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Edgar also describes hot sausages one can eat there, from the Aveyron. Those sitting closest to him beginphoto: monica o'neill shay to get the smells he describes and an inkling - only a smidgen, only! - of the tastes. These are the 'Mercedes' of sausages, but taste better than the cars.

Doug, who is sitting furthest away, says, "Dinny and Monica are 'linked' by dogs, while the other end of the table is 'linked' by sausages."

Somehow Monica O'Neill Shay manages not only to be in focus but has 'balanced-whites' too. I wonder how this happened.

While a great deal of chat has been going on I have been scientifically 'testing' last week's home-made 'focus-puller' with the camera, getting mixed results with it. Its 'white-balance' part needs to be perfected.

For this reason I politely suggest everybody stop their talking and drinking and having a good old time, and come out to the café's terrace for the 'Group Photo of the Week' before the rains return - and the club meeting is over.

While all members present comply with the secretary's mild harassment, they simply refuse to do any carnival tango dancing.

Even though Annalee bends a leg, I think the others don't do it because of the traffic roar from the Quai du Louvre, which has more volume than usual because of the Seine having flooded the riverside speedways.

At three minutes before five the members decide today's meeting is finished. I ask if anyone knows what the right time is, because meetings are never over before five.

Some members do look at their watches and timepieces, but fail to register the time. By the time this is apparent, the time really is over.

On the way out, I tell Patrick that a club member has emailed him some 'bisous' - XXXs - from Chicago, and he says he appreciates this thoughtful gesture. I think it must be another true club 'first' but the meeting is over so this is not in the reports booklet. Remember you read it here.

While Annalee and Edgar go off to look for more sausages and the dog ladies head off to a reunion with their best friends, Doug and I watch Fred start his huge motorcycle, afterphoto: doug, kevin, edgar, fred first unhooking its heavy-duty anchor chain from a sidewalk fence made out of carbon steel.

The guys, from left, are Doug, Kevin, Edgar and Fred - with a variety of 'balances.'

I tell Fred that a couple of club members had their photos taken in December while wearing motorcycle helmets backwards. He looks at his very carefully before deciding the only way to do the same thing with it would be to take his off head first.

If you are not a club member and becoming one seems like a dubious proposition to you, as club secretary I can truthfully say that after 124 meetings I have found most club members to be pretty sensible folks. As sensible as it's possible to be in Paris, anyway.

Later, back in Montparnasse, all of my winning Loto tickets turn out to be duds when I get them checked at a café I reserve solely for buying lucky Loto tickets. Not a single sausage!

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 7. March - a full week from now and a full week into next month.

This will be a fairly usual 10th Thursday in the year 2002 kind-of-day called Sainte-Félicité, about whom I know nothing even if it is my saint's day.

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 weeks, like this paragraph.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learning more about this club could improve your tolerance for a meeting, so you can do this by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains everything you need to know about club membership - not much - and meetings - a tiny little bit.

But if you want to skip the highly entertaining 'About' page, all you really 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 'CDG' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in far-flung worldzones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making some feeble effort to record 'report' notes during the meeting. Thisphoto: the focus puller will require slight effort on your part. If you seldom recall your hometown and email address, note these on a used métro ticket for reference.

An accidental photo of the 'focus-puller.' It looks home-made because it is.

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

Your comments will be treated with some respect and honestly 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: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris
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