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Since she now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this becomes the 'Club's' 'city of the week.' Except, Isabelle lives in Shermanphoto: isabelle Oaks, California - so I think this should be a 'city of the week' too - because, even though Mark Kritz gave us Santa Cruz some weeks ago, I think he spends most of his time in Albany.

Anyhow, Annie speaks very good Parisian and orders a sandwich for Orion and a green salad with tea for Isabelle. A few minutes later Orion is hungry again and Annie hauls out her personal hand-wrapped supply of 'Petit Lu' and Orion tries to take four of them but only gets two.

Isabelle Eyman is from California, and has a smile to match.

'Petit Lu' are biscuits with chocolate coverings and all French schoolkids eat a lot of them at some time in their lives. Isabelle dunks hers in her tea. I've never seen this done before.

Dunking stale baguette halves slathered with butter into bowls of morning milk-café - yes, but never a 'Petit Lu' in tea. Especially not after a green salad.

Annie tells me a lot of her history, the history of her mother in Paris and eastern places, and how her grandfather managed to arrive in France as a stowaway from Turkey. I think she should save this for her autobiography - because all of it is pretty fantastic in a couple of different ways.

Orion is pretty good too - asking me questions that I can't answer. Like, 'what's the penalty for smoking pot on a bus?' All I know is that the French are starting to treat it as an evil weed, and give penalties to users as well as dealers.

The reason for the question - they were in on a drug bust - on the RATP's number 80 bus, as it was coming down the Rue Caulaincourt to the Boulevard de Clichy, on the elevated part that crosses the Montmartre cemetery.

Just as Orion got a whiff of the stuff, three or four plainclothes narco dicks leaped up to arrest these three kids, who were smoking on the bus. One cop almost bowled Annie over with his truncheon.

Ah, hem; certainly a colorful tale of Montmartre's wildphoto: orion west no doubt. Reader's should know that smoking anything on a Paris city bus is a no-no. So is smoking in the métro or in train stations or post offices.

This is possibly the reason why there are so many people smoking on the streets; because their old favorite places are out-of-bounds, and as self-defense against traffic gases.

Orion wanted to ask the 'question of the day' more than have his photo taken.

We have a short but fine meeting, with one period of overtime and I am very happy the 'Club' has three new charter members; who come from two 'cities of the week,' which are hereby duly saluted.

Thanksgiving is something I possibly shouldn't mention because many readers will be stuffing themselves with it while this 'report' is going online.

Isabelle has written in the 'Club's' clubnotes booklet, "My 5th year of missing turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie!" She got to dunk a 'Petit Lu' into her cup of tea in Paris though, and this is definitely not an every-day thing. She said it was really good.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Next Thursday, 2. December, is a perfectly ordinary Thursday, named after Sainte-Viviane in France. The café La Corona meeting place will be as open as usual, so the time for your club's meeting still is from 15:00 to 17:00. I now have 200 surplus photos of La Corona, so next week I will bring Le Parisien to read in case you don't show up on time or slightly before. 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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