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While toilet paper is still getting a good run for the money I hear Jan say, "I'm talking about serious butter!"

Shawn and Craig financed their Paris trip with waste paper.

Jan grew up in Britain during the war with food rationing and when her family moved to the United States and discovered butter, they couldn't eat enough of it - until they found out eating too much makes you ill - and in America, there's more where it came from, without ration tickets.

The non-flying transatlantic fights are also briefly discussed. "Americans are getting 'stacked up' in Paris," - Jan, I think, says - referring to all the passengers of flights canceled on account of the disaster in the United States on Tuesday.

By now it is after 17:00 and although we have plenty of raw material for the 'Quote of the Week,' it is Dinny who poses the 'Question of the Week.'

"Why is a 'demi' only 25 cl?" she asks. In case we don't understand she turns it around, with, "Why is a quarter-litre called a 'demi?'"

She is referring to the common name and uncommon measure of draft beer served in cafés, bars and restaurants in France. The way she has put it, I'm not sure if it isn't 'Two Questions of the Week.'

Either way, I don't know the answer. For 15 years before, and for ten years after I had my last 'demi,' I have wondered what the answer is too.

If not knowing the answer to this vital question bothers you, it is equally valid to order a 'pression.' This is because beer in France is full of bubbles, unless it is something fizzless, dark and foreign like Leffe or Guinness.

Club Report Delayed Again?

Last week's malicious technical gremlin is well known to both myself and the server-lady by now, but while I can do little more than curse it, the server-lady hasn't been entirely able to beat it into obeying her orders.

This is a round-about way of saying this club 'report' might not be online as early as used to be the case. We are confident this situation will last less than forever, even though tying the culprit's shoelaces together last week proved to be ineffective.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out quite a bit of other stuff concerning what this is about - if you really feel like it - byphoto: making l'addition reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which will also tell you exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

Members playing four-ticket poker in order to make up the 'addition.'

You will also be able to learn that you can become a member of this online magazine's club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been discontinued for some time now anyway. Other 'new rules' have also been discontinued, because they are covered in cobwebs.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 20. September, which is not on Friday this month or any other month. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Davy's Day, in France at least.

The following day will be some other Saint's day, which will be perfectly normal because there 365 of them. Other than this, the day will be Friday as well. Make the most of it - there will only be 15 more Fridays this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will have its doors unlocked as they are on all other weeksphoto: tables, la corona terrace 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 - which is 'CET' for short and not 'RTIF' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without metrical 24-hour time.

Shawn asked for more photos. Here is the 'Bonus Photo of the Week.'

The club's secretary, occasionally known as 'Ed' - which is me, usually in person - will be making some 'report' notes during the next meeting and most of the others to come. It is merely a club ritual, like doodling.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or come with your own 'City of the Week' for consideration or even fabricate any other 'Things of the Week.' Anything is eligible. Having these 'keywords' on hand may be significant enough to get them mentioned in a meeting's club 'report,' or make you famous.

Your thoughtful comments, invented or not, will be warmly received by the other members present - and all readers of this online magazine with the real and free Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members of some club in the only city in the world known as Paris, France.

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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