it not an 'official' public holiday in most parts of Europe. I expect the café La Corona meeting place will be more open than usual, so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 regardless of the sizes of the wine jugs and the balloon glasses that go with them. The place is:

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

A bientôt à Paris,
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