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John says, "I've hated Tootsie Rolls since I was three."

"That makes you the most important person at the table then," Marilyn retorts. Me, I think it is about time to get the week's 'Group Photo of the Week' while members are still being semi-polite.

"What sort of pin is that?" Edna asks Eva. Eva says, "UPS."

I ask Eva, "How long has UPS had stewardesses?" because it has 'wings' on it. It's a nice pin too, but the camera decides it won't focus on it.

In an effort to make up and all be friends again, somebody cleverly proposes calling the midget Tootsie Rolls the 'Tootsie Rolls of the Week.' Again.

So long as they are in the same week, the 'Tootsie Rolls of the Week' can be them twice. This might be another 'first.'

When Eva says, "I think he's a plant," I leap up and make windmill motions, towards the doorphoto: tootsies of the week to the terrace. If I don't get the 'Group Photo of the Week' in the can, there might be no group left if I don't hurry things along a bit.

Here's the full 170 grams of 'Tootsie Rolls.' My guess is 70 grams are still left.

We get out there and the people on the terrace - and there is a lot of them too - look at us as if we are some kind of circus act or a Shriner's convention on a binge, but the members behave and keep their eyes open and hold reasonably still.

Back inside, 'John' confesses to being Larry Nile, from Newburyport in New England somewhere. Marilyn says, "We're not gonna be friends if this keeps up."

"We weren't friends in the first place," Larry aka 'John' says.

From this you shouldn't get the impression that the good club members were at each others' throats. No, this was a meeting with a torrent of snappy dialogue, as perhaps can only happen at the Cafe Metropole Club in Paris, when there's a head-on collision between New Jersey and Boston.

Before I forget, I should mention that the club beverage was clearly 'Formidable-sized Beers of the Week,' served in deceptively small-looking one-litre glasses.

Before the meeting time is officially over, most of the members present at today's meeting packphoto: line of tables, line of glasses up their belongings and leave. There is some sort of concert being given at Notre Dame, and everybody seems to be headed for it.

Besides shouting and loud banter, laughter was common at both ends of the line of tables.

Left behind are Marilyn and Tom. We discuss the merits of places near the Golfo de Roses, and further down the Costa Brava coast to Palamós. We talk about the winds in the bay and the bugs around the waterways of Empuriabrava.

Like good club members for life, the Burkes say they will keep in touch. Via the Internet if necessary.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Even if all the expired 'rules' and other so-called 'information' is utter nonsense, you can count on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page to tell you where in Paris to find the club, and the day and time of the meetings.

If you have a feeling you don't know all of this already, it might a good idea to look at this page at least once. Of course, if you are not coming to a club meeting, looking at this page is a total waste of time.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 31. May, which is a week from today. This is also the day known in France as Saint-Robert, but it will not interfere with the club's regular meeting.

Luckily, the day after will be just another ordinary Saint-Justin's day, which is also 1. June. May does has 31 days because it is not a leap-year month.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is all the time as well as every Thursday. Your club's meeting time will be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central Europeanphoto: french mag cover of the week Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'FOTZ' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

The club's secretary, also 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 less notes than members say words, if he manages to write any words at all.

Totally unknown to the club's secretary - the reason for the display of this current magazine cover.

Get your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or propose your own new 'City of the Week' - or even invent any other 'Things of the Week,' especially if you want to become famous for nearly forever on account of maybe having these things mentioned in the meeting's club 'report.'

Share these words of wisdom with other members - and all readers of this online magazine with the free Paris club for readers who insist on being members if they are in Paris.

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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