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Somebody takes a small nibble of one and says, "Ugh! M&Ms are better!"

Oops. I have forgotten that Colleen Foster has arrived with Charlie Noby. Actually Iris Tucker from Oak Park, Illinois has arrived after Colleen and copied her particulars into the members' booklet, and I almost forget to ask Colleen to do it. Since she is with Charlie, she is from Vancouver, Washington too.

Colleen and Charlie have been crawling all over Montmartre. "If you like Dali, the museum is good," Charlie says. All I know about Dali is I didn't go to his museum in Catalonia either.

There are several topics of conversation I am skipping over here - about real estate, jobs, the 'yuppie' area of Paris known as 'NAP,' which stands for Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy, and the geo-political situation in the world today.

I mention these without mentioning these in detail so you will know we are not all silly fluffheads and do talk about serious subjects that the club's secretary has an aversion to writing down.

Members-in-residence today are just as surprised as they are every week when the club's secretary looks at his watch and then stands up and bellows out that everybody should go out on the café's Quai du Louvre terrace, to have their mugs recorded for purely historical reasons.

Since it is late in the meeting and even though sunlight is being shortened by five minutes a day now, the sun is still bright but it is low.

The members mill around a bit in confusion, while confused passers-by mill around members. When I lookphoto: iris, michelle, cuties of the week though the camera's viewfinder all I can see are splotches of light and shade - mostly shade.

Iris and Michelle put on the kind of smiles the camera likes a lot.

There is no time to make a better set-up before surliness will set in. The photo at the top of the page is the best of a lousy set of four - and, I think I've made this excuse before.

Maybe, I don't know - maybe it should be the 'Worst Photo of the Week when the Club was Having its 2nd Birthday Party' but on the other hand, maybe I should not draw undue attention to it.

Back inside Charlie solves the whole sorry business by saying, "The minutes have been read and approved by all members." Although this is surprise to all other members, there is no dissent.

Right! What an elegant way to say this meeting is over. The tube of 'Smarties' is half empty. If they hadn't met with so little approval, I would say the tube is half full.

Next year, same time, same place - no 'Smarties!'

Don't Miss the Club's Anniversary Next Year

The very first club meeting was held on Thursday, 14. October 1999. Next year I don't know when the 14th is, so I suggest that the club's 3rd anniversary be celebrated during the 41st meeting in 2002. Be sure to keep this date open.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

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

You will also be able to find out 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. When other 'new rules' pop up, they are abolished without majority votes.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 18. October, which is really on a Thursday again this year. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Luc's Day, in Paris and in France.

The following day will be an ordinary Friday as usual. Assuming you like Fridays, make the most of it - there will only be 11 more of them this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is every week with Thursdays andphoto: demi-group, michelle, doug, roy, jerry, betty Fridays. Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and drag out to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'POTU' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without squared metrical 24-hour time.

The only half of the 'semi-group' photos actually shot today.

The club's secretary, now well-known as howling-dog 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the next meeting. It is merely a dreary club ritual, like wearing thermal underwear in my apartment.

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.' A kilo of 'Smarties' will not be unacceptable. Any other darn thing is eligible. Having something else 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 by all readers of this online magazine, if they read them. Take your pick but don't be choosy.

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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