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Last week's new members, Robin Wagner and Bob Watkins, come along, giving me a chance to tell them how Iphoto: beer of the week wore some of my Mardi Gras beads to my local boulangerie yesterday - because the boulangerie ladies were dressed up for Mardi Gras in Halloween costumes on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Charles has taken an opportunity to talk to two lady civilians who have chanced to park themselves in the club's area of the café.

One of the club's refillable 'Cocktails of the Week.'

I overhear him making a recruitment attempt and a lot of laughing and the other kinds of noises people make in cafés when they are having a good time - but the ladies remain non-members.

Then, just when I think today's club meeting is over around the magic metric time of 17:00, I can't help noticing that somebody - I'm told it is today's waiter - has placed a fair-sized yellow 'La Poste' box on the secretary's table.

The club has had phone calls - international ones! - during meetings, but it has received no packages. I think I should photograph it first - it may contain anything, even a bomb.

Doug lends me his 'véritable' Laguiole dagger-like knife and I hack the thing open. Inside there is another package and inside it there are two boxes of 'Frango' mint chocolates - obviously the 'Surprise of the Week!' Doug's knife gets one of these open, and everybody has one, except those who are dieting in Paris today.

There is also a two-sided note included. One side, dated 26. January, says these chocolates arephoto: b waktins, today's waiter, e hubert a Marshall Fields' specialty. Sally Dilgart, one of the club's Chicago members, writes that these should be called the club's 'Bonbons of the Week.'

Between Bob Watkins and Edgard Hubert, the club's 'Waiter of the Week' makes a stretch-play.

The note on the other side, dated 19. February, is from another attorney, another club member - namely Eva Lee in Tranquility, New Jersey. She says she was supposed to bring these 'Frangos' to Paris but they arrived late, and when she got home she couldn't face them after what she did in Paris.

I enjoy my surprise 'Frango of the Week' and the other club members who try them do too. Patrick is not the club's 'Waiter of the Week' this week, so I'll have to save some of them and bring them to club meetings until he is - as Eva Lee commands.

I'll eat another one while writing this because nobody is watching me do this. Ten were eaten at the club. Some members must of had two already.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Historical but expired former club 'rules' concerning your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed a truthful 'report' like this one - 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 to click on the one here.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Ignore the 'about the club' stuff if you really must but you should read the following about the next Café Metropole Club meeting - it will be held on Thursday, 8. March, which is exactly a week from now.

Thursday, 29. February 2001, noted here lastphoto: mystery packet week as the club's meeting date this week, inexplicitly did not happen this year. Readers and club members who noted this discrepancy and brought it to my attention, are warmly thanked for their keen-eyedness.

I will try to remember that certain months occasionally have 31 days, and not announce the coming last meeting of next January as Thursday, 1. February 2002.

Without warning this package was before me. I didn't see any postman bring it.

Regardless of whether you are in Paris or not it will be Saint-Jean de Dieu Day - which will be followed by Friday, which will be just another ordinary Sainte-Françoise day like it is every year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is daily as well as 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 'MOLAX' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

The club's usual secretary, which is myself, will be scribbling some 'report' notes during the coming meeting, but do not pay any attention to this because it is pretty harmless. Bring a 'Quote of the Week' or a new 'City of the Week,' or even a 'Bonbon of the Week' or any other 'Thing of the Week' you want to share with other 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,
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