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"HAH HAH!" the server-lady says when Dinny points out that the kid-proof lighter needs a high-tech service engineer to go along with it.

This is followed by, "HEH HEH" and then, "HA HAR HAR!"

I guess the server-lady is really looking forward to her coming holiday in Paris.

But no! Linda is matching her scarf to her nails and the lighter. "I'm going to be the club's fashion pate," she says.

"Pate?" Dinny is dubious. "Don't you mean fashion tureen?"

Then Dinny has a 'euro' story for us. Her parents were in Paris for a visit and they found it was economical to not put any euros in the parking metres, because getting two parking tickets a day is cheaper.

She adds, "But the parking metres are free at lunchtime!"

Terrie offers the opinion that this is possiblyphoto: cruel shoes because of the 'Code Napoléon' - which readers should know will be having its 200th anniversary soon, slightly more than two years from now.

Fashionable footwear is compared at today's meeting, which is more relaxed than usual.

'Waiter of the Week' Patrick absentmindedly brings Linda a 'quart' of wine instead of a balloon, but the other members present are willing to help her get rid of it. To keep pace, Dinny gets herself an extra beer.

Since it is somewhat after club-over time, and everybody claims they intended to leave before it ended, Linda decides to find out if the ladies' waterworks in the café's underground section are still free.

On her return we learn they have become 'payant' again. Since my notes end here, after a discussion with Dinny about whether the euro 3 sign-sign comes before or after the number, I should mention that Pittsburgh PA is the 'City of the Week' because Patricia came from there, once upon a time.

After everybody has left the club's area I check the floor to make sure no scarves, gloves or kid-proof cigarette lighters are left behind. It doesn't occur to me to check the table, my bag and pockets, for the missing 'official' club pen though.

The Next Meeting - At La Corona

The coming meeting of the Café Metropolephoto: dinny Club will be on Thursday, 31. January - because it is a good old Thursday again - and it definitely will be held at the Café-Tabac La Corona.

Next Thursday will be just another absolutely ordinary fifth Thursday in the first month of 2002 kind of day called Sainte-Marcelle. This saint is not known as the patron saint of all winter sales shoppers and is therefore not any reason for any kind of holiday in France.

Dinny says, "No group photo - no, not me, not now, forget it!"

See the address for this meeting at the bottom of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which must be known by nearly all readers and members already.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learn more than most club members need to know about this club if you think this could improve your comprehension of a meeting - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This explains exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be cheered to learn that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's free and real club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting if you don't forget the address métro station names, time and other stuff.

Date, Time and Location of the Next Meeting

Your club's meeting time in Paris will begin at 15:00 and cruise along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'PMOP' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making somephoto: tickets, tips 'report' notes during the meeting. This will require no effort on your part, unless you have difficulty remembering your name, hometown and email address. Getting two out of three of these right will be really great.

The customary mess that is left for Patrick to clean up - as usual.

Be sure to have a new 'Quote of the Week' ready or come with your own 'City of the Week'- if you remember it - or even bring along any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' are still 'non grata,' as usual.

Your comments, casual or completely out-of-your-mouth, will be highly appreciated by the other members present, if they chance to overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read them, if they manage to be written here.

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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