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There is silence while some of us look outside and see that it is still the 'best day of the year' and others look around at the Corona's decor which is well-lit from the outside light.

They went to the Hamman in the Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, which they say has been operating since 1889. Since the mosque was built between 1922 and 1926 I may have mis-heard the date. They look like they ran all the way to the club meeting too.

Susanne becomes a new club member without really knowing what it involves, except that it is free. She lives in Paris and has done so for a long time.

In the excitement Lucy Wollin has joined us from Manhattan. Like the Oklahomans, she intends to see the Impressionists in the Musée d'Orsay too, plus walk around a lot and look at the people.

Frankly, as far as I know, this is a fairly new declared Paris activity for vistors - looking at Parisians. Of course I see them all the time, and on top of it I have no way of knowing whether they look like Oklahomans. I do know Parisians do look like a lot of New Yorkers - especially the ones who come to Paris.

With these tardy arrivals - but not late! - it is time to get the 'Group Photo of the Week' and doingphoto: anita bennett this is fairly easy because nobody is sitting out on the terrace of La Corona. Sometimes there is, and some look like they want to get into the picture too.

On today of all days, Anita has just experienced a hot steam bath.

With this chore out of the way the only thing left to do is return to the café's interior and settle our tabs with the 'Waiter of the Week,' who is the new one whose name I keep forgetting or haven't asked for yet.

Then, while there is a little lingering on the terrace, this same 'Waiter of the Week' brings me three more new members who are - not late! - but have arrived after the club's official time is over.

This is how Valerie Lofland and her son Aurimas and friend Stelly become club members. Stelly is agreeable to anything just so long as it is free, but Aurimas - who is about six - gets a bit impatient while Valerie and I chat about her being a PhD like - Kritz, "Maybe I advanced science 45 centimetres" - and being a Lieutenant-Colonel in the air force in Germany at, I think, Ramstein.

Valerie has been looking forward to meeting the server-lady Linda Thalman. But with this beautiful day I am pretty sure she has stayed home at thephoto: lucy wollin Cadillac Ranch to run her green thumbs through whatever she runs them through out there.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 23. May. This will be a fairly usual 21th Thursday in the year 2002, between the election of Jacques as Président and the legislative elections. Otherwise it is named for Saint-Didier.

Lucy up-dates my memory about subway stops in lower Manhattan.

The actual location for this meeting is below, 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 does change by a word or two some weeks.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can find out how to become a member by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explainsphoto: valerie lofland 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 pass - 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 being at a meeting when you are in Paris, or even if you live here as some members do.

Despite working for the air force, Valerie may be the club's only member to arrive by train.

The 'Coming Meeting' Boilerplate

Every meeting of this club in Paris begins at 15:00 on Thursday and continues until 17:00, still on Thursday, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'MIPS' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without metric 24-hour 'Eurotime,' which is now in its real 'summer' version.

The club's secretary will be making some true effort to make 'report' notes during the meeting. Thisphoto: ham, cheese sandwich, demi will require only that you say something worthy of noting. Note your hometown's name and your own email address for reference if you tend to forget retaining them in memory.

Not just the 'Food of the Week' but the French national snack of all time.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' or be prepared to mention any other original 'Things of the Week' if you want curious relations to read them in a 'club report' associated with your name. 'No-names' is an option you can elect too. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Many of the things you say may be treated with great consideration and be really appreciated by the other members present, if they hear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they read them - if they turn out 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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