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When I remember it was something like tennis rackets, Sally supplies the word, 'snowshoes.' This is interesting because the same company makes - the one that makes not snowshoes but snowmobiles - also makes the water-bombers used to bomb forest fires in France with tons of water.

It is a little bit like the big French water company owning the TV-cable and the pay-TV Canal+ - andphoto: luckys ham sand, pelforth changing its name to Vivendi and going down the stock market tubes because it has forgotten its water-roots.

Although now somewhat off-subject, the question is - shouldn't Paris use the fire-fighting water-bombers to water its new palms on 'Paris Plage?'

Unlike Sally, Lucky has lunch at the club's café today.

During this, Sally has said about four times that she has something to show us, before getting sidetracked into the polar bears, the Tour de France and the water-bombers. She has also declined an offered bite of Lucky's genuinely French ham sandwich.

Members, readers - get ready for a new, true, 'First of the Week!'

Sally says, modestly, knowing perfectly well it is a 'first' - "This club meeting has a total of two and a half members present!"

From her yellow plastic sack she pulls out a stick-mounted, blown-up from a club report photograph, of another club member, namely Eva Lee of Tranquility, New Jersey.

This is to reward Eva for her sign, photographed during an earlier club meeting that said, 'Hi Sally!' on it.

On top of it, it is a reminder that Eva and Sally met at a club meeting a long time ago - "Once," Sally says - and all of their planning since then has not been able to result in a re-play in Paris.

After we finish being flabbergasted, Sally - who has also visited Paris many times - tells us about seeing a marionette show for the first time. 'Fantastic!' She didn't try to get any of the free bonbons either.

Lucky's favorite thing in Paris is to go to Trocadéro early enough to watch wholephoto: eva on tour of paris plage sunsets. He does it to watch the light change, to see Paris' atmosphere. "Damn!" he says, "I should be able to do that."

Sally, Eva and Lucky viewing 'Paris Plage' while the world's biggest bateau mouche in Paris passes behind on the Seine.

It is a meeting with a lot of talk, but eventually the members have other things they 'must' see before the day is over. Before going our different ways, we take Eva across the street and down the stone stairs to 'Paris Plage,' just to make sure she hasn't made her virtual trip in vain.

The Coming Meeting

The next weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 1. August. This will be after the last day of July, so the weather should be suitable for August. This will be a perfectly normal 31th Thursday in the year 2002 - named for the occasion, for Saint-Alfonse.

The paragraph that used to be here and never changed much, was suspended last week.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

To find out how to become a member you can look over the page called 'About the Café Metropole Club.' But if you are reading this 'report' of today's club meeting, maybe you needn't bother.

'Club rules,' if there were any still active, would suggest that if you feel like giving this 'About' page a pass - do so, as I've already suggested. 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 twinkle by simply being at a meeting when you are at one.

The Standard Details Concerning Meetings

Club meetings begin in Paris 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 'SRC' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide areas without 'Euro Metricaltime,' which is now definitely in its nominal summer version.

The club's secretary will be listening to what you may say at the same time as he may be concoctingphoto: lucky, sally, exchange emails some 'report' notes, which might be completely different. Please note your name, hometown, and your own email address in the members' booklet. The club's secretary is perfectly capable of forgetting to ask you to do it.

Sally and Lucky exchanging email addresses in case they miss next week's club meeting.

Come with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose a neighborhood in 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' on the Internet. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Some things you say may be considered with due respect and will be 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. It has never happened, but either of the club's two official Bic pens could run out of ink.

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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