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Scrumpy, who is seven times smaller than Charlie, does not go near the larger dog because it appears to sleep through the whole meeting - except during the 'Group Photo of the Week' time.

If this sequence seems wrong it is because a whole slew of members and new members arrive nearly all together. These include Joyce Simmons, Marie-Renée Hector, Charlie the dog, Linda Acker, Irene and Walter Pappas, and Fred Faure, who is wearing a suit but not a tie.

My notes do not explain why I would want to plastify my signature, but somebody says Lord Byron had his done near some dungeon near Geneva after he was jailed there by an angry bishop, with the quote - is it a 'Quote of the Week?' - "Even my chains and bounds became friends."

With high-class quotes like this one nobody can say this club is completely silly. And it seems as if I forgotten to point out that Patrick is a very able 'Waiter of the Week' too.

Dinny is a fund of important information this week too. When she gets to hang around hairdressing salons for hours on end she reads 'Elle' to pass the time - and picks up tips such as suggestions to download the Aubade 'Screensaver of the Week.' These are supposed to perk up French husbands' interest in their wives.

To me, this doesn't sound scientific. How could a screensaver, even one of Aubade's, be better than aphoto: group at tables French wife? Dinny, who must have studied the subject thoroughly, says Aubade uses only two models and the bottom one is Brazilian. The top one, is overage at 24, and Aubade is looking for a younger model.

Full of members - today's club area in the café Corona.

While Claudio singing operas in his hairdressing salon may be more cultural, I decide not to tell him the latest news about Aubade. It's hard enough to get a haircut there, and besides, his shop doesn't have 'Elle.'

To get the 'Group Photo of the Week' a great deal of furniture needs to be displaced just to get everybody up. The effort is so great I decide to skip the terrace as a photo location.

Sure enough, although a lot of light is coming into the café's 'grande salle,' half of today's members turn out to be in a shadow. Everybody forgets to do the club's own trademark 'yé-yé' kick because I forget to ask for it.

By the time everybody sits down again, the meeting's time period is over. But before you know it, about ten minutes after I finish writing this 'report,' it will be Thursday again. Whoever made the calendar, I thank them for not giving it two Thursdays in a week.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 25. April. This will be a fairly ordinary 17th Thursday in the year 2002 - backwards it is '2002' - a kind-of-day named after Saint-Marc - which may be a holiday in Italy if everybody isn't already on strike there.

The address for this meeting is close to the end of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which have been exactly the same for years, almost like this paragraph, which is actually shorter this week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

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

If you feel like skipping this 'About' page - there are 'no rules' after all - 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

Every Thursday meeting of this club in Paris begins at 15:00 and continues until 17:00 in Europe'sphoto: wine pots, glasses Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'POTP' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without metric 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making some great effort to record 'report' notes during the meeting. 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.

Tea is fine - but in Paris so is wine.

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' such as your local volcanos 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.'

Everything you say will be treated with great respect and really appreciated by the other members present, if they seem to be listening instead of talking - 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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