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This other hat gets turned around by the café's crew and ends up with us. Underneath it is Stephan Nowak, who is closely related to Marion by marriage. This is too good to be true, so the Zorro hats become the 'Hat of the Week' because they outnumber all other hats by two to zero.

Stephan is from Kronach, which is east of Coburg in Oberfranken, not far from Bamberg. I think it is the name of a bird, but Marion corrects me with the 'Quote of the Week.'

She says, "Just replace the 'o' with an 'a' and replace the 'a' with an 'i' and this equals the bird, 'Kranich.'"

I was sure it was something like this.

Susan starts telling us about a 'Roman' tour she has taken with an umbrella, from Cluny. Beforephoto: french ham sandwich I can hear how this excursion turned out I decide to tell Stephan - and this is a definite club 'faux-pas' - the club's secretary is supposed to listen, not yak - about how many times I've been nearly bombed, partly because he is in the laser business.

Jason's ham-and-cheese sandwich would be his two dozenth of the week if he hadn't returned to Paris only yesterday..

What really distracted me was two or three ladies, with eight to twelve hungry kids, near the club's area. Monsieur Ferrat arrived suddenly with dozens of La Corona-style hot dogs for all of them at once, somehow balanced on three or four serving tablets - a truly impressive sight.

This reminded me to urge all present members to rise so I could get one decent group photo, for a change. Everybody stiffened up until they got bored, so what we have above is the fifth photo.

This leads somehow to the discovery that the club has many more members with doctorates than I realized. Besides Stephan's, and Marion's, Catherine has an 'ABD,' which means 'All-But-Dissertation.' In history.

At this point my notes about today's meeting seem to run out of ink. Susan and Doug Fuss are returning - or at least, not coming to the club again for a while - and Catharine must do some shopping, while Jason intends to take advantage of his unemployment, in Paris.

The Nowaks and I cross the Pont des Arts and take the shortcut to the Rue de Seine, and study some of the gallery windows that are participating in the 'Art Saint-Germain-des -Prés'photo: marion, stephan, in st germain wine-and-cheese hoopla evening.

After looking at Pascin's drawings in the Rue Visconti, we get stuck in the Gallerie de l'Europe with the very different but big paintings by Safet Zec and Jean-François Oudry.

The 'hat' members, cavorting in Saint-Germain after today's meeting.

Although it is late afternoon for everybody else, it is lunchtime for me and I head for the nearest métro. This does not involve taking a straight line because there are none in Saint-Germain. As I drop into the métro's entrance the last thing I see is a clown on the boulevard with a half-full 1.5-litre bottle of Orangina balanced on his head.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next 'real' meeting is Thursday, 1. June, which is the Ascension holiday in Paris. If it seems to be Thursday and you are definitely in Paris, come to the meeting.

But if you don't happen to be in Paris and you happen to remember it is your club's day - wherever you are you can say "It is Café Metropole Club day in Paris again!"

The café La Corona meeting place will be open on both outsides as usual, plus inside, 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, depending on which sort of sundial you may have.

Come as you are, with or without hats, especially if you can. If you do not expect to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for this week's general club's news. Next week's 'club news' will be available next week, I suppose, as usual.

The café's location is still:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
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