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While Roberta is grumbling about the canal Saint-Martin's tours going through a part of Paris that has been upgraded, today's final new member arrives at the beginning of the meeting's second hour.

This is Bill Rosenthal, who neglects to inform the members' booklet of his home town because Willy has just handed me Max' first club 'Drawing of the Week' which he has had the good sense to clearly label as 'Official Club Document,' drawn with the 'Official Club Pen.'

Green is not my favoritephoto: bill rosenthal color nor is it 'official.' I explain to Bill that all officialdom ceased some time ago. Bill agrees wholeheartedly with this philosophy, and this is how 'Someplace in Michigan' becomes the 'City of the Week,' and is partly responsible for me forgetting to include the first 'Drawing of the Week' here.

Bill gladly joins one of the few clubs in the world that is about as accidental as everything else in his life.

Bill also tells us a bit about how interesting it is to have a sort of accidental life, which is how he got to Paris to try out the French hand gestures he learned in an advanced language course, and how he ended up owning a fleet of Cadillacs after driving across half the country in a MG-TC. "Things happen," he says, quoting a favorite book title.

Debbie and Elizabeth are not quite 100 percent 'shopped out' so we all pile out on to the Corona's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week.' Out of the four photos taken, one is 76 percent okay.

Somehow, with Debbie and Elizabeth going off to up their score to nearer 100 percent 'shopped out,' and Bill saying, "This is like summer in Michigan!" - the meeting ends in a nearly customary manner, when we all leave it.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Much of the expired club 'rules' and other so-called 'information' is now history, but you can still refresh your memory by reading the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page - which will also tell you where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

If you have committed this to memory already, it could still a good idea to look at this page. It also contains a virtual replica of the club's membership card. This unique item can not be found on other Web sites.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting in Paris will be held on Thursday, 26. July, which is the day known as Saints' Anne's and Joa's Day. This will not interfere with the club's regular meeting even if you have experienced a special day like this one in Paris before.

The day after will be just another ordinary Sainte-Nathalie's day. Other than this, the day will be an unremarkable Friday as well.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is every week containing a Thursday. Your club's meetingphoto: cacolac, drink of the week time will begin at 15:00 and continue until 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'BUTB' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

Despite its appearance, it is doubtful that 'Cacolac' is made with skim-milk - in case you were wondering.

The club's secretary, also known as 'Ed,' will be making a few 'report' notes during the coming meeting but there's no need to be concerned about this because 'Ed' will be unlikely to use the club's new good-luck 'cobra' pen, because nobody remembered to ask to see it today.

Have your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or put your own new 'City of the Week' up for consideration or even invent any other 'Things of the Week' including 'fleets of Cadillacs.' Having these on hand might be enough to get them mentioned in a meeting's club 'report,' like this one.

Your wise words and thoughtful thoughts will be welcomed by the other members present - and all readers of this online magazine with the free Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members. You can do this too, 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,
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