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Bud says one guy was a bit worried about this so he had a rope tied to his parachute harness, and when his turret popped off the rest of the crew got together and hauled him back inside the plane before he froze to death.

When the war was over, Bud left his air-conditioned B-29 parked somewhere in the Pacific - as an economy measure? - and got back to San Francisco very slowly on some tired out troopship. He said the plane was in good condition and didn't have many bullet holes in it.

As I understand it, Bud hasn't been flying a lot lately, except for the 10-hour non-stop flight with United to Paris. For his first trip to Europe he has come on a one-way ticket. Next week, he and Dennis are going out to Normandy to look at some D-Day beaches and museums.

Meanwhile, when I ask, he says the Corona's decaf café with milk in it was pretty much what he wanted, except that it was a bit strong. This reminds me I haven't had the club secretary's 'Club Café of the Week' yet, but when I look at the time I see there isn't any left for it.

We leave together and cross the Pont Neuf, paying special attention to the renovation of its stonework. It is either very good or it is new stone. Then we pass through the Place Dauphine and cross over to Saint-Michel, and ride the bus 38 up past the Luxembourg to Denfert.

They intend to pass the evening at the Vin des Rues in the Rue Boulard. They agree to be ready to have their club member 'Photos of the Week' taken at this restaurant, if it turns out the club still owns a camera.

Back in the editorial office, I call the ad's telephone number for the amazing apartment for rent. The fellow who is in charge of this turns out to live in my street a few doors away, and we meet to walk down to Alésia together to take a look at it.

After climbing thousands of stairs and looking at a great lot of sky from a high floor and somephoto: cafe in bouquet discussions of a technical nature, on the way back I find the missing items from the morning's closed boulangerie. Then there is no time left to do the club's not done photos - but - aha! - there is a camera to take them with.

The club scretary's 'Café of the Week' - taken in the Bouquet.

But first I have to have a café and I do this in the Bouquet. With this vital necessity taken care of, over at the Vin des Rues I find today's club members, with some neighborhood folks who may become club members, and a lot of other diners in large groups trying to fit into a small restaurant that will feature live music tonight.

This is as good a place to end today's unusual club meeting report as any, so I will do so - somewhat later than I expected to, but with its unusual photos of the week.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 18. July, following the Bastille Day weekend when the weather in Paris usually improves. This will be a perfectly normal 29th Thursday in the year 2002 - named for the occasion, for Saint-Frédéric, like it is every year.

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, like this paragraph, which has not changed by even a dot 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 real ones for a couple of weeks, 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 an eyeblink 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 on Thursday, in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'SCR' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without 'Euro Metricotime,' which is now in its nominal summer version.

The club's secretary will be listening to you at the same time as he may be concocting some 'report' notesphoto: vin des rues during the meeting. Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet. If the secretary can forget to bring the club's camera to a meeting, he will probably forget to ask you to do it.

The beginning of the club's 'after' - in the Vin des Rues.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your hometown as '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.'

Anything you say may be treated with great respect and will be truly appreciated by the other members present, if there are any and they are 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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