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Marie Teixeira and Steven Kimbrough arrive from Berkeley, California, after a stint in Norway. Marie says, "It was raining hamsters and gerbils there." The other thing I am supposed to know is that Berkeley is a 'nuclear-free zone.'

Apparently this town has substituted all of its 'city limits' signs with ones saying 'nuclear-free zone.' I reject this as a proper name for a 'City of the Week,' especially since Occidental has this safely in the bag.

I stand up to arrange the 'group photo of the week' with some doubt because two members have declined to be in it, the other members are all yakking at each other, and some other members have left already.

It is not a 'rule' that members are not allowed to leave before meetings are finished, but they can if they want to, 'rule' or no rule.

Steven tells me he makes money do tricks with software but keeps claiming he can only count to one. "Zero, one," he says.

Since he is in the software business, he and Doug join up to tell me that the purpose of the proposed Hewlett-Packard purchase of Compaq computers, is to corner the ink cartridge market for printers.

Mark then shows me some photos he has,photo: marie and steven which were all printed with an ink-jet printer. He has these because a painter friend of his is using them to paint Paris bridges - and wants Mark to find out which ones they are.

Steven is in no danger of drowning in his 'formidable' because Marie has the life-ring ready.

We have been lolling around the club's area long after 17:00 with these non-club conversational subjects. After goodbyes to Marie and Steven, Mark and I go over to the Pont des Arts to make sure one of the photos isn't of the Pont Neuf.

it does not seem likely. We both think it is probably the Pont Marie - the view seen by looking upstream from the Pont Louis-Philippe, with the Ile Saint-Louis on the right.

In the Rue de Seine Mark remembers his 'Just say oui' button and puts it on. He explains this oversight with a complicated narrative about how the airlines in California have changed their departure times for Paris.

Between having to get to the airport three or four hours early, the exhaustive baggage checks, and the delayed take-offs - there is no way to get to Paris without getting jet-lagged while still over the Atlantic, he tells me.

I must remember this next time somebody asks me why I came to Paris 25 years ago and am still here.

Special Alert - Club Meeting Warning!

photo: button just say ouiLate during today's meeting, Patrick - this week's 'Waiter of the Week' - asked me if I was aware that the café La Corona will be closed for five weeks for renovations.

The actual date will be confirmed for inclusion in the next issue of 'Metropole Paris.' It is also hoped that a substitute café will be willing to host the club, on the Quai du Louvre, within one block of La Corona.

Next week's meeting will be at the regular location, mentioned below.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn some 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 cozy 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 because 'no rules' is the club 'rule' now.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 25. October, which is really on a Thursday again this year. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Crépin's Day.

The following day will be an ordinary Friday. Assuming you like Fridays, make the most of it - there will only be 10 more of them this year.

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is nearly every week with Thursdays and 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 'FUTO' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without squared metrical 24-hour time.

The club's secretary, now sometimes known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during thephoto: doug fuss, roy trew coming meeting. It is merely a regular club ritual - not a 'rule' - like ignoring the 'green man' crosswalk signs and looking both ways first.

Doug and Roy compare the humidity levels of Savannah and Brisbane.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or come with your own 'City of the Week' or even concoct any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' 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 overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read them.

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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