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It took longer than expected to get all the stuff on the road and when Marion had time to think, she remembered it is Thursday, and this means it is 'club day' in Paris, so here she is tucking into a huge salad and telling the rest of us about some other moves she's made.

In one of these she ended up with 40 jars of pre-WWII homemade jam, and in another she got a complete living-room set of '50's furniture. Before you think of contacting her about these valuable antiques - forget it. Germany is full of this stuff, and Marion refuses to consider that it may be a goldmine.

This news - or is it another 'Urban Legend?' - overpowers Matt entirely and he leaves the meeting to get some more of what he calls 'Paris Chaos,' after neatly polishing off a 'Beer of the Week,' which might not have been his first, today.

For being droopy, Todd, who has been up since 07:00, since landing after being awake all night on a transatlantic flight, Todd seems pretty perky.

This is after marching across town for a bateaux-mouches ride because they are every half-hour, to find out the next one would be in ninety minutes.

Tim has a train story too. When coming back from Mont Saint-Michel he and his family had to make a transfer from a fast local train to an even faster TGV, and there was only five minutes to switch from one to the other.

photo: beer of the week, matt duketThe fast local train arrived five and a half minutes late and the mainline TGV - always on time! - was gone, of course.

This blurred-beer 'candid' shot of Matt Duket topped the 'posed' photo of him with his eyes shut.

The other French passengers ganged up on the SNCF station personnel, with the argument that they knew perfectly well the local train was to meet the TGV and it should have waited.

Against this impeccable logic, and to Tim's amazement, the station personnel issued them all first class tickets and put them on the next fast train to get rid of them.

Being droopy myself, I forget all about having my café until 17:00. We natter some more about Tim's experience with doing the music for the 'Wishbone' series on TV - its still running somewhere in the world - and Todd says he'll be back next week, to spread around a few 'Urban Legends' from Lyon.

This is the first time that I've ever had a hint that Lyon may be somewhat like one or the other of the Dakotas.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Historical but no longer 'official' former club 'rules' concerning your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed a frankly droopy 'report' like this one - can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page,' which is about your club and has a link on each issue's 'home' page, in case you forget to click on the one here.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

Skip the 'about the club' stuff if you must, but you should read the following about the next Café Metropole Club meeting - it will be held on Thursday, 22. March, which is one week from now, just like every other Thursday.

Regardless of whether you are in Paris or not it will be Sainte-Léa's Day. The following Fridayphoto: salad, food of the week will be just another ordinary Saint-Victorien's day like it was last year even if it wasn't on a Friday.

Marion Nowak's 'Food of the Week' is not a 'mess of potage' but a La Corona salad.

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 'MOPLOT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

The club's secretary, which is normally myself in person, will be scribbling some 'report' notes during the coming meeting, but pay no attention to this because it is pretty harmless. Speak a 'Quote of the Week' or bring a new 'City of the Week,' or even any other 'Thing of the Week,' if you want to share it, them, with other members - and readers.

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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