Is 'Flufflenutter' a Real Word?

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Rain on the Quai du Louvre; warmth inside the café.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 4. December 1999:- Thursday's club meeting was on an ordinary Thursday in early December in Paris. This is, incidently, the last December of the 20th century, which makes it unordinary.

The 21st century starts on Monday, 1. January 2001. I do not know what the year between now and then will be called. Perhaps it is an orphan Annie.

The weather was ordinary last Thursday too. Paris traffic was normal, without any taxi strikes. In fact, Paris may have been extraordinary, without any strikes, demonstrations or protest marches.

I had a hectic morning, which I followed up with a certain amount of keyboard-pounding and a rapido lunch; which led me to desire a siesta as the club began.

As I mentioned last week, your club is attracting all sorts of odd interest. Some people think the Café Metropole Club is a sort of club for American 'ex-pats' in Paris.

They must have read what I wrote about expatriates last week and decided that we are not bona-fide 'American ex-pats,' because nobody showed up to explore our brains for our 'typical experiences.'

In fact, I may have written in haste because there is a Metropole reader who is threatening to come, who is looking for some kind of midwestern US-style noodles. This one is a Doctor-Doctorphoto: kathleen sees bag of the Cosmos thing - maybe known to friends as Dr. Cosmo - but I do not know if he is also an 'American ex-pat' or simply somebody looking for exotic foodstuffs.

Kathleen Bouvier examines Jan Shaw's bag. Note its lack of a distinctive name-brand logo.

Speaking of same, Dana Shaw was totally amazed that I had never heard of 'marshmallow fluff.' He said it could be sprayed on other foodstuffs, such as oysters. Okay, not on oysters. He really said on peanutbutter sandwiches; which is just as amazing as oysters as far as I am concerned.

I mean, there are oyster fanciers and there are peanutbutter sandwich fanciers, and one could be a fancier of both; but with marshmallow fluff sprayed on - I think not.

After this, the Shaws also described in great detail the wonders of attending a Cordon Bleu session. After three hours of drooling, the audience gets to try the food that has been prepared by the students. The Shaws said the sweating leeks filled with sauce Béarnaise were really good.

You see? Café Metropole Club meetings are not your usual humdrum affairs like the ones the Junior Forest Rangers have. One major difference is that we are in Paris.

There was no 'City of the Week' at Thursday's meeting, although Kathleen Bouvier was present and I suspect she is keeping a couple of 'Cities of the Week' up her sleeves to launch on an unsuspecting membership if the occasion calls for it.

Although nobody brought it up, as 'Ed' of the Café Metropole Club, I do not hesitate to say I still have nothing personally against Athens, Ohio, again.

Why not? Simply this: the mention of the creation of a board game called 'Trivial Paris' last week produced not one whit of an echo. I ran the flag up the pole and there was no wind and no salute at all. Instead of hauling this limp rag of an idea down, I cut its strings.

I suppose that when I run out of brilliant ideas once and for all, this is when the people who turn brilliant ideas into vast merchandizing empires with huge public stock offer launches, will be beating down my door.

It'll be sort of like winning the 'big pot' of the Loto after my Carte de Séjour has expired for the final time.

Despite all the 'nos' and 'did not happens' relating to the club's last meeting, I thought it was a big success. The only new word I had to learn was 'flufflenutter.' Translated into German, it is 'fluffelnutter' of course.

This account has been abbreviated slightly on account of giving copyright and WWW lessons this afternoon to a young lady who is taller than I am. When she puts on high heels, she is a tree-topper.

For an account of last Thursday's weekly 'Club' meeting - in case you haven't already read it - hit the hyperlink to see what happened.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

The discussions about the club's membership card have fallen into a state of non-happenings. Whether this state is from boredom, indifference or total apathy is hard to tell.

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