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Although these two are inedible, they become the club's 'Animals of the Week.' Don't ask me what kind of animals they are, other than plastic. They have a 'story' but since I am US-TV-deprived, I don't follow it.

'Scoop' Maginniss and Doug Fuss exchange tips on how to hook up a US-origin laptop to a France Télécom line. Doug says Tandy out at La Défense has a 'fiche' - which may be true except that Tandy isn't there anymore, and exotic bits-and-pieces seekers are flat out of luck these days.

'Scoop' Maginniss then shows us his PMU wagering tickets and the issue of 'Paris-Turf' that hephoto: scoop and paris turf used for picking today's 'lucky' horses. Not many members come to the club with a valid issue of this world-famous horse-picking racing paper and I wonder if this will become a trend. Maybe next spring we can hold club meeting out at Longchamp, which is a fine racetrack.

I am running on pure memory now because I can't get all this and write it down too. This is when the Suskin family shows up - with city names in Belgium, France, and Oberlin, Ohio as well as Boulogne-Billancourt.

Scoop does not tell us the horses' names on his lucky betting tickets.

This last is because Sylvan Suskin is a Professor in the music business, Malou is from France - to which they've returned every year for the last 30 or more - and they have an apartment in Boulogne. Their son Marc is learning the international lawyer business in - oh, I forget.

The weather outside is not pouring overbright sunspots inside to wreck the photos, but the camera is dubious about La Corona's slightly dim inside light. The ten brand-new 'charter' club members will not fit into its viewfinder anyway, so there is no group-shot of this session.

But - alors! - ten new club members all at once! Who is it - even has their 'virtual' membershipphoto: today's cafe day card turned into a really one, via the good offices of a color printer. Another first! A membership card - in color! - at the club.

I am staggered with joy. What a present for the day before Christmas Eve in Paris!

One last item: today's La Corona waiter has been Patrick who has returned from his vacation. He says that La Corona expects to be pretty full of civilians next week, so the club's reserved space may be reduced a bit.

Near the meeting's end, a horde of big but empty café cups.

Now that I've seen 11 members in it, another 20 will easily fit in - minus maybe ten next week on account of the big crush in town to see the big 2000 in Paris, in person.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Next Thursday, 30. December, is a not-quite perfectly ordinary Thursday because it is the day before New Years Eve - meaning it is the next-to-last chance for possible late-night anything - in France, in Europe, in this millennium.

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. Be sure to come extra early. If there are civilians among us, we will make them club members too, thus maybe having a full-house. 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,
signature, regards, ric

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