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It has gotten lighter outside and La Corona's terrace is getting full. From the bent leaves on the trees I can see that the east wind still has an upper hand.

Here is a chance for impressionistic philosophizing. I know it is a chance, but cool ideas are not at the rendez-vous. Two guys outside have gotten big beers and open-face hot sandwiches served on boards.

Then two girls come along and stop to read the menu on a blackboard. One has a back-pack big enough to hold a small mountain. They cannot decide. The guys - chivalry! - have not even tried their sandwiches, give them rave notices.

The girls go, they come back; they look at the menu again. The guys can't wait any longer, so they start eating. The girls hesitate some more then finally get the packs off and take the next table. It is sunnier; it must be warmer too.

The club's waiter says there are not many members today. I have noticed this too. I congratulate himphoto: empty glasses, la corona on having a full-house. He says it was empty just before I came - the café did a roaring business for 75 minutes.

Vessels emptied by non-members who were in the café in droves.

On the way out it looks like the terraces are still doing okay. The back-pack girls are still talking to the sandwich guys. Because of the holiday, people are sprinting over the street from the other side. Normally, doing this is like flirting with harakiri. I hope none of them are club members.

Without all the 'Things-of-the-Week' to write up, I decide to take the bus back. I get a whole three seats in the back and the bus does a mystery tour up the Rue Saint-Jacques, to avoid the holiday road-works on the Boulevard Saint-Michel.

The evening's TV-weather news predicts highs of 28, again, for Paris on Friday. No excuses for postponing this from today are given. I don't know why I don't get used to accepting this 'news' as fiction. I must be an optimist.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next 'real' meeting is Thursday, 8. June, which happens to be Saint-Médard's day in Paris. If it seems to be Thursday and you happen to be at loose ends, come to the meeting.

But if you don't have the good luck to be in Paris, but you do remember it is the day for your club's meeting - wherever you are you can say "It is Café Metropole Club day in Paris again!"

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open on both outside terraces as usual, plusphoto: meeting end, club terrace all of its inside places, 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 hourglass you may have.

The same terrace as at the top - but after today's club meeting.

Come anyway 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 this week's general club's news. In particular, try to pay extra attention to the part about members.

Monday's 'club news' will be available next week in Metropole's regular edition, pretty much 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,
signature, regards, ric

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