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This camera talk requires us to take photos of each other with each others' cameras and look at the little pictures on their minuscule back panel LED displays.

Richard is curious about my hand-made 'focus-puller' but he doesn't laugh outright at it. We both know auto-focus tends to be a bit deranged, especially if it is difficult to get the shutter-release only halfway down to 'lock-in' on the subject, if it knows what it is.

Because Richard has been coming to Paris pretty regularly since 1973, he does agree that hotels serve better breakfasts than they used to.

This is an important user-feature for visiting photographers, because some of them get up before dawn and haul around huge box cameras with tripods and glass plates weighing tons, in order to be as authentic as Eugene Atget.

Like a lot of other recent new members, Yolanda and Richard think Paris' traffic is a nuisance, evenphoto: regular double espresso if it is not quite as aggressive as New York's. Richard thinks Paris should go back to the 'good old days' of bikes, mopeds and scooters.

It is quite late in the day's meeting when I remember that I have not yet had my 'Café of the Week,' so I signal for the waiter to bring one.

When the right thing came, there were two bonus sugars too.

Since he is not yet officially a 'Waiter of the Week' he brings a soup bowl with two handles on it. It does not look anything like a double-express and I tell him so, but he assures me that this is exactly what it is.

I return to conversation with the Massies, and before I can get to actually find out what I've gotten to drink, the waiter returns and whips the dubious thing away - and returns with what looks like the real thing.

This makes my day. And, after more talk glides us along to some way into overtime, we go our separate ways - knowing that we will meet again, either in Paris or in Brooklyn.

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 18. April. This will be a fairly ordinary 16th Thursday in the year 2002 kind-of-day named after Saint-Parfait - and I'm not making this one up either.

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, which is getting moldy.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learning anything about this club could induce you to attend a meeting for the sheer thrill of the experience, so you can do this by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you need know about club membership - very little - and meetings - only a tiny little bit more.

But if you feel like skipping 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 when 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 continue until 17:00 in Europe'sphoto: terrace, massie leaving Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'ZETP' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making some effort to record 'report' notes during all meetings. This will require no effort on your part. Note your hometown's name and your own email address for reference if you tend to forget them. This can be done on generally free ATM receipts.

Outside La Corona - no room for bikes and mopeds and scooters.

Come 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. 'No-names' is optional. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Your comments will be treated with some respect and really 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 them - 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.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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