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As reported later, it was a droopy all-evening musical evening for a mere 15,000 fans of the late president. The original event, 20 years ago and in the rain, drew many more.

With these 'catch-ups' out of the way, the server-lady in the form of Linda Thalman, arrives. This starts, withphoto: croque madame Marilyn helping, the big yak, which I interrupt to get everybody out on the terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week' - to which nearly everybody contributes.

A croque-madame is a good otto for holding starvation at bay.

While a great deal of the 'big yak' continues, both the Riegles and the Bradleys give me a thorough geographic lesson about Orange Country. I was under the impression it was a largely blank area of southern California, somewhere between the 'Hollywood' sign and San Diego or Long Beach.

The main point I retain is that living there requires no air conditioning because the Pacific Ocean sends damp, cool air inland, up some gullies where places like Lake Forest and Costa Mesa are located.

The server-lady has to leave because she parked up at George V for some reason. She is halfway out the door before she remembers her bill and quickly snaps back. This alerts us all to the time being after five, and the great 'pay the bill' debate begins - with Mary explaining the whole 'Little Prince' story that illustrates the 50-franc note.

While this is going on Danielle has managed to order and prepare to eat the 'Croque-Madame of the Week,' because she has gotten tired of starving since she has a 'very good breakfast' on an Air France flight on Tuesday.

We are watching the progress of this effort when Diane Frances arrives 46 minutes after the end of today'sphoto: diane frances meeting. Yes. Yes, she gets the 'Late Member of the Week' award, and this is partly because she proposes it herself.

Diane Frances skipped the meeting and the group photo by cleverly sleeping off jet-lag a bit longer than intended.

Anything can happen in overtime, so I accept her hometown of Euclid, Ohio as 'City of the Week' too - luckily escaping the necessity of naming Orange County for this distinction - and especially getting out of naming the 'Wonderbread' place.

Whatever time it has become, some of us are finally out on the Quai du Louvre's sidewalk. The Bradley's take the Pont des Arts direction and after Diane and I walk over to the Pont Neuf, across it and along the Quai de Conti to the Rue de Seine, it occurs to me that we should have gone with the Bradleys.

If Danielle reads this, I hope she realizes we went from 'A' to 'B' by way of 'R.' Nobody is perfect.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

'Unofficial' but 'suspended-rules' concerning your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed a 'croque-madame' 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 this one right here.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 24. May, which is a week from today. This is also the holiday known in France as Ascension, but it will not interfere with the club's regular meeting.

If you are in Paris or not it will be Ascension Day, as I have already mentioned. Luckily, the day after will be just another ordinary Sainte-Sophie's day - but plank two of a four-day 'bridge.' Long-weekends were introduced to France in 1936.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is all the time as well as every Thursday, including holidays. Your club's meetingphoto: l'addition time will be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'BITO' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

The part of the 'club' that is not free is 'l'addition.' Note the 'Little Prince' on the 50-franc notes.

The club's secretary, otherwise known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting, but there's no need to pay any attention to this because 'Ed' writes more notes than will be used, if he remembers to write notes at all.

Prepare your new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own new 'City of the Week' - or even invent any other 'Things of the Week,' if you want to share them, it, with other members - and readers of this online magazine with the free Paris club for readers who want to be members.

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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