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So it works 50 percent okay. I have to do the other 50 percent by hand - take all of the café's red and yellow out of members in-focus faces. Actually, colors are not 'taken out' - they are over-balanced with opposing colors, mostly cyan and blue.

Unlike other recent new members, Fred takes the club's non-rules questionnaire seriously and writes in a lot of answers to its silly questions. The result is veryphoto: patricia philbin similar to what Parisians are writing to the editor of the city's magazine, except he adds that you can see a lot of movies here.

Here's Patricia, in focus, and massively recolored - about 50 cm from the camera.

It's a bit depressing. Everybody is complaining about the same things over and over.

Despite sounding like he learned English is Indiana - which I may as well make 'State of the Week' anyway - Fred is a really a Parisian, but one who has been out in the world a bit.

He says it is discrimination that ladies have to pay for toilets and men don't always have to. This reminds me of two specific complaint letters in the city's magazine, but I keep these to myself because I don't want to admit I didn't get to the Victor Hugo part.

Patricia does leave, quite a long time after she said she intended to. Afterwards, in a conversational lull, Fred asks me if I think he should go out on the Quai du Louvre and have a motorcycle accident with his bike so I can have something to put in this report.

I look out the window and tell him not to bother. There is so much traffic on the quay that nobody could fit a motorcycle into it. And besides, it's where I fractured my kneecap, so the story has kind of been done.

This has been a meeting that has had no 'Group Photo of the Week.' As secretary of the club I am not too eager about putting in things that haven't happened and calling them 'firsts,' but it is worth noting that I do completely forget to have my own 'Secretary's Café of the Week.'

That this is not good enough for a 'first' is not a club rule.

Members Contacting Members

All - well, most - new members are told when they join the club that their email addresses will not be rented or sold to any non-club organization. Fred reminded me that I have never explicitly explained that members can contact each other if they wish.

The method is a bit clumsy, because I won't give out anybody's email address without their permission.

If any member wants to contact another member via email, simply write to me and I will forward thephoto: grande salle, corona email to the other member. If the member receiving the forwarded email wishes to reply, then it should be directly to the member who has sent the email. Not replying, is a club member's other option.

This bonus photo shows the club's café La Corona 'grande salle' - where the meetings are held.

The 'ifs' and 'buts' are simply these - not all members who have joined the club have added their email addresses to the club members' booklet. And the secretary has no influence over members who do not wish to reply to emails from other members.

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 28. February - just barely squeaking into this month.

This will be a fairly usual fourth and last Thursday in the second month of 2002 kind-of-day called Saint-Romain, about whom I know nothing.

The address for this meeting is at the bottom of this page, followed or proceeded by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which must be pretty-well known already because they have been exactly the same for more than a month of Sundays' worth of week's.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learning more about this club could improve your comprehension of a meeting, so you can do so by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains everything you need to know about club membership - nothing - and meetings - a tiny little bit.

But if you want to skip the tedious 'About' page, all you need know is that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply coming to a meeting if you chance to be in Paris.

Date, Time and Location of the Coming Meeting

The coming meeting of your club in Paris will begin at 15:00 and zip along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'OOPS' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare worldzones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making some extreme effort to concoct 'report' notes during thephoto: vin chaud meeting. This will require not the slightest effort on your part. If you seldom recall your hometown and email address, note these on your wrist for reference.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' or name your own 'City of the Week' or even bring up any other original 'Things of the Week' you want to see them mentioned in a 'club report' associated with your name. Otherwise, there are no other 'rules' except 'no rules.'

By this time next week, the café's 'vin chaud' may be in serious demand.

Your comments, whatever, will be treated with great respect and truly appreciated by the other members present, if they happen to be listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read it, if they chance 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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