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Berta explains this behavior by saying, "Today is the last race of the Triple Crown - at Belmont." And Scoop adds, "There may be a 'special' at the PMU for it." Losing 'Paris Turf' is not like misplacing any old newspaper, after all.

The missing pen is found 20 centimetres away from the 'reports' booklet and the notes resume with Berta telling us about the well-dressed - 'like a waiter' - and punctual garbage-can collector who rummages through their building's bins every night at about 23:55 sharp.

He takes everything out, puts the found treasures aside and then replaces everything else very neatly, and goes on to the next building's set and continues his vital work. "I wish I had seen that wonderful umbrella he got last night," she says, "First."

If you go back up three or five paragraphs, this is about where we all went out on to La Corona's terrace for the 'Group Shot of the Week.' Everybody is visible in the three shots, but all are not completely in any one of them.

Now it is near 17:00 and Charles, who has not found a suitable château in New Jersey yet, is giving his weekly tip for fine dining, to Wendy and Nino.

He always names the same place, and writes it down because he finds it difficult to pronounce. It has a 'menu degustation' - whichphoto: semi group he says is very fine and copious - for 590 francs. He admits with wine it might run the bill up a couple of hundred francs more - per person.

The club's ambiance in La Corona today, or a reasonable facsimilie of it.

This is not to be confused with the widespread 'steak-frites' on offer all over town for about 55 francs, wine not included.

The club's now-suspended question number six, asks, 'What is your favorite Paris activity?'

Pat and Glen Turpening's answer is, 'Unplanned exploring;' and Wendy and Nino Mangini's answer is, 'Walking far enough to get lost.' With this, we all pack up and go out of the café, to 'get lost.'

Finally, while you are still here - last week's suggestion by Scoop to hold 'extraordinary' - not on Thursdays - club meetings at a suitably beautiful Paris racetrack, has been seconded by another member.

All members in favor of this should vote for or against the idea.

Almost a serious 'oops' - today's 'City of the Week' is obviously Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jacksonville, North Carolina - and this is another 'first,' I think.

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 think you know none of this already, it might a good idea to look at this page at least once, at least. Of course, if you are not coming to a club meeting, looking at this page is not totally useless because it contains a virtual replica of the club's membership card.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 14. June, which is a week from today somewhat like last Thursday was a week ago. In France this is also the day known as Saint-Elisée, but it will not interfere with the club's regular meeting even if you never heard of it before.

Luckily, the day after will be just another ordinary Sainte-Germaine's day, which is not named after a famous 'quartier' in Paris called the 'Quartier Latin.'

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 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'RBOP' - and otherwise known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

The club's secretary, also known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting - with the remaining workable club pen - but there's no need to pay any attentionphoto: pats whistle to this because 'Ed' writes fewer notes than members say words, and none at all if both of the club's two official pens are inkless.

Have 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 semi- famous for a whole week on account of maybe having these things mentioned in a meeting's club 'report' like this one.

And here, by popular request, is the club's 'Whistle of the Week,' which belongs to Pat.

Share your choice words 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 La Corona's 'l'addition' - and if you 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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