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The mysterious absence of the new member - whose name I know, but who has not signed the members' booklet - is now causing comment. Linda says this is a true 'first' - the first new unsigned-up member to disappear while going to the waterworks.

While it is a true 'first' it is not entirely unusual, because Linda also has a rendez-vous at this meeting with a 'date' - who is a no-show.

Amazing! Here we are sitting at the meeting having all of our interesting conversations, and all these club 'firsts' are happening without us having anything to do with them.

We all agree that last Tuesday's rain was unusual, because it rained all day long. Linda's answer for this type of situation is typically pragmatic - "Grab a scarf if it looks like rain," she says, sagely adding, "But it's got to be a big one!"

We have talked about other things too - things that have been discussed at other meetings - so you shouldn't think there is anything 'between the lines' here - it is just one of the club's lower-key meetings, with a couple of its own mysteries to make it a unique meeting.

Linda has provided the rain tip about scarves because she is trying to make up her mind to get to a bookstore to get a copy of a cave painting book, and she's having trouble deciding where to get it and how to get there - and it looks like it might rain.

She can go one way or the other way, she can go by métro - but either way she goes, both placesphoto: swizzle stick of the week are close - so they are most likely easier to get to overland, but is her scarf big enough to withstand the rain?

When the meeting is over I go downstairs to make sure the unsigned-up new member is not helping the lady who guards the waterworks, and who makes salads on the side, but I don't see him anywhere.

Just when you may have begun to think this meeting is a big zilch - here is the 'Swizzle-stick of the Week!'

Then, outside it is pretty breezy, and there's a few drops flying around. We go halfway across Pont Neuf - without stopping off to see Henri IV's feet - and zip through the Place Dauphine, and get across to Saint-Michel and the many bookstores there, without her even having to use her scarf much.

If there is to be a 'City of the Week' this week, I guess it will have to be Boulogne-Billancourt, because Doug has mentioned that its northern end might be a pretty good place to live - especially if you like tennis and palm trees.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

As amazing as it may seem, you can find out quite a bit about what this is about 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 read the whole 'About' page you will also learn that you can become a member of this online magazine's club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting and agreeing to ignore all of its expired 'rules,' which have been discontinued for quite some time now.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting in Paris will be held on Thursday, 16. August, which is the annual day known as Saint-Armel's Day. Saint-Armel's day? Oh yes, it is. Not a shred of doubt about it.

The following day will be just another ordinary Saint-Hyacinthe's Day. Other than this, the day will be an unremarkable Friday as well, except it will be the third one in August, which will have five of them of course.

The café La Corona meeting place will have most of its doors open wide as it has on all weeks containing Thursdays. Your club's meeting 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 'GLAX' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without metrics.

photo: bandaids of the weekThe club's secretary, occasionally known as 'Ed,' will be making a few 'report' notes during the coming meeting but this is not worth one ounce of your attention.

And here is solid evidence of the 'Tip of the Week.' Remember that your feet are the only ones you have!

Make sure to 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 the highly popular 'firsts.' 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 and real Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members, and don't mind mysterious 'reports' about is meetings.

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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