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I am daydreaming about something while Jan tells Linda how she met Dana. They were on some committee and Jan decided that they 'needed to have a lot of meetings.' To speed matters along, she made a lot of 'French' onion soup for Dana, and I think this is what stopped my daydreaming because I have recently heard a lot about onion soup.

Since this 'lot of meetings' took place in Athens, Ohio, this town becomes our weekly town deserving a salute from Paris. Salute, Athens Ohio!

As you might imagine, with such a small number of charter members of the club present, it has been a relatively quiet and well-behaved weekly meeting. I don't count the number of jugs of Beaujolais Nouveau that are consumed - it has been as if Vincent is some sort of walking fountain for them.

The two hours are up as quickly as usual. I miss all of the two good quotes and I don't think I should try to invent any. Just after 17:00 the Shaws say goodbye and leave.

Linda, who was recently on a monument-visit to Jordon, has vividly displayed what it is like to carry threephoto: wine, glasses, jugs steel cameras and four huge lenses for them. She doesn't want to be saddled with all this on a coming trip to Berlin.

Demonstrating with an empty cigarette packet, I say that she can get an - automatic - camera the same size. All included; fits in a pocket.

In this view, all of the Beaujolais Nouveau is half-full, except one jug.

Although the she doesn't want to walk all the way - one métro stop! - to Châtelet, this we do and she is so taken with my shortcuts, she sightsees on the way. Some hotel has some sort of flowers hanging off its window ledges. I am supposed photograph these as soon as possible before they are frozen to death. So orders the green-thumb server-lady.

At the fnac in Montparnasse, Michel the camera consultant talks us out of the Olympus I suggest and shows Linda a neat made-of-metal Canon instead. On the surface it seems to have only two controls and this is one too many for Linda.

But. In comparison, the black Olympus looks really clunky - not like my little 'u[mju:]-II' which only has one button to push.

However, when Linda learns that Michel knows the area around the Cadillac Ranch well, Linda cannot resist, especially when Michel says she can use my - fnac, not 'club' - membership card to get 210 francs removed from the price.

After the remainder is paid and we pick up the thing we take it back to Michel, who does its prep, ignoring people waving plastic and pointing at cameras on the shelves.

photo: linda, michel, fnac photoLinda is truly overjoyed with its unannounced - real - leather case and its genuine strap and its two batteries and - Michel, the fine guy - even throws in a roll of film so she can test it before her trip.

We ride the métro together to where Linda has to take the RER, for the long haul to her Cadillac Ranch. Though this part is not actually part of this week's 'club' meeting, I think it wraps it up on a positive note.

Linda and Michel at fnac, talking camera 'fine' points.

Nobody got sprayed with tear-gas and nobody got their mouths burned with onion soup. Nobody mentioned any words like 'Kodak' so I do not have to look anything up in the big red dictionary either.

All in all, it has been a fine session of the Café Metropole Club and Beaujolais Nouveau day in Paris. If it is ever over, I think I will have some lunch.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Next Thursday, 25. November, is Thanksgiving Day - but it is not an 'official' public holiday in any parts of Europe as far as I know. I expect the café La Corona meeting place will be as open as usual, so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00. Since I do not expect to see any turkey for lunch, I will most likely be on time. This does not mean you have to be. 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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