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Tom shows us his big panoramic camera but takes a panoramic photo with a much smaller camera, 'because the big one takes 30 minutes for an exposure.' Taking pictures of an thousand people at a banquet is no easy matter; as I know from my club experiences involving fewer than 100!

Walter tells Adrian she shouldn't review restaurants because 'sometimes they're off,' as if it's Adrian's fault. Atphoto: group two the other end of the tables the car nuts are dreaming about 356 'bathtub' Porsches, and another member says "Paris is so inexpensive!" This is news to me.

A view of the north end of the table, after some members switched ends.

What is not news, is the possibility that Robert, "Stood in front of the Bugatti at the Salon for 30 minutes." Then I hear the second part of the 'Paris cheap' quote. It is, "Compared to the Bay area."

Jack! I've nearly forgotten Jack Lampert. He's come late, but maybe before today's waiters Monsieur Ferrat and Patrick have brought the cake out, and he has told me he's from Saint Louis, Missouri - and Paris! - and Pompano Beach too! What a small world!

Blowing out the cake's single blue candle seems to be my job as club secretary and I do a credible job of it. Trying to cut the two-toned chocolate affair into sixteen equal parts turns into a gooey shambles, and the slices are nearly impossible to pick up and shove onto plates. What a mess!

It looks so awful, or fattening, that I get to gobble up three slices - or their crumbled equivalent - by myself. It's 17:00, the party is over, and members of all sorts file out while Monsieur Ferrat cleans up the mess.

Obviously the quote of the week would be "Paris is so inexpensive!" if your Café Metropole Club's first birthday party hadn't been such a success. Instead, it is, "I can't wait for the club's next party," no matter what its excuse.

To all members, new and long-time, absent and present, I thank you for making today a success, even if it has been a bit more confused and gooey than usual.

Your Cards and Emails

These have continued to arrive. Your welcome efforts will not be wasted because I intend to assemble them into a follow-up feature for the next edition of Metropole. This feature will be illustrated with some more photos from today's party, and will link back to this report and to the first 'Cards and Emails' feature that is in this issue.

The Club's Birthday Party: Next Year

The Café Metropole Club will have its second birthday party next year on a Thursday, on the occasion of its 106th meeting. Mark this in your calendar even if there is no International Auto Salon going on then in Paris.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To find out about the club's more than year-long history since its historic beginning, you should consult the 'All Past Issues' file, which provides linksphoto: club party table to all past issues with 'Club Reports.'

For actual real historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plain nonsense - in Paris, please read 'About the Café Metropole Club,' which is about your club and is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

M. Ferrat, left, holds tray under cake, carried by Patrick, right.

This 'about' page contains all the details of the free membership, the free members' card and the other free unofficial non-rules concerning the club and other free but needless information - none of which you really need to know and are unlikely be quizzed on, unless you have temporarily remembered all these details in order to avoid looking at this page.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 12. October. In Paris this is Saint-Wilfried's Day - and I am not making this up, again. In case you are wondering why this saint's name is the same as last week's - today's should have been Sainte-Fleur. I beg pardon from all saint's fans.

The whole 'before' of the day remains free for other random activities and will be followed by 'after,' when you can continue these vital tasks.

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 during its official hours. If you get a fair offer to be elsewhere, turn it down cold in it isn't free.

The café's location is:

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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