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Tony Lindsay points out that the assembled members are almost evenly divided between the south and the north, without counting Dallas as being in the 'south' because it is, as the whole world knows, in Texas.

I do not take down all that Chris Landry tells me about the discovery that ditch-inhabiting crawfish are fit to eat, because three club members suddenly discover they are all graduates of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

This requires them to gang up on me to tell me the fascinating history of Rock City. After many probing questions I learn that Rock City is mainly famous for all the signs painted on the sides of barns throughout the entire southeastern United States, saying, 'See Rock City.'

If I have this straight, from somewhere around Rock City, or in it, any person with good eyesight can see seven states at once. Nobody can make up their minds which seven these may be, and they are none of the ones I propose.

Just so you don't think I was entirely sleeping on this job, somebody - who? - says "I was a Red Sox fan until he dropped the ball between his legs." Another member had a foie gras sandwich for lunch. Didi Stewart needs 30 minutes to get her rented apartment door unlocked.

Obviously this report is the worst mish-mash ever hacked together in 76 club meetings. Ron Smith sort of 'saves the day' by telling us the Washington Post - known in DC as 'washpost' - has been running a series of tips concerning what to wear in Paris to avoid looking like being a visitor from - say, Knoxville.

Their advice, spread over two weeks, can be summed up in one word, 'black.'

I point out that this is only the case because all men's clothing made for the past three years, is black. Notphoto: 2nd group everybody in Paris likes this color, and some people here wear clothes they bought more than three years ago - and are kind of hoping they will last long enough until colored clothes come back again.

Serious talk, exchanges of notes, and tips pass between club members.

For myself, I have been really surprised to see 'new-fashion' black clothes relentlessly showing up over and over again each spring and fall. Surprise is slowly turning to dismay as my few black clothes get more and more grey.

It is a bit like this meeting. Going on and on, getting raggedy and getting up to 105 minutes of overtime. Thirteen new members showed up for today's meeting, plus two regular members. Monsieur Ferrat took it all pretty well.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Traditional but no longer 'official' former club 'rules' concerning your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed a gumbo of a '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

Speed-read the 'about the club' stuff if you have time. You should read the following about the next Café Metropole Club meeting - it will be held on Thursday, 29. 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-Gladys' Day. The following Fridayphoto: coins and l'addition will be just another ordinary Saint-Amedée's day like it was last year even if it wasn't on a Friday.

At the very end, Monsieur Ferrat gets the table stakes.

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

The club's secretary, which is normally myself in person, will be recording some 'report' notes during the coming meeting, but do not pay any attention to this because it is pretty harmless because it is done by hand.

Utter 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,
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