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The ladies do a bit of shopping talk. For example, it is not difficult now in Paris to get groceries delivered - even ordered by using the Web. This is handy if you live on the fourth floorphoto: dish of glacons of a walkup, without air conditioning.

"Just buying one of those six-bottle packs," says Linda, "And you drink three of them by the time to get them up the stairs."

The club's official excess ice cube dish, for superfluous 'glaçons.'

We have some extra water on the table and Dinny pours it into one of the 'Sani-Canins' for the two dogs. They do not like this much - it must smell like the plastic garbage-bag factory - so quite a bit of it lands under our feet on the café's tile floor.

This makes me notice one of Jan's socks. I don't often notice members' socks and I think her's are unusual enough to be the 'Socks of the Week.' You may object, but socks do come in pairs, so I say the plural is okay in this case.

Since she is also wearing 'Anot' sandals, this allows me to make a fashion statement - one that I've been forgetting to make ever since the weather turned into summer.

While the white sports shoes - called 'baskets' here - debate probably rages on in the DC area on the other side of the Atlantic, everybody in Europe has decided to wear sandals this year.

Everybody except Linda. She pulls off one of her black canvas slippers and waves it about and shouts, "Only 25 francs a pair - at Carrefour!" Then she apologizes for the brown gardening muck on it.

With this, Dinny pulls out a string sling-bag she's got, and says, "Only 40 francs!" withoutphoto: partial group, jan, linda, dana giving any brand-name a free plug. She shows us all of its handy inside pockets too.

Then, since there's only 15 minutes left, Linda says she is going to 'leave early,' "To beat the traffic jams."

Three-quarters of today's club members, looking at something.

Since these will get worse in about ten days, Dinny wants to know about taking Cobia on the métro. We collectively think she can do it if she buys him a half-price ticket, and puts on dark glasses and pretends to be blind.

First to come, and last to leave, Jan and Dana have a final tip for club members and Metropole readers. "If you forget Metropole's name, just put the secretary's name into 'Google' and up pops Metropole," she says.

As club secretary, I have managed to remember 'Google' until writing this, because I have written it in today's club notes.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can, if you are so inclined, find out quite a bit of other nonsense concerning 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 some of the '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 in order 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 will be held on Thursday, 30. August, which is the annual day known as Saint-Fiacre's Day, in Paris at least.

The following day will be another Saint-Aristide's Day, which most people hope will be perfectly ordinary. Other than this, the day will be Friday as well, except it will be the last one in August this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will have its doors open wide as it has on all other weeks with Thursdays. Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and continue until 17:00 in Europe'sphoto: sock of the week Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'NAOT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without metrical time.

Finally - the 'Sock of the Week.' Not forgotten after all!

The club's secretary, occasionally known as 'Ed,' will be making a few 'report' notes during the coming meeting but this is not worth one millimetre of your attention. However, please note that putting 'Ed' into 'Google' will not get you 'Metropole,' if you forgotten it.

Try to have your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or bring your own new 'City of the Week' along for consideration or even invent any other 'Things of the Week,' including any new pets, if they are not terribly hungry. Having these on hand might be enough to get them mentioned in a meeting's club 'report,' like this one.

Your carefully chosen chit-chat will be welcomed by the other members present - and all readers of this online magazine with the free and real Paris club deal for readers who 'just want to be' members, and don't mind 'reports' full of strange 'firsts' about its 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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