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Stephen's ready answer is Vienna's horse-taxi horses which are fitted with bags at both ends. To get this straight, the club's secretary sketches a horse-taxi horse, with bags at either end. Marion observes, "Ein 'Weiner pferd! Not a cow!"

Which raises the notion of seeing-eye dogs and their duties perhaps including picking up after themselves because their owners are blind.

All of this takes some time to explain to Dinny Moyer when she arrives, and starts doing acrobatics on her chair to avoid the blinding shafts of shifting blazing sunlight which are blasting the club's area of the café.

While 'ed' - also known as the club's secretary - is noticing that the café is getting very much fuller than usual, Marion chooses to raise the question of the weather, and especially the thorny problem of what constitutes a 'rainy day' in Paris.

This is completely inappropriate today. But she persists with, "Are rainy days only in the daytime?"

This is obviously the 'Question of the Week' and also reminds me that member '4x' from Sydney has failed to show up so far, and this immediately leads to the crocodile question - or, as Dinny puts it, the problem of New York's albino alligators.

Nigel White is member '4x' because he didn't sign the members' booklet on Thursday, 21. October 1999. Since the club no longer has 'rules,' he gets the 'x' because his initial club presence was so long ago that it is impossible to change all of the club members' numbers back to four, from 302.

Just before 17:00 and just after the club members present have startled the civilians in the club's areaphoto: nigel, looking at cafe broom by recklessly pushing chairs all over the place to pose for the week's 'Group Photo of the Week Minus One,' Marion decides that the 'report' booklet needs a graphic explanation of the different attitudes of a plain 'Sproingi' and a 'drunk Sproingi.'

Just after 17:00 and just after Marion and Stephen have left to search for Marion's last May birthday present, Dinny and the club's secretary retreat to a non-club area of the café for a post-meeting 'time-out.'

In a café with flying brooms, Nigel ponders the wisdom of becoming a club member.

This lasts a fair bit of time before member '4x' arrives from being lost in the métro tunnels at Châtelet. But by this time the 'report' booklet is closed, so we have no 'report' about this overtime part of today's meeting.

But one thing is worth mentioning. If you ever happen to be fishing in the Queensland part of Oz, be sure to have your outboard motor well-insured. The crocodiles down there really like to eat them a lot.

Important Alert - READ THIS! Carefully!

The club's meeting place in the Café La Corona for the past two years will make a temporary move to another café. La Corona is getting its first facelift in 30 years even though it doesn't really need one yet.

Temporary Location, Vital Dates

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club, on Thursday, 8. November, will be held nearby in Le Café Lodi.photo: temp new club map

This means that club meetings will at the Cafe Lodi, on Thursdays, 8, 15, 22, and 29. November and on 6. and 13. December.

While La Corona's important renovations are in progress, attend club meetings at Le Café Lodi, which is located at 24. Quai du Louvre. It is about 60 metres away from La Corona, towards the Pont Neuf, next to the pet shop. See the map on this page.

After La Corona's renovation, the first meeting to be held in the regular and by now hallowed club café will be on Thursday, 20. December.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn lots of other stuff about this club if you really feel you must - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which also explains exactly where to find the club in Paris - usually - 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 free club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been abolished. 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, 8. November, which is really on a Thursday again as usual. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Geoffroy, which is not any kind of a holiday in France.

The following day will be an ordinary Friday, called Saint-Théodore's Day. If you like Fridays, make the most of it - there will only be 8 more of them this year.

The Café Lodi meeting place will be open as it is nearly every week with Thursdays, without hardly any exceptions. Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and oozephoto: quai du louvre along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'LPUT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without numerical 24-hour time.

The club's secretary, sometimes known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting. This is merely a regular club ritual - not a 'rule!' Nobody but non-members can not remember that all club 'rules' have been abolished.

The Quai du Louvre, outside the club's meeting cafe, today.

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 be blackballed on the spot. Any other darn thing is eligible.

Your comments, thoughtful or even scientific, will be eagerly received by the other members present, if they happen to overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read them.

The club's temporary location-café is:

Le Café Lodi
24. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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