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Result: Paul and Janet are dressed like ritzy penguins for today's weather and Simone is well-layered in wraps too, but without the fur coat - can't be too careful! Simonephoto: corona cidre later says the only place she can wear it is in the backwaters of Québec, somewhere around Rouyn-Noranda.

Today's present club members are very talkative and I miss several hearty guffaws and chortles. I ask Kathleen if she has her recorder and she does, but its batteries died in New York she says.

Cidre, on right, only makes 2nd place as today's 'Drink of the Day.'

Bill says, "If you cut x-amount of people out of Saint-Germain, they are in Aix," which he pronounces 'X,' which makes me think I should get a hearing amplifier or some sort of filter. As opposed to dead, Ira says he is, "Living in Paris."

One side of the club has a discussion about the dates for Orthodox Christmas - now past - and New Years - coming up. The confusion is about the dates of the 'Eves.'

The other side of the club is discussing 'funny money' - how big-denomination coins slip through your fingers and make holes in your pockets and budget.

Kathleen says she has a big jar full of 'yellow money,' which is centime pieces. Paul says a 20-franc note looks like 'money' even if it isn't worth much. But apparently worth more than a 100,000 lira note, which he found.

On the question of 'food wars' we get to bananas and Ira says they should carry stickers with 'You Have It Made' on them. Then he adds, "Don't light your thumbs on fire!"

I think it has something to do with the packets of 250 cm-long cigarettes that appear about then. Everybody except - these exceptions in France! - Janet, Paul and Mark, tried to smoke three of these at once, altogether.

But long before this, onion soup became the club's 'Food of the Week,' much to Patrick's delight. Paul tried a cider and Ira had a cognac, which makes choosing the club's 'Drink of the Week' difficult, but Ira has more than one cognac so I guess cognac must be this week's 'Drink of the Week.'

Somehow Ira and I find out Paul teaches political science so it is logical to ask him what 'liberal' means these days.

In horror, he days, "This is work for me!" in reply to Ira's, "You couldphoto: corona dog probably explain..." Bill rescues himself from this by claiming a five o'clock meeting across the Seine even though it is not five yet and Mark takes his leave to get away from the fumes from the half-yard-long 'slims.'

This dog is not the club's 'Dog of the Day,' but the café La Corona's dog of everday.

In return for Paul asking Patrick to bring him 'le souvenir' instead of 'l'addition,' Bloomfield, New Jersey becomes the club's 'City of the Week.'

About its location, the nearest we can get is that it is about a 90-minute drive from Princeton, depending on whether you go 80 kph or 133 kph. Or whether it is daytime or nighttime, or whether you are coming from Queens or not.

New membership rocketed up this week - and the variety of 'Drinks of the Week' is still increasing. Since the club meetings are held in a Paris café-bar, there is a fair scope for adding several dozen more.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Next Thursday, 20. January 2000, is the second perfectly ordinary Thursday in this year of 2000, because Orthodox New Year will be past and the date for the Year of the Dragon is still somewhere in the future.

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, undepending on rain, sleet, wind, snow or shine.

Come any time you feel like as long as it is not much later than 15:00 and you are in Paris. If you are not present and do not know the ritual for becoming a 'virtual' member, you should read the regular Monday PR page for your club instead. 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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