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This means we can contradict each other when explaining the more mundane details of France's social security system, the legal age for driving, kids without licenses driving scooters on sidewalks - which brings us back to the thorny question of the penalties for running over pedestrians who are on sidewalks and nowhere near crosswalks and who are not 'piétons imprudents.'

I must have dropped a cog from my gearwheel, because Doug says, "Paris must be one of the least expensive cities to visit."

Say what? I thought he and Laura just got off the plane. They are staying in a hotel around Monge or Mouffetard, where they stayed on an earlier visit, and it has huge buffet breakfasts - with sausages!photo: doug houston With omelettes! I have never heard of such a thing before.

Since members are already here, Linda decides to broadcast the warning to readers and members who are not present - that wearing white sneakers is a no-no in Paris. I disagree with this, because in my 'quartier' people wear whatever they feel like because they are Parisians, and this includes white sneakers, if they are clean.

Doug's feet win no awards, but breakfasts at his hotel do.

Doug shows us his sturdy, sensible, brown shoes. Glennis shows us her black sandals. Laura lift a foot and shows us her - identical! - black sandals. Great green gumballs! This is too much.

So, good members no matter where you are, you will understand why this meeting's major event is four 'Feet of the Week.'

Getting up to get this documented photographically, it seems like a good occasion to do the group photo too, so I cajole everybody on to their feet and out onto the terrace we go and piff, paff poff, it is all over.

I have a final quote here, but it is only partial.photo: linda thalman "Two tablespoons of red vinegar, in a big bowl of grated carrots - grated by hand or course, plus mayo, salt and pepper."

Linda says her tomato plants have shot up to a great height, and casually mentions her garden has an army of snails in it. We wonder if these are the edible ones - but if they aren't, maybe the tomato-seed places have snail seeds too, and all you do is sprinkle them around.

Linda can now be 'on time for meetings, but will probably stay home at the ranch to feed her snails.

But enough of this idle chat. It is 16:50, and everybody is anxious to get to the 20th Fête de la Musique, so we pay the 'Waiter of the Week' and leave the clubhouse. It's going to be a great evening, even if it turns out a bit noisy.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

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

If you are pretty sure you know none of this already, it could a good idea to look at this page. 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, 28. June, which is the day known as Saint-Irénée's Day. This special day will not interfere with the club's regular meeting even if you've never experienced it in Paris before.

The day after will be just another ordinary Saints Pierre and Paul day, which was on a club-meeting day last year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is constantly as well as every Thursday. Yourphoto: sandals of the week club's meeting time will again be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'DOPT' - and otherwise known as 3 pm to 5 pm elsewhere.

Thought I forgot? Here they are, the club's 'Feet 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 worry about this much because 'Ed' writes many fewer notes than members say words, usually.

Prepare to have your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or nominate your own new 'City of the Week' or even create any other 'Things of the Week,' especially if you want to become mildly famous for two weeks on account of maybe having these things mentioned in a meeting's club 'report' like this one.

Share your wise words and thoughtful thoughts with other members - and all readers of this online magazine with the free Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members - especially because it is nearly free except for La Corona's '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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