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The outside photo session goes well except for the stray arm of a passing disgruntled Louvre line-stander getting into the picture. Everybody gives one good carnival kick and then the tables with the drinks are re-manned.

The couple from Stratford, who have come too late for the 'Group Photo of the Week' - let's call Stratford the 'City of the Week' in compensation, to get this vital club function over with - have the stoutest shoes I've ever seen worn by club members.

Barbara says they are doing the 'Green Man' tour of Paris. At some places, in the middle of longer blocks, there are red push-buttons attached to poles, for making the 'Green Man' appear for pedestrians, and the red light for motorists.

Many Parisians are not aware of the existence of these as Barbara and Alan have learned. They push the button and Parisians who are waiting to sprint across the street, wonder where the 'Green Man' has magically appeared from.

Others mention walking a lot in Paris too and some say it saves a lot of money not buyingphoto: barbara mcmahon métro tickets, Orange Cards or passes, because once you get walking you tend to keep walking even if the distances are not far. Or, maybe because the distances aren't far.

Barbara's rosy cheeks come from walking all over Paris, as well as from attending club meetings.

The meeting glides effortlessly beyond 17:00 as they have a tendency to do when there are a lot of new members. Eleanor and David leave earlier, with David slipping the nickname 'Cool Shoes' to Dinny.

As Patrick is gathering up debris, somewhere about 17:30, a totally behelmed Fred Faure arrives - just 'in case' of something. Although the meeting is thoroughly over, Fred still gets the award of 'Suit of the Week.'

To match his huge silver 'Fazzzzzzer' motorcycle, he is also wearing a silver-blue waistcoat. Now you know what you have to top if you are thinking of competing for the 'Suit of the Week' award.

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of thephoto: alan mailloux Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. March - a full three weeks into March and four short days after the hangover of Patrick's day.

This will be a fairly ordinary 12th Thursday in the year 2002 kind-of-day named after Saint-Clémence, who might be the patron saint of convicts.

The other half of the B&B team of stout walkers from Stratford - Alan Mailloux.

The address for this meeting is near the bottom 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, almost like this paragraph.

The Two Following Meetings

The club meetings in Paris on Thursday, 28. March and Thursday, 4. April will be hosted by the server-lady, Linda Thalman, because the club's regular secretary will be in New York - again! - being at the Easter parade and the opening game of the baseball season on Monday, 1. April.

All readers attending these meetings will become members as usual if they don't refuse to do so, and will be incorporated into 'reports' of some sort - perhaps done in New York, or as later 'catch-ups.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learning more about this club could excite 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 - very little - and meetings - a tiny little bit.

But if you neglect this '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 get the 'Green Man' at 15:00 and cross the street of time to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'GOOP' - 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 stout effort to record 'report' notes during the meeting. This will require no effort on your part. Note your hometown'sphoto: weeks red boots name and your own email address for reference if you tend to forget them. This can be done on readily available used métro tickets.

Show up with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' or even be prepared to mention any other original 'Things of the Week' if you want to see them in a 'club report' associated with your name. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Club members have style, like Dinny 'Cool Shoes' Moyer. The black shoe belongs to Patrick, the meeting's neat 'Waiter of the Week.'

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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