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With one exception, and I don't note whophoto: doug fuss says it - because as best as I can recall it is apropos of nothing - but it evolves into the 'Word of the Week' and this word is 'pilgrims,' in the John Wayne - another guy, now dead - sense.

As in, all the other people who are in La Corona today are 'pilgrims' because they are not club members.

Doug Fuss says he picks up some Cairo and Casablanca 'culture' while in Paris.

This is not as far-fetched as it may sound. Ron Fox - maybe he says 'pilgrims?' - he sort of sounds like John Wayne would if he was from Manhattan and wasn't dead. My favorite John Wayne line is, "Put yer hands in the air or yer dead where ya sit," but I don't remember who said this.

After giving us a warning about pickpockets at Roissy - this applies to everybody, by the way - Alan departs early. Be alert and don't put all your best stuff in one place, is the advice.

Ron and Charles are nattering on the drink side of the table and on the water and café side Doug is telling me about all the 'cult' movies playing in Paris at any given time, visiting Impressionists out at Auvers, watching Egyptian and Moroccan TV with the satellite - and observing that the three remaining members all live in Paris.

"It is," he says, "Still reasonably affordable."

I don't know. If RATP ticket-checkers look like beggars to visitors - but I know most of them don't. Anybody could get rumpled hanging around underground in the métro all day long.

Charles hasn't got his dog yet, but he's still working on this project. He has also found a new product, which is some sort of incense burner, which can give off different smells.

Nothing too odd about this, but hephoto: wine, book says there is one special kind of smell for it - which is no smell at all. When you burn it, or cook it or whatever it does, it turns all other smells into nothing. It is 'white' smell. A sort of odorless odor. He's going to email its name to me.

We may only be 'guys,' but we have books and wine, and we don't like stink.

He might not have to. There was a guy on TV last week, demonstrating how to send smells, as attachments to emails. The process is not quite perfected yet. It might be, any day soon.

Even though the Cissell family is no longer present, I unilaterally declare Richardson, Texas as the 'City of the Week.' As club secretary I am allowed this latitude.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Historical but suspended former club 'rules' concerning your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed a frankly 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 have to, but you should read the following about the next Café Metropole Club meeting - it will be held on Thursday, 15. March, which is exactly one week from now.

Regardless of whether you are in Paris or not it will be Sainte-Louise Day - which is also the 'Ides of March,' for all of you Roman fans. Amy Cissell told me this.

'Ides' on the 15th are also in the months of May, July and October. In all other months, 'Ides' are on the 13th. Old French forphoto: charle seitel 'Ides' is Ides, but the word is Latin originally. The following Friday will be just another ordinary Sainte-Bénédicte's day like it is every year.

"Don't take me fat!" Charles Eitel tells me for the fifth week in a row.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is all the time 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 'LAXMO' - and elsewhere known otherwise as 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club's secretary, which is usually myself in person, will be jotting 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 any other 'Thing of the Week,' if you want to share it 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,
signature, regards, ric

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