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About this time I notice a couple in the booth opposite - about one metre away from the club's temporary location - who appear to be future club members and when I ask them this, it turns out they are.

We all welcome Elizabeth and Donald Lilley who are from Novato, California; plus Elizabeth is alsophoto: donald lilley from Bath in Britain. Since the civilians have left by this time, we have five or six whole tables for club space.

High finance is important to today's members, with Peter specifically saying that the 'high' dollar converted into 'low' francs allows him to stay in a hotel with four stars instead of only three. In our temporary club location, I can see the Hôtel des Monnaies on the opposite side of the Seine. How many stars does it have?

Donald says, "Everybody thinks Novato is in Nevada..."

It is also noticed that all members present today come from three big states that are neither New Jersey nor Florida. At the mention of this state, Peter immediately launches an impassioned sales pitch for the Loire valley. "It's even safe enough to drive there," he adds.

Today's members are also consuming next to nothing. When I point this out, Paul says he is 'fasting' in anticipation of the pintade to come - in about three hours.

Across the river, above the Hôtel des Monnaies,photo: elizabeth lilley the sky has quit pressing down on the Quartier Latin and a pale bit of blue sky is showing behind a few leftovers of cloud, coated on their western edges with pink and gold from a setting sun somewhere in the west.

Today's members leap up in a bunch, toss on their wet-weather gear, and rapidly plunge out of the club's café to patiently wander around Paris for a few hours - fasting, I suppose.

"But it is nearly in California's Somona county 'red' district," says Elizabeth.

You know - I really admire the club's members. They may be a little odd, even mildly eccentric, but then so is their club and its secretary. As one of them has put it today - apropos of I don't know what - 'something' is "Vachement cool," which is, of course, an unforgettable 'Quote of the Week.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

True facts about your Café Metropole Paris Club in Paris can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page' rather than virtual rumors.

This 'about' page contains certain notions concerning the free club, which anybody can join. You don't actually need to know any of the club's so-called 'rules', unless you want to know the true details about being a member of the only 'real' Internet club in the world for readers of Metropole Paris.

By hunting around in the 'All Past Issues' file you can also find out all about this club's history. Slightly more than a year's worth of past issues contain 'Updates' of club reports plus hundreds of other unrelated articles and posters and cartoons.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 30. November. If you are in Paris this will no longer be Beaujolais Nouveau Dayphoto: peter malet nor 'Thanksgiving Day.' Instead it will merely be Saint-André's Day, which will be followed by 1. December, also as usual.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open just as it is every Thursday. The time for your club's meeting will continue to be from 15:00 to 17:00 in our Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

"And three glasses of it a day are better
than none," Peter suggests.

Come to the next meeting during its official sub-time zone of the day. All of the rest of Thursday 'before the club' meeting remains free for your other important Paris activities concerning shopping or sightseeing or eating 'trash birds' and will be followed by 'after the club,' when these vital activities can be continued.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet. Important note: the handy métro station Louvre-Rivoli is closed until Wednesday, 13. December.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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