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A half-hour later shoes are exhausted as a subject and hotels versus apartments to rent come on the firing line. These ladies, all of them, come to Paris often - so they are in the market for longer-term rentals. Tips are exchanged. Out of town is not bad if the RER ride to Châtelet is only 30 minutes. This would be within the Orange card's zone three.

Another subject is the people who don't come to Paris. There is a lot of "People say..." - Paris is more dangerous than New York. Orlando is cheaper. Flying is dangerous.

"Wouldn't you rather have gone, done something," Judi says, "Then if the plane - well! - its better if it's on the way home."

Chris and Anita agree about this. Nail jobs for 66 euros get a big snort. 'Quiet places' in Italy get a going over. "Going over the Alps on a train is totally cool," Judi exclaims while Chris draws maps with balloons for Anita to show where handy Italian places are.

Anita is mainly thinking about eating in northern Italy. Judi has a comment about toilet paper for the server-lady, which I will omit here. Chris says, "Try Carrefour." Anita says, "It's like Walmart." Judi says, "Great! I like Walmart."

Judi has also had an adventure in the métro that didn't turn out too badly, partly because she works for the bus system in Bakersfield - and knows what to do when things happen on public transit. For people who don't, her job is to talk them out of suing the city.

Just after five on the watch-dial, long-time member Dr. David Leslie turns up from Glasgow with new members Jacquelinephoto: katie l & mom and Katie, who has accidently gotten her hat on wrong and can't do much about it because she's three months old.

Hat off and cuddled all round, Katie regards the party with curiosity like she's landed on one of Mars' suburbs with frogs or shrimps in the ditches.

Freed of the hat, Katie checks out the stroller-pusher, Jacqueline.

Katie is the first 'Baby of the Week the club has had for a long time. Her patience with it is short though, after she has to listen to everybody try to explain where the poster place is in the Cour Damoye, just off the Bastille. The club's secretary is wrongest of all, and Chris' hotel is only 50 metres away from it.

The meeting ends with European-type handshake lessons. One shake is all. David says two are correct in Glasgow. "In Scotland, two are friendlier."

I forget to ask him if deep-fried Mars bars are still a health threat in Glasgow. Something else new has come along since 1999, I think he has written.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 2. May. This will be a fairly ordinary 18th Thursday in the year 2002, the one right after May Day. Otherwise it will be named for Saint-Boris - which may be a 'first.' It'll be a 'first' for the club.

The location 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, all of which have been identical for years, almost like this paragraph, which actually does change slightly every week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Finding out something about this club could convince you to attend a meeting to pick up members' tips, so you can do this by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you should know about this club - next to nothing - and its meetings - only a bit more than next to nothing.

If you feel like giving this 'About' page a miss - 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 Next Meeting

Every Thursday meeting of this club in Paris begins at 15:00 and continues until 17:00 in Europe's Centralphoto: dr david l European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'MDMD' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without metric 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

On this club visit, David has no fresh diet tips from Glasgow.

The club's secretary will be making some tiny effort to make 'report' notes during the meeting. This will require no strain on your part. Note your hometown's name and your own email address for reference if you tend to forget them.

Show up with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' so long as it is not going to be Baton Rouge or even be prepared to mention any other original 'Things of the Week' if you want to read them in a 'club report' associated with your name. 'No-names' is optional. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Anything you say will be treated with respect and be really appreciated by the other members present, if they seem 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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