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To be truthful, there is a third person in all of these photos, but I cannot remember who it is.

Brand-new - the club's mascot, 'Howling-dog-Ed,' hand-carved by Jay Barrios.

Back inside the café Jay says it is his anniversary. It's a little late for this - there have been 'Drinks of the Week' and a couple of 'Foods of the Week' already. While I'm wondering where we can get a kilo of Smarties fast, Jay says he was 79 on Monday.

Normally ages are never mentioned, unless they are under ten or over 80, but Jay is 'Cajun - as a way of life,' he says. As a celebration, he was at the Bojangles restaurant on Monday.

"The gumbo was beautiful," but adds, "I can't say it was the best I ever had. My wife would kill me."

Michele Royston upholds an ancient club tradition by arriving about 4:30, thus missing her place in the 'Group Photo of the Week.' These things are getting to be worthless as historical documents - the club's 'history' is going to be as tattered as real history.

Jay finally reveals that the club's new mascot is called 'Ric.' This is a relief to me because I thought some members might think it is the club's secretary.

Because of airline security Jay didn't bother trying to bring his carving knife, but bought a Swiss Army model as soon as he got here. "The steel's okay, but not as good as mine," he says.

Charlie has not been in Paris often before. He has regrets - "Most people in American don't even know Paris is a beautiful place," he says, thinking of what he imagines kids don't find out in school.

Like Doug Fuss mysteriously appearing and disappearing, today's members dissolve sometime between five and 17:30, slipping out of the Corona's doors, to a late, bright afternoon in a 'beautiful place.'

Finally, only the secretary and the server-lady are left - to say goodbye to the café's staff, and next week's 'Waiter of the Week,' who will be Patrick. At least, he has been warned.

The Club's Anniversary Is Next Week

The very first club meeting of all time was held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. This year the 14th is on a Sunday, so I suggest that the club's 2nd anniversary be celebrated during thephoto: dare of mascot meeting on the Thursday before, on 11. October. It will be the club's 105th meeting, so this is not exactly a 'suggestion.'

For members who tend to be skeptical - the authentication of the club's mascot.

If many members show up for the anniversary meeting, 'Smarties' will be served instead of a cake. Trusting the members and their whims, you can expect there will be other tasteless surprises too.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out minor other stuff concerning what this is about - if you really feel up to it - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which will also explain exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to learn that you can become a member of this online magazine's fine club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been abolished. Other 'new rules' pop up occasionally, but they are suppressed without notice.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The anniversary Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 11. October, which is actually on a Thursday again this year. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Firmin's Day, in Paris and in France.

The following day will be an ordinary Friday as usually happens in an usual week. Make the most of it - there will only be 12 more of them this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is on all weeks with Thursdays and Fridays. Yourphoto: photo of secretary 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 'OCIR' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without metrical 24-hour time.

The week's 'bonus' photo - a digital version of the club's secretary.

How can time be 'metrical' if it has '24' hours? Why isn't there 100 short hours, divided into 100 shorter minutes? With ten days to a week and 10 months in a year? Who will vote for it? Think of the convenience - you would be able to use your fingers as a calendar.

The club's secretary, known as howling-dog 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the next meeting. It is merely an exotic club ritual, like under-water-writing.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or come with your own 'City of the Week' or even fabricate any other 'Things of the Week,' like a kilo of Smarties. Any darn thing is eligible. Having something on hand may be significant enough to get it mentioned in a meeting's club 'report.'

Your comments, thoughtful or not, will be warmly received by the other members present if they hear them - and all readers of this online magazine with the true and free Paris club for readers who 'just want to be' members of some loopy 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,
signature, regards, ric

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