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I point out that I am only the club's secretary - so there are only 12 members present. But Al, unlikephoto: club group 2 many members, has read the 'About the Club' page carefully, and insists it is a record number.

The New Jersey side of the club - unstaged for the week's 'group photo.'

Al and Edgar then discuss favorite baseball, basketball and hockey players who are no longer playing. Elizabeth wants to know, "Is 70 old?" Edgar says he's seen restaurants that have steak-frites on their menus - pure 'bio.' Charles says the fashionable restaurant 'May Ray' is over-rated.

As a tip, he adds, "To visit the catacombs, you need batteries for your flashlight." He also says he buys his in the US where they are much cheaper.

This is obviously the 'Visitor Tip of the Week.' If the catacombs are on your short visit-list, bring all the batteries you think you'll need, especially if you have a generous baggage allowance and strong arms.

Don't let it be said this club is totally useless. Why, today alone we have tour guides, a good tipphoto: exit drink for pétanque players if they are 170 miles south of Chicago, and an illuminating idea for the old bones fans.

Despite all this good stuff a small army of New Jersey members leave early, possibly to get some air. This is also a kind of way of saying I can't possibly begin to record what 12 people have been saying all at once together for two hours.

The state of refreshments by the time today's meeting ends.

About 30 minutes after the meeting is over, Charles, Erica, Al and I are standing on La Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace as the sun slants lower towards the west - dotting 'i's and crossing 't's - until it is time for Erica and Al to head west, towards a mellow sundown in Paris.

The Final Repeat Shopping Tip Used To Be Here*

*Now it is not.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club, all of them memorized by Al Riley - as opposed to concocted '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 dare but you should read this about the next Café Metropole Club meeting - it will be held on Thursday, 22. February 2001 - which is actually next week.

Regardless of whether you are in Paris it will be Sainte-Isabelle's Day anyway - which will be followedphoto: exit members, corona terrace by Friday, which will be just another ordinary Saint-Lazare day, even if you aren't going anywhere near the train station.

The westward, sun-going-down view of La Corona's terrace today.

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's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'FABUF' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

The club's usual secretary, which is myself, will be taking some 'report' notes during the coming meeting. New club members with new conversational subjects will be highly welcome. Bring a 'Quote of the Week' or a new 'City of the Week,' or even a 'Record of the Week' so long as it isn't 3891 dentists who would be members.

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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