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Michelle wants to know where Charles Eitel is too. We all look around the café, and sure enough, none of us see him anywhere. A club meeting without Charles 'Lower Taxes!' Eitel is a bit like Champagne with half the bubbles missing. Also it accounts for the lack of big wine pots on the tables too.

I have forgotten to mention David's departure to look for some more cheese. This will explain why he is not in the now traditional 'Group Photo of the Week' which gets itself taken out on the terrace again, along with the help of Monsieur Ferrat, last week's and this week's 'Waiter of the Week.' Note his tie - the club's waiters are classy 'garçons.'

The meeting breaks up on account of all present members having better things to do elsewhere - like Corine and Walter having some anti-jetlag omelettes in another part of the café.

As I stop at their table to say 'Au Revoir' Paul Rupert suddenly appears, saying, "Everything happens on Thursday! I had to quit the traffic jam to double-park by the Louvre so my passengers could use the waterworks here. I just wanted to say 'hello!'"

This club member's behavior seems so strange to Corine and Walter that their omelettes get cold, by thephoto: club printout & tonic time Paul remembers that he's got to go out and defend his wheels from the ever-efficient parking-ticket ladies.

If club members bring 'reports' to the club, the secretary will autograph them by hand if they are gin-free.

"I'll be back," Paul shouts over his shoulder as he dodges a waiter's tray and slams out the Amiral Coligny exit, after fighting to get the three-ton door open. Unlike most café doors, it only opens inward. It fools everybody.

Whew! I thought the meeting was going to go into overtime for a minute there. I go downstairs and discuss the February-like weather with the lady who is boss-of-the-waterworks and who guards them like a hawk.

ULTRA-FLASH-UPDATE NEWS:- Prospective new member Annabelle Rider Babbitt is exactly one week old today. Readers, Café Metropole Club members and parents, Janet and Paul Babbitt are crazy with joy, and only regret that Annabelle Rider was unable to attend last Thursday's meeting with all the other ladies from New Jersey.

Congratulations from all readers and members of the Café Metropole Club in Paris to you, Janet and Paul! Perfect timing!

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

'Unofficial' former club 'rules' concerning your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed a 'Velveeta' '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 overlook the one here.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 26. April, which is a week from today, like most other Thursdays have been up until now.

If you are in Paris or not it will be Sainte-Alida's' Day. The following Friday will be just anotherphoto: club pantacourtes ordinary Sainte-Zita's day which was on Thursday last year - just like clockwork.

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

A club member's fashionable 'Pantacourte of the Week' is cheered by all.

The club's secretary, which is normally myself usually in person, will be painstakingly writing some 'report' notes during the coming meeting, but there's no need to pay any attention to this because it is pretty routine for 'Ed' to stay awake while doing it.

Fabricate a new 'Quote of the Week' or invent your own new 'City of the Week' - or even propose any other 'Things 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 de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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