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Pamela is getting herself into the law business in order to persuade governments to give a little thought to the human rights of people with disabilities. She has some comments about Paris in this regard too.

While the new members - except Pondi, who doesn't say anything at all for the entire meeting - discuss all sorts of high-minded subjects like why a neighbor would loudly object to Karenphoto: trio, pamela, karen, muriel dismantling some royal-blue curtains, and replacing them with nice beige ones - time drifts by silently as it tends to do.

The ladies discuss weighty issues such as 'yukky' blue curtains.

Until the club's secretary remembers that it is 'Group Photo of the Week' time. This causes no big fuss as we get ourselves out to La Corona's terrace, where I ask the ladies to do some New Orleans Mardi Gras thing - which is silly enough to make them almost do it.

Between feeling a bit lapsed today and with the fairly serious subjects under discussion, I fail to make much in the way of meeting notes - which I sometimes think is about what I do during most club meetings. Not much.

I guess I am not a very good club secretary because I get too involved with the discussions. During some meetings members have complained that I write too much, instead of divulging everything I know about Paris - which is very little really - and I have said they needn't worry because I never use all the notes for a 'report' anyway.

Besides, even if it is not 'my' holiday today, some of the talk is about how to find an apartment here, and there's already too much in this magazine on this subject.

In the end I won't use the word Karen has used to describe the minds of some people who live in Key West. In fact I forget the word entirely. But on the way back to the métro at Châtelet after the meeting I do make my usual pause at the back door of the parrot shop, to see what the birds are up to.

One of the shop's employees is giving a big white parrot a back rub, and it is acting like a cat with wings. Since I am outside and the door is closed, I can't hear if it is purring.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 11. July, just before thephoto: meeting leftovers Bastille Day weekend. This will be a perfectly normal 28th Thursday in the year 2002 - except for it being the last one before the 15th of July - named for the occasion, for Saint-Benoît, like it is every year.

The sober leftovers of todays' beverages.

Somewhat like last week, there are at least two place names in France and one in Réunion that begin with 'Saint-Benoît.' I'm not sure which of these 'saints' the day is named after, but the saint is supposed to be attached to Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire. This place is said to have a really nice example of a 11th century Roman-style church.

Otherwise, the location details for this meeting are below, followed or preceded by the multiple métro-stop names and all the date and time details, all of which have been identical for years, almost like this paragraph, which has not changed by even a tad this week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To find out how to become a member you can read the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you should know about this club - which is next to nothing - and its meetings - only a bit more than 'not much.'

'Club rules,' and there used to be some, suggest that if you feel like giving this 'About' page a pass - do so. All you really need to know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club in a second by simply being at a meeting when you are at one.

The 'Coming Meeting' Standard Details

Meetings of this club in Paris begin no sooner than 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00, still onphoto: soldes d'ete Thursday, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'BAT' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without 'Euro Metricaltime,' which is now in its planetary summer version.

As a reminder - Paris is in its deep discount mode until August.

The club's secretary will be listening to you at the same time as he may be concocting some 'report' notes during the meeting. Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet. The secretary will probably forget to ask you to do it.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' - the secretary can't do this - or dream up any other 'Things of the Week.' 'No-names' is an option you can opt for too if you prefer to be 'not found.' Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Things you say may be treated with great respect and may be really appreciated by the other members present, if are any present and listening - 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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