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She has a brought a book with her. She says she usually brings books in French to read, but this one starts out with Virginia Woolf walking into a river with her pockets full of rocks. The book is by Michael Cunningham and its title is 'The Hours.'

The members do not take my home-made 'focus-puller' seriously, but they have been eyeballing the café's terrace, so when I declare it is 'Group Photo of the Week' time, they all hoist themselves more willingly than usual, to troop out there. This week, it turns into a big mistake.

The afternoon sun had been slicing up the light inside the café like slabs of salami and cheese. While I notice gangs of sidewalk strollers pause to wait with consideration while I try focusing outside, I tendphoto: members terrace mutiny to overlook transiting shadows cast by passing trucks and buses.

Result - out of three group photos two are duds. The members, who I've forgotten to tell to act like it is carnival, do not care a single fig.

'Mutiny On the Terrace' will probably hit the top-ten list any day now.

But they do like the light on the terrace. Against all of the club's rules that-aren't-rules, they pay off Vincent, the 'Waiter of the Week,' and plunk themselves down at a handy table outside and order more 'Drinks of the Week' - which are tasty and cool Kir Royals.

Ike, who has a good eye for seeing things clearly, decides walking around in today's weather in Paris might be more profitable than sitting beside the Quai du Louvre's traffic jam, and he takes himself off with a light step with the intention of listening to some jazz later on.

I consider this members' mutiny and I also consider that the club's only rule is 'no rules,' and decide not to be left alone in the ship's rowboat in the café's 'grand Salle,' and join the remaining members on the terrace.

My reward for this is seeing Michele's collection of franc banknotes - almost the first I've seen since the beginning of the year. The mostly blue 50 is just about everyone's favorite.

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 14. Marchphoto: 2 kir royals - a full two weeks into March and a few days short of Saint-Patrick's day.

This will be a fairly ordinary 11th Thursday in the year 2002 kind- of-day called Sainte-Mathilde, about whom I know nothing because I don't feel like looking it up.

Yes - these are more 'Drinks of the Week.'

The address for this meeting is at the end of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which are hard to remember even though they have been exactly the same for years, like this paragraph.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learning more about this club could fuel your expectations for a meeting's experience, so you can do this by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you should know about club membership - not much - and meetings - a tiny little bit.

But if you want to skip this 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 are in Paris.

Date, Time and Location of the Coming Meeting

The coming meeting of your club in Paris will begin at 15:00 and meander along to 17:00 in Europe'sphoto: micheles last francs Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'POGO' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in far away worldzones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

Michele's collection of France's used-to-be paper money.

The club's secretary will be making some heroic effort to record 'report' notes during the meeting. This will require no slight effort on your part. Note your hometown's name and email address on a used métro ticket for reference if you tend to forget them.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' handy or propose 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, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Your comments will be treated with 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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