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Because of the club's mid-afternoon meeting time many members are sandwiched between a Paris lunch and a Paris dinner, so the subject of meals comes up again. "It's a conspiracy to go to restaurants," Marilyn says.

Eva says something odd is going on in Paris. Every time she asks a Parisian for directions, they guess she is American and ask her about George W. Bush. She knows as much about him as Charles 'Lower Taxes' Eitel does, and thinks it strange that Parisians are so curious.

Indirectly, this prompts Charles to flaunt his concealed license to carry concealed weapons in the state that elected Mr. Bush. Since this license is expired, it doesn't create much excitement even if it was concealed.

Today's members all live in Paris either full time or part time. Marilyn explains what a hardship this can be, if you happen to have an apartment with three bedrooms like she does.

"Guests," she says, "Expect you to go out to restaurants with them - they aren't paying rent, so they can afford it. And they won't go out by themselves."

Charles has a 'rule,' "No more than two at a time and no more than four to seven days!" He adds that a certain niece is persona non grata in France on account of having attempted tophoto: charles eitel extend a stay to eight days.

With this we have extended the club's time into overtime by about five minutes. As everybody leaps up to get a headstart on walking to restaurants, swirling coats sweep a couple of empty glasses on to the floor.

Charles gives club members his impersonation of Tranquility, New Jersey.

This reminds me of a half-full pot of wine that had the same fate last week - which I forgot to dignify with the 'Splotch of the Week' award.

Patrick the waiter is unconcerned about the glasses, so I decline to give them any award whatsoever. I don't want to start any new, unstoppable, trends.

Final Repeat Shopping Tip, Ever

Paris' Winter Sales - have been mentioned here so often that it is clearly redundant to do so again.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club, some of them true ones - 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 on each issue's 'home' page in case you forget the one here.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Ignore the 'about the club' stuff if you want to but you should read this about the next Café Metropole Club meeting - it will be held on Thursday, 8. February 2001.

If you are in Paris it will be Sainte-Jacqueline's Day - which will be followed by Friday, which will be just another ordinary day for Charles to get through as best he can.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is every day and every Thursday. Your club's meeting time will be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe'sphoto: club refreshments Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'FIBAR' - but otherwise known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

A partial view of today's club refreshments.

The club's normal secretary will be taking 'report' notes during the coming meeting. This is a slow season, so regular club members may tend to repeat themselves. For this reason, new club members with new conversational subjects will be highly welcome. Bring a 'Quote of the Week' or a new 'City of the Week,' even if it isn't one in a normal free-flyer-miles zone.

And remember, even if next Thursday is another 'Strike of the Week' day, you can still probably get at least halfway to the club, on foot.

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,
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