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Marilyn is especially keen on this for her husband - who we have not yet met - because, "I've been cooking for 35 years and I'm fed up with it."

Michelle agrees with this even though she's got three cooking jobs, and saved up for two years to come to Paris to learn more about it.

Cooking for three places is better than for one, according to Michelle Royston.

Charles says he is going to go to a 'Lower Taxes' political party meeting that intends to organize a victory celebration. "Do you know who he pardoned first?" he asks the assembled members.

None of us know that anybody has been 'pardoned.' "He pardoned Patti Hearst!" he claims loudly. In fact, all conversation is loud by this time, but this is only because the café is large and there are not many other people in it. The few that are, are sitting a long way away.

I don't know how somebody who got kidnapped could manage to get a pardon, but apparently I am not up-to-date about the latest legal aspects of life in the USA and there are no lawyers present today to set me straight.

Paul says, about his earlier game of golf, "It was a nice walkphoto: paul rupert in a swamp, ruined by playing golf." The members who know Paris well assure Paul that yesterday's rain usually stays around for a couple of days, lying on golf courses for the unwary.

Just before the end of today's meeting I suddenly realize that we have not chosen a 'City of the Week' because there are no new members with new names to put forward.

Paul Rupert could have nominated Orgeval for the 'Golf Swamp of the Week' award, but didn't.

My notes say, "My accountant figured out how I could come to Paris for free," but do not explicitly name the person who suggested Gurdon, Arkansas for the 'City of the Week' award.

No member present today actually lives in Gurdon. If non-present members would care to vote on this, do so. In the meantime, Gurdon, Arkansas becomes 'Acting City of the Week.' It may be untidy, but this is this meeting's final word.

Repeat Shopping Tip, Forever

Paris' Winter Sales - the 'Soldes d'Hiver' - began just over two weeks ago and continue for four weeks to come. If you hit them soon, there may still be some three-for-one sets of things left, like 50-percent-off oyster openers.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Actual true historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to recent 'reports' - in Paris, can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page,' which is about your club and has a link here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

If you skip the 'about the club' stuff you should read this about the next Café Metropole Club meeting. It will be held on Thursday, 1. February 2001. If you are in Paris it will be Sainte-Ella's Day - which will be followed by Friday, which will be the annual Présentation Day - whatever it is.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is every day and every Thursday of the 3rdphoto: patrick the waiter millennium. The time for your club's meeting will be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'PIMOT' - but otherwise known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

The club's regular secretary will be taking 'report' notes during the coming meeting. Despite the feeling I had about the meetings being quiet at this time of year, I was wrong. If your audios are sensitive, wear earmuffs.

Today's 'Waiter of the Week' is Patrick again.

If few members are loudly present, you will have some chance to make your 'Quote of the Week' or be from the 'City of the Week' - so long as I can hear you shout.

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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