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The club has many 'firsts' so I guess this new blot is another one of them. Talking about real estate both in Paris and elsewhere is not a 'first,' even though today's membership does a lot of this.

After unintentionally saying something embarrassing, Eva covers up by praising the 360 degree wide-angle view one can have from the balloon ride at the Parc André Citroën. She says you get a whole 20 minutes in the air, but part of it involves going up and coming down again.

Part of a club meeting also involves getting the members unlocked from their table positions. Instead of the total shock of going immediately out on the terrace, I suggest on the half-measure of doing it in the club's area.

This has the effect of getting everybody disarranged enough to be willing to go outside, and outside we go. Thus, this meeting's 'first' is the fact that it has two sets of group photos, plus Eva has the idea that an ice cream sign should be in one of them.

Do not look for deep psychological meaningsphoto: l'addition here. It is only an ice cream sign belonging to La Corona, which happens to be placed near the Quai du Louvre roadway, to annoy hot and bothered drivers who are stuck in their habitual traffic jam.

You thought I was kidding? Just look at this monster pile of French money, and sugar lumps!

Afterwards the remaining time of today's club meeting goes somewhere, never to return, and the members begin the tedious process of deciding how to pay for the shockingly high tab.

I mean, what have I seen? My café and one bottle of Perrier, and they are doling out cash as if the club's meeting has been held at the real Ritz in the Place Vendôme instead of in its café beside the Louvre and the Seine.

Scoop has advice for Charles, "If you are going back to New Jersey you are going to have to get used to tipping again. Less than 20 percent, you get nothing."

When the pile of cash is totteringly complete, Charles notices an abandoned small pot half-full of wine. "Who left this red wine?" he asks. "That's like a sin!" He makes it gone in a wink.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Even if all the expired 'rules' and other so-called 'information' is completely useless, you can count on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page to tell you where to find the club in Paris, 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 more. Of course, if you are not coming to a club meeting, looking at this page is more than totally useless.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 7. June, which is a week from today. In France this is also the day known as Saint-Gilbert, but it will not interfere with the club's regular meeting even if you don't remember who he was.

Luckily, the day after will be just another ordinary Saint-Médard's day, which is named after a famous church at the foot of the Rue Mouffetard.

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 again be from 15:00 to 17:00 inphoto: bonus group photo Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'ZFOT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

For the truest fans - the 2nd 'Group Photo of the Week.'

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 fewer notes than members say words, and none at all if neither of the club's two official pens are handy.

Have your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or propose your own new 'City of the Week' - golly, I forgot! This week's 'City of the Week' is Edison, New Jersey. Hey Edison, you got it!

Or even invent any other 'Things of the Week,' especially if you want to become well-known on account of maybe having these things mentioned in a meeting's club 'report' like this one.

Share your 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 - even if it is nearly free except for 'l'addition' - and 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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