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The club's waiter - who is not officially the 'Waiter of the Week' - takes it off to the bar and comes back twenty minutes later, to say the bar will trade 120 francs for it.

Back to fishing. "Canadians have a fault with fishing - they eat them all up." Dan is especially alarmed about how Indians fish in Canada. I saw some of this recently without seeing any fish, so I'm not alarmed. The fish marché isphoto: stephan, quarter staff where to get fish, if you want to eat them, I think.

Dan decides to tell us about the worst drink in the world. He says, "In Belize there were two billboards and one of them said 'Drink Tudor's Milk Stout.'" Two bottles, he says, are more than enough. We are left in the dark about the other billboard.

"In Belize, the mosquitos fly in a zone about 20 metres off the ground, so the bars are above this on the 2nd floor."

The impressive walking-staff is Stephan's shoulder-height.

After the two bottles, when he 'couldn't walk,' he needed to ride his motorcycle up the outside stairs. The local American consul afterwards said that 'he was an example of a bad American.'

The ice cubes have melted in my orange juice. Nelly asks about stamps for her postcards and I tell she can get them from the bar, and the letter-box is right outside the café. She disappears for 45 minutes. I suspect she has been casing Samaritaine.

When Dan says, "I have only three things to say," I get ready to write them down. The first two are unprintable, so here is the third; "I can't put up with hillbillies who sing off-key."

"Maybe some Parisians are hillbillies?" he wonders, adding cryptically, "Don't get up until evening!"

Dan, who was in the army in Asia for a couple of tours before going to chemistry school, is very proud of the his' and hers' boonie hats he and Nelly have. I put on his while Nelly takes a photo of us all.

"I got them at America's department store, Walmart. They are the North Vietnam model, even if they are made in China." I see they are really well-made as well as authentic.

Dan is very certain why he came to Paris. "I didn't come here to not have a good time!" All the same, hephoto: nelly, postcards and Nelly are going to try out Switzerland and Germany too, before coming back to go out to Mont Saint-Michel and the Normandy beaches.

The meeting has run an hour into overtime. Out on the street I catch up to Nelly and Dan as they are going down the stairs of the métro Pont-Neuf entry. Dan shows me the wood-grain of his quarter-staff, again.

Nelly Rupert has dozens of postcards to do. But she listens too.

This has only been the barest outline of what happened and was said at today's meeting. I've had to leave out what Dan said about the other 47 countries he's been in and several of the professions he's had.

When he ran a pharmacy, he mentioned, he preferred having a Glock to an Uzi; and he didn't know which way he was going when he carried cigarettes over the Pyrenees with some Basque folks. He also left the club with the same amount Absolut in his flask as he'd had when he arrived.

All in all, not a bad club meeting, with three new members chalked up. About the 'Quote of the Week' - take your choice.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

For those who may have forgotten what the above may be about, details about the Café Metropole Club in Paris have been moved onto a permanent page which is accessible from each week's main 'contents' page.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' page - also accessible here - contains the details of membership, the members' card and the other unofficial non-rules concerning the club and how it operates. If you think you need to know more about the club, please look at this page.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 24. August. This is Saint-Barthélemy's Day, and it is a historical day in Paris. The café La Corona meeting place will again be open like today - and the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm.

Come to the next meeting just as you are - especially if you happen to be in Paris.

The café's location remains:

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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