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With so many new members the server-lady is anxious about 'getting the photos.' I am anxious too, becausephoto: club drinks the little battery symbol is flashing, which means it is saying, "I am nearly empty, you jerk!"

Then, when Marion says "Munich is just a village," a suntanned Stan Fleener rolls up from San Diego - well, actually Leucadia - after a much shorter flight than Carmel and Alan.

Today's club drinks - all approved 'for every audience,' from zero to 108.

The server-lady is drinking Schwepps with a lemon slice but without gin - does gin exist in France? - while the rest of us are having different-sized cafés - again! - but Stan opts for La Corona's orange juice, which comes in a little bottle called 'Joker.' Everybody agrees this can be 'Drink of the Week' because the server-lady is sans gin.

Stan's big tale was about the exciting time he had flying out of Paris on Sunday, 26. December, just before Roissy was shut down for the big storm. Linda says, "It was pitch black and the TV didn't work!" At this moment, there is a downpour on the Quai du Louvre outside.

Either Alan or Stan - my notes are hazy - says the Musée de la Musique is a great museum after Stan tells us about a concert he went to that featured Yo-Yo-Ma and Mark O'Connor. The way he tells us about it, I wonder why it's not in the 'Scene' column.

The server-lady wants to sign the official 'real' members' booklet. She has already signed it, long ago. I tell her the original sign-up is 'for life,' but she looks disappointed all the same.

Stan is amazed at the price of Carmel and Alan's hotel room. He says he tried to talk his wife into coming over 'on the cheap.' "How cheap?" she wanted to know.

Stan told her, "A hundred bucks a night."

"Yukkk, no thanks!" she said.

Alan tells us all about the fantastic, light-sensitive windows at the Musée de la Monde Arabe; also mentioning that there's a great view from the roof there. Marion remembers the time she came back to Paris from Ireland and ended up in Wales, where "All the town names were full of 'L's,' 'W's,' and 'G's'."

Then we discuss what one actually gets for a breakfast in Denmark. Yeah. Cheese, ham, maybe even fish. No soup bowl full of weak coffee. Yeah. No "Starving in Paris!"

I think this gives everyone a huge appetite, because shortly after five we all file out - to look for a snack to tide us over until the next real meal before breakfast.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next 'real' meeting is Thursday, 20. April. Come to the meeting if it seems to bephoto: window la corona Thursday and you are in Paris. If you don't happen to be in Paris on this day, wherever you are you should say "It must be Café Metropole Club day!"

One of the café La Corona's colorful windows displays, reflecting the Left Bank.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as usual inside and out next Thursday, so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm in certain un-universal time zones.

Come as you are, especially if you can. If you do not expect to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for your last week's club's news.

Instead of PR, instead of an account of last week's meeting, it now features a string of words unrelated to any club affairs, minus whatever contest-of-the-week I've run up to see if anybody enters. I've quit having 'schemes of the week' after last week's fiasco. The café's location 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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