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Sue wants to know 'where to buy stuff.' The short answer to this is not all that easy because there is various kinds of 'stuff' in Paris, and about a quarter-million places to buy it.

Sue and Jerry have rented a furnished place for the time it will take Jerry to teach some Sorbonne students about an ecolo-poet named Gérard Manley who died in 1889, was first published in 1918, was popular in the '30s and is now getting famous for lines like, 'Long life the wilderness yet.'

According to Sue, the furnished flat has 28 antique chairs in the living room, over a dozen in the dining room, at least a half-dozen in the kitchen - but has no microwave and no washing machine.

It sounds like the opposite of my place - no chairs, and with the microwave and the washing machine not plugged in.

Meanwhile, Linda Thalman the server-lady, has long since arrived, and while I'm learning about the curious workings of the Sorbonne 'Nouvelle' - Paris 3 - with its 'Institut du Monde Anglophone' - Linda says the 'Tip of the Week' is how to make perfect popcorn.

This comes from Sue too and it goes like this - put the popcorn in any handy freezer you have, for at least a week, and then pop it. "I'm going to try it!" Linda says.

Here I've nearly forgotten the 'Group Photo of the Week' and I surprise the new members by harassing them to go out on the café's Quai du Louvre terrace. They are so miffed they give me five clear shots of themselves.

Linda finds out the 'Waiter of the Week' is Vincent, who denies it. "This is supposed to be my day off," he says.

While the various 'additions' are beingphoto: other drinks haggled over, I learn that a medium-sized coca 'light' with 'glaçons' costs 40 francs. And I thought a double-café cost a fortune. La Corona is practically giving them away!

Before I leave, after nearly an hour of overtime, it is my turn to visit the café's waterworks. On my way out I hear muffled yelling, and the lady who oversees the waterworks situation is yelling back, "Turn on the light!"

Most of the other 'Beverages of the Week' were quite a bit cooler than the teapot.

When I give the scene a passing glance I see the waterworks lady noticing that the door is not, in fact, locked. She yells, "The door is not closed!"

Whoever has been trapped inside, most likely in the dark because the door was not locked, seems relieved to be released from the toilet's total blackness - by opening the unclosed door. I wonder if Kim took this lock-the-door-to-turn-on-the-light feature into account when she assigned her star-rating to it.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

If you are so inclined, you can find out quite a bit of other stuff 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.

Read some of the 'About' page to 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. More recent 'new rules' have also been discontinued.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 6. September, which the first of only four Thursdays this month. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Bertrand's Day, in Paris at least.

The following day will be another Sainte-Reine's Day, which will be perfectly ordinary. Other than this, the day will be Friday as well, except it will be the first one in September. Make the most of it - there will only be three others this year.

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

When left to their own devices club members do pretty well without 'Ed,' thank you!

The club's secretary, temporarily known as 'Ed-in-suspension,' will be making a few 'report' notes during the next meeting but this is not worth one gram of your attention. It is just a club ritual that he can't give up.

Have your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or bring your own 'City of the Week' along for consideration or even invent any other 'Things of the Week.' Anything is eligible. Having these items on hand may be significant enough to get them mentioned in a meeting's club 'report,' like this one.

Your carefully chosen or idle 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' about its meetings full of insignificant 'firsts.'

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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