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"Why would the ex-governor of California want to be mayor of Oakland?" Sharon wonders. I wonder why Ralph Nader wanted to be President.

Another new person arrives, mainly to talk to Adrian. This is Rebecca, who asks, "Are you the knee person?"

Rebecca isn't certain about joining the club because she doesn't have email - or can't remember it - but she comes from Oklahoma City, and I think this is good enough to get anybody in. "I don't have a criminal background," she says.

Therefore the 'City of the Week' is Oakland of course - with the agreement of all members present who know how to spell 'Oklahoma' if not sing it too. Luckily nobody even hums it.

After asking me about the secrets of European-normed ISO or DIN envelopes, Elliott asks Adrian if she's ever eaten at Astier. Even I've heard of it if Adrian hasn't, because she denies any knowledge of it.

My 'guide' says it has tablecloths and cloth napkins, which is certainly the sort of thing she goes for. Astier's only fault is that it's popular, andphoto: bertha, scoop maginniss a bit hard to get into in the evenings. But it's in a good part of town - the 11th arrondissement - with lots of other good places nearby.

But the really big question of today's meeting is, "What happened to all the rabbits at Roissy airport?" Everybody wants to know the answer.

Berta mulls over the chances for Scoop's tip on 'Gogo' in the 4th race at Vincennes.

This catches me flatfooted - no pun intended - because I came to Europe on a boat - known as a 'ship' for all fussy readers - and therefore never noticed any rabbits at Roissy. Just about everybody else has though, and there is much lore about them and oft-told 'rabbits at Roissy' stories.

This leads to many members except Scoop being awed by the idea of Fed-Exing race horses from track to track. Berta likes Paris and she likes it better this year because the plants in window boxes are still green - while it is freezing in DC, which is much further south and close to the gulf stream to boot - again, no pun intended.

And this, members and friends, wraps up today's meeting. As usual, it was like no other of the 64 meetings the club has had - including today's - which means I can't do this 'report' with a little clip and paste.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

The details about this are already included in this issue, along with Adrian's report of last week's meeting. If you must read the 'About' business again, do so. Otherwise just skip it.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

But you have to read this, because it is about the next Café Metropole Club meeting. It will be on Thursday, 28. December. If you are in Paris it will merely be the plural Saints-Innocents' Day, which will be followed by Friday, which is just as singular as usual.

photo: elliott medrich, sharon pageThe café La Corona meeting place will be open just as it is every other Thursday of the year. The time for your club's meeting will continue to be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'ECETZ' - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

On the left, Elliott thinks our envelopes are strange, while Sharon thinks this club she's joined is strange.

The club's regular secretary will be attending the coming meeting, if sufficiently presentable. Since the date for it falls between Christmas and New Years, the meeting will be one of Paris' few lively events and I don't intend to miss the fun. I hope you don't either.

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.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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